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Minister Welcomes Release Of Liquor Report

Justice Minister Simon Power welcomes the release today of the Law Commission's issues paper on the reform of New Zealand's liquor laws.

Govt Doubles Drug Treatment Places

Corrections Minister Judith Collins today announced that three additional Drug Treatment Units will be operating in New Zealand prisons by December 2011, doubling the number of prisoners able to undertake rehabilitation.

Regulate Sunbeds Now

Regulate Sunbeds Now

Green MP Sue Kedgley is calling on the government to take immediate action to regulate the sunbed industry following confirmation by the International Agency for Research on Cancer that they are carcinogenic to humans. "There can be no excuse for inaction now," Ms Kedgley said.

Minister Gives Paua A Helping Hand

Minister Gives Paua A Helping Hand

Fisheries Minister Phil Heatley has given paua stocks a helping hand by releasing hundreds of farm-bred baby paua into the water at Stirling Point near Bluff this morning.

Expenses Out At Last

"I welcome the release of these figures. Kiwis now know what taxpayer funds their MPs are spending and what they are spending it on," Acting Shadow Leader of the House Trevor Mallard said.

Labour Welcomes Expense Transparency

"Labour welcomes the release of these figures. There is now transparency in the system," Labour Junior Whip Steve Chadwick said today. "Analysis of the figures will show that it costs more for some Members to get to and from Wellington.

Disclosure Of Expenses Claimed By Members Of Parliament

Disclosure Of Expenses Claimed By Members Of Parliament

Expenses claimed by members of Parliament will be publicly available every three months, the Prime Minister, the Hon John Key, and the Speaker of the House, the Hon Dr Lockwood Smith, have announced.

Disclosure Of MP Expenses Welcome

Disclosure Of MP Expenses Welcome

With MPs' expenses now public the next step is to look at how costs to the taxpayer can be kept at a reasonable level, said Green Party Co-Leader Metiria Turei today.

$50m To Embark On Motherhood Unsupported

$50m To Embark On Motherhood Unsupported

Thousands of young women are using the welfare system to embark on motherhood with no partner or financial support.

National Shame For Sinking Blue-Green Vision

National Shame For Sinking Blue-Green Vision

The National Party rejected its own Bluegreen vision today when it refused to support a Bill designed to ensure our marine animal protection laws work properly, said the Green Party tonight.