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Australian Consumer Law Harmonisation Welcomed

30 May 2008 - Ministers at the Australasian Ministerial Council on Consumer Affairs (MCCA) meeting have agreed to significant reform of product safety and consumer policy in Australia and this has been welcomed by New Zealand's Consumer Affairs Minister, Judith Tizard.

Kedgley To Attend World Food Security Conference

Green Party Safe Food Spokesperson Sue Kedgley is attending the High Level World Food Security Conference in Rome next week, as a member of the New Zealand delegation.

"This will be a watershed conference, with up to 60 Heads of State and Government and a substantial NGO contingent.

Referendum Needed On Maori Seats - Dunne

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne has reaffirmed his call for a referendum on the future of the Maori seats in light of a report released today.

Work & Income Insider Confirms Sickness Rort

National Party Welfare spokeswoman Judith Collins says for the first time a person claiming to be a Work and Income insider has confirmed widespread abuse of sickness benefits by those seeking to avoid work.

Ground-breaking Treaty At Conclusion Of Dublin Conference On Cluster Munitions

Agreement on a ground-breaking new treaty banning cluster munitions in Dublin yesterday has been warmly welcomed by Disarmament Minister Phil Goff.

Election Laws Would Make Life Tricky For Benson-pope

National Party Deputy Leader Bill English says David Benson-Pope might face real difficulties if he was to campaign as an independent Labour candidate in Dunedin.

"It's not entirely clear how Mr Benson-Pope could legally stand as an independent and advocate a party vote for Labour."

Dolphin Plan Fails To Guarantee Species' Survival

The Maui's and Hector's Threat Management Plan announced by the Minister of Fisheries today has failed to guarantee the survival of these endangered species, Green Party Conservation Spokesperson Metiria Turei says.

Saving Prison Beds Comes Ahead Of Safety

An alleged paedophile seemingly hosting toddlers' birthday parties and a sleepover while on electronic bail facing 12 child sex charges is further evidence that e-bail is a high-risk experiment, says National's Justice & Corrections spokesman, Simon Power.

Bill Introduced To Modernise Unit Titles Law

29 May 2008 - A bill to help apartment owners and bodies corporate to manage their property more effectively was introduced to Parliament today by Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones.

Cheap Chinese Labour Is Fishy Deal For Local Seafood Industry

It's crazy to catch fish in New Zealand, then ship it to China for processing, before bringing the finished product back to New Zealand for sale, Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says.