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JUST POLITICS
Kiwi Bank Progresses
St. Stephen’s School To Shut
Mental Illness Attacked By Gun Lobby
More Maori Fisheries Money Lost
Not A Budget For Pot Smokers
Re-Launch Of A WINZ Under Rankin
Tax Rules On R&D
APC Purchases
Pacific Whale Sanctury Proposed
Prebble Continues Investigating The Waipareira Trust

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New Zealand Defence Framework Unveiled
SLUDGE: What Rodney Told Investors In Fiji
The Pro-GE Campaign, The Greens & Free Speech

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Kiwi Bank Progresses

- Alliance leader and Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton is pleased that the Government has agreed to continue to progress the Kiwi Bank initiative. See... Kiwi Bank progress 'pleasing' [1] in the wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00433.htm


St. Stephen’s School To Shut

- ACT Education Spokesman Donna Awatere Huata today said she was extremely concerned that Maori girls attending Queen Victoria would lose out under a plan to merge the school with troubled St Stephens School. See... Awatere-Huata Concerned At Planned School Merger [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00413.htm


Mental Illness Attacked By Gun Lobby

- Post-budget comments from the pro-gun lobby have been described as the most trashy and opportunistic attack ever on people with mental illnesses. See... Mental Health Group Incensed by Gun-Owner Comments [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00065.htm


More Maori Fisheries Money Lost

- “Another $1 million of Mäori seafood industry wealth has been destroyed in the last month because the “pre-settlement” fisheries assets issue hasn’t been sorted out,” Harry Mikaere, Chairman of the Treaty Tribes Coalition, said today. See... Parl. Inaction Costs Another Million Dollars [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00064.htm


Not A Budget For Pot Smokers

- The National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws New Zealand (NORML NZ) has today expressed it’s disappointment with the Labour-Alliance Government’s budget, and called for an end to cannabis prohibition and a new emphasis on drug education. See... Nothing In The Budget For The Cannabis Community [1] . Also see... Bong Ban Is Harm Maximisation [2] both in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00062.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00061.htm


Re-Launch Of A WINZ Under Rankin

- The Government is planning a major PR exercise this week to relaunch WINZ under the leadership of Christine Rankin, a move ACT Social Welfare Spokesman, Muriel Newman says is like ‘trying to relaunch the Fire Service afresh under Roger Estall’. See... Maharey’s WINZ Relaunch A Nonsense [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00402.htm


Tax Rules On R&D

- The real message from this budget is that the Inland Revenue Department will start enforcing the tax rules on research and development, according to Opposition Revenue Spokesperson, Annabel Young MP. See... Budget signals IRD to start to enforce R&D rules [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00405.htm


APC Purchases

- Unrest is growing in Army circles over fears the purchase of Armoured Personnel Carriers may be shelved for a number of years. See... Burton must say whether he will delay re-equipping [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00404.htm


Pacific Whale Sanctury Proposed

- Conservation Minister Sandra Lee will lead our largest-ever official delegation to this year's International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Adelaide next month, when New Zealand and Australia will propose a South Pacific whale sanctuary be established. See... NZ and Aus Propose South Pacific whale sanctuary [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00401.htm


Prebble Continues Investigating The Waipareira Trust

- ACT leader Richard Prebble said today that he had referred the inquiry into the Waipareira Trust's handling of taxpayers' money to the Finance and Expenditure select committee. See... Waipareira Inquiry Referred to Finance Committee [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00400.htm


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New Zealand Defence Framework Unveiled

- "New Zealand's defence capabilities at the moment represent a confused view of the roles our armed forces are likely to be called upon to perform." See..PM's Statement On Defence Policy Framework [1] in the Parliament wire. FULL COVERAGE - The Policy Statement - THE GOVERNMENT’S DEFENCE POLICY FRAMEWORK [2] - NATIONAL - Defence statement avoids hard decisions [3] - GREENS - Business as usual for defence brass [4] - UNITED - Defence Review Produces Half Way House Solution [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00427.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00432.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00430.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00429.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00428.htm


SLUDGE: What Rodney Told Investors In Fiji

- Sludge is delighted to provide the following transcript of the speech delivered by ACT MP Rodney Hide at the Investors International conference in Fiji in January last year. See... Sludge Report #14 – Rodney’s Speech In Fiji (1) [1] and Sludge Report #15 (Part 2) [2] , both in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00072.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00073.htm


The Pro-GE Campaign, The Greens & Free Speech

- New Zealand trade officials and diplomats are taking part in a pro-GE campaign aimed at influencing the outcome of the Royal Commission on Genetic Engineering, Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said today. See... Trade officials and diplomats in pro-GE campaign [1] in the Parliament wire. “The attack by the co-leader of the Green Party on the New Zealand Life Sciences Network (Inc) is an attempt to prevent the public hearing anything which contradicts the Greens’ view of the world and therefore, nothing less than an attack on free speech.” So says a pro-GE group the Life Sciences Network. See... Greens attack free speech [2] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00410.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00063.htm

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