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Hobbit law restrictions bad for the economy

Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway has opened up the possibility of collective bargaining to all contractors following changes made to the so-called ‘Hobbit Law’, National’s Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson...


Ombudsman complaint over missing meeting

Housing Minister Phil Twyford’s excuses that a “clerical error” was to blame for a meeting not being recorded in his Ministerial diary ring hollow given he refused to release details...


Shane Jones writing cheques the regions can’t cash

Shane Jones is failing to deliver on all his hi-vis announcements, with only a dribble of the money promised through the Provincial Growth Fund actually landing in bank accounts, National’s...


Rally for Melling planned

MP for Hutt South Chris Bishop is inviting Hutt residents to a big Rally for Melling at Melling Station on Saturday 29 June. The new Melling Interchange, a critical project...


Canapés and champagne but no confidence

The Finance Minister will host a farewell function for the Secretary of Treasury this evening despite being unable to express confidence in him, National’s Finance spokeswoman Amy Adams says. “Mr...


Learning support coordinators missing in action

It is difficult to have any confidence in government promises around collective bargaining when they are yet to deliver finalise the policy for learning support coordinators, National’s Education spokesperson Nikki...


National supporting primary sector growth

Today National has released our third discussion document, this one on the primary sector. It showcases our positive and innovative approach to what is the backbone of our economy, Leader...


Speech: Primary Sector Discussion Document

Good afternoon, it’s great to be here again at Fieldays. I’d like to begin by acknowledging ANZ’s Commercial & Agri general manager Lorraine Mapu. It’s also great to see Nathan...


National proposes increased penalties for biosecurity risks

National is proposing increasing the penalties for breaching biosecurity rules at the border to protect our farms, orchards and natural environment from pests and diseases, National’s Biosecurity spokesperson Nathan Guy...


Primary Sector Visa to provide certainty for rural employers

National is proposing a Primary Sector Visa to help provide workforce certainty for employers in the primary sector, National’s Immigration spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “Our primary sector is diversifying so...