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JUST POLITICS
Independence Of ERO At Risk
More Vaccine Research Needed
Hobbs And Bunkle The Do-Nothing Ministers
Pete Hodgson – Managing Our Oceans
NZ Response To More Japanese Whaling
ERO Review Committee Announced
Aus & NZ To Examine Trans Tasman Tax Issues

TOP SCOOPS
Post Colonial Traumatic Stress Syndrome, You’d Never Heard Of It Either?
End Impasse Over Fisheries Allocation
No More Dolphins For Marineland
More Petrol Price Rises
Scoop Business: Confidence Rebound In National Bank Survey
Scoop Opinion: Loh Life – Saint Bernard Chop Suey?
Youth Parliament Votes Against Cannabis Decriminalisation

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JUST POLITICS


Independence Of ERO At Risk

- The Government's latest review of the Education Review Office is a repeat of one done in 1997 and is merely a front for the Minister to pursue his own agenda of amalgamating the ERO and the Ministry of Education, National Education spokesperson Nick Smith said. See... Independence of ERO could be at risk [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00579.htm


More Vaccine Research Needed

- Green Party MP Sue Kedgley said today the imminent removal of mercury from vaccines highlights the need for research into the side-effects of vaccines. See... More vaccine research needed as mercury withdrawn [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00578.htm


Hobbs And Bunkle The Do-Nothing Ministers

“The decision by Marion Hobbs and Phillida Bunkle to cancel the proposed merging of border control services demonstrates their 'do-nothing' attitude” National's Biosecurity and Border Control spokesman David Carter said today. See... Hobbs And Bunkle The Do-Nothing Ministers [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00576.htm


Pete Hodgson – Managing Our Oceans

- It's always a pleasure to be talking to scientists. It's particularly good to be talking to marine scientists, given my interests as a minister in both science and fisheries. The portfolios intersect in interesting ways. See... Managing our oceans - Hon Pete Hodgson [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00568.htm


NZ Response To More Japanese Whaling

- The Minister of Conservation Hon Sandra Lee has asked her officials to consider what measures New Zealand might take in response to Japan's plans to add the killing of 10 sperm whales and 50 Bryde's whales to its annual kill of minke whales in the ... See... NZ response to extension of Japanese whaling [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00567.htm


ERO Review Committee Announced

- Education Minister Trevor Mallard today announced the membership of the Government's Ministerial Review of the Education Review Office. See... ERO Review Committee Announced [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00566.htm


Aus & NZ To Examine Trans Tasman Tax Issues

- Australia and New Zealand are to examine the tax treatment of Trans Tasman investments, the Australian Treasurer Peter Costello and New Zealand Treasurer Michael Cullen announced today. See... Aus & NZ To Examine Trans Tasman Tax Issues [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00563.htm

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS

Post Colonial Traumatic Stress Syndrome, You’d Never Heard Of It Either?

– Scoop brings you the speech that started the furore, and the incredulous reaction. See... Psychological Society Conference - Tariana Turia [1] in the wire for Turia’s speech. REACTION - NATIONAL - Pull yourself together Tariana [2] and Is Tariana Turia Speaking For The Govt? [3] - ACT - Re: Post Colonial Traumatic Stress Disorder [4] - NZ FIRST - Peters Slams Turia For Psycho-Babble [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00558.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00556.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00581.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00571.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00570.htm


End Impasse Over Fisheries Allocation

- ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader Ken Shirley has today written to the Prime Minister urging the government to heed the plea of the Treaty Tribes Coalition to end the impasse over the allocation of fishing quota. See... ACT Offers Government Help In Fisheries Allocation [1] in the Parliament wire. See also Treaty Tribes latest statement on the issue...Terms For Negotiation With The Crown [2] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00577.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00178.htm


No More Dolphins For Marineland

- Green MP Sue Kedgley today said no more dolphins should be imported for Napier's marine zoo, Marineland, and that if the zoo could not survive without them, then it should be shut down. See... No more dolphins should be acquired by Marineland [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00580.htm


More Petrol Price Rises

- A massive increase in the refined (ready-to-go) cost of diesel and a decline in the value of the New Zealand dollar have forced BP to increase prices at its company-owned service stations with immediate effect. The amount of increase is 4 cents a litre. See... BP Announce Petrol Price Increase [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0008/S00226.htm


Confidence Rebound In National Bank Survey

- The rebound in confidence recorded in the National Bank's August survey was welcomed this morning by Finance Minister Michael Cullen. But National Finance Spokesman Bill English says the survey has been overtaken by events and does not show how businesses feel after the alarming drop in the dollar. See... Cullen - Confidence rebound welcomed [1] and Still not out of the woods [2] , both in the Parliament wire. LINKS TO Dollar In Motion - (YAHOO - NZ/US Cross [3])

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00569.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00564.htm
[3] - http://quote.yahoo.com/m5?a=1&s=NZD&t=USD


Scoop Opinion: Loh Life – Saint Bernard Chop Suey?

- I'VE JUST finished walking my dog and as a bona fide, genuine dog-lover wandering along the beach I got to thinking about some disturbing, indeed sickening news I heard courtesy of Winston Peters a few months back. See... Saint Bernard chop suey ? - please, Winston [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00161.htm


Youth Parliament Votes Against Cannabis Decriminalisation

- Cannabis decriminalisation proponent Nandor Tanczos says young people should wait until they are over 18 before deciding whether to smoke cannabis – the youth said that wont be necessary, by voting against decriminalisation at the Youth Parliament today. See... Youth MPs Say: "We're Not Ready For Cannabis" [1] in the Headlines wire. REACTION: - GREEN - Youth vote not surprising - Tanczos [2] - NATIONAL - Youth vote should extinguish cannabis debate [3] - MILD GREENS - . Cannabis bill "mockery of evidence-based process" [4] - Coalition for Cannabis Law Reform - Coalition welcomes Youth Parliament vote [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00159.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00562.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00561.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00176.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00175.htm


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