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Hand-held Phone Ban For Vehicle Drivers Considered

11 June 2008 - Transport Safety Minister Harry Duynhoven today announced that the Government will consider amending the Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004 to ban the use of hand-held mobile phones while driving a vehicle.

Minister Wants All Schools Involved In Schools Plus

11 June 2008 - North Shore principals' withdrawal of support for a major government initiative designed to help young New Zealanders achieve and which is still in its consultation stage is disappointing, Education Minister Chris Carter says.

Will Labour Declare Tax-funded Ads As Election Expense?

11 June 2008 - National Party Deputy Leader Bill English says it appears Helen Clark is back to her old tricks in relation to electioneering on the taxpayer purse.

Statutory Interest Rate Changes

11 June 2008 - The interest rate courts can award for the recovery of debts or damages will be increased to bring it into line with current market borrowing rates, Courts Minister Rick Barker said today.

Questions Need Answering In Chilling Incident Of Violent Crime

The National Party is extremely concerned at the tragic killing of a shop owner in South Auckland at the weekend, says National's Justice spokesman, Simon Power.

Patient Services First Priority In Government Health Spending.

Minister of Health David Cunliffe said the Government was working with DHBs through the District Annual Plan process to reduce operating deficits without affecting patient services.

National Leads, Labour Follows On Family Violence

10 June 2008 - It's good to see Labour has today finally adopted National's innovative plan to introduce on-the-spot protection orders to help deal with domestic violence, says National's Justice spokesman, Simon Power.

Worst Deforestation Figures In 50 Years Revealed

10 June 2008 - The worst ever loss of 13,600 hectares of forest last year is a disaster for the environment and makes a mockery of Labour's climate change commitments says National's Climate Change spokesman, Nick Smith.

Family Party Backs Judges Call On Abortion

Family Party Backs Judges Call On Abortion

10 June 2008 - The Family Party has commended the position of Justice Forrest Miller who said there was reason to doubt the legality of many abortions that have been performed in New Zealand.

Deficit Funding In Health Another Broken Promise

10 June 2008 - Labour needs to explain why hospitals around the country are spiralling into deficit even though the Government promised not to let that happen and has doubled spending on health, says National's Health spokesman, Tony Ryall.