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Cullen In Canterbury
Herlihy On The Biotech Revolution
Preparing For The Big One
Super Wars
Commerce Commission Appointment
More Prison Youth Units Announced
Health Reforms Cost “Stab In Dark”
Wilson On The ERB
Flat Benefit A Good Idea
Modern Apprenticeship Schemes
Rural Confidence High
Tizard, Dracula Threat To CER

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Cullen In Canterbury

- Michael Cullen is in Christchurch...Dr Michael Cullen - Canterbury Chamber of Commerce [1] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00325.htm


Herlihy On The Biotech Revolution

- Opposition Agriculture Spokesman Gavan Herlihy says the Government is frustrating the agriculture sector's ability to embrace and benefit from the 'knowledge economy'. See... Govt stifling potential of biological revolution [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00324.htm


Preparing For The Big One

- United New Zealand leader, Hon Peter Dunne, says the Government is dragging the chain on earthquake preparedness. See... Government Dragging Chain On Earthquakes [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00321.htm


Super Wars

- New Zealand First has today urged Labour to maintain its course and deliver on its Superannuation undertaking. See... Super Too Important For Politicking [1] in the Parliament wire. MORE - NATIONAL - Cullen Flying Solo On Superannuation [2] - GOVT. - Michael Cullen Address To Super Funds Conference [3] - NATIONAL - Bill English - New Zealand SuperFund Conference [4] - NZ FIRST - Diluted Super Scheme Unacceptable – Peters [5] - UNITED NZ - Why Should Savers Pay Twice For Superannuation? [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00320.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00327.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00280.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00282.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00298.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00289.htm


Commerce Commission Appointment

- The Minister of Commerce Paul Swain today announced the appointment of Paula Rebstock to the Commerce Commission. See... Commerce Commission Appointment [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00328.htm


More Prison Youth Units Announced

- New Zealand will get two more youth units at Christchurch and Wellington prisons and Hawkes Bay youth unit will be expanded, Minister of Corrections Matt Robson announced today while visiting the Hawkes Bay Unit. See... Minister announces more youth units [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00318.htm


Health Reforms Cost “Stab In Dark”

- Cabinet has been asked to approve massive health restructuring on a leap of faith with absolutely no sound evidence about what it will cost or save, Opposition Health spokesperson Wyatt Creech said today. See... Cost Of Health Reforms Stab In The Dark [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00304.htm


Wilson On The ERB

- The Employment Relations Bill will make it easier for businesses to operate. You may find this an odd thing to say in view of the campaign against the Bill. But it is a fact. See... How the ERB supports business - Margaret Wilson [1] in the Parliament wire. For earlier material on the bill, see below. REACTION: - MARGARET WILSON - No national awards under the ERB [2] - NATIONAL - Employer Plea To Govt. Likely To Go Unheard [3] - NATIONAL - PM deals fresh blow to business over ERB [4] - ACT - Employment Relations Bill Changes – All Spin [5] - RICHARD PREBBLE - Richard Prebble's Speech On ERB Changes [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00311.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00295.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00293.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00288.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00290.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00291.htm


Flat Benefit A Good Idea

- “A flat benefit rate is the first decent idea this government has proposed in eight months”; said Libertarianz Deputy Leader Richard McGrath. His party supports Steve Maharey's proposal for a universal taxpayer-funded benefit level, but differs ... See... Flat Benefit Rate Good Idea - Libz [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0007/S00078.htm


Modern Apprenticeship Schemes

- The Government is confident that its Modern Apprenticeship programme will have a significant impact on skills gaps in the economy, says Associate Education Minister Steve Maharey. See... Modern Apprenticeships to close the skills gaps [1] . Also see Mr. Maharey’s speech... The current situation for young people [2] . Also see...Modern Apprenticeships - Facts Sheet [3] all in the Parliament wire. “Modern Apprenticeships will expand access to industry training and will build on existing training managed by Industry Training Organisations (ITOs),” said Martin Eadie, Chairperson of the Industry Training Federation. See... ITF Welcomes Modern Apprenticeship Initiative [4] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00309.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00308.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00307.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0007/S00077.htm


Rural Confidence High

: - New Zealand dairy farmers are starting the new season on a fresh wave of optimism, according to the latest results of the AC Nielsen/Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey. See... Dairy Farmers Drive Rural Confidence Boost [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0007/S00093.htm


Tizard, Dracula Threat To CER

- Albany MP Murray McCully has expressed alarm that visits to Melbourne by both Judith Tizard and Dracula tomorrow may undermine good trans-Tasman relations. See... Tizard and Dracula a threat to CER [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00305.htm

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