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Confusion Reigns Over Subsidies For Patients

26 June 2008 - Hospital waiting lists are set to grow and health insurance premiums are set to rocket, as the Ministry of Health indicates a possible change in policy on pharmaceutical subsidies, says National's Health spokesman, Tony Ryall.

Key Needs To Be Honest On New Zealand's History

26 June 2008 - John Key's attempt to gloss over difficult aspects of New Zealand's history is not befitting of a man who wants to be Prime Minister, Treaty Negotiations Minister Michael Cullen said today.

Nz Remains Strongly Opposed To 'scientific' Whaling

25 June 2008 - New Zealand remains strongly opposed to so-called scientific whaling, Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick today told the 60th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Santiago, Chile.

Double Standard On 1080?

26 JUNE 2008 - Independent MP and Kiwi Party candidate Gordon Copeland today contrasted the total evacuation of the 18 storey Pastoral House in Wellington, because of a 1080 scare, with the continued indiscriminate dropping of 1080 from the air over thousands of hectares of the New Zealand countr

Damning Biofuels Report Must Trigger Rethink

"Labour must reconsider its biofuels policy in response to Oxfam's damning report, says National's Climate Change spokesman, Nick Smith.

'Another Inconvenient Truth - How Biofuel Policies are Deepening Poverty and Accelerating Climate Change' 'was made public today.

Government In Denial Over Gang Numbers

New Zealand First law and order spokesperson Ron Mark is disappointed that the Government continues to understate the number of gang associates and believes that the greatest barrier to successfully addressing the gang problem is denial of gang presence.

Report Subject To Suppression Orders

25 June 2008 - The government must follow due legal process in order to release the report referred to on the front page of the Dominion Post today, State Services Minister David Parker said.

Alliance Says Teacher Crisis Can No Longer Be Covered Up

25 June 2008 - After nine years in power the Labour Government has failed to deal with the teacher crisis, says Alliance education spokesperson Richard Wallis.

Parliament's Greenwash Hoodwinks Ministers

25 June 2008 - Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons told a conference on carbon neutrality and sustainability in the Public Sector that under the Govt3 waste system Ministerial Offices have - for over a year - diligently been separating organic waste, only for it to be landfilled.

Clarkson Contradicts Key On Income-related Rents

25 June 2008 - National MP Bob Clarkson today criticised the government's policy of income- related rents for state houses, contradicting John Key's previous stance and raising confusion about National's plans, says Housing Minister Maryan Street.