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Scoop: Just Politics

JUST POLITICS
Who's Driveway Is It?
Finally! New Fisheries Commissioners At Last
Smacking Bill To Be Proposed By NZ First
Property Relationship Confusion
The Super Debate
Credit Law Revamp
Rehabilitation Through Work
Southern ACTion
Rural School Closure Decisions
Cullen Speech On Public Sector Finance
Advice To Westport From The Greens
Green’s Not The Only Interested Party
McKinsey Report Gives Wool Reform Mandate

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House - Questions
World Leaders To Gather For Millenium Summit
Scoop Opinion: Has Jim’s Job Machine Been Conned?
Symbolic Vote on Free Trade
Polls Apart
Post Cabinet Presser - Full Coverage



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JUST POLITICS


Who's Driveway Is It?

- Sandra Lee’s decision to allocate scare Department of Conservation funding for a ‘road to nowhere’ private road and separate Maori camp grounds, while ignoring the needs of cash starved alpine facilities reeks of nepotism, says ACT. See... DOC Money Allocation : Who's Driveway Is It? [1] in the Parliament wire. See also.. Keep Apartheid Out Of National Parks [2] . The Minister of Conservation, meanwhile says she is determined to resolve the range of long outstanding issues related to the Te Urewera National Park that had been complicating the relationship between stakeholders. See... Lee Determined To Resolve Te Urewera Issues [3] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00405.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00400.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00403.htm


Finally! New Fisheries Commissioners At Last

- The Hon Parekura Horomia, Minister of Mäori Affairs, announced today the appointment of members to the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission. See... TOW Fisheries Commissioners Announced [1] in the Parliament wire. See also... Lee Congratulates Horomia On TOKM Appointments [2] and Now For The Real Issue, Minister [3] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00413.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00410.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00139.htm


Smacking Bill To Be Proposed By NZ First

- New Zealand First announced today its intention to take steps to amend legislation regarding physical punishment of children. See... NZ First To Take Steps On Smacking Legislation [1] in the Parliament wire. MORE ON ZERO TOLERANCE: - NATIONAL - . Ministers Trying To Stifle Child Abuse Debate [2] - ACT - Attempts to Shut Down Child Abuse Debate Shameful [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00416.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00407.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00392.htm


Property Relationship Confusion

- The fact that the Associate Minister of Justice can't explain how her own legislation should be interpreted shows how difficult it will be for judges to apply it in real life, National Justice spokesman Tony Ryall said. See... Wilson's law: ERB Mark II [1] in the Parliament wire. See also...Opt-out contracts may not be worth the paper [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00415.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00393.htm


The Super Debate

- The Rt Hon Winston Peters MP, Leader of New Zealand First, today said that political parties should put their differences to one side and participate in multi-party talks on superannuation for the sake of all New Zealanders. See... Lack Of Savings Strategy Makes Super Talks Urgent [1] in the Parliament wire. EARLIER: - UNITED NZ - National & Labour Still Do Not Get It Over Super [2] - ACT - Richard Prebble Letter To PM On Superannuation [3] - GOVT - Shipley's half truth as bad as making it up [4] - GREY POWER - Grey Power on National Mistakes [5] - Wellington Chamber of Commerce - About time superannuation football was retired [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00414.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00389.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00388.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00376.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00132.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00133.htm


Credit Law Revamp

- Work on reviewing New Zealand's outdated credit laws is on track for changes to be considered by Government next year, Consumer Affairs Minister Phillida Bunkle said today. See... Credit Law Paper Released [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00412.htm


Rehabilitation Through Work

- The Minister of Corrections, the Hon Matt Robson, today announced that the Release to Work programme for prison inmates on minimum security would be expanded to improve their safe reintegration back into the community. See... Inmates To Work Their Way Back Into The Community [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00411.htm


Southern ACTion

- ACT MPs are hitting the road over the next three weeks on a political report-back tour which will take in more than 25 centres throughout the whole of the South Island. See... ACT Heads South On "ACTion" Tour [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00409.htm


