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Progressive: ACC's Unlawful Stealth Policy Change

Progressive: ACC's Unlawful Stealth Policy Change

People who are injured are having their claims ruled out because of a stealth policy change at ACC that the government won't acknowledge, Progressive Wigram MP Jim Anderton says.

Horomia: More Misery Doled Out To Maori Party By National

Again today the Maori Party says it was not consulted on government policy changes that will hit Maori people hard, Labour's Maori Affairs spokesperson Parekura Horomia says.

Sio: National Rushed 'smartgate' Into Action For A Photo Op

Official documents have revealed the Government rushed the "Smartgate" electronic passport control system into New Zealand's airports against the advice of three Government departments, Labour's customs spokesperson Su'a William Sio said today.

Greens: Stripping Canterbury Of Local Democracy

John Key's Government has taken extreme and unnecessary steps in its sacking of Environment Canterbury (ECan), the Green Party said today.

Burns: Firing Of Council An Outrageous Affront To Democracy And Canterbury Voters

National's decision to replace the Environment Canterbury Council with government-appointed commissioners for the next three-and-a-half years is an outrageous affront to democracy, says Christchurch Central MP Brendon Burns.

Heatley: Heatley Welcomes Auditor-general's Report

National Party MP Phil Heatley has welcomed the Auditor-General's report into expenditure while he was Minister of Housing and Fisheries.

Mr Heatley resigned as a Minister when the spending was questioned in February. He also requested that the Auditor General launch an inquiry.

Environment Canterbury Will Work Constructively To Ensure Smooth Transition

Environment Canterbury Will Work Constructively To Ensure Smooth Transition

The Chairman of Environment Canterbury, Alec Neill, has said that Environment Canterbury will work constructively with commissioners following today's government announcement that the council's elected representatives will be replaced by commissioners from the expected date of May 1, 2010.

Trevor Janes To Chair Public Trust

Justice Minister Simon Power has today announced that Trevor Janes will become chair of Public Trust from 1 May.

Mr Janes will replace outgoing chair Donal Curtin.

EDS Provides Qualified Support For Government Decisions On Environment Canterbury

EDS Provides Qualified Support For Government Decisions On Environment Canterbury

The government has today announced that it is sacking the Environment Canterbury Council and replacing it with Commissioners who will be given special powers under a bill to be introduced to parliament later today.

Commissioners Needed To Fix Canterbury Water

Commissioners Needed To Fix Canterbury Water

Commissioners are to be appointed to replace the Environment Canterbury Council and given additional powers under proposed special legislation to address urgent problems with water management in Canterbury, Environment Minister Nick Smith and Local Government Minister Rodney Hide announced today.