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JUST POLITICS
Calls For Consensus On Superannuation
Opting Out Of The New Relationship Property Law Not Easy
Child Abuse Censorship Accusations
Online Fines Payment System Launched
School Funding Debate:
Overseas Development Aid Workover Starts
Wolf Rosenberg Is Honoured
Reconsider Orions - Prebble
Labour Failing Teenage Drug Users - Dunne
Entrepreneurial Police Should Just Do Their Job
National Obsessed With Clark
Timberlands Review Inadequate

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Poll: National Closes Gap On Labour
Scoop Opinion: Letter From Wellington
National Party Conference
Singapore Trade Agreement Text Agreed
Prebble Backs House On The Net

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JUST POLITICS

Calls For Consensus On Superannuation

- New Zealand leader, Hon Peter Dunne, says the latest round of the superannuation debate shows the two main parties are still missing the point. See... National & Labour Still Do Not Get It Over Super [1] and Richard Prebble Letter To PM On Superannuation [2] , both in the Parliament wire. Earlier Michael Cullen remarked on behalf of the government: “We'll sit round the table and discuss superannuation with National when National is prepared to be straight with us and the New Zealand public about its real intentions.” See... Shipley's half truth as bad as making it up [3] in the Parliament wire. See also ... Grey Power on National Mistakes [4] and About time superannuation football was retired [5] (Wellington Chamber of Commerce) in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00389.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00388.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00376.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00132.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00133.htm


Opting Out Of The New Relationship Property Law Not Easy

- National's Justice spokesman Tony Ryall says the increased number of de facto and gay couples trying to opt out of matrimonial property laws may be wasting their money. See... Opt-out contracts may not be worth the paper [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00393.htm


Child Abuse Censorship Accusations

- Attempts by the Government to shut down the head of Women’s Refuge, Merepeka Raukawa-Tait, for speaking out about child abuse, is shameful and questions its commitment to ‘closing the gaps’, ACT Social Welfare Spokesman Muriel Newman said today. See... Attempts to Shut Down Child Abuse Debate Shameful [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00392.htm


Online Fines Payment System Launched

- Courts Minister Matt Robson, today launched a new site that allows people to pay court fines by credit card over the Internet. See... Pay your fines on time, on-line [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00391.htm


School Funding Debate:

- Wayne Mapp - Severe funding cuts for North Shore Schools [1] - Donna Awatere-Huata - Mallard Decision A "Sop" Says Awatere Huata [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00386.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00372.htm


Overseas Development Aid Workover Starts

- The Ministerial Working Group, set up to review New Zealand's overseas aid program has established its terms of reference and is ready to start work. See... Aid Working Group Gets Started [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00384.htm


Wolf Rosenberg Is Honoured

- Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton presented economist Wolfgang Rosenberg with the New Zealand Order of Merit at his home in Christchurch on Sunday. See... Prominent economist to receive NZ Order of Merit [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00370.htm


Reconsider Orions - Prebble

- The Orion aircraft are perhaps the most useful piece of equipment that the New Zealand Defence Force owns, said ACT Leader, Hon Richard Prebble. See... Orions: New Zealand’s Most Useful Defence Asset [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00387.htm


Labour Failing Teenage Drug Users - Dunne

- United New Zealand leader, Hon Peter Dunne, says the reaction of the Ministers of Health and Social Services to the plight of young teenage Drug patients needing treatment at Queen Mary Hospital is “regrettable and unfortunate,” See... Labour Failed To Help Teenage Drug Patients [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00379.htm


Entrepreneurial Police Should Just Do Their Job

- Minister of Police Hon. George Hawkins is concerned about reports that a few Police officers have been moonlighting. See... No Room For Moonlighting Police [1] in the Parliament wire. National’s Brian Neeson has responded saying the call for an end to moonlighting by police is ironic coming from the Government's ultimate moonlighter. See... Get tough on crims George, not cops [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00378.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00394.htm


National Obsessed With Clark

- The National Party's obsession with Helen Clark and her government is deepening judging by events at its annual conference, Dunedin North MP and Labour Party strategist Pete Hodgson said today. See... An indecent obsession [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00377.htm


Timberlands Review Inadequate

- On 24th July 2000, the Minister of Conservation announced that an independent panel will review the future of Timberlands West Coast Ltd (TWCL) areas of native forest during August and September 2000. See... Timberlands West Coast Review Inadequate [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00131.htm

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS

Poll: National Closes Gap On Labour

- The latest One News Colmar Brunton shows the following results - Labour down two points to 42 percent - National up one to 41 percent. For a summary of the full results see... National and Labour Neck And Neck [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00107.htm


Scoop Opinion: Letter From Wellington

- We won, you lost. Eat it!”Michael Cullen's line sums up the coalition: arrogant. Richard Prebble writes. See... Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington - 21 Aug [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00385.htm


National Party Conference

– Jenny Shipley and Bill English rally the troops. See... Jenny Shipley Address To National Party Conference [1] and Bill English Address To National Party Conference [2] , both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00381.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00380.htm


Singapore Trade Agreement Text Agreed

- A text for the Closer Economic Partnership agreement with Singapore has been agreed, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... Singapore treaty text agreed [1] in the Parliament wire. See also... Prebble Letter To PM - Singapore Trade Agreement [2] . EARLIER - GATT Watchdog - Singapore High Commissioner To Meet GATT Watchdog [3] - CAFCA -Singapore Treaty Has Serious Implications [4] - ECOLOGIC - Middle Ground Needed On Singapore Trade Agreement [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00375.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00373.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00121.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00124.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00115.htm


Prebble Backs House On The Net

- “I write to suggest the real solution to the problem of the coverage of Parliament is to put the proceedings of Parliament onto the internet. It is now possible using “live streaming” and audio links to produce high quality pictures on the internet.” See... Prebble Letter To Speaker - Parlt. Media Coverage [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00374.htm


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