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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.

Power Users May Face Extra Bill Of $165 Million

25 June 2008 - Labour is being forced to consider a plan that will load an extra bill of $165 million onto power bills, even before the Emissions Trading Scheme kicks in, says National Party Energy spokesman Gerry Brownlee.

National Knocks Its Own Idea On The Head

25 June 2008 - Flip-flops are now becoming the trademark of the National Party says Minister of Health David Cunliffe.

Treaty Deal A Major Step Forward For New Zealanders

25 June 2008 - The settlement achieved between the Crown and the Central North Island Iwi Collective is a major step forward for all New Zealanders, Treaty Negotiations Minister Michael Cullen said today.

The CNI Collective Inspires

25 June 2008 - "We should all be proud of what the iwi of the Central North Island have achieved with this settlement" Minister of Maori Affairs, Parekura Horomia said today.