Rural School Closure Decisions

- Marton's James Cook School is to remain open, following the completion of a formal procedure which considered closing the school, Education Minister Trevor Mallard announced today. See... School Decisions For Marton And Taumarunui [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00408.htm


Cullen Speech On Public Sector Finance

- See... Public Sector Finance 4th Annual Forum [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00402.htm


Advice To Westport From The Greens

- The Green Party says Buller business and community leaders should focus their attention on tourism projects which give visitors a reason to stay in Westport rather than encouraging them to drive through the town. See... Destination tourism key to Buller development [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00401.htm


Green’s Not The Only Interested Party

- The Royal Commission of inquiry into genetic modified organisms decision to grant interested party status only to the Green party is a travesty, said ACT MP and farmer Gerry Eckhoff. See... Royal Commission Decision A Travesty [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00399.htm


McKinsey Report Gives Wool Reform Mandate

- Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton said the result of the farmer vote on the McKinsey reports recommendations gave a clear mandate for a direction for the industry. Federated Farmers have welcomed the resounding mandate for change. See... Jim Sutton on McKinsey wool vote [1] in the Parliament, The Wool Spin: All Is Not Solved [2] in the Parliament and 91% Of Woolgrower Voters Can't Be Wrong [3] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00397.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00404.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0008/S00150.htm


POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS


Scoop Is In The House

- Today’s Questions concerned the subjects of: Superannuation – Doctors Strike – Major Events Promotion – Urewera Park Road - Tertiary Fee Increases - Youth’s Drug Treatment – Investment Ready Scheme - Merepeka Raukawa-Tait – School Closures – Relationship ... See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 22 August [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00121.htm


World Leaders To Gather For Millenium Summit

- Prime Minister Helen Clark is preparing to head to New York for the Millennium Assembly of the United Nations, opening 6 September. See... PM Heads To New York For Millennium Summit [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00120.htm


Scoop Opinion: Has Jim’s Job Machine Been Conned?

- Let me start today's column by saying to Jim Anderton and Dr Cullen a great big "I told you so." Why am I being so smug and rude? Aardvark's Bruce Simpson writes today. See... Taxpayer Resources Invested In Useless Invention [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00118.htm


Symbolic Vote on Free Trade

- Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced a precedent-setting decision to allow a “symbolic”; Parliamentary vote on the proposed Singapore free trade deal. See... Symbolic Vote On Singapore Trade Deal Approved [1] in the Headlines wire. See ...Claytons vote on free trade deal [2] , in the Parliament wire, for Green reaction. MORE: - TRADE UNION FEDERATION - “Symbolic” Vote Raises More Questions Than Answers [3] - GOVT - Singapore treaty text agreed [4] - ACT - Prebble Letter To PM - Singapore Trade Agreement [5] - GATT Watchdog - Singapore High Commissioner To Meet GATT Watchdog [6] - CAFCA -Singapore Treaty Has Serious Implications [7] - ECOLOGIC - Middle Ground Needed On Singapore Trade Agreement [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00117.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00398.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00140.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00375.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00373.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00121.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00124.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00115.htm


Polls Apart

- Labour has survived the Dover Samuels scandal relatively unscathed according to the latest TV3 Poll. See... TV3 News [1] in the News Monitor wire. The result couldn't be more different than a TVNZ poll last night. See...National and Labour Neck And Neck [2] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/NM0008/S00116.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00107.htm


Newsflash: Post Cabinet Presser

- Scoop's Guy MacGibbon was at today's post Cabinet Press Conference with Prime Minister Helen Clark, which started a little later than usual. See..Meeting Won't Affect Women's Refuge-PM [1] , Clark Rejects Superannuation Accord With Nats [2] , Marijuana Law Reform Down The List [3] and Newsflash: Defence Decisions Wednesday [4] . Meanwhile ACT thinks it already knows what the defence decisions are see...Orions: $400m To Save Billions Seems A Good Idea [5] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00115.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00114.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00113.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00111.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00395.htm

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