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JUST POLITICS
More ERB Action
Student Loans & WINZ
Second Nuke Monitoring Station To Be Opened
Nats On Offensive Over Relationship Property Bill
Arts Report An Expensive Thesis
Consulting With The PI Community
Fair Deal For Hep C Victims
Scupper Singapore Trade Deal Say Greens
Youth Prison Units Increase
Toothfish Won’t Survive Another Year - Greenpeace
Conference On Superannuation

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
NZ Extends It's Fijian Sanctions
Eco-Economy: Finance And Business Not The Same Thing
Future Lefts – Young Labour On The Death Of Democracy
Fijian High Commissioner Withdrawn


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JUST POLITICS

More ERB Action

- The Minister of Labour Margaret Wilson says it is complete nonsense for the Employers' Federation to claim that under the Employment Relations Act unions will be able to strike for the equivalent of national awards. See... No national awards under the ERB [1] in the Parliament wire.. Meanwhile National and ACT have dismissed the changes to the Bill.
REACTION:
- NATIONAL - Employer Plea To Govt. Likely To Go Unheard [2]
- NATIONAL - PM deals fresh blow to business over ERB [3]
- ACT - Employment Relations Bill Changes – All Spin [4] .
- RICHARD PREBBLE - Richard Prebble's Speech On ERB Changes [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00295.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00293.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00288.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00290.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00291.htm


Student Loans & WINZ

- Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey appears before the Social Services Select Committee today to outline the challenges the Government has set for the Department of Work and Income this financial year. See... Maharey outlines year ahead for Work and Income [1] in the Parliament wire. Yesterday a report was released criticizing The Department of Work & Income’s handling of the loans scheme.
REACTION:
- ACT - More Empty Maharey Rhetoric Says Muriel Newman [2]
- PREBBLES REBELS - Independent Report Shows Need For Private Loans [3]
- MAORI STUDENTS - Maori students – Face to face with DWI [4]
- NATIONAL STUDENT ASSOC - Campus Support Key to Solving Loan Problems [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00281.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00275.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0007/S00026.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0007/S00025.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0007/S00023.htm


Second Nuke Monitoring Station To Be Opened

- Health Minister, Annette King, Disarmament Minister, Matt Robson, and Te Tai Tokerau MP, Dover Samuels, will open a new nuclear monitoring station at Kaitaia on Friday. The new station will help police a worldwide ban on nuclear testing. See... Nuclear Test Monitoring Station Press Release [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00284.htm


Nats On Offensive Over Relationship Property Bill

– A flurry of releases today from National on the Relationship Property Bill, currently before the Justice and Law Reform Select Committee. See... Submissioners say forget fiddling with the 50/50 [1] and Family lawyers warn Wilson over 50/50 split [2] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00278.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00300.htm


Arts Report An Expensive Thesis

- The Heart of the Nation report reflects a complete failure by the Government to manage a $200,000 process, National Culture and Heritage spokesperson Simon Upton says. See... $200,000 for a philosophy thesis [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00274.htm


Consulting With The PI Community

- The Government is to host a series of fono with Pacific communities throughout New Zealand the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs Mark Gosche said today. See... Nationwide Pacific fono [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00272.htm


Fair Deal For Hep C Victims

- New Zealand First is calling for a speedy, fair and reasonable compensation for Hepatitis C and HIV sufferers who were infected by bad blood products. See... NZ First Seeks Fair Deal For Bad Blood Victims [1] in the Parliament wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00292.htm


Scupper Singapore Trade Deal Say Greens

- The Green Party is urging the Government to pull out of a proposed free trade agreement with Singapore and has presented a paper to cabinet to back up their case. See... Just say No to Singapore [2] in the Parliament wire.


[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00287.htm


Youth Prison Units Increase

- Minister of Corrections, Matt Robson will announce an increase in youth units across New Zealand while visiting the Hawkes Bay Regional Prison Youth Unit tomorrow. See... Minister to announce new youth units tomorrow [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00296.htm


Toothfish Won’t Survive Another Year - Greenpeace

- The New Zealand Government’s announcement today - that they may advocate within a year for a global moratorium on fishing for toothfish - could be too late for toothfish in the Southern Ocean, said Greenpeace. See... One more year could be too late for toothfish [1] in the Politics wire. Greenpeace was responding to a statement from the Government. See... Ross Sea toothfish [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0007/S00070.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00269.htm


Conference On Superannuation

Minister’s from both the government and the opposition address a conference on the future shape of superannuation schemes. See... Michael Cullen Address To Super Funds Conference [1] Also see National’s finance spokesperson Bill English’s speech... Bill English - New Zealand SuperFund Conference [2] , both in the Parliament wire.
MORE REACTION
- NZ FIRST - Diluted Super Scheme Unacceptable – Peters [3]
- UNITED NZ - Why Should Savers Pay Twice For Superannuation? [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00280.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00282.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00298.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00289.htm

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS

NZ Extends It's Fijian Sanctions

- New Zealand has extended its “smart” and political sanctions against Fiji as the chaos in the island nation increases. See... NZ Extends Sanctions On Fiji [1] in the Headlines wire. For coverage of this afternoon's press conference see... PM’s Presser: Sanctions Against Fiji Strengthened [2] . Also see the Government’s release... New diplomatic, defence and sports measures on Fiji [3] in the Parliament wire. See also... Alliance supports strong Fiji measures [4] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00092.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00093.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00294.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00299.htm


Eco-Economy: Finance And Business Not The Same Thing

- The financial sector is hiding behind the word "business". The much discussed political "line in the sand" is not between the left and the right, employees and employers, truckies and farmers. Writes Dr Finlay Thompson. See... Eco-Economy: Business Sector vs Financial Sector [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00091.htm


Future Lefts – Young Labour On The Death Of Democracy

- In today’s edition - Editorial: Bored Nats sink to new lows - Presidential Sermon: On being Young Labour - The Launch of Staunch - Membership Sermon - News - Web site of the week, See... Future Lefts - The Tories are bored! [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0007/S00046.htm


Fijian High Commissioner Withdrawn

- Prime Minister Helen Clark said tonight she deplored the presence of supporters of Fijian coup leader George Speight in the new government line-up in Fiji. See... Role for Speight sympathisers deplorable [1] . Later in the evening Foreign Minister Phil Goff announced that Tia Barrett, New Zealand's High Commissioner to Fiji, will be withdrawn with immediate effect. See... Immediate Withdrawal of NZ High Commissioner [2] , both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00276.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00277.htm


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