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Ets Crumbles As 'grand Coalition' Forms

The 'grand coalition' of Labour and National is already forming over the Emissions Trading Scheme, as predicted by the Green Party earlier this week.

National has demanded the ban on new thermal generation be abandoned, as the price of its support.

Heart-op Crisis Symptom Of Workforce Crisis

National Party Health spokesman Tony Ryall says the revelation that waiting times for heart-artery surgery in Auckland have more than doubled is a further symptom of the workforce crisis at hospitals up and down the country.

National Determined To Win Tauranga

National Party Leader John Key says National wants to win Tauranga at the next election and is moving swiftly to select a replacement candidate following Bob Clarkson's decision to step down at the election.

Labour Asleep On Blue Lake Logging

8 May 2008 - The Labour Government has been asleep at the wheel in regards to the logging of 90-year-old forests on Crown land surrounding the Blue Lake, Tikitapu, in Rotorua, says National's Environment & Conservation spokesman, Nick Smith.

Delay In Kopu Bridge Upgrade Unacceptable

8 May 2008 - Annette King's blind refusal to address safety concerns surrounding the Kopu Bridge is a slap in the face for the people of Thames-Coromandel, says National's Transport spokesman, Maurice Williamson.

Labour Force Survey Reflects Stability In The Face Of Economic Challenges

8 May 2008 - The latest Household Labour Force Survey quarterly results shows that despite the global economic challenges, New Zealand's employment levels have remained stable over the last year, says Employment Minister Ruth Dyson.

Labour's Record: Longer Court Waiting Times

8 May 2008 - Waiting times for criminal trials and the number of outstanding cases in the High Court continue to increase at an alarming rate, says National's Associate Justice spokeswoman, Kate Wilkinson.

"Labour has well and truly missed the boat on addressing trial waiting times."

New Marine Reserve Off The Taranaki Coast

8 MAY 2008 - The establishment of the new Tapuae Marine Reserve off the Taranaki coast near New Plymouth was announced today by Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick.

Reach Media Paycuts Show Urgent Need For Legislation

8 May 2008 - Labour MP Darien Fenton says the actions of Reach Media in cutting the pay of their deliverers demonstrates the urgency of legislation to provide minimum wage protection for such workers.

Don't Use Shonky System To Rebuild Mt Eden

7 May 2008 - The Government should assure the public that the $216 million refurbishment of Mt Eden Prison will use a standard get-a-price-and-stick-to-it contract, and not use the disastrous CWA system, says National's Justice & Corrections spokesman, Simon Power.