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Sutton On Indian Trade Mission
Telecommunications Inquiry Report Released
Defence Dollars Squandered While Soldiers Wait For Pay Rise
Lame Duck Ministers Hidden From Scrutiny, Says Sowry
Industry NZ Enterprise Awards For 22 Businesses
War On Rats Announced
Closing The Gaps Panic
Union Only Party Offends Employers, Says Bradford
Goff Won’t Be At Whalers’ Conference
Good Faith Codes Approved

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Howard’s End: NZ, Seventh State Of Australia
Anne Else: High Time For New Adoption Law
Scoop Is In The House: Today’s Questions And Answers
Humanitarian Hercules Mission Defended
Electricity Industry Reforms Announced
Govt Succumbs To Brain Drain Panic

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Rodney Hide: A Nose For Scandal

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Sutton On Indian Trade Mission

- Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton is to lead a trade mission to India, after attending the APEC Ministerial Meeting in Brunei in November. He will also visit Nepal. See... Minister To Lead Trade Mission To India [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00046.htm


Telecommunications Inquiry Report Released

- Communications Minister Paul Swain has today released the report from the ministerial inquiry into telecommunications. See... Telecommunications Inquiry Report Released [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00069.htm


Defence Dollars Squandered While Soldiers Wait For Pay Rise

- New Zealand First has accused the Army of squandering scarce Defence dollars on public relations exercises instead of equipment and soldiers’ long overdue pay rise. See... No Wonder Front-Line Troops Can’t Get A Pay Rise [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00050.htm


Lame Duck Ministers Hidden From Scrutiny, Says Sowry

- “The Prime Minister's admission that some of her Ministers are 'sitting ducks' who it 'wouldn't be wise' to expose to media scrutiny says a lot about the way this Government operates,” National's Roger Sowry said today. See... Clark Hiding Lame Duck Ministers From Scrutiny [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00047.htm


Industry NZ Enterprise Awards For 22 Businesses

- Twenty two innovative small businesses from all over New Zealand have been offered the Government’s first Enterprise Awards, Economic Development Minister Jim Anderton announced today. See... 22 Businesses Receive Industry NZ Enterprise Award [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00068.htm


War On Rats Announced

- Conservation Minister Sandra Lee has announced that an ambitious project to eradicate the last remaining animal pest—Norway rats—from Campbell Island so DOC can return some rare species to live there is to be implemented. See... Rats! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00066.htm


Closing The Gaps Panic

- Labour poll results are behind the blatantly transparent attempt by Social Services Minister, Steve Maharey, to re-launch the Government’s Maori/ Pacific Island “Closing the Gaps” policy, ACT Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman, said today. See... Labour Panics Over Closing the Gaps Policy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00063.htm


Union Only Party Offends Employers, Says Bradford

- The Labour Minister has dropped herself in it with employers - once again, National's Industrial Relations spokesperson Max Bradford said today. See... Labour Minister offends employers again [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00062.htm


Goff Won’t Be At Whalers’ Conference

- Foreign Minister Phil Goff said today that he will be declining an invitation to address the World Council of Whalers' conference in Nelson this November. See... Goff Will Not Attend Whaling Conference [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00060.htm


Good Faith Codes Approved

- The Minister of Labour, Margaret Wilson has approved the interim Good Faith Code. The code provides guidance under the Employment Relations Act to the parties in an employment relationship. See... Good Faith Codes Approved [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00054.htm

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS

Howard’s End: NZ, Seventh State Of Australia

- Earlier this week I wrote on Scoop that we should drop the charade about monetary union with Australia and focus of the real debate - New Zealand the seventh State of Australia. The column created widespread public and media interest - so let's consider the final jump. See... Howard’s End: NZ, Seventh State Of Australia [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00017.htm


Anne Else: High Time For New Adoption Law

- At long last, an official report on adoption law reform has grasped most of the biggest problems with this 45-year-old legislation, and put forward some reasonably sound remedies. But when the Law Commission's report came out last week, it made few headlines. See... Anne Else: The Future Of Adoption [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00015.htm


Scoop Is In The House: Today’s Questions And Answers

- Today's Questions concerned the subjects of: Unemployment Rises – Closing The Gaps – Double Jeopardy – Food Banks – Electricity Regulation –Consumer Confidence - Telecommunication Regulation – Auckland Transport Woes – Road Safety –Mangaroa Compensation – East ... See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 4 October [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00018.htm


Humanitarian Hercules Mission Defended

- Dunedin based National MP Katherine Rich has confirmed that it was her request which lead to a Government decision to divert an Air Force Hercules aircraft back to Apia in Samoa to pick up a civilian. The Young Nationals said ACT MP Rodney Hide’s attack over the incident was a blatant, insensitive attempt at political mileage. See... No Apologies Over Air Force Incident [1] and Insensitive Politics From Hide Over Hercules [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00057.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0010/S00013.htm

Electricity Industry Reforms Announced

- The Government yesterday announced a comprehensive policy package designed to deliver fairness and transparency for electricity consumers. See... A Fair Deal For Electricity Consumers [1] and Power Package Summary of Government Decisions [2] . REACTION- GREENS - Greens' Electricity Initiatives Bear Fruit [3] - NZ FIRST - Power Package Right Direction But Not Enough [4] - NATS - Govt still don't have power consumers at heart [5] - ALLIANCE - Anderton on the Electricity Package [6] - PUBLIC POWER CAMPAIGN - Promises But No Powers [7] - EMA - Guarantees Of Cheaper Power Applauded [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00048.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00049.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00051.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00064.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00061.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00056.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0010/S00014.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0010/S00025.htm


Govt Succumbs To Brain Drain Panic

- National Immigration Spokesperson Marie Hasler said there is a note of desperation creeping into the Labour Government's Immigration policy, after indications from Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel that more immigrants may be allowed into New Zealand. See... Minister Panics Over Brain Drain [1] MORE REACTION- UNITED - Dunne Applauds Minister's Immigration Proposals [2] - NZPI - Possible Changes To Immigration Levels Welcomed [3] - ACT - Immigration Review Must Promote Brain Gain [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00053.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00052.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0010/S00012.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00044.htm


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