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UnitedFuture Committed To Tackling Drugs

2 July 2008 - UnitedFuture MP Judy Turner has reiterated her party's stance on drugs following a recent WHO report that identified New Zealand as having the second highest rate of cannabis use among the 17 countries studied.

Cullen & Dunne: Tax Reform To Help Nz Companies Compete Overseas

2 July 2008 - Comprehensive reform of our international tax rules, to help New Zealand-based companies compete more effectively overseas, is the main feature of a taxation bill introduced today.

Cullen: Government Reveals 'plan B' On Rail

2 July 2008 - The Labour-led government has today revealed that its buyback of New Zealand's rail system was influenced by plans to close regional rail services throughout the country, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.

Blue: Faster Progress Needed On Cancer Database

A report that lung cancer data** collected by the New Zealand Cancer Registry is incomplete and inaccurate is concerning but not at all surprising, says National Party Associate Health spokeswoman Jackie Blue.

Fitzsimons: Open Letter Receives Closed Response

John Key has finally responded to Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons' open letter in which she requested details of National's preferred Emissions Trading Scheme.

Ryall: Labour Ignored Repeated Warnings On Maternity Crisis

"Labour has ignored repeated warnings about the crisis in maternity services, not just in Wellington, but also around the country," says National Party Health spokesman Tony Ryall.

Wagstaff: National's ACC Plans Gets Murkier

Wagstaff: National's ACC Plans Gets Murkier

News that the Australian insurance industry is lining up to profit over National's secret plans to privatise ACC means the party must come clean on their intentions, the Council of Trade Unions said today.

Ontrack Off Track Says Auditor-general

Four years after Michael Cullen took control of New Zealand's rail tracks they are in a shambles according to a report by the Auditor General, says National Party Finance spokesman Bill English.

Laban: Inspirational Pacific Leader Will Be Greatly Missed

Laban: Inspirational Pacific Leader Will Be Greatly Missed

Elizabeth Peivi Alice Lee-Lo Smith or Aunty Liz as she was known fondly by many in our Pacific communities was an inspirational leader who will be greatly missed, Pacific Island Affairs Minister and Mana MP Luamanuvao Winnie Laban said today.

Cullen: National All Hot Air On Protecting Rail Workers

Cullen: National All Hot Air On Protecting Rail Workers

1 July 2008 - The National Party's claim in Parliament this afternoon that they speak for rail workers is one of the best comedy acts we have seen in the House this year, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.