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Paper Seeks Views On GST Changes

9 June 2008 - A tax policy issues paper released today for public consultation looks at options for strengthening the GST neutrality of business-to-business transactions and reducing the risks that GST can present to both businesses and the government.

$3 Million Funding For New Men's Health Programme

9 June 2008 - Associate Health Minister Damien O'Connor today kicked off Men's Health Week by announcing government funding of almost $3 million over the next year to promote greater awareness of men's health.

Trying To Catch A Fish With A Teaspoon

8 June 2008 - Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons has answered John Key's call to lower the OCR to counter high oil prices by saying that is like trying to catch a fish with a teaspoon.

Another Safety Issue For Project Protector

6 June 2008 - National's Defence spokesman, Wayne Mapp, is alarmed that safety concerns have been raised over yet another ship in the navy's Project Protector programme.

Another National Wolf In Sheep's Clothing

6 June 2008 - National has finally confirmed it still plans to reduce the protection afforded to hundreds of thousands of injured New Zealanders a year by privatising the ACC scheme, says ACC Minister Maryan Street.

New Housing And Migration Research Released

6 June 2008 - New research released today shows there is little evidence that new immigrants drive up local house prices, said Immigration Minister Clayton Cosgrove and Housing Minister Maryan Street.

Criminal Procedure Bill Gets A Kickstart

6 June 2008 - Courts Minister Rick Barker has welcomed the National Party's decision to support the Criminal Procedure Bill and is now looking forward to the Bill moving through the final stages as quickly as possible.

Shark Photos Prove Finning Alive And Well In NZ

Green Party Conservation Spokesperson Metiria Turei is calling on the Minister of Fisheries to ban the barbaric practice of shark finning, and put New Zealand law in line with that of other developed countries.

Parents De-clawed By Rights Culture And Law Changes

6 June 2008 - Family First NZ says that the case of a Bay of Plenty couple feeling they could do nothing to stop their teenager growing dope in the bathtub of the family home is indicative of how powerless parents are feeling in their role.

Vital To Show Leadership In Confronting Climate Change

Climate change is the Issue of our Generation and it's vital that politicians show leadership when confronting this challenge, Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says.