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JUST POLITICS
Immigrant Pilot Scheme Criticised
Wine Box Buck Passing Says NZ First
Truth In Sentencing Bill Too Expensive
The Costs Of Gliding In – Commuting Public Servants
Condoms In Schools
Otago University – Freeze Comes First In The South
Nurse Shortage
Swain On The Information Economy
Pot Party Conference
SPUC Opposes Peter Brown’s Euthanasia Bill
How Do You Know When You Are Succeeding?
A Warning For The Commerce Minister
Trusted In Charge Of A Library
Maharey Explains How To get A Life


POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Govt. Says No To Varroa Mite Eradication
Carter Holt Harvey “Mothballs” Paper Mill
Electricity Price Rise Outragous
Auckland GE Protests
A Positive Future For Local Government


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JUST POLITICS

Immigrant Pilot Scheme Criticised

- A Government attempt to make immigrants feel more welcome, could end up making them feel less welcome, National MP Pansy Wong said today. Ms Wong was reacting to a new pilot scheme for immigrants announced today. See... Immigration pilot scheme, less than welcoming [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00184.htm

Wine Box Buck Passing Says NZ First

- New Zealand First has condemned the Solicitor-General’s reported advice to the IRD to NOT recover dodged taxes nor to pursue prosecutions relating to the Winebox transactions. See... Buck Passing Is Morally Bankrupt [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00178.htm


Truth In Sentencing Bill Too Expensive

- Minister of Justice Phil Goff today released two reports on the Truth in Sentencing Bill promoted by Hon Richard Prebble which show that the proposal is vastly expensive and unlikely to reduce crime. See... Truth In Sentencing Expensive And Ineffective [1] in the Parliament wire


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00177.htm


The Costs Of Gliding In – Commuting Public Servants

- Public servants commuting to Wellington to work are costing the taxpayer almost $5.3 million a year in travel and accommodation costs, according to United New Zealand leader, Hon Peter Dunne. See... Commuting Public Servants Cost $5.3 Million A Year [1] in the Parliament wire


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00174.htm


Condoms In Schools

- When I was at school," said a Libertarianz spokesman earlier today, “our rubbers were soft, spongy, and used to erase spelling mistakes.” The Libertarianz party comments on Laila Harre’s new idea to put condoms in schools. See... Libz Promotes Withdrawal Method [1] in the Parliament wire. “I do have some sympathy for [Libertarianz] Richard McGrath's observations about the withdrawal method. There's an old pro-choice war-cry that goes “Withdraw, That's What Your Father Should Have Done!””, says Craig Young, ALRANZ National Research Officer. See... Don't Condom Adolescent Male Responsibility [2] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0007/S00041.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0007/S00042.htm


Otago University – Freeze Comes First In The South

- Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey yesterday evening welcomed [1] the decision by the University of Otago to freeze their tuition fees next year. NZUSA has also welcomed [2] the early southern freeze.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00168.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0007/S00009.htm


Nurse Shortage

- Health Minister Annette King says National Party associate health spokesperson Lynda Scott is crying crocodile tears [1] over the shortage of nurses. ACT meanwhile says the shortage is unnecessary. See... Patients Deserve A Guaranteed Operation [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00154.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00167.htm


Swain On The Information Economy

- At a Consultus Business Breakfast in Auckland this morning E-Government Minister Paul Swain addressed his audience on the Information Economy [1] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00171.htm


Pot Party Conference

- The Aotearoa legalise Cannabis Party (ALCP) held its fourth annual general meeting and conference last weekend in Christchurch. Wellington branch attended and their report [1] is in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0007/S00040.htm

SPUC Opposes Peter Brown’s Euthanasia Bill

The Euthanasia bill promoted by Peter Brown, a New Zealand First MP represents a further attack on the sanctity of human life [1] says SPUC. SPUC's stand contrasts with that of the Libertarianz [2] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0007/S00039.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0007/S00026.htm


How Do You Know When You Are Succeeding?

