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    The Whipping Post: The Good, the Bad, the What The?

    The year’s first House sitting week might have been and gone, but what a rip snorter.

    The good

    Bring it on home

    First up - and we couldn’t let the week go by without mentioning it – was Waitangi Day. Serious issues got an airing, as they should, but this year's was surely the first to have a trending hashtag, and hopefully the last where a Minister gets walloped with a rubber body part. The palaver continued, during the usual Tuesday caucus-run standup. Like the proverbial dog with a, er, tasty morsel, the media just couldn’t seem to let it go. Andrew Little confirmed his status as a true professional, the journos not so much. Their reaction is priceless…

    National's Stairway to Heaven

    All that glitters…

    Official documents showing the Government has spent $19.5 million on a revamp of the Ministry of Education building serve as a reminder that National’s profligacy continues unabated.

    The refit, the latest in a series of Ministry mega-spends, includes a $2.6 million grand staircase, a “Koru”-style transit lounge and a “concierge” style arrangement in the reception area. It comes as schools around the country are being told there’s no cash for desperately needed upgrades to past-their-use-by date buildings.

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Latest Headlines

Talley’s Court ruling a victory for workers

· February 12, 2016

An Employment Court judgement requiring Talley’s AFFCO staff at its Wairoa freezing works to return to their normal shifts is a victory for the locked out workers, say Labour’s Workplace Relations Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway and MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti Meka Whaitiri.

“This has been a five month ordeal for the workers, their families and the wider Wairoa community,” says Iain Lees-Galloway.

Labour to keep fighting to axe zero hour contracts

· February 12, 2016

Labour will continue its fight to outlaw zero hour contracts after the Government broke its promise to scrap them, Labour’s Workplace Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says.

“The Employment Standards Legislation Bill has been reported back from Select Committee without the changes needed for Labour to support it.

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