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JUST POLITICS
Trevor Mallard’s Overstayer Mistake
Mahuta Wins Ballot With Chemical Trespass Bill – Greens Happy
Whaling Sanctions Proposed For Japanese
Offshore Research Tax Changes
No School Cert For 9-Year-Olds – Instead We Have…
Website Scammer Fined
Greens’ New Ideas For MMP
Treaty Of Waitangi In Health
Sandra Lee On Wildlife
TV Board Appointments Announced
Commerce ACT Changes
Woman Failed By Health System
More Bad News For Doctors & Nurses

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Wilson Caught Whispering – Winston Smells A Rat
Scoop Is In The House - Questions
Scoop Business: Clouds Over Confidence Clear
ERB WARS ROUND FIVE: Don Brash, Unions, Inflation, Petrol Cos.
ERB WARS ROUND FOUR: The ERB-Fridge Magnet Scandal Commences
Scoop Opinion: The 3rd World Of Rural Health
Scoop World: UN Forum For Indigenous Peoples
Scoop Opinion: Letter From Elsewhere
Scoop Opinion: Tabloid Journalism And Baby Bashing

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Trevor Mallard’s Overstayer Mistake

- “Labour's Trevor Mallard has changed the dictionary definition of the word 'overstayer'" National's Arthur Anae said today. Trevor Mallard redefines "overstayers" [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00084.htm


Mahuta Wins Ballot With Chemical Trespass Bill – Greens Happy

- The Green Party today welcomed the drawing from the ballot of the Agricultural Chemical Trespass Bill under the name of Labour MP Nanaia Mahuta. See... Greens welcome arrival of chemical trespass bill [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00083.htm


Whaling Sanctions Proposed For Japanese

- United New Zealand leader, Hon Peter Dunne, is calling on the Government to ban all foreign fishing companies with whaling interests from operating within our Exclusive Economic Zone. See... United: Ban All Whaling Companies From Our EEZ [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00082.htm


Offshore Research Tax Changes

- The New Zealand subsidiary of the pharmaceutical company, Merck Sharp and Dohme will get a 12.5 percent boost to their research budget under proposed tax law changes. See... Tax change liberates more funds for research [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00081.htm


No School Cert For 9-Year-Olds – Instead We Have…

From Trevor Mallard, an announcement of a Contract for Development of new assessment tools [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00077.htm


Website Scammer Fined

- The Auckland District Court today fined Neil Jeffrey Crozier and Suzie Dianna Crowe a total of $3,600, plus $520 costs, for breaching the Fair Trading Act by making false claims that businesses needed the services of the website and e-mail addresses created by Mr Crozier and Ms Crowe. See... Website scam: Court imposes $4,120 fines and costs [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0008/S00017.htm


Greens’ New Ideas For MMP

- The Green Party has recommended that constituency MPs be elected by Preferential Voting rather than first past the post in its submission to the MMP Review Committee. See... Greens push for changes to MMP [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00055.htm


Treaty Of Waitangi In Health

- Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia says the reference to the Treaty of Waitangi is a first for health legislation in this country. See... Treaty in health legislation a first for NZ [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00058.htm


Sandra Lee On Wildlife

- Minister of Conservation Sandra Lee reports back from a Select Committee considering new penalties for crimes against the natural world. See... Sandra Lee Speech - Wildlife Penalties Bill [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00053.htm


TV Board Appointments Announced

- Five appointments to broadcasting boards have been announced by the Minister of Broadcasting, Marian Hobbs. Three are to TVNZ and two are to New Zealand on Air. See... Board Appointments To TVNZ & NZ On Air [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00052.htm


Commerce ACT Changes

- The Minister of Commerce Paul Swain says proposed amendments to the Commerce Act will strengthen competition law and give the Commerce Commission more teeth. See... Commerce Act proposal referred to Select Committee [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00050.htm


Woman Failed By Health System

- A 55-year-old Tauranga woman has been forced to travel to Queensland to treat a life- threatening condition because New Zealand’s health system has let her down, says ACT. See... Failing Health System Devastates Tauranga Couple [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00046.htm


