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National MP Alastair Scott won few new supporters for the Government in a disability rights debate in Wellington last night, saying ‘love has consequences’ when asked about disabled people losing benefits when they move in with partners.


Property law and rules around benefit fraud are not keeping up with the changing landscape of relationships, with many in de facto relationships now seeing themselves as financially independent. Baz Macdonald surveys that new landscape and explains what it means for an ongoing Law Commission review of the Property (Relationships) Act of 1976.



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It was tit for tat, as Labour unleashed its version of National’s family income package that would scrap the Government’s lauded tax cuts. Shane Cowlishaw looks at how Labour's package compares, and whether it will be enough to drag the party out of the doldrums?

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The Government has unveiled in one fell swoop all the infrastructure projects that will use up all the $1 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund announced in July last year. The fund will back 40 roading, bridging and water projects across Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga and Queenstown to underpin the opening up of 60,000 sections over the next ten years and up to 103,000 sections in the longer run.