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Schools facing large bills for teacher settlement

Principals are contacting the Opposition to express concerns about finding out they are being left with thousands of dollars of bills due to reliever teachers or teachers funded by boards...


Government letting young people down

The Labour-led Government’s flagship programme to help young people off a benefit and into work is letting our most vulnerable youth down, National’s Social Development spokesperson Louise Upston says. “Of...


Gangs certified to grow medicinal cannabis

Today the Prime Minister could not rule out serious offenders being able to hold a licence to manufacture and grow cannabis under this Government’s medicinal cannabis scheme, National’s Drug Reform...


MoF not over the detail of major spending initiatives

The inability of Finance Minister Grant Robertson to answer basic questions about the effectiveness of major spending decisions, shows he is not in control of Government spending, National’s Finance spokesperson...


RMA reform must stop people gaming the system

The Government needs to give property owners their rights back and stop people manipulating the Resource Management Act to their advantage, National’s RMA Reform spokesperson Judith Collins says. “The Government’s...


Political polling by departments wrong

Revelations that three government departments have been conducting polling into people’s political persuasions is wrong and compromises the political neutrality of the public service, says National’s State Services spokesperson Nick...


$300m on working groups, trail of broken promises

The Government’s constant outsourcing of work has left taxpayers with a $317 million bill, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. “Over the past 21 months, there have been 279...


Inept Government filibusters own Bills

After three weeks’ recess and 20 months convening over $300 million worth of working groups to help it draft legislation, it turns out the Government has so few Bills in...


Government lacks ambition for jobseekers

An increase of 15,500 people on jobseeker benefits under the Labour-led Government shows that they are not motivated to help New Zealanders into work, National’s Social Development spokesperson Louise Upston...


Firearms Tranche Two not focussing on the right people

The Government has lost sight of who its firearms legislation should be focussed on, National’s Police spokesperson Brett Hudson says. “While National hasn’t been briefed on all of the detail,...