- In a speech this morning Steve Maharey addressed this question. See... Beyond process – evaluating policy outcomes [1] in the Parliament wire. In a release Maharey says public service evaluation capacity is critical [2] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00170.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00169.htm


A Warning For The Commerce Minister

- The High Court’s declaration that a section of the Companies Act is ‘substantially flawed’ should be a warning to Commerce Minister Paul Swain against ill-considered change, said Act Commerce spokesman Stephen Franks. See... More ‘Substantially Flawed’ Law From Mr Swain? [1] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00164.htm


Trusted In Charge Of A Library

- Five new Trustees have been appointed to the National Library of New Zealand. See... New Trustees For National Library [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00162.htm


Maharey Explains How To get A Life

- The Government is making good progress in careers education [1] says Steve Maharey this morning. In a speech he explains how to Get a Life [2] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00160.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00161.htm


POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS

Govt. Says No To Varroa Mite Eradication

- The Government decision not to eradicate the Varroa bee mite ensures that New Zealand's honey and bee industries will never again be the same, Green Party Agriculture spokesperson Ian Ewen-Street said today. The Government has decided against opting for eradication because the costs would be too high. See... Greens angry at Varroa Mite decision [1] . Last night, Terry Gavin, President of the National Beekeepers' Association, made a last-minute, impassioned plea to the Government to eradicate the mite. See... Eradication Must be the Option [2] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00185.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00163.htm


Carter Holt Harvey “Mothballs” Paper Mill

- Employment and Social Services Minister Steve Maharey said he was sad to learn of the decision by Carter Holt Harvey to mothball its Mataura Paper Mill from 18 August. Mr Maharey said WINZ staff would be actively assisting affected staff to find new employment opportunities. One hundred and fifty-five staff are to lose their jobs as a result of the decision. See... Mataura paper mill mothballing [1] . “Jim Anderton's job machine is in reverse gear because so far it's destroying jobs, not creating them”, National's Finance spokesperson and Clutha Southland MP Bill English said today See... Job-machine in reverse [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00179.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00182.htm


Electricity Price Rise Outragous

- The Green Party has slammed TransAlta's decision to double its fixed charge to electricity customers, saying it will set back efforts to improve energy efficiency. Last night energy retailer TransAlta doubled its fixed charge to customers, significantly increasing the cost of many people's monthly power bills. See... TransAlta price rise outrageous [1] . “The Minister of Energy has been sitting on his hands so long now in regards to electricity power prices he must be developing a severe case of cramp in them,” said New Zealand First’s Energy Spokesperson, Peter Brown MP. The comment comes after a report released yesterday shows power companies are over-charging consumers an average of $120 a month. See... Energy Minister Has “Cramp” In His Hands [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00181.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00172.htm

Auckland GE Protests

- A second morning vigil was held outside the Sheraton Hotel, Auckland where Alabama scientist Dr C.Prakash was a guest speaker of the Life Sciences Network at a Biotechnology conference . See... Vigil challenges overseas scientist's food claims [1] in the Politics wire. AUCKLAND GE PROTESTS FULL COVERAGE - NANDOR TANCZOS - GE conference rehashing tired myths [2] - PETITION PROMOTER - Indian scientist launches international petition [3] - Text Of Petition [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0007/S00037.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00140.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0007/S00015.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0007/S00013.htm


A Positive Future For Local Government

– “Almost exactly one year ago I came to address this conference as Leader of the Opposition. I said then that I came to offer a positive vision for the future of local government under a new government.” - Expanding Local Govt Needs Transparent Funding [1] - OWEN JENNINGS - Local Government Reform: Another Hit For Business [2] - OWEN JENNINGS - Council Abuses People And Their Property Rights [3]


[1] - LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONFERENCE FULL COVERAGE - FEDERATED FARMERS - http://www.scoop.co.nz/onference LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONFERENCE FULL COVERAGE - FEDERATED FARMERS -
[2] -
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00166.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00165.htm

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