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Family First: Penalty Tax For Being Married As High As $15,000

Family First: Penalty Tax For Being Married As High As $15,000

20 October 2008 - A married couple both working and on low incomes, or a family with a full-time parent are being penalised by up to $15,000 in their household income compared with a couple who separates or divorces.

Family Party: Former Policeman Aims To Hold Nats To Promise

20 OCTOBER 2008 - Former South Auckland police sergeant and Manurewa candidate Richard Lewis has applauded National's promise of extra frontline police staff but says it is long overdue.

NZ First: Nats Police Policy Shortsighted

NZ First: Nats Police Policy Shortsighted

20 October 2008 - National's policing policy is short-sighted and represents a cut in the numbers agreed to by New Zealand First and the Government, says the party's law and order spokesperson Ron Mark.

NZ First: National Party Only Gets Half The Job Done In Eldercare

NZ First: National Party Only Gets Half The Job Done In Eldercare

20 October 2008 - New Zealand First is pleased that National has now at least recognised the eldercare sector, but its policy simply does not go far enough, says Winston Peters.

Libertarianz: Economic Correction Needs Political Correction

20 OCTOBER 2008 - "The response of the mainstream political parties to the global economic crisis has been universally appalling," says Libertarianz party leader Bernard Darnton.

Smith: Green/Labour Deal Is No Surprise

Smith: Green/Labour Deal Is No Surprise

National's Environment spokesman, Nick Smith says he is disappointed, but not surprised the Greens are opting to go with Labour in any post-election arrangement.

National: Caring For The Carers

National: Caring For The Carers

National will increase access to respite care for those caring for aged family members, says National Party Health spokesman Tony Ryall.

Parker: Nats Silent On Crucial Climate Change Questions

Parker: Nats Silent On Crucial Climate Change Questions

Labour's climate change spokesperson David Parker says it's not good enough that National is refusing to say what its real intentions are for the emissions trading scheme.

Key: 300 More Police For South Auckland Under National

National Party Leader John Key said today that a National Government will give a "priority boost" to Counties-Manukau police by committing 300 new sworn officers to frontline roles by the end of 2010.

McCoskrie: Marriage Breakdown Costing Taxpayers At Least $1 Billion A Year

McCoskrie: Marriage Breakdown Costing Taxpayers At Least $1 Billion A Year

In the first research of its kind in NZ, a new report estimates that the fiscal cost to the taxpayer of family breakdown and decreasing marriage rates is at least $1 billion per year and has cost approximately $8 billion over the past decade.