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Friday, November 28, 2014 - 10:40

The Government must urgently fix the broken response to family violence, in the wake of the latest death from domestic violence and the recommendations of the Glenn Inquiry.

“How many women and children must die before the glaring problems in the justice system are fixed?” Green Party women’s issues spokesperson Jan Logie said.

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 13:22

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s latest report released today reinforces the need for the Government to take climate change seriously, the Green Party said.

The report, Changing Climate and Rising Seas, released today summarises the science around climate change and focuses on sea level rise.

“We need to do our fair share to reduce emissions, and we need to start before we lock in further sea level rises,” said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman.

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 12:27

Incomes are not keeping up with rising costs for kiwi households, the Green Party said today.

Statistics New Zealand released its Household Economic Survey today which found that, while household incomes have increased by 9.1 percent since June 30, 2012, household costs have increased more rapidly, rising 11.1 percent over the same period. The change in household fortunes was not shared evenly. The number of households receiving more than $123,300 annually rose by 14.7 percent (the highest quintile in 2012/13) while all other quintiles remained virtually unchanged.

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 10:42

John Key’s answers to questions about dirty politics can’t be trusted, after he was forced to admit that he had misled journalists and Parliament about contact with attack blogger Cameron Slater, said the Green Party today.

“The waters surrounding Mr Key and his attack blogger friend have been further muddied in the past 48 hours, highlighting the need for a Royal Commission to investigate the extent of the Prime Minister’s involvement in dirty politics and the use of SIS information for political purposes,” Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 15:32

The Green Party is today welcoming the Justice Minister’s announcement to resume the Law Commission’s sexual violence Trial Proceedings work following repeated calls for the work to start again.

“Judith Collins was wrong to stop the Law Commission work in 2011,” said Green Party women’s spokesperson Jan Logie today.

“We have a legal system that is only convicting 1 in 100 cases of sexual violence, change to the trial systems are urgently needed.

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.