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Emissions Trading Scheme: Big Cost, No Benefit

30 April 2008 - The Cawthron Institute's report on the Emissions Trading Scheme fuels the need for both Labour and National to re-think New Zealand's response to the Kyoto Protocol, ACT Leader Rodney Hide said today.

Labour Gives Up On Long-Term Jobless

30 April 2008 - Labour is no longer collecting information on people who have been on a benefit continually for more than 12 years, according to answers provided by the Minister to National's Welfare spokeswoman Judith Collins.

Aucklanders Deserve A Decent Public Transport System

30 April 2008 - Auckland Green MP Sue Bradford says the Green Party is concerned about news that National Party Transport Spokesman Maurice Williamson says they oppose the regional fuel tax.

Industrial Dairying Drives Rainforest Destruction

30 APRIL 2008 - A thousand-fold rise in imports of a rainforest-destroying feed to prop up New Zealand's burgeoning dairy industry has huge implications for the country's clean and green brand, the Green Party says.

Minister Hides Serious Allegations For Months

30 April 2008 - National Party Immigration spokesman Lockwood Smith says Immigration Minister Clayton Cosgrove has kept serious claims levelled at a top official secret for months, and his predecessor probably knew too.

Pet Scanning Possible In Public Health System

Thanks to private enterprise up-to-date treatment is now available to cancer patients in Wellington and with a minimum of Government initiative it could be available in the public health sector says New Zealand First health spokesperson Barbara Stewart.

Green Party Wants Commonsense Emissions Trading Policies

Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons welcomes the release of the Cawthron Institute's environmental assessement of the emissions trading policy.

Trade Training Is A Focus For National

National Party Associate Education (Trade Training) spokesman Colin King says a National Government would be working with business and Industry Training Organisations to stop the appalling drop out and failure rate in modern apprenticeships.

NZFSA Review Reveals Gaping Holes

29 April 2008 - Stuart Slorach's review of the New Zealand Food Safety Authority published today shows systemic failure in the organisation, Green Party MP Sue Kedgley says.

Dalziel Welcomes Report Into Nzfsa Risk Management

29 April 2008 - New Zealanders are generally well served by the body responsible for ensuring the food we eat is safe, Food Safety Minister Lianne Dalziel says.