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JUST POLITICS
An "Architectural" Tax Inquiry
Work And Income Report
Where They Are This Week – Minister’s Diaries
Tariana On Taranaki Farm Occupation
Biodiversity Trust Appointment
Urgency Starts Tomorrow
Counting Chickens
The Labeling News That Wasn’t
Health Structuring Laws Introduced Today
Jim On The South Island Regions
Jobs For Beneficiaries

TOP SCOOPS
ERB WARS: Rules What Rules?
Opinion: Prebble On Spin City
Scoop Humour? Correctives Welcome Horomia
Obituary And Eulogy - Honouring A Friend, Colleague, Hero
Japanese Whaling Plans Opposed By PM
More Money For Kiwi Mussos

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JUST POLITICS

Architectural Tax Inquiry

- The Tax Review to be undertaken will be Architectural in scope says the Finance Minister. See... Terms of Tax Inquiry [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00510.htm


Work And Income Report

- Two reports published by the Downtown Community Ministry and the Wellington People's Centre underline the importance of simplifying New Zealand's welfare system and clarifying the rights and obligations of beneficiaries and the Government, says Social Services Minister Steve Maharey. See... Comment on Downtown Community Ministry report [1] . For more reaction see below: REACTION: - NATIONAL - Social Services Minister slow to act [2] - GREENS - Report shows DWI actively contributing to poverty [3] - CITIZENS ADVICE - Report on underpayment of beneficiaries shocks [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00493.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00492.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00491.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0007/S00126.htm


Where They Are This Week – Minister’s Diaries

- Trevor Mallard [1] - Annette King [2] - Mark Gosche [3] - Jim Sutton [4] - Michael Cullen [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00507.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00506.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00505.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00498.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00497.htm


Tariana On Taranaki Farm Occupation

- Associate Maori Affairs Minister Tariana Turia met with whanau of Ngati Tu hapu of Nga Ruahine regarding the administration of Ngati Tu land. See... Ngati Tu ancestral land [1] in the wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00487.htm


Biodiversity Trust Appointment

Media Statement Maori leader new head of trust board charged with protecting biodiversity on private land. See... Maori leader new head of biodiversity trust board [1] in the wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00504.htm


Urgency Starts Tomorrow

- The Green Party has agreed to a government request for urgency tomorrow on the Housing Restructuring (Income-Related Rents) Amendment Bill to allow the committee stages to immediately follow the three minutes remaining of the bill's second reading. See... Greens support 'technical' urgency on Housing Bill [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00502.htm


Counting Chickens

- Green MP Sue Kedgley is planning to take the New Zealand Poultry Association to the Commerce Commission under the Fair Trading Act on the grounds that its proposal to label chicken meat as 'barn raised and free from added hormones' is misleading. See... 'Barn raised chickens' = 20,000 chickens per barn [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00500.htm


The Labeling News That Wasn’t

- It sounded like the news consumers have been waiting for years to hear. But not so say the Green’s. See…what's wrong with the new GE labelling system [1] in the Parliament wire. National on the other hand, think the new rules are dandy. See.. GMF labelling decision only sensible solution [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00499.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00486.htm


Health Structuring Laws Introduced Today

- The Government's prescription of uncertainty and upheaval for our health services will be delivered on Monday with the introduction of new laws restructuring the health system, National's Health spokesperson Wyatt Creech said today. See... Uncertainty and Upheaval - Govt On Health Services [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00496.htm


Jim On The South Island Regions

- Jim Anderton Deputy Prime Minister gave a speech to the Alliance South Island Regional Conference over the weekend. See... Jim Anderton Address Regional Conference [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00495.htm


Jobs For Beneficiaries

- Opportunities for beneficiaries to move into work will be discussed at a national conference in August, Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey said today. See... Work opportunities for beneficiaries discussed [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00494.htm

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS

ERB WARS: Rules What Rules?

- New Zealand First Industrial Relations Spokesperson, Peter Brown MP, has accused the ACT Leader, Richard Prebble of breaching parliamentary privilege over the Employment Relations Bill as a stunt to revive his flagging political career. See... Act’s Deplorable Breach Of Privilege [1] in the wire. For the genesis of today’s events see Richard Prebble’s Letter To Graham Kelly [2] . ERB FULL COVERAGE: - NATIONAL - Govt. mucks business around again with ERB shamble [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00509.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00479.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00503.htm


Opinion: Prebble On Spin City

- Richard Prebble’s latest column RICHARD PREBBLE’S - Letter from Wellington [1] is in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00511.htm


NZ Sweat Shops Boycott

- “You can just imagine the scene: The young, fervent idealists arrive in the hall at dusk, after a hard day's work on campus. The co-leader leads them in a rousing rendition of the Internationale then, suitably energised with sympathy for the oppressed workers ...” The Import News looks at reports of US students boycotting NZ sweatshops. See... US Embargo Against NZ Sweatshops [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0007/S00124.htm


Scoop Humour? Correctives Welcome Horomia

- Helen Clark is to be commended for taking the Maori Affairs portfolio so seriously that she has appointed two Maori MPs to occupy the role, given that Parekura Horomia is a large-boned Labour MP, or MPs. See... Correctives Welcome New Ministers of Maori Affairs [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0007/S00125.htm


Obituary And Eulogy - Honouring A Friend, Colleague, Hero

- A997234 Pte Leonard William Manning 15 August 1975 – 24 July 2000 (aged 24 years). Written by his friends in Bravo Company, 2nd 1st Battalion. See... Obituary for Private Leonard Manning [1] in the Headlines wire. Today a funeral service was held for Private Manning in Te Kauwhata. See also Prime Minister's eulogy - Private Leonard Manning [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00143.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00488.htm


Japanese Whaling Plans Opposed By PM

- Prime Minister Helen Clark said today it was deplorable that Japan was again ignoring world opinion and embarking on a new programme of so-called scientific whaling in the Pacific in the North Pacific. See... NZ deplores new Japanese whaling plans [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00489.htm


More Money For Kiwi Mussos

- Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Helen Clark, said today that the New Zealand On Air Fourth Phase project will enable New Zealanders to hear more of their own music on the nation's airwaves. See... New Zealand On Air project boosts NZ music [1] in the Parliament wire. LOOP's Mark Cubey says they still haven't got the formula right however. see....AMPLITUDE SPECIAL: NZ ON AIR MUSIC FUNDING [2] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00472.htm
[2] - http://scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0007/S00052.htm

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