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Greens: Let Them Eat Cake, Drink Cola And Go Nuts

Greens: Let Them Eat Cake, Drink Cola And Go Nuts

18 February 2009 - Anne Tolley today confirmed she is the Mrie Antoinette of Education Ministers with her 'let them eat cake' and anything whatsoever attitude to food sold in schools, said the Green Party's Health spokesperson Sue Kedgley.

Collins: Damning Parole Report - Minister Demands Accountability

Collins: Damning Parole Report - Minister Demands Accountability

18 February 2009 - Corrections Minister Judith Collins today asked the State Services Commissioner to establish who is accountable for serious failings identified by the Auditor-General's report into the management of offenders on parole.

Burns: Government Signals For Broadcasting Distressingly Familiar

18 February 2009 - The Government's first signals on future broadcasting policy are not encouraging for public service television or regional New Zealand, says Labour's broadcasting spokesman Brendon Burns.

Hodgson: National Sets Dangerous Precedent

Hodgson: National Sets Dangerous Precedent

18 February 2009 - The sacking of the Otago District Health Board chairman sends a message to organisations that the National government will fire anyone who discovers wrong doing, Dunedin North MP Pete Hodgson says.

Cunliffe: Turn Up And Front Up, Mr English

Cunliffe: Turn Up And Front Up, Mr English

18 February 2009 - Labour Finance spokesperson David Cunliffe today called on Finance Minister Bill English to come clean on the use of specific and contingent fiscal risks in the budget process.

Carter: Good Farm Management Critical In The Continuing Dry

Carter: Good Farm Management Critical In The Continuing Dry

18 February 2009 - Good farm management and smart decision-making are key to coping with the continuing dry conditions, says Agriculture and Forestry Minister David Carter.

Loan Shark Advice Unacceptable

Loan Shark Advice Unacceptable

Any suggestion by Work and Income staff that beneficiaries should head to loan sharks to cover their debt is "totally unacceptable", says Social Development and Employment Minister Paula Bennett.

National Will "Cut" Not "Cap" Public Service Jobs - Labour

National Will "Cut" Not "Cap" Public Service Jobs - Labour

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has confirmed National's policy to cap public service has been thrown out the window, Labour State Services spokesperson Grant Robertson said today.

Tolley: Early Childhood Education Consultation Begins

Tolley: Early Childhood Education Consultation Begins

17 February 2009 - Education Minister Anne Tolley today released the public consultation document initiating the review of early childhood education regulations.

The review of Labour's Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008 was announced in November by Mrs Tolley.

Greens: Job Destruction At MSD One Week Before Summit A Shocker

Greens: Job Destruction At MSD One Week Before Summit A Shocker

17 FEBRUARY 2009 - Confirmation today that the Government plans to cut at least 500 jobs from the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is a shocker.