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JUST POLITICS
Pessimism No Surprise, Says English
Overstayer Policy Unravelling
Greens Give Gondola Proposal Thumbs Down
Gaps Are Being Closed – Maharey
Distinct Role For Polytechnic Research – Maharey
Thinly Veiled Threats To Wool Industry – ACT
Speechifying

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Shipley, Clark Slagging Match Develops In Australia
Disbelief From Peters, As Prebble Calls Himself A “White Liberal”
Keith Rankin: What The Kiwi Medal Count Means
Concerned Teachers Make Point With Guinea Pigs
The Battle of Prague - Cullen Speaks To Bankers
Importers Institute: Cullen Must Go

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JUST POLITICS

Pessimism No Surprise, Says English

- It's no surprise that business confidence has dipped again and remains firmly entrenched in pessimistic territory, National Finance spokesperson Bill English said today. See... New Zealanders Still Paying For Confidence Crisis [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00449.htm


Overstayer Policy Unravelling

– ACT - Today’s confirmation by the Minister of Immigration that she will consider refugee applications on a case by case basis is merely the first U-turn that signals the unravelling of transitional policy, said ACT Immigration spokesman Penny Webster. See... Overstayer Policy Rapidly Unwinding - Webster [1] . See also … Protestors Plead For Fair Treatment, NATS [2] and Refugees Excluded From Transitional Provisions, GOVT [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00433.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00431.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00432.htm


Greens Give Gondola Proposal Thumbs Down

- Green Party co-leader and Conservation spokesperson Jeanette Fitzsimons today said the Greens opposed a proposal to build a gondola link between Queenstown and Milford Sound. See... Greens oppose Queenstown Gondola proposal [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00452.htm


Gaps Are Being Closed – Maharey

- Government policies are closing the gaps for all disadvantaged New Zealanders, says Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey. See... Maharey on the Closing the Gaps [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00442.htm


Distinct Role For Polytechnic Research – Maharey

- Polytechs will be encouraged to develop a distinct focus for their research based on community and industry needs, vocational learning and the greater use of partnerships, Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey said today. See... Polytechnic Research To Have Distinct Role [1] and Polytechnic Research - Steve Maharey Speech [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00444.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00450.htm


Thinly Veiled Threats To Wool Industry – ACT

- The thinly veiled threat to the Wool Industry made by two Government Ministers shows how keen the coalition are to spend other peoples money, said ACT MP and wool farmer Gerry Eckhoff. See... Government Should Rightly Be Ignored [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00434.htm


Speechifying

- More speeches from ministers. - MARK GOSCHE - Mark Gosche Speech To NZ Taxi Federation [1] - MARION HOBBS - Visual Soil Assessment Launch - Marion Hobbs [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00447.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00445.htm


POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS

Shipley, Clark Slagging Match Develops In Australia

- Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that Mrs Shipley's statements about her meeting with the Australian Prime Minister were the “inept blundering of someone unfit to ever be Prime Minister again,” to which Mrs Shipley replied “Helen Clark should deal with the issues confronting New Zealand and stop abusing anyone who has a contrary point of view to her Government.” See... Shipley blunders in Australia [1] and PM should focus on the issues, not personal abuse [2] . SHIPLEY’S EARLIER STATEMENTS No desire for a new common currency [3] Australia's Worries Over NZ Immigration Amnesty [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00440.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00453.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00438.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00437.htm


Disbelief From Peters, As Prebble Calls Himself A “White Liberal”

- The New Zealand First Leader, Rt Hon Winston Peters, has expressed shock, horror and dismay that Richard Prebble has described himself as a white liberal committed to creating a successful multi-racial society. See... Prebble A Liberal? No, A Joke! – Peters [1] . Click HERE [2] to read Mr Prebble’s speech.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00446.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00451.htm


Keith Rankin: What The Kiwi Medal Count Means

- Once again, New Zealand is experiencing the biennial disappointment of athletic underachievement. Even our ratio of bronze medals per capita doesn't look that brilliant. See... Keith Rankin: Bronze, Gold and Silver [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0009/S00192.htm


Concerned Teachers Make Point With Guinea Pigs

- Following Mallard's speech in which he claimed only a small minority (see below) were opposed to the NCEA (the replacement for School C), two Concerned Teachers who had penetrated security at the Conference released guinea pigs into the hall." See... Guinea Pigs Campaign Just A Start [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0009/S00047.htm


The Battle of Prague - Cullen Speaks To Bankers

- Fellow governors and delegates, I am delighted to be able to participate in this meeting, particularly given the balance, humanity, and passion of the opening speeches. See... Dr Michael Cullen Speech To IMF and World Bank [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0009/S00441.htm

Importers Institute: Cullen Must Go

- The Minister of Finance must go, quite simply for the same reason that every coach of a non-performing sports team eventually does. See... Why Cullen Must Go [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0009/S00156.htm


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