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JUST POLITICS
MOT In Speeding Clamp-Down
ERMA Calls For Recall Of Vaccine
Budget Needs Future Vision & Packages
St. Stephens Bullying
Bulk Funded School Staff Protected
Work For The Dole Scheme Gets Relocated
The Air Force Pilots That Went
Pot Reform - Moving In Opposite Directions
Plans For The Electricity Industry
Naming Sex Offenders
Uni-Business Links
Christchurch Fame
Scheme Discriminates Against PIs
Spy Agency "A Waste Of Time"–
Scoop Business: Franks Sues Hoggard
Shipley In Hospital
Mallard Closes Marton Schools

POLITICS From TOP SCOOPS
Rodney, Fiji, And Free Money
Solomons PM Resigns
Scoop Is In The House - Questions Of The Day
Mainstreaming Kiwi Electricity
More On The End Of Native Logging


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JUST POLITICS

MOT In Speeding Clamp-Down

- Drive 10 kmph over the speed limit and you could be hit with a speeding ticket. The polilce’s lower tolerance for speedsters has been announced by Transport Minister Mark Gosche. See... Road Safety 2000 [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00251.htm


ERMA Calls For Recall Of Vaccine

- The Environmental Risk Management Authority has asked that a cholera vaccine be recalled because it contains a genetically modified organism not approved under current laws. See... GM Cholera Vaccine Withdrawn [1] . The Green Party is outraged about the slip up. See... First Release Of GE Organism An Outrage - Greens [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00252.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00250.htm


Budget Needs Future Vision & Packages

- The first budget of the Labour/Alliance Government must spell out a vision for the future which will restore business confidence and provide a vision for economic and social success says, United New Zealand leader, Hon Peter Dunne. See... Budget Must Spell Out A Future [1] Thursday’s budget is not only a test of the Government’s economic credibility, but also of how it intends to control its biggest budget item, welfare. See... Maharey Must Reveal Welfare Plan In Budget [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00246.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00247.htm


St. Stephens Bullying

- Education Minister Trevor Mallard said work is continuing on the future of St Stephen's School in Bombay. The school for Maori boys has been marred by continued problems with student bullying. See... Update on St Stephen's issue [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00245.htm


Bulk Funded School Staff Protected

- The Government will offer help to bulk funded schools who employed permanent over entitlement staff before they receive notification the system would be abolished. See... Govt to 'grandparent' permanent bulk funded staff [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00257.htm


Work For The Dole Scheme Gets Relocated

- The Government is to strengthen its community employment development capacity by relocating the Community Employment function of the Department of Work and Income, Steve Maharey and Parekura Horomia announced today. See... Government to strengthen community development [1] . Also see... Backgrounder: Community Employment [2] The Government’s move to take Community Employment out of WINZ and put it back into the Department of Labour is more about settling old scores than getting New Zealanders into real jobs says ACT. See... Horomia Tries To Re-Create His Old Empire [3] all in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00255.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00254.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00256.htm


The Air Force Pilots That Went

- The recent departure of key Airforce Strike Arm trainers and leaders, although instructors were offered $25,000 bonuses to stay, is a disturbing development that highlights the dangers inherent in the Labour Government’s current stance on defence, says Christian Heritage. See... Christian Heritage Party Supports RSA On Defence [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00041.htm


Pot Reform - Moving In Opposite Directions

- Drug law reformers say that Parliament's Health Committee should expeditiously review the legal status of cannabis – “and quick smart,” because the committee is already sitting on drug scheduling legislation. See... "Just bloody regulate it" say drug reformers [1] in the Politics wire. Meanwhile, Health Minister Annette King today reminded retailers and importers that a ban on importing and supplying cannabis utensils takes effect on July 1, 2000. See... Cannabis Paraphernalia Ban Effective July 1 [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00040.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00258.htm


Plans For The Electricity Industry

- A recent report on the electricity inquiry suggests appointing an Ombudsman to impose fines on companies and compensate consumers. The Government will make a decision on how better to regulate the industry soon. See... Electricity Inquiry report released [1] . Reaction has been widespread and varied. Farmers are the latest group to be unhappy with the planned reforms saying they do not go far enough to help rural businesses. - FEDERATED FARMERS - Electricity Inquiry Fails Rural Consumers. [2] . - ACT - ACT’s Stand On Lines Companies Vindicated [3] - NATIONAL - Nothing In Inquiry For Consumers [4] . - NZ FIRST - Don't Leave People Shivering Over Power Prices [5] . - ELECTRICITY NETWORKS ASSOCIATION - Electricity Inquiry Report [6] . - MEUG - MEUG: Are consumers going to be betrayed? [7] . - NATIONAL - Electricity review will be a compromise [8] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00223.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00039.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00249.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00237.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00240.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0006/S00079.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0006/S00080.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00222.htm


