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More serious questions to answer for Jones

Shane Jones’ revelation that he talked to the chief of the NZ Transport Agency about a court case in which he had a distant family connection raises further serious questions...


Capital Gains Tax would deter savers, investors

The Government would be gambling with New Zealand’s future prosperity if it made good on its threats to impose a Capital Gains Tax, which would be a tax on both...


New attempt to get guns off gangs

National is reaching out to the Government to ask it to take another look at laws that would help police take firearms off gang members and make it clear gang...


Capital Gains Tax will exacerbate slowing economy

The Government would impose a Capital Gains Tax at the worst possible time for New Zealand when the economy is already slowing and businesses are less willing to hire workers...


Tertiary consultation period should be extended

The likelihood of fewer apprentices is just one of the reasons Education Minister Chris Hipkins should extend consultation on the vocational education reforms, National’s Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Spokesperson...


Minimum wage hike will cost jobs, slow growth

Some 8000 jobs may be lost with today’s minimum wage hike, about equal to the population of Motueka, National’s Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson Scott Simpson says. “National raised the...


Even the taxman saw harm in a Capital Gains Tax

Tax officials advised the Government 15 months ago that our small companies, start-ups and innovators were better off without a Capital Gains Tax, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says....


Warning for Government as economy slows

The Government can’t afford to be complacent about a slowdown in economic growth which will lead to fewer jobs and opportunities for New Zealanders, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges...


Port decision should be based on merit

Decisions around the future of the Ports of Auckland, rail and light rail need to be made on clear analysis of costs and benefits, not on the basis of rushed...


Royal Commission needed into Christchurch attacks

Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says a Royal Commission of Inquiry is needed into our Security and Intelligence Agencies following the Christchurch terror attacks and our security legislation needs to be...