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POLITICS HEADLINES

Visa Ban On Milosevich & Mates
Victims Rights Package
Karam Verdict Raises Questions
Scoop Business: Recovery Meets The Heartland?
Public Transport Funding
A Big Drag Out
Women, Dr. Gordon & The UN
Energy Efficiency A Green Idea
Maori Health Gains Will Stay
Tariff Freeze Was Political
Prebble on Closing The Gaps
The Christians React To Abortion Statistics
Farmers On Biosecurity
Sludge Stumbles Over A Motherload Of It...
Solomons Evacuations
Talking Down Coalition Differences
New Restorative Justice Package


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Visa Ban On Milosevich & Mates

- Foreign Minister Phil Goff and Immigration Minister, Lianne Dalziel today announced a ban on issuing visas to leading members of the Government of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia including Serbia, and their supporters. See... Visa Ban On Republic Of Yugoslavia Leaders [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00220.htm


Victims Rights Package

- The Victims' Rights Package of new legislation and $7.657 million over the next four years, announced by Justice Minister Phil Goff and Courts Minister Matt Robson today, will at last give victims of crime in New Zealand a fairer deal. See... Government announces Victim's Rights Package [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00218.htm


Karam Verdict Raises Questions

- Following up concerns he first raised publicly whilst Deputy Prime Minister, Winston Peters Leader of New Zealand First, today said the not guilty verdict in the Joe Karam defamation case highlighted serious questions regarding the police investigation of the David Bain case. See... Call For Independent Body To Replace PCA [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00215.htm


Scoop Business: Recovery Meets The Heartland?

- “This morning's National Bank regional trends survey shows that the economy is growing strongly across most of New Zealand,” Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today. See... Recovery moves to provincial New Zealand - Cullen [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00199.htm


Public Transport Funding

- Public transport received a significant boost today with the Government announcing changes to funding systems that could nearly double the amount available for public transport over the next three years. See... More Money for Public Transport [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00197.htm


A Big Drag Out

- Saturdays inaugural Smokers Day Out in Sulphur City Rotorua, may have created a stink but was a roaring success according to organiser Joy Faulkner, Founder of Smokers Of The World Unite. See... Smokers Day Out Kicks Butt! [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00029.htm


Women, Dr. Gordon & The UN

- United Nation states must continue to set new goals and identify new measures for women's equality and empowerment, Alliance MP Dr Liz Gordon told a special session of the General Assembly in New York last night. See... NZ reports on progress towards gender equity [1] . For Dr. Gordon’s speech to the Assembly see... Beijing + 5 Special Session Speech Liz Gordon [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00194.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00196.htm


Energy Efficiency A Green Idea

- The Green Party today revealed the first initiative in the Green Budget Package, adding $3 million to the Government's funding of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). See... $3m for energy efficiency from Greens [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00193.htm


Maori Health Gains Will Stay

- This Government will not jeopardise the health gains made in the last six years by the Maori health providers says Associate Minister of Health Hon Tariana Turia. See... Maori health gain [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00191.htm


Tariff Freeze Was Political

- “Cabinet papers obtained by the Opposition reveal the decision to freeze tariffs was based on party politics and not on any analysis of the impact on New Zealand businesses and consumers,” - Opposition Commerce spokesperson Lockwood Smith. See... Cabinet papers show tariffs frozen for politics [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00189.htm


Prebble on Closing The Gaps

- ACT leader Richard Prebble today told the government they must make the growing investment gap the number one priority in the Budget. See... Investment Gap Widening, Says Prebble [1] in the wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00186.htm


The Christians React To Abortion Statistics

- In commenting on the record levels of New Zealand’s just announced abortion statistics for year 1999, Gael Donoghue, Christian Heritage Party Health Spokesperson said. See... NZ's Human Abattoirs’ Ever Increasing Toll Tragedy [1] in the Politics wire. Just over 15,500 abortions were performed in New Zealand during the 1999 December year, about 3.1 per cent more than in 1998, according to the latest figures released by Statistics New Zealand. See... More Abortions in 1999 [2] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00031.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0006/S00050.htm


Farmers On Biosecurity

- Federated Farmers Biosecurity spokesperson Tom Lambie today called on the Government to stop prevaricating and start issuing on the spot infringement notices for tourists and travellers entering New Zealand with plant or food material. See... Government Must Begin Border Enforcement Penalties [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00028.htm


Sludge Stumbles Over A Motherload Of It...

- Today's Sludge Report relates a strange tale involving the visit of a NZ MP to Fiji on a speaking trip, free money for the secretive and greedy, and a so called "financial freedom" movement which promotes tax avoidance, offshore trusts and VERY high yield investment schemes. All this is set against a background of greed and secrecy. And it is happening here in New Zealand. See... Sludge Report #10 - Free Money For Greedy Mystery [1] for the Scoop of Scoops.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00034.htm


Solomons Evacuations

- The New Zealand Air force is helping evacuate over 150 foreign nationals from Honiara this afternoon with several New Zealanders on board flights out of the troubled islands. Meanwhile another 19 New Zealanders are expected to be evacuated soon from the outlying island of Gizo. See... NZAF Solomon Evacuations Continue [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00039.htm


Talking Down Coalition Differences

- The recent spat between coalition partners Labour and the Alliance was down-played by the Prime Minister Helen Clark today. See... Clark Talks Down Coalition Differences [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00038.htm


New Restorative Justice Package

- Courts Minister Matt Robson and Justice Minister Phil Goff today announced funding for a package of measures that will give more victims of crime the option of restorative justice. See... Restorative justice package announced [1] in the Parliament wire. - NATIONAL - Home comforts for rapists [2] . - GREENS - Greens applaud restorative justice measures [3] . - NATIONAL- Govt needs balanced approach to crime [4] . - CHRISTIAN HERITAGE - Clayton’s Version Of Restorative Justice Introduced [5] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00188.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00185.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00195.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00192.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00030.htm

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