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WILLIAMSON TELLS KEY HE NEVER WANTED TO JOIN ACT. SO WHAT WAS DON BRASH...

  Two days after a reportedly acrimonious caucus debate over the Health and Safety in Employment Reform Bill involving Pakuranga MP Maurice Williamson, approaches were...

POLITICAL ROW BREWING INSIDE NATIONAL

A political row within the National Party could ignite this week if a Select Committee does not make major modifications to a one of...

THE CROSBY TEXTOR BUDGET

Is this the Budget that will give National a fourth term? That’s the question that the big childcare support package immediately provokes. And it was one...

BENEFITS GO UP — KIWISAVER CUT. THE BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS

The main highlights: Deficit expected to be $684 million with a very slim improvement to a $176 million surplus in the 2015/16 year. A $25 a...

"SIGNIFICANT" BUDGET MOVE ON CHILD POVERTY

Though Finance Minister Bill English appears to be ruling out any new initiatives in this Budget it is still likely it will feature a...

GOVERNMENT IGNORES ADVICE AND INLAND REVENUE PROJECT GOES 517% OVER BUDGET

  An Inland Revenue project to change liable parent payments has gone off the rails with a massive budget blowout. But this time Treasury saw it...

THE CHILD POVERTY BUDGET

  As more hints about what will be in the Budget leak out it looks likely to focus on child poverty. The Prime Minister more or...

LITTLE DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT HIS PARTY'S CONTROVERSIAL PROPOSAL TO DENY BENEFITS TO NON ENROLLERS.

Labour’s Caucus will next week discuss the proposal by the party’s General Secretary, Tim Barnett to deny Working for Families tax credits to people...

ODD SUBMISSIONS TO THE REVIEW OF THE ELECTION

LABOUR WANTS TO STOP WORKING FOR FAMILIES TO PEOPLE WHO DON'T ENROL  The Labour Party is proposing that eligible voters who do not enrol be...

GOVERNMENT BACKDOWN ON EARTHQUAKE REQUIREMENTS

The Government is finally backing down on its “one size fits all” stringent requirements for earthquake prone buildings. Housing and Building Minister Nick Smith announced...

WINSTON'S COMMITTEE APPEARANCE FLAGS

The low profile MP for Waitaki, Jacqui Dean, perhaps better known back in the 80s as Jacqui Hay, a presenter on the children’s’ TV...

DAMNING REPORT ON WHANAU ORA

  The Auditor General today issued a report criticising Te Puni Kokiri   for allowing nearly a third of the money allocated to the Whanau Ora...

WHAT IS JUDITH COLLINS UP TO?

It’s hard to see a rational explanation for Judith Collins’ sudden media explosion. Her weekend interview on “Q&A” surprised some of her colleagues because of...

NATIONAL'S PARTY MEMBERS WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO DEAL TO THE AUCKLAND COUNCIL

National Party members are putting pressure on the Government to set up an independent audit of the Auckland City Council and to review its...

JOHN KEY'S GUIDE TO POLITICAL SUCCESS — AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE BUDGET

Prime Minister John Key is promising that the May 21 Budget will address “material hardship”. Speaking at his party’s northern regional conference at Waitangi yesterday...