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National extends keeping-in-touch days for parents

National MP Sarah Dowie is pleased that the Government has adopted her amendment to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill which boosts the number of hours that parents...


Minister needs to front up on National Standards

Education Minister Chris Hipkins is creating confusion yet again about the future of the education system by failing to provide any detail on the replacement of National Standards, says National...


Government should be flexible on Paid Parental Leave

The Coalition Government should be flexible on Parental Leave and accept changes to their Paid Parental Leave Bill that would improve options for families, National Party Workplace Relations Spokesperson Amy...


Government must do all it can to get TPP over line

TPP leaders must work to resolve their differences to ensure the real benefits from the agreement are realised, National Party Leader Bill English says. “News out of Vietnam that an...


Govt’s missed opportunity to help vulnerable NZers

National Party Data Spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says the Government will miss the biggest opportunity in a generation to transform the lives of the most vulnerable New Zealanders if it...


Government must get TPP over the line

The Government must pull out all the stops to complete TPP11 in Vietnam this weekend and it can be assured of National’s support for a high-quality free trade agreement if...


Defence Minister needs to speak up

Defence Minister Ron Mark should stand up for our Defence Force after its integrity was seriously called into question by the Government yesterday, National’s Defence Spokesperson Mark Mitchell says. “Mr...


Transparency needed on Government spending plans

The new Government needs to be much clearer on its spending plans so that public institutions like Treasury and the Reserve Bank have sufficient information to perform their roles effectively,...


Partnership schools legislation creates more confusion

The latest decision by the Government to continue with the Education (Public Good not Profit from Charter Schools) Bill will add to the confusion about the future of these schools...


Government must build on NZ’s success

National Party Leader Bill English has challenged the new Government to continue to build on New Zealand’s success, making the most of the strong platform laid by the hard work...