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NCEA Like Bad Lego
Kiwi War Criminals In Danger- ACT
Doctors Student Loans
ACT Investigates Suing GE Inquiry
Go Community - Maharey
Trevor Mallard Should Apologise - ACT
Cronyism Accusations On Health Board Appointments

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House - Questions
Dame Silvia Cartwright Is Next Governor General
NZ Dollar Falls Below 42.5 US Cents
The Cannabis Law Reform Debate – It’s Not Going Away
Defence Purchasing Decisions - FULL COVERAGE


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NCEA Like Bad Lego

- ACT Education Spokesperson, Donna Awatere Huata, has likened the changes to New Zealand’s senior school exams to a badly constructed Lego set. See... New Assessment System “Lego-Like” – Awatere Huata [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00471.htm


Kiwi War Criminals In Danger- ACT

- ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks said today that New Zealand peace keepers are exposed to politically driven prosecution under a Bill being pushed through today. See... Govt. Puts Prosecution Risks On NZ Peace Keepers [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00470.htm


Doctors Student Loans

- “The Government’s recommendations that student loan pay-offs would be used to settle junior doctor strikes is ad hoc and reactionary, New Zealand First Education Spokesperson, Hon Brian Donnelly said today. See... Student Loan Pay Off Needs Comprehensive Policy [1] in the Parliament wire. MORE: - ACT -Health Minister Deciding Education Policy? [2] - AOTEAROA TERTIARY STUDENTS - Hands Up Who Else Wants Student Debt Relief… [3] - MEDICAL SPECIALISTS - Doctor Debt Reduction Should Come From Education [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00466.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00463.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00156.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00154.htm


ACT Investigates Suing GE Inquiry

- ACT NZ is consulting lawyers with a view to seeking a judicial review of the Royal Commission on Genetic Modified Organisms decision to exclude ACT from ‘interested party’ status, said ACT Agriculture spokesman and Central Otago farmer, Gerry Eckhoff. See... ACT NZ Investigating GE Inquiry Legal Action [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00464.htm


Go Community - Maharey

- New Zealanders should become more involved in their community, Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Steve Maharey says. See... Get active in Your community, Maharey urges [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00458.htm


Trevor Mallard Should Apologise - ACT

- Sending mixed messages and failing to consult with schools over bulk funding issues was a classic example of how Education Minister Trevor Mallard had forgotten one of the fundamental lessons he should have learned long ago. ACT’s Donna Awatere-Huata wants Trevor Mallard to say sorry [1] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00457.htm


Cronyism Accusations On Health Board Appointments

- A first look at the new health appointments reveals the Government has brought in union mates and party stalwarts to run the new District Health Boards, National's Health spokesperson Wyatt Creech said today. See... New Health Boards used to pay back party stalwarts [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00456.htm

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Scoop Is In The House - Questions

- Today’s Questions concerned the subjects of: Falling Dollar – Fire Service Irregularities – Defence Purchasing – Drug Imports – Doctors’ Student Loans – Singapore Trade Agmt. – Sandra’s Road – Fire Service Porn – Maori Child Abuse – Toxic Waste – Falling Dollar – National Archives – Health Committee – Relationship Property Bill. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 24 August [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00134.htm


Dame Silvia Cartwright Is Next Governor General

- Prime Minister Helen Clark today welcomed the announcement that the Queen has approved the appointment of Dame Silvia Cartwright to succeed Sir Michael Hardie Boys as Governor-General of New Zealand. See... PM welcomes Governor-General-designate [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00474.htm


NZ Dollar Falls Below 42.5 US Cents

- The fall in the NZ Dollar over the last 48 hours is quite unlike any “correction” seen in the NZ currency in the past. Scoop’s Alastair Thompson reports on the Kiwi as it falls to an all-time low against the Greenback. See... How Low Will It Go? - Kiwi Falls To All-Time Low [1] in the Headlines wire. See also Finance Minister Michael Cullen’s speech today... The Policy Programme From Here [2] in the Parliament wire and Hon Bill English - Capital Business Show Address [3] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00133.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00465.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00455.htm

The Cannabis Law Reform Debate – It’s Not Going Away

- Prime Minister Helen Clark says cannabis law reform is a long way down the list of the Government's priorities, but how much longer can the issue be ignored? See... The case for cannabis law reform [1] for Nandor Tanczos's address to the National Press Club, in the Parliament wire. MORE - ALCP - World Wired For NZ Cannabis Youth Debate [2] - VUWSA - Victoria Students Support Cannabis Law Reform [3] - ACT UP San Francisco - Legalize It! The Politics of Pot [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00468.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00155.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00153.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0008/S00146.htm

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