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JUST POLITICS
Harre To Host Student Loan Summit
Fire Service Whistleblower’s Sacking Queried
The Peace Dividend: Green Health and Defence Amendments
Toxic Waste Help Promised
More Details Of Singapore Deal Revealed
Signs Of Panic Seen Over Relationship Bill
79 New Health Bosses
Health Funding Misrepresented
More Support For Wool Industry Restructure

TOP SCOOPS
Newsflash: Defence Purchasing Decisions
Scoop Is In The House - Questions
Scoop Images: Mr Sincere
Urewera Road Funding Invitation To Maori Protestors
Gagging On Maori Issues Raises Free Speech Issues
Scoop Opinion: Has Jim’s Job Machine Been Conned? + REACTION
Scoop Arts: Helen Clark Addresses Auckland University On Art Policy

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Alliance Deputy Leader Sandra Lee Defends Her Urewera Decision

JUST POLITICS

Harre To Host Student Loan Summit

- Youth Affairs Minister Laila Harré, in conjunction with national student unions, is hosting a summit on the impact of the student loans scheme on young people. See... Summit studies impact of youth debt [1] in the Parliament wire. See… Maori students over-represented in Student Loans [2] and Community Puts Student Debt Under Microscope [3] in the education wire for reaction from student groups.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00421.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0008/S00041.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0008/S00040.htm


Fire Service Whistleblower’s Sacking Queried

- New Zealand First Leader, Rt Hon Winston Peters, has called on the Internal Affairs Minister, Mark Burton, to explain why a Fire Service employee in Hamilton is being sacked after a critical audit report on a senior manager. See... “Sharp Practices” Revealed In Audit Report [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00441.htm


The Peace Dividend: Green Health and Defence Amendments

- The Greens will be pushing the Government to spend less money on warplanes and spying and more on social services during the budget estimates debate in Parliament this afternoon. See... $40 million "Peace Dividend" Amendments To Budget [1] in the Parliament wire. - Green MP Sue Kedgley will today move two amendments - as part of the Green Party's peace dividend initiative - to add $5 million to the Health estimates in an attempt to address the unanimous concerns of the Health Select Committee. See... Kedgley Moves Two Budget Amendments [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00435.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00439.htm


Toxic Waste Help Promised

- The government is moving to help three Southland families who bought Crown land without realising dieldrin had been dumped on their properties. See... Government Tackles Dieldrin Dumps [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00436.htm


More Details Of Singapore Deal Revealed

- The Singapore Closer Economic Partnership agreement would be good for New Zealand, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... Singapore Trade Agreement Paper Issued [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00432.htm


Signs Of Panic Seen Over Relationship Bill

- National's Tony Ryall and Anne Tolley say the Government's late deadline extension for select committee consideration of matrimonial property legislation shows they are panicking at the damning criticism from the legal profession. See... Govt panics over property legislation [1] in the Parliament wire. MORE: - NATIONAL - Wilson's law: ERB Mark II [2] - NATIONAL - Opt-out contracts may not be worth the paper [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00445.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00415.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00393.htm


79 New Health Bosses

- Health Minister Annette King today announced the appointment of 79 new health directors, with the appointments taking effect from Friday. See... Minister Announces Health Director Appointments [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00444.htm


Health Funding Misrepresented

- “New Zealand’s public hospital managers and medical staff have every reason to be angry with this government and the minister Annette King over the misrepresentation of available funding” says Ken Shirley, ACT New Zealand’s Health Spokesman. See... Hospitals Misled By Minister [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00428.htm


More Support For Wool Industry Restructure

- National's Agriculture Spokesperson Gavan Herlihy has welcomed the overwhelming mandate farmers have given for a major restructuring of the wool industry. See... Wool Industry Restructuring Vote Welcomed [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00427.htm


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Newsflash: Defence Purchasing Decisions

- The Air Force's Orion & “Sirius” upgrade is off but 105 Canadian APC's and more than 1000 new radios are being bought for the NZ Army and RNZAF in defence decisions announced in Parliament this afternoon. See... Newsflash: Defence Purchasing Decisions [1] in the Headlines wire. MORE - GREEN - Sirius Cancellation Positive Step - Greens [2] - GREEN - Locke's Speech On Project Sirius Cancellation [3] - NATIONAL - Army-Only Policy Wrong For Maritime Nation [4] - ACT - Orion Rejection Will Be Felt Everywhere [5] - NATIONAL - Greens Now Control Defence Policy [6] - NZ FIRST - Govt. To Launch New Credit Card Defence Package [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00127.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00438.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00437.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00442.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00440.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00425.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00420.htm


Scoop Is In The House - Questions

- Today’s Questions concerned the subjects of: Doctor’s Strike – Defence Policy – Fire Service x 2 – Doctors “Golden Handcuffs” – Fiscal Policy – Urewera Road Decision – Auckland Schools – Employment Stats – Australian Apple Trade Dispute – Emergency Unemployment Benefit – Fisheries Commission – Relationship Property Bill – Health Bill Submissions. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 23 August [1] in the Headlines wire. For yesterday’s questions see... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 22 August [2] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00128.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00121.htm


Scoop Images: Mr Sincere

- Watch and learn, as Richard Prebble demonstrates his style in the house. See... Scoop Images: Prebble Shows How It’s Done [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00126.htm


Urewera Road Funding Invitation To Maori Protestors

- National MP and former Conservation Minister Nick Smith says that special funding of roading and the proposal to set aside areas of the Urewera National park for Maori is a nationwide invitation for activists to protest. See... Tame Iti Deal An Invitation To Protestors [1] in the Parliament wire. EARLIER - ACT - DOC Money Allocation : Who's Driveway Is It? [2] - NZ First - Keep Apartheid Out Of National Parks [3] . - Government - Lee Determined To Resolve Te Urewera Issues [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00426.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00405.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00400.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00403.htm

Gagging On Maori Issues Raises Free Speech Issues

- The Commissioner for Children’s confirmation today that he was told to “tone down” and “be more culturally appropriate” on the subject of child abuse among Maori, raises questions about our fundamental right to free speech, said ACT’s Welfare Spokesman. See... Newman Renews Call For Inquiry - More Gagging [1] in the Parliament wire. MORE ON CHILD ABUSE AND ZERO TOLERANCE: - NZ FIRST - PM Must Explain Maori Ministers’ Censorship [2] - NZ FIRST - Maori Rates of Child Abuse – The Facts Speak [3] - NZ FIRST - NZ First To Take Steps On Smacking Legislation [4] - NATIONAL - . Ministers Trying To Stifle Child Abuse Debate [5] - ACT - Attempts to Shut Down Child Abuse Debate Shameful [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00424.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00418.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00417.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00416.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00407.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00392.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. See also government response ... Govt paid nothing for 'fuel-saving' device [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00118.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00422.htm


Scoop Arts: Helen Clark Addresses Auckland University On Art Policy

1.00 pm Tuesday 22 August 2000 Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to this Winter Lecture Series on the state of the arts in New Zealand. See... Helen Clark Lecture On Art In NZ [1] in the Art and Culture wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0008/S00035.htm


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