More Bad News For Doctors & Nurses

- The Health Minister has today delivered more bad news to hospitals and their nurses and doctors looking for pay rises to fix staff shortages, National's Health spokesperson Wyatt Creech said today. See... Annette says no to nurses and doctors [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00045.htm

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS

Wilson Caught Whispering – Winston Smells A Rat

- The New Zealand First Leader, Rt Hon Winston Peters, has accused the Attorney General of colluding with the Serious Fraud Officer Director at a Select Committee hearing this morning. See... Attorney General’s Whispers Caught On Tape [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00080.htm


Scoop Is In The House

- Today's Questions concern: Queen Mother’s Birthday Today! - Tax Changes - Health Reforms And Maori – East Timor and Indonesia – Mark Todd – National Testing for 9-year-olds – Fridge Magnets – WTO Lamb Dispute With US – Maori Fisheries Commission – Singapore Free Trade – Health and Apartheid – Overstayers – Scientific WhalingSee... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day –3 August [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00016.htm


Scoop Business: Clouds Over Confidence Clear

- The northern Employers & Manufacturers Association's monthly survey of business conditions shows the clouds over investor confidence could be starting to clear with stronger export sales reported, and rising domestic turnover. See... Clouds over business confidence start to lift [1] . See... Survey Of Business Conditions - Chart [2] , both in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0008/S00021.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0008/S00022.htm


ERB WARS ROUND FIVE: Don Brash, Unions, Inflation, Petrol Cos.

- The reaction has been swift to yesterday's speech by Reserve Bank Governor Don Brash warning of rising interest rates if workers did not absorb the increasing cost of living. ACT's Finance spokesman Rodney Hide said today that the unions subsequent attack on the Governor raised questions whether the Reserve Bank Act could survive the operation of the Employment Relations Bill [1] . Deputy Prime Minister said the new inflationary pressure was failure of petrol companies [2] to pass on lower oil prices to consumers, and suggested a wage freeze. Also see Don Brash's speech Can the RB ignore the increase in inflation? [3] . MORE - RICHARD PREBBLE- Employers To Face Government’s Industrial Gestapo [4] - RESERVE BANK - Reserve Bank: Ignoring the spike? [5] - DEUTSCHE BANK - More than a spike on the inflation horizon? [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00060.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00051.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0008/S00009.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00070.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0008/S00010.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0008/S00013.htm


ERB WARS ROUND FOUR: The ERB-Fridge Magnet Scandal Commences

- Labour Minister Margaret Wilson said today that a communications campaign was being mounted to inform directly small and medium sized businesses about the government's new employment relations legislation. See... Let's stick to the facts [1] in the wire. The Government should stop wasting taxpayer money on magnets and front up to the public like ACT, says ACT. See... Government Rips Off ‘Primary School’ Fundraiser [2] . National broke the story. See...You've Seen The Bill, Now Get The Magnet [3] , all in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00057.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00056.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00049.htm


Scoop Opinion: The 3rd World Of Rural Health

- “Excuse Me! Are we are third world country or what? It's been revealed in Greymouth today that a bleeding pregnant patient had to wait 38 hours for a scan.” An angry John Howard writes. See... Howard’s End: Rural Areas & Third World Health [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00014.htm


Scoop World: UN Forum For Indigenous Peoples

- Foreign Minister Phil Goff and the Minister of Maori Affairs Parekura Horomia have welcomed the decision to establish a new permanent forum [1] at the United Nations on indigenous issues as a significant advance for indigenous people.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00054.htm


Scoop Opinion: Letter From Elsewhere

- On 2 August the Dominion ran a front page item about top executive salaries. I had to read it twice before I could take in what it was saying. ANZ Bank research shows that executive pay has little or nothing to do with performance. Writes Anne Else. See... Letter From Elsewhere: A Proper Envy [1] in the Headlines wire....


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00013.htm


Scoop Opinion: Tabloid Journalism And Baby Bashing

The recent news has been dominated by the trials and tribulations of three men: Mark Todd, Dover Samuels, John Tamihere. And by two two-year old Maori girls who were beaten to death or near-death in family environments characterised by the absence of their fathers. Writes Keith Rankin. See... Keith Rankin: Exit, Voice and Men [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00012.htm


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