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Uncertainty for parents around school starting age

Education Minister Chris Hipkins’ pattern of creating confusion and chaos continues with parents and schools being sent mixed messages about whether children can start school in the weeks before they...


Missed opportunity for shared parental leave

The Government has missed the opportunity today to join the Opposition in providing greater flexibility for New Zealand families with young babies, National Party Workplace Relations Spokesperson Amy Adams says....


New opportunity for Parental Leave flexibility

National Party Workplace Relations Spokesperson Amy Adams is today lodging a private members’ bill to provide flexible Paid Parental Leave so both parents can take leave at the same time....


Secret agreement needs to be made public

The Prime Minister needs to release the Government’s secret agreement with NZ First which the Deputy Prime Minister says outlines the way ministers will behave, deal with the media and...


Report doesn’t justify reduced investment in roads

The Transport Minister’s release of a KiwiRail report to justify his axing of the vital East-West Link and other important roading projects just doesn’t stack up, National Party Transport Spokesperson...


More smoke and mirrors on housing

The Government’s surprise announcement it has asked three people to spend a month writing a report on the state of New Zealand’s housing is nothing more than smoke and mirrors,...


Government must ensure allowances aren’t rorted

Labour must explain how it will ensure that people are enrolled in tertiary study for genuine reasons next year and not to exploit the increase in student allowances, National Party...


Tax Working Group underwhelming

The Government’s Tax Working Group announcement looks like an eighteen month long rubber stamp for a Capital Gains Tax, National Party Finance Spokesperson Steven Joyce says. “Its Terms of Reference...


National welcomes Government’s latest backslide on immigration

National Party Immigration Spokesperson Simon Bridges has welcomed the new Government’s major climb-down on its immigration policy as announced by Immigration Minister Ian Lees Galloway. “This is a very significant...


Education Minister picks nanny state over parental choice

Education Minister Chris Hipkins’ decision to take away parents’ ability to have their children start school in the weeks before their fifth birthday is nanny-state and ideologically driven, National Education...