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The Immigration Minister defended the Government’s immigration policy when appearing before a Select Committee, saying he had no interest in devastating industry. Shane Cowlishaw reports.

New Education Minister Nikki Kaye has survived her first appearance before the Education and Science Select Committee relatively unscathed, writes Shane Cowlishaw, who sat in on the hearings into Vote Education and Tertiary Education.

Refusing to go quietly, the departing Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has fired a broadside at the Government about the plight of New Zealand’s birds, calling for a tourist levy to pay for their protection and continued use of 1080 poison. Shane Cowlishaw reports.

Tourism is now our biggest industry, but the sector continues to be stigmatised as unattractive and lowly-paid. So why are we not moving towards a more value-added approach like some of our other big earners?

There were shades of red in the keystone of National’s Budget – a family package aimed at those on the lowest incomes. But is it a symptom of a Government really trying to help the bottom rung, or simply an election sweetener?

As expected, the centrepiece of this year’s Budget is a family package. Shane Cowlishaw explores where the money will be spent.

Working for Families has been tweaked in recent years in ways that squeezed inflation-adjusted incomes and increased marginal tax rates. Shane Cowlishaw examines whether the policy is failing and if it could be given a boost in the Budget.