Dunne Speaks – An international approach to drug funding is needed

The debate about the melanoma drug Keytruda is an important one, with some very familiar elements to it. At its most basic level, the question is should or should not Keytruda be funded by Pharmac so that affected patients can potentially benefit from it. So far, Keytruda has been registered by Medsafe, the medicines regulator, […]

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Dunne Speaks – Panama Papers highlights unintended consequences

New Zealand’s tax system is generally well-regarded. In part that is because of our focus on a broad base, low rate approach to personal and corporate taxation, and in part it is because our system is relatively easy to comply with as a consequence. While businesses can offset some of their expenses against their tax […]

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Social Security Bill takes a positive step for children and families

UnitedFuture leader, Peter Dunne, today welcomed the introduction of the Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill. The Bill makes a number of changes to social security legislation and amongst them are some significant steps forward for supporting children and families “The recognition that parents with shared custody of their child or children effectively act as sole […]

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Panama Papers revelations raise serious question

United Future leader Peter Dunne says the latest Panama Papers revelations raise serious questions. “I am especially concerned at the revelation that the numbers of foreign trusts established in New Zealand has gone up almost four-fold in the last decade. “That explosion inevitably raises perceptions that New Zealand is being used a tax haven, and […]

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UnitedFuture calls for a rethink of rental minimum standards

Although UnitedFuture today voted in favour of the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill, allowing it to be sent to Select Committee.  UnitedFuture leader, Peter Dunne, says a rethink is needed when it comes to the issue of ensuring healthy homes and healthy families. “It’s a basic good to have a warm and safe place to call […]

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