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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 11:08

Today’s Inspector General of Intelligence and Security’s (IGIS) report confirms that the Prime Minister’s office engaged in a serious abuse of power, says the Green Party.

The IGIS report looked at the release of an Official Information Act request to disgraced blogger Cameron Slater prior to the 2011 election revealed in the Dirty Politics book. The investigation was held in response to a complaint lodged by the Green Party.

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 17:38

Reports that the Prime Minister’s senior advisor gave secret SiS information to blogger Cameron Slater in order to embarrass the Labour Party shows John Key and his staff were up to their necks in Dirty Politics and abused their power to manipulate at least one election campaign, the Green Party said.

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 14:03

John Key has not made a case for rushing through counter-terrorism laws that infringe significantly on the rights of New Zealanders, the Green Party said today.

A draft of the new counter-terrorism laws, the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill, was made public yesterday.  The Bill proposes wide ranging changes that compromise the privacy and civil liberties of New Zealanders.

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 10:33

The Green Party says an inquiry is needed to investigate whether the State Services Commission followed due process in handling a complaint against CERA boss Roger Sutton, in a bid to restore confidence in the State Sector’s handling of sexual harassment complaints.

“Actions by the State Service Commissioner and two Government Ministers over Mr Sutton’s resignation have fuelled the perception that Mr Sutton has been hard done by,” Green Party State Services Spokesperson Denise Roche said.

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 12:56

The Green Party is calling on the Government to put the brakes on changes to surveillance and passport laws in the wake of a leaked copy of the Government’s foreign fighter legislation revealing serious flaws in the drafting, and sections that potentially breach New Zealand international legal obligations.

“John Key is proposing radical changes, that could see innocent New Zealanders left stateless or spied on in their own homes without a warrant, and he wants to ram the law through in record time under urgency,” said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman.

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 12:53

Schools need resources and support to get the best out of children with learning differences and disabilities rather than be told not to bother, the Green Party says.

Green Party Education Spokeswoman Catherine Delahunty was responding to Secondary Principals Association President Tom Parsons who claimed children were being misdiagnosed and students who were simply quirky were being wrongly labelled.

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 11:30

National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today.

“As well, former party ministers are abetting the newly New Zealand registered Bank of China becoming an active player in the property market,” Green Party housing spokesperson Kevin Hague said today.

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 16:48

More than a quarter of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are being silenced with gag clauses under the National government, said the Green Party.

The alarming statistic comes from a recent study, into the community and voluntary sector, by Dr Sandra Grey and Dr Charles Sedgwick from the Victoria University of Wellington.  In her 2008 study, she found that only 12.9 percent of respondents, with government contracts, were subject to gag clauses. In 2013, that figure jumped to 25.8 percent.

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 11:14

Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today.

“No finance minister in a generation has racked up seven consecutive deficits,” Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today.

“They have tried to paint themselves as good economic managers but National has, in just over six years, racked up $55 billion in extra debt, equivalent to over $14,000 for every New Zealander.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 10:33

The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National’s severe funding cuts has been revealed as a failure, the Green Party said today.

The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the largest in the public service, followed the National Government’s $54 million cut to DOC funding. It resulted in the loss of 96 positions, a major loss of field staff and their expertise, and a new structure which divided staff between partnership and services groups.