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JUST POLITICS
Tanui Should Get Out Of Gambling – Jackson
Hospitals Foot Bill For New Appointees
Cullen On The ERB Changes
Jim’s Ministry Splurges On Consultants
Maori & The Radio Frequency Auction
HFA On Maori, Report Released
Dying With Dignity Bill
Nuclear Free Extension Bill
Bradford On The ERB
Marian Hobbs And Biosecurity Decisions

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SLUDGE: If You Thought Grant Gillon Was Offensive…
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Tanui Should Get Out Of Gambling – Jackson

- Alliance MP Willie Jackson has called on Tainui to pull out of the Hamilton Casino development and stop exploiting the Maori gambling problem. See... Jackson tells Tainui to get out of gambling [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00090.htm


Hospitals Foot Bill For New Appointees

- “Papers released today reveal the country's hospitals face a new three-quarter-of-a-million dollar bill to pay for the extra appointees to new health boards,” National's Associate Health spokesperson Lynda Scott said today. See... Hospitals to foot new $750,000 bill [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00088.htm


Cullen On The ERB Changes

- In a speech yesterday Finance Minister Dr Michael Cullen outlined the changes the Government has made to the Employment Relations Bill, after it consulted businesses. For the speech, see... Cullen - EMA Employment Relations Conference [1] in the Parliament wire. For the opposition’s reaction to the changes see below. - NATIONAL - Eight Grudging Changes Wont Fix ERB [2] - NATIONAL - Cullen delivers more bad news for business [3] – ACT - Cullen - EMA Employment Relations Conference [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00086.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00087.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00066.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00086.htm


Jim’s Ministry Splurges On Consultants

- Jim Anderton's new Ministry has spent-up on consultants to the tune of $2million in just four months, Opposition Industry and Regional Development spokesperson John Luxton said today. See... $2million binge on consultants by Jim's Ministry [1] . Deputy Prime Minister, Jim Anderton, disagrees, see... MED Consultants Cost Less Than Under National [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00084.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00091.htm


Maori & The Radio Frequency Auction

- A Maori challenge to halt the Government’s move to auction the radio spectrum frequencies has failed in the high court today. The failure has again raised questions about the way the Government is handling the issue says ACT. See... Court Decision Raises Concern Over Maori Spectrum [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00081.htm


HFA On Maori, Report Released

- Acting Minister of Mäori Affairs, Parekura Horomia, today released two reports on the Health Funding Authority. Mr Horomia is pleased the Health Funding Authority has made advances in developing relationships with Mäori providers and communities. See... Review Of The Health Funding Authority [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00079.htm


Dying With Dignity Bill

- New Zealand First MP Peter Brown has submitted for ballot the Death with Dignity Bill. “This is a personal decision with no commitment from my colleagues asked for or given,” said Mr Brown. See... Death With Dignity [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00078.htm


Nuclear Free Extension Bill

- A bill to extend the provision of New Zealand’s nuclear free Zone was introduced into Parliament for its first reading speech today. For Jeanette Fitzsimons speech on the bill see... Fitzsimons: Nuclear Free Zone Extension Bill [1] . For National’s response to the Bill, See... Labour sells out to Greens [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00076.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00075.htm


Bradford On The ERB

- “Today I want to destroy a myth; a widespread misconception about the Employment Relations Bill. Most people out there, I suggest, believe that this new piece of Government legislation will greatly improve life for workers.” Veteran unemployed-rights protester, now Green MP, Sue Bradford speaks... The Employment Relations Bill Is Not Enough [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00074.htm


Marian Hobbs And Biosecurity Decisions

- Biosecurity Minister Marian Hobbs has twice today demonstrated her inability to make a decision in her biosecurity portfolio, says National's Biosecurity spokesperson David Carter.See... Get on with it Minister [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00070.htm

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS

SLUDGE: If You Thought Grant Gillon Was Offensive…

- The following are a series of colourful quotations made by members in the NZ Parliament. As can be seen, the remark made by Grant Gillon on Tuesday is not the first offensive remark made in the house linking members and animals. See... Sludge Report #21 – Beasts In The House [1] in the Headlines wire. In the latest reaction to the obscene remarks, political mavericks The Corrective Party say Mr. Gillon should be congratulated. See... Mr. Gillon, Produce the Sheep!!! [2] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00039.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0007/S00022.htm


Scoop Is In The House

- Today's Questions concern: Diabetes – Govt Use Of Consultants – Waikato Water Pipeline – Elective Surgery – Rural Schools – School Staff – Fijians On Visitors Permits - HHS Directors Costs – Consumer Banking – Cullen Statements On ERB – Long Term Unemployed - Waikato Landfill. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 6 July [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00036.htm


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