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Greens: Water Allocation Debate Welcomed

27 AUGUST 2008 - The Green Party is welcoming the debate opened by a NZ Business Council for Sustainable Development report which calls on the Government to implement a water trading system.

But the party is warning there are potential "fish hooks" in the scheme.

Family First NZ: Test Of Democracy In Parliament Today

Family First NZ: Test Of Democracy In Parliament Today

27 August 2008 - Family First NZ says that there will be a test in Parliament today of whether NZ is a democracy that represents the voice of NZ'ers.

Cosgrove: Sme's Strong Contribution To Economy Continues

27 August 2008 - A new report has reconfirmed the strong contribution made to the New Zealand economy from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), said the Minister for Small Business Clayton Cosgrove today.

Peters: Brazilian Foreign Minister To Visit New Zealand

26 AUGUST 2008 - Brazilian Foreign Affairs Minister Celso Amorim will visit New Zealand on Thursday and Friday, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.

King Maker Anderton Could Make All The Difference - Feds Asks Progressive Party Leader Not To Support Ets

Federated Farmers president, Don Nicolson, along with a delegation of farmers, met with Progressive Party leader, Hon Jim Anderton last night and asked his party not to support the current Emissions Trading Scheme Bill ("ETS").

Dunne: Seniors Lose In A One-party State

Senior citizens will be the losers if either Labour or National governs alone after this year's election, UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne told Auckland Central Greypower members this morning.

English: Labour Confirms It Is Discussing New Taxes On Cars

26 August 2008 - National Party Finance spokesman Bill English has welcomed Labour's belated admission that it is indeed considering a new tax that could push up the price of a family car by thousands of dollars.

Power: Labour's Crime Reduction Strategy A Sham

Power: Labour's Crime Reduction Strategy A Sham

26 August 2008 - The Labour Government's so-called Crime Reduction Strategy has been a total waste of time, says National's Justice & Corrections spokesman, Simon Power.

"It's time to end the pretence - this strategy is a sham.

Independent Party: Government Running Scared On Referendum

26 August 2008 - Independent MP Gordon Copeland today said that the Government is running scared of the successful petition on the criminalisation of good kiwi parents for smacking their children.

English: Cullen And King At Odds On Tolling Policy

English: Cullen And King At Odds On Tolling Policy

26 August 2008 - "He says yes, she says no, but no one is any the wiser after Labour tried to explain its confusing policy on toll roads in Parliament today," says National Party Finance spokesman Bill English.