Naming Sex Offenders

- “Naming sex offenders before they have been found guilty has frightening consequences for the innocent accused”, says Bruce Cheriton of Mana Men’s Rights Group. See... Frightening Consequences For Innocent Accused [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00038.htm


Uni-Business Links

- The Government plans to foster closer links between the tertiary sector and the business community, Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey signalled today. See... Links between tertiary institutions and business [1] . Also see…Speech: Tertiary Education in the 21st Century [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00238.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00239.htm


Christchurch Fame

- A major new facility for the performing arts in Christchurch will become a reality following Government approval to the construction of the Aurora Centre. See... Minister gives performance centre green light [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00236.htm


Scheme Discriminates Against PIs

- “The Government's rolled out the welcome mat for young international visitors, but Pacific Islanders have been left out in the cold,” says National MP Arthur Anae. See... Policy discriminates against Pacific Islanders [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00242.htm


Spy Agency "A Waste Of Time"–

Aziz Choudry and David Small, the two complainants who lead the investigative charge into the SIS, say the agency should be overhauled or abolished. See... Government Spy Agency Watchdog - A Waste [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00037.htm


Scoop Business: Franks Sues Hoggard

- “I have arranged today for two shareholders in Fletcher Challenge to sue Mr Kerry Hoggard for the triple damages penalty payable under our insider trading law.” ACT’s Justice spokesman Stephen Franks arranges to sue Fletcher Challenge's former chairman. See... Fletcher Challenge Insider Trader To Be Sued [1] . Also see... Questions and Answers - ACT's Stephen Franks [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00233.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00234.htm


Shipley In Hospital

- Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley will be off work this week after being admitted to Wellington Hospital suffering chest discomfort. See... Statement from Wyatt Creech [1] . Prime Minister Helen Clark hopes Mrs Shipley will get well soon. See... PM wishes Leader of the Opposition speedy recovery [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00226.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00232.htm


Mallard Closes Marton Schools

- Education Minister Trevor Mallard has instructed the Ministry of Education to begin formal procedures to consider closing two Marton schools. See... Reorganising schooling in Marton [1] in the Parliament wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00235.htm

POLITICS From TOP SCOOPS

Rodney, Fiji, And Free Money

- C.D. Sludge has now caught up with the MP who made a trip to Fiji last year to attend a seminar of Investors International, the principal of which, Rudolf van Lin, was later arrested and charged in the US with Securities fraud. See... The Sludge Report #12 – Rodney’s Trip To Fiji [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00053.htm


Solomons PM Resigns

- The Solomon Islands Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa’alu has announced his resignation after ethnic tensions caused widespread disruptions on the islands. See... NEWSFLASH: Solomons PM Resigns [1] in the Headlines wire. Yesterday evening Foreign Minister Phil Goff’s made his latest statement on the area. See... Statement on the Crisis in the Solomon Islands [2] in the Parliament wire. Also see a summary of Phil Goff's earlier statements in Parliament... Solomon Islands Ministerial Statement & Response [3] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00051.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00244.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00045.htm


Scoop Is In The House

- Today's questions concern: Truth In Sentencing - School Zoning And Balloting- Budget Growth Forecasts - Immigrant Doctors - Maori Spectrum And Quest Communications - Bulk Funding - Government Procurement - R&D Taxation - Highway Patrol - ILO Conventions - Road Safety - Immigrant Doctors. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 14 June 2000 [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00054.htm


Mainstreaming Kiwi Electricity

- The NZ electricity inquiry report released this week, is a move toward the international mainstream in electricity regulation, which is not a surprise given the Australian and British leanings of the inquiry panel. Simon Orme writes from Sydney. See... Simon Orme: Mainstreaming - NZ Electricity Inquiry [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00049.htm


More On The End Of Native Logging

- The release Monday of 40 pages of Cabinet papers and minutes backgrounding Government's decisions to end the harvest of rimu timber and to extinguish the 1986 West Coast Accord, has failed to impress West Coast leaders. John Howard reports. See... The End Of West Coast Rimu Logging [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00052.htm


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