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Power: Bill Designed To Ease Financial Pressure On Victims

Power: Bill Designed To Ease Financial Pressure On Victims

A bill designed to ease the financial pressure on victims of crime attending coronial inquests and parole hearings received its second reading in Parliament today.

The Legal Services Amendment Bill amends the Legal Services Act 2000.

Burns: Sensible Decision On Spectrum Licence Fees

Burns: Sensible Decision On Spectrum Licence Fees

A government decision to provide a payment plan for radio stations wanting to renew their spectrum licences is a sensible response to current market realities, says Labour's broadcasting spokesman Brendon Burns.

ACC Privatisation Will Cost Workers Up To $200m A Year - EPMU

ACC Privatisation Will Cost Workers Up To $200m A Year - EPMU

The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union says National's decision to privatise the ACC Work Account is a cynical move that will transfer up to $200 million a year from workers to the Australian insurance industry.

Maori Party Calls For Feedback On ACC Changes

Maori Party Calls For Feedback On ACC Changes

The Maori Party is keeping an open mind on changes to the ACC scheme, and has not made any long-term commitments to support legislation going before the House, according to Te Tai Tonga MP Rahui Katene.

Business NZ: Ability To Choose Good For ACC

Business NZ: Ability To Choose Good For ACC

Business NZ welcomes the agreement between political parties to open the ACC Work Account to competition subject to the work of the steering group considering the Stocktake of ACC Accounts.

Pillay: Stop The Rot -- Saving Our Kauri Must Be Top Priority

Pillay: Stop The Rot -- Saving Our Kauri Must Be Top Priority

Investing in research funding to fight the devastating effects of Kauri dieback has to be at the top of the agenda for the Government's conservation funding, say West Auckland MPs David Cunliffe and Lynne Pillay.

Food Safety Minister To Australia And China

Food Safety Minister To Australia And China

Food Safety Minister Kate Wilkinson leaves New Zealand today for a week of meetings with Australian and Chinese counterparts.

In Brisbane tomorrow she will represent the government at the biannual Australia New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council meeting.

Chadwick: Axing Of Toi Iho Brand A Backwards Step

Chadwick: Axing Of Toi Iho Brand A Backwards Step

The Government's decision to scrap the toi iho trademark for Maori artists is a sad, silly and backwards cost-cutting move and raises further questions about its understanding of the benefits of promoting the "Maori edge", say Labour MPs Steve Chadwick and Kelvin Davis.

HRC: Search And Surveillance Bill Needs Human Rights Safeguards

HRC: Search And Surveillance Bill Needs Human Rights Safeguards

The Human Rights Commission says the Search and Surveillance bill must include explicit reference to human rights principles before it becomes law.

Parker: Kiwis Will Pay More And Get Less Under ACC Bill

Parker: Kiwis Will Pay More And Get Less Under ACC Bill

The privatisation of ACC would result in higher levies and less cover for injured New Zealanders to pay for the profits of Australian insurance companies and lawyers, says Labour's ACC spokesperson David Parker.