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Labour Under Attack Over Power - Claims that higher power prices are inevitable and politicking by Labour is to blame. Labour has withdrawn its support for a Bill which would impose price control on electricity lines companies. It says the Bill is badly worded and doesn’t include price controls on electricity retailers. ACT also opposes the Bill meaning it can only pass with New Zealand First’s support. Energy Minister Max Bradford says consumers will pay the price if this attempt to reign in line companies fails.

UN Decision on Lamb Tariffs - A UN decision on lamb tariffs has come under fire again this morning from Australian Prime Minister John Howard in his final speech of his trip to Washington. The Georgetown university speech complains that signs of increasing US protectionism are deeply worrying. When the US introduces trade restrictions it is even harder to argue that other countries should open up their market.

Tougher Crimes Referendum - The man behind the Citizen’s Initiated Referendum on tougher crime penalties is delighted the referendum will go ahead on Election Day. A petition was circulated after Norm Withers’ mother was beaten up during a robbery in his Christchurch menswear shop. The referendum calls for tougher penalties for violent criminals and includes hard labour. Mr Withers says holding the referendum on the same day as the election will save tax payers millions of dollars.

Goat for President - Taranaki’s once a year Republic is searching for a new president. The reigning president is standing down after ten years at the helm. A local goat has arisen as a front runner for the job. The goat is expected to run against a local hotel owner. Campaign supporters are assuring voters that the goat has the politics and the personality to win.

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Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>

 

Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

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Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

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Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

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Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

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