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National's Tough Gang Talk Hot Air Says Mark

12 May 2008 - National's 'tough talk' at the weekend to crack down on crime, on gangs and the 'P' epidemic is simply electioneering and has nothing to do with gang busting, says New Zealand First law and order spokesperson Ron Mark.

Labour's Golden Handshake Pledge A Joke

11 May 2008 - News of yet another golden handshake for a State-owned-enterprise boss shows Labour's promise to end such payments was empty election-year rhetoric, says National's State Services spokesman, Gerry Brownlee.

News Gets Worse On Toll Deal

11 May 2008 - Labour must urgently answer more questions on the Toll deal so taxpayers know exactly how much money they have spent, says National's Finance spokesman, Bill English.

Taskforce Set Up To Establish Cuisine School

10 May 2008 - Wairarapa MP John Hayes has established a taskforce to investigate the viability of establishing a cuisine school in Martinborough, independent of involvement with UCOL.

Fewer Experienced Guards In Prisons

The staffing crisis in the Corrections Department is going from bad to worse, says National's Justice & Corrections spokesman, Simon Power.

Maternity Care Survey Just Labour Spin

Labour's trumpeting of a survey that apparently has nine out of ten women saying they were pleased with their maternity care is pure political spin to hide a worsening workforce crisis, says National Party MP Katrina Shanks.

Urgent Action Needed On Hair Dye Chemicals

The Green Party is calling for ERMA to move quickly to remove over 100 ingredients that may be used in hair dyes that are banned in Europe, and to require warnings if a product contains p-phenylenediamine (PPD).

Ets Crumbles As 'grand Coalition' Forms

The 'grand coalition' of Labour and National is already forming over the Emissions Trading Scheme, as predicted by the Green Party earlier this week.

National has demanded the ban on new thermal generation be abandoned, as the price of its support.

Heart-op Crisis Symptom Of Workforce Crisis

National Party Health spokesman Tony Ryall says the revelation that waiting times for heart-artery surgery in Auckland have more than doubled is a further symptom of the workforce crisis at hospitals up and down the country.

National Determined To Win Tauranga

National Party Leader John Key says National wants to win Tauranga at the next election and is moving swiftly to select a replacement candidate following Bob Clarkson's decision to step down at the election.