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JUST POLITICS
God And Genetic Engineering
A Prime Candidate For Truth In Sentencing
Dr Cullen in Melbourne
Phil Raffills’ Passing
Shipley To The National Press Club
Scrutinizing The Asia-Pacific Military
Christians Urged Stricter Controls On Fantasy
NZ Land Database
Social Security Bill “A Sham” Says ACT
Goff On Japan & Bluefin Tuna
Republicans Support Maori Call

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Sludge On The ERB
Scoop Is In The House
DOVER CLEARED OF RAPE ALLEGATIONS
ERB WARS, ROUND SEVEN
Socialist International Press Conference Report
The “Real” Politics Of Foreign Affairs
Scoop Opinion: From The Left

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JUST POLITICS

God And Genetic Engineering

- A coalition of New Zealand churches is gearing up their response to the GE debate with the appointment of an Interchurch Commission on Genetic Engineering. See... Churches To Scrutinize Genetic Engineering [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00058.htm


A Prime Candidate For Truth In Sentencing

- “Hotene is one of the 32%of violent offenders who have gone on to murder rape and rob after serving only two-thirds of their sentence since 1995,” Stephen Franks said. See... Hotere Should Get Truth in Sentencing [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00162.htm


Dr Cullen in Melbourne

. Finance Minister Michael Cullen has been talking to Aussie Business. See... Dr Cullen's address to DTT [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00161.htm


Phil Raffills’ Passing

- “It is with a great sense of sadness and loss that National MPs note today the death of Phil Raffills.” See... Phil Raffills [1] in the wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00160.htm


Shipley To The National Press Club

- The Labour-Alliance Government does not know where it is taking New Zealand - largely because it refuses to listen, Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley said today. Govt has no direction - because it won't listen [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00157.htm


Scrutinizing The Asia-Pacific Military

- Registrations close for the fifth meeting of the Asia-Pacific Military Operations Research Symposium (AMORS) which will be held in Wellington from 7 to 9 November..See... National - What’s On In August [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00051.htm


Christians Urged Stricter Controls On Fantasy -

Gael Donoghue, Health Spokesperson for the Christian Heritage Party is calling for greater control of the drug of abuse “Fantasy” which caused three young people to be hospitalised in Auckland – one to critical care. See... CHP Calls For Increase In Medicine Classification [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00053.htm


NZ Land Database

- Snapshots from space of New Zealand form the basis of a database being launched tomorrow by the Minister for the Environment, Marian Hobbs. See... Launch Of NZ's Land Cover Database [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00143.htm


Social Security Bill “A Sham” Says ACT

- The Social Security Bill tabled today by the Minister of Social Services and Employment, Steve Maharey, has been described as a sham, by ACT Employment and Welfare Spokesman, Dr Muriel Newman. See... Welfare Bill A Sham Says Muriel Newman [1] . Also see... Social Security Amendment Bill Introduced [2] , both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00152.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00155.htm


Goff On Japan & Bluefin Tuna

- Foreign Minister Phil Goff said today that the spotlight placed on Japan by New Zealand's recourse to the International Arbitral Tribunal has brought about a more responsible approach on their part to the dispute between our countries over Southern Bluefin tuna fisheries. See... Tuna case has brought progress [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00151.htm


Republicans Support Maori Call

- The Republican Movement supports the Maori Council’s call for a constitutional review that includes the Privy Council, republicanism and the role of the Treaty, but any review has to genuinely involve New Zealanders. See... Maori Council’s Constitutional Review a Winner [1] in the Politics


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00055.htm


POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS

Sludge On The ERB

- Rugby and the ERB - Red Blood Rising – Dover and the ERB - The Kids Are Not All Right - See... Sludge Report #26 – Red Blood Rising [1] both in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00047.htm


Scoop Is In The House

- For today’s questions covering: Nuclear Power And Kyoto - Carol Stigley – Tertiary Education – Taffy Hotene’s Parole - English As A Second Language Teaching – Carol Stigley – NZ Music On Air – Examination Fees – East Coast Computing – Junior Doctors Strike – Dover Samuels – Taffy Hotene’s Parole... see... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 9 August [1] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00049.htm


DOVER CLEARED OF RAPE ALLEGATIONS

- Former Maori Affairs Minister Dover Samuels has been cleared of allegations of rape. At a press conference yesterday evening Samuels said he had met with police who had advised him they would not investigate the allegations any further. See...TV3 News [1] . Meanwhile, ACT party leader Richard Prebble wishes to point out he has not made any press statements about the police investigation into allegations made against Mr Samuels. See... Dover Samuels [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/NM0008/S00047.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00153.htm


ERB WARS, ROUND SEVEN

- Minister of Labour Margaret Clark urged the controversial new industrial relations bill into its second reading last night. Meanwhile, the Greens changes to the Bill were also under scrutiny. 2nd reading speech notes ERB - Margaret Wilson [1] FULL COVERAGE: - JENNY SHIPLEY - Govt. must finally face up to costs of ERB [2] - RICHARD PREBBLE - Employment Relations Bill Speech to Parliament [3] - ACT - Even Labour Gets The Facts From ACT [4] - GREENS - Greens to moot six changes to ERB [5] - SUE BRADFORD - Sue Bradford Speech on Employment Relations Bill [6] . For more on the ERB see Scoop's special ERB WIRE [7] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00154.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00145.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00142.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00141.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00147.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00149.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/erb.html


Socialist International Press Conference Report

- AT THE END of the first ever convening of Socialist's International in the South Pacific, the organization condemned the region's political turmoil. Reports Mathew Loh. See... Socialist International condemns Pacific Upheavals [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00045.htm


The “Real” Politics Of Foreign Affairs

- “Yes Minister's” Sir Humphrey Appleby exists after all, and works for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to United New Zealand leader, Peter Dunne. See... Sir Humphrey Appleby Is Alive And Well - At MFAT [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00158.htm


Scoop Opinion: From The Left

- In this week’s edition of Young Labour’s Future Lefts: Editorial: Rats in sheep's clothing? VSM rears its ugly head again News Web Site Of The Week See... Future Lefts - Brief and to the point [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00056.htm

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