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JUST POLITICS
Quit Smoking Programme Given Funding Boost
Varroa Decision Put Off
Shipley On Business Confidence
Closing The Gaps At The UN
Nats On Te Papa
Bunkle Calls For National Cancer Control Agency
Peters On Airways Safety
On The State Sector, Trevor Mallard
Reviewing Securities Regulations
Used Car Health Standards
New Direction For Te Papa– Deane Appointed

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Gillon Gets A Public Telling Off
Scoop Is In The House
Home Detention Scheme Hits The Regions
Scoop World: The Southern Whale Sanctuary

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Parliament's Joker, Grant Gillon, Gets Censured

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Quit Smoking Programme Given Funding Boost

- The Green Party's largest budget initiative, $4 million to fund quit-smoking programmes for low-income smokers, will be underway by summer. See... Gov't top up Green quit-smoking plan [1] . Health Minister Annette King today announced a $6.18 million package to help moderate to heavy smokers quit smoking. See... Boost for Smoking Cessation Funding [2] . Also see... Northland Health smokefree policy praised [3] all in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00062.htm
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Varroa Decision Put Off

- The Government wants more information before it decides whether to attempt eradication of the varroa bee mite or opt for a controlled management programme, the Ministers for Biosecurity. See... Varroa Decision Next Week [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00057.htm


Shipley On Business Confidence

– The Government must stop denying its responsibility for the continuing slippage in economic confidence, Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley said today. See... Government must come out of denial [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00056.htm


Closing The Gaps At The UN

- New Zealand's determination to close the gaps sits well with a new declaration to build a more just and equitable world agreed by to a special session of the United Nations General Assembly, Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey said. See... Maharey takes Closing the Gaps message to UN [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00052.htm


Nats On Te Papa

- Opposition Spokesperson on Culture and Heritage Simon Upton says the Review Team's report on Te Papa largely vindicates the Museum's record since opening in 1998. See... Te Papa Vindicated By Review [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00051.htm


Bunkle Calls For National Cancer Control Agency

- Alliance health spokeswoman Phillida Bunkle has renewed her calls for a national cancer control agency, to cover screening programmes and coodinated care of cancer patients. See... Bunkle Urges For Cancer Control Agency [1] . Health Minister Annette King has annouced a national cancer screening programme in the wake of problems with cancer screenings in Gisborne and, more recently, in Otago. See below for information on the Healthcare Otago breast screening inquiry. - TERMS OF REFERENCE - HFA Announces Terms of Reference for Review Team [2] . - EXTERNAL REVIEW - HFA Announces External Review Of Otago [3] . - MINISTRY OF HEALTH - Ministry of Health concerned for Otago women [4]


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Peters On Airways Safety

- The New Zealand First Leader, Winston Peters, has accused the Airways Corporation of failing to act on the safety recommendations in the TAIC report on the fatal Dash 8 plane crash near Palmerston North in 1995. See... Airways Neglects Safety Recommendations [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00039.htm


On The State Sector, Trevor Mallard

- Mallard: "I should start by outlining the raison d'etre for the State sector. That is, what this Government thinks is the purpose of a professional, non-partisan bureaucracy like the one we have in New Zealand." For more of the speeches see... Chen and Palmer Seminar - Mallard Speech [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00053.htm


Reviewing Securities Regulations

- Commerce Minister Paul Swain has welcomed the release of a discussion paper on the first stage of the Securities Regulations review. See... Securities Regulations Discussion Document [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00045.htm


Used Car Health Standards

- The release of a revised draft health standard on imported used vehicles will be delayed until the Cabinet considers an interim biosecurity strategy later this month, the Minister for Biosecurity, Marian Hobbs said today. See... Used Vehicle Import Standard Delayed [1] in the wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00044.htm


New Direction For Te Papa– Deane Appointed

– Former Telecom chief executive Rod Deane has been confirmed as the new chair of National Museum, Te Papa Tongarewa. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Helen Clark has issued a new statement of direction for the institution. She has also announced new appointments to the Film Commission. - TE PAPA STATEMENT - PM tables Te Papa Statement of Intent [1] - ROD DEANE - New arts and culture appointments announced [2] - NZ FILM COMMISSION - New Zealand Film Commission Appointments [3]


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POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS

Gillon Gets A Public Telling Off

- The MP currently in the dog box for asking an obscene question in Parliament has not been given the opportunity to apologise - instead he has been given a public reprimand by his colleagues. See... Gillon Gets A Unusual Public Reprimand [1] in the Parliament wire. For more reaction see below. - ROGER SOWRY - Non-Co-Operation With Junior Govt. Whip [2] - KEN SHIRLEY - Replace Grant Gillon, Urges Shirley [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00025.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00064.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00061.htm


Scoop Is In The House

- Today's Questions concern: Grant Gillon – East Timor – Auckland Healthcare – Industry Development – ERB Changes – Armed Personnel Carriers – Varroa Bee Mite x 2 – Quit Smoking Programmes – Youth Minimum Wage – Maori Spectrum – Heritage and Culture Policy. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 5 July [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00026.htm


Home Detention Scheme Hits The Regions

- The controversial “Home Detention” scheme will be extended into the regions of New Zealand and aims to involve over 1,000 prisoners. Minister of Corrections, Matt Robson, announced the move today. See... Home Detention Expands [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00047.htm


Scoop World: The Southern Whale Sanctuary

- New Zealand and Australia failed in their bid to establish a South Pacific whale sanctuary because they relied on emotional rhetoric and not science reports says a US Law Expert. John Howard writes. See... Whale Sanctuary Proposal Fails [1] in the Headlines wire. Meanwhile, environmental group Greenpeace calls the failure of a proposal – “a short-term victory for desperate Japanese politics”. See... Desperate Japanese politics delays the inevitable [2] in the Politics wire. See below for full coverage. - GREEN PARTY - Greens applaud whale sanctuary effort [3] - GREEN - Greens applaud whale sanctuary effort [4] - SANDRA LEE - No IWC Support For South Pacific Whale Sanctuary [5] - IRISH TIMES - Irish whaling plan opposed as commission meets [6] - SANDRA LEE SPEECH - Conservation Minister's speech on Whale Sanctuary [7]


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[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00038.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0007/S00008.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00026.htm


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