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JUST POLITICS
Caviar And Champagne Consistency Call
Super Scheme Needs Testing - English
ACT Push For Private Heart Surgery
Firearms Registration Plans
Kylie Jones Murderer’s Sentence Approved
Sutton Goes Mad With Trade Acronyms
Conservation Awareness Boosted
Cullen Praised For Telecom Caution
Parallel Importing Change Concerns
Non Maori GE Views Defended
Greens Happy With PM Call On Whale Bone Workshop

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Richard Poole: Just Because I Stood Up, I Shouldn't Be Shot Down
More Brain Drain Feedback
Scoop Cartoon: A Suicidal Kiwi
Richard Prebble’s Letter From Wellington
Kiwi Kevin Is In The House - With A Vision
Off With Her Head
Upton Online: The Olympics And The Chapple Analysis
Goff On Milosevic

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JUST POLITICS

Caviar And Champagne Consistency Call

- Guests at the Government's Auckland Business Forum, hosted by legal firm Buddle Findlay, should expect caviar and champagne - if the Government is consistent in its largesse, National's Finance Spokesman Bill English said today. See... Big Spend-Up On Million Dollar Legal Eagles [1] . See also… ACT - "Guess Who's NOT Coming to Dinner" [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00159.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00155.htm


Super Scheme Needs Testing - English

- “If Michael Cullen wants to get support for his pre-funded superannuation scheme he should ask an independent expert panel to assess whether it will work,” National Finance spokesperson Bill English said today. See... Expert Panel Should Test Cullen's Scheme [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00158.htm


ACT Push For Private Heart Surgery

- The Government can ease the waiting list crisis at Auckland’s Greenlane Hospital by publicly funding surgery to be carried out at private hospitals in the region, ACT Health Spokesman Ken Shirley said today. See... Easy Solution to Waiting List Crisis says Shirley [1] . See also…National - Govt. Pledge To Cut Waiting Lists Fails Miserably [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00169.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00167.htm


Firearms Registration Plans

- New laws and a firearms authority promoted by Police Minister George Hawkins were a “nonsense,” ACT Police Spokesman Ken Shirley said today. See... Suggested Changes to Firearms Laws a "Nonsense" [1] . See also ...National - Minister Rushing Gun Laws [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00168.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00164.htm


Kylie Jones Murderer’s Sentence Approved

- The sentence of preventive detention, with a minimum non parole period of 18 years, for the killer of Auckland journalist Kylie Jones is “appropriate and fitting”, National's Justice spokesperson Tony Ryall said today. See... Preventive Detention Sentence Appropriate [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00166.htm


Sutton Goes Mad With Trade Acronyms

- Trade Negotiations Minister, Jim Sutton, today welcomed the decision of ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) and CER Ministers to instruct officials to draw up recommendations on how to achieve a Closer Economic Partnership (CEP) between the ASEAN Free Trade (AFTA) and CER. See... Sutton Welcomes AFTA/CER CEP Outcome [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00163.htm


Conservation Awareness Boosted

- Conservation Minister Sandra Lee today announced that the Government would apply the $2.5m (GST inclusive) allocated in the Budget to promote greater conservation awareness through a raft of projects. See... Govt to promote greater conservation awareness [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00162.htm


Cullen Praised For Telecom Caution

- “Spare a thought for Michael Cullen who had to blow the whistle on the Telecommunications Report,” said ACT Commerce Spokesman, Stephen Franks today. See... ACT – Cullen’s Telecom Recommendations Sensible [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00161.htm


Parallel Importing Change Concerns

- “Community and University libraries will suffer under an impending Government announcement which will ban parallel importing of creative goods such as books and CDs,” National's Katherine Rich said today. See... Plan To Ban Book Imports Will Hurt Libraries [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00160.htm


Non Maori GE Views Defended

- Non-Maori need the same opportunity as Maori to speak directly to the Royal Commission into Genetic Modification, Green co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said today. See... Non-Maori Need Equal Chance To Have GE Say [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00156.htm


Greens Happy With PM Call On Whale Bone Workshop

- The Green Party today congratulated Prime Minister Helen Clark for stopping the Te Puni Kokiri whalebone art workshop being held in conjunction with a pro-whaling conference in Nelson next month. See... Keep Maori art and whaling separate - Greens [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00152.htm


POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS


Richard Poole: Just Because I Stood Up, I Shouldn't Be Shot Down

- Having come back from visiting my friends overseas, their message to me was that they were never coming home. They said ‘Why would we?’ See... Media Statement From Generation Lost Ad Organiser [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0010/S00032.htm

More Brain Drain Feedback

- See... Scoop Feedback: "A Generation Lost?" [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00042.htm


Scoop Cartoon: A Suicidal Kiwi

- A new cartoon from Paul McDonald of http://www.political-cartoons.co.nz/ [1] . The first of what we hope will become a regular Scoop feature. See... Scoop Cartoon: NZ's Coup (On Target) [2]


[1] - http://www.political-cartoons.co.nz/
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00041.htm


Richard Prebble’s Letter From Wellington

- Richard Poole's full page advertisement has resulted in frenzied coalition attacks. Labour's polling says that the loss of skilled New Zealanders is an issue deeply worrying the electorate. Helen Clark has adopted her usual crisis management strategy: ... See... Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington 9/10/00 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00165.htm


Kiwi Kevin Is In The House - With A Vision

- Anyone feeling down in the dumps about NZ today need only look to Kiwi Kevin Roberts to at least try hard to cheer them up.. “We don't have a vision right now and God knows we need one. Government aren't providing one, the media aren't, business isn't - so it looks like it's up to you and me to take a crack!” See... At The Edge - Vision For New Zealand [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00035.htm


Off With Her Head

- As the country slides inexorably into the third world, it now appears that, as in any tin-pot dictatorship, any dissent is to be punished. Helen Clark’s call for Roger Kerr’s head shows that free speech is no longer acceptable. See the Libertarianze view on the Business Round Table rucus... Libertarianz Calls For PM’s Head [1] ... for extensive coverage of the Brain Drain debate see below...


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0010/S00031.htm

Upton Online: The Olympics And The Chapple Analysis

- When you know you’re totally out-classed, the only thing left to do is offer undiluted praise to the victors. This New Zealand has been doing with uncharacteristic fervour. Writes Upton Online. See... Upton-on-line: Olympic Kitsch and Closing The Gaps [1] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00150.htm


Goff On Milosevic

- Foreign Minister Phil Goff has welcomed the popular uprising by Serbian people against President Slobodan Milosevic See... Milosevic Must Go [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00148.htm

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