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JUST POLITICS
Scoop Is In The House - Questions
Rankin Loses Power At WINZ
Commerce ACT Changes
R&D Tax Breaks Still Possible?
NZ Boosts Overseas Aid
Robson’s Immigration Amnesty Idea
Native Forests Cleared For Firewood
Racially Divisive Education Policy
Kiwi Bank Ahead

POLITICAL NEWS FROM TOP SCOOPS
The GE Propaganda War Begins
New Zealand Defence Framework Unveiled

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Scoop Is In The House - Questions

- Today's Questions concern: R&D Taxation – Fiscal Surpluses – Elective Surgery -Mental Health Funding – Armed Forces Equipment x 2 – Fiji Trade Ban – Closing The Education Gaps – WINZ And The Koru Club – Kiwi Bank – Customs Exercises – Foreign Ownership of Fishing Quota. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day June 20 [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00081.htm

Rankin Loses Power At WINZ

– WINZ Boss Christine Rankin will lose some of her powers inside the organisation says Work & Income Minister Steve Maharey. See... Govt. Responds To The WINZ Inquiry [1] The union representing government employees the Public Service Association is pleased with the government decisions. . See... PSA – change for the better [2] in the Politics wire. National meanwhile remains unimpressed with the ‘culture of extravagance’ within WINZ. See... ‘Culture of Extravagance’ Alive & Well [3] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00458.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00078.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00445.htm


Commerce ACT Changes

- Important changes to the Commerce Act regarding company trading could become law this year. Minister Of Commerce Paul Swain outlined some of the likely changes in a speech this morning. See... Paul Swain Speech - Commerce Act Reform Process [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00443.htm


R&D Tax Breaks Still Possible?

- “The suggestion that the Government has not closed the door on the issue of tax deductibility for Research and Development is welcome news for New Zealand manufacturers”, says the Manufacturers Federation. See... Tax Deductibility For R&D Back On The Agenda? [1] . The suggestion was made by the Prime Minister in her post-budget speech on Friday. See... PM's Post Budget Speech In Auckland [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00072.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00392.htm


NZ Boosts Overseas Aid

- New Zealand is to boost its overseas aid by 6.5% during the coming year. Beneficiaries include East Timor, The Solomon Islands while direct government aid to Fiji has been halved. See... Overseas aid budget rises [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00444.htm


Robson’s Immigration Amnesty Idea

- “Information is needed before embarking on any reforms of immigration law, especially an amnesty”, said ACT Immigration spokesman Penny Webster. Yesterday Corrections Minister Matt Robson was reported suggesting an immigration amnesty for Pacific Island overstayers. See... Immigration changes skydiving without a parachute [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00452.htm


Native Forests Cleared For Firewood

- Revelations today of the large-scale clearance of virgin native forests for firewood were a national disgrace, the Ecologic Foundation said today. See... Native Forests For Firewood Scandal [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00071.htm


Racially Divisive Education Policy

- ACT Education Spokesman Donna Awatere Huata has slammed a Select Committee Report into the Government’s Education Amendment Bill saying it’s simply a vehicle for the Government to ram through the ‘racially divisive’ Bill. See... Govt Plough On With Racially Divisive Bill [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00441.htm


Kiwi Bank Ahead

- Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton’s “Jim’s bank” looks likely to be given the thumbs up but the public won’t know the exact form it will take for a couple of months yet. See... Jim's Bank Final Decision Still Pending [1] in the Headlines wire. Alliance leader and Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton is pleased. See... Kiwi Bank progress 'pleasing' [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00077.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00433.htm

POLITICAL NEWS FROM TOP SCOOPS

The GE Propaganda War Begins

- As the Royal Inquiry into genetic engineering opens today the Australia-New Zealand food association has declared five GE modified foods safe to eat. The Greens have rejected the announcement. - ANZFA - Safety Reports On GM Foods For Public Comment [1] - AUS GOVT. - Safety Assesment Reports Released (Speech) [2] - GREENS - ANZFA assurances over GE-Food meaningless [3] - ACT - Dubious Details Show Greens True Form [4] - ACT - Greens Attempting To Spin GE Truth [5] - GOVT - Greens Barking Up The Wrong Tree: Sutton [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00070.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0006/S00109.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00442.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00456.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00435.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00446.htm


New Zealand Defence Framework Unveiled

- An army overhaul is one of the few revelations of a defence policy statement low on detail about other big-ticket spending decisions. See... Defence Policy Statement Released [1] in the Headlines wire. "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 [2] in the Parliament wire. FULL COVERAGE - GOVT POLICY - THE DEFENCE POLICY FRAMEWORK [3] - AUSTRALIA - Release of NZ Defence Paper Welcomed [4] - NATIONAL - Defence statement avoids hard decisions [5] - ACT - Defence Policy More Confused [6] - GREENS - Business as usual for defence brass [7] - UNITED - Defence Review Produces Half Way Solution [8] - LIBERTARIANZ - Libertarianz Slams Labour’s Defence Review [9]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00078.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00427.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00432.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0006/S00102.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00430.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00436.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00429.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00428.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00068.htm


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