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JUST POLITICS
Hawkins’ Staff Are Not Turkeys, An Apology’s In Order
Changes To Special Education
Gun Owners Forced Into Disobedience
MMP Noises From Shipley A Desperate Search For An Issue
Govt Covers Up Biased ERA Appointments
No Evidence Of Benefits Of Parole & Rehabilitation
Regional Development Money Goes To Townies
Locke Wants Answers On Heart Surgery

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Greenpeace Protest Against Dioxins At Parliament
Scoop Is In The House: Today’s Questions & Answers
When Is Dawn? The Light Time Is The Right Time For Dalziel
Keith Rankin: Super Solution. What's the Problem?
ACT Support Greens International Treaties Bill
Restrictions On NZ Apples To Aus Unjustifiable, Or Sutton’s An Astronaut

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JUST POLITICS

Hawkins’ Staff Are Not Turkeys, An Apology’s In Order

- Police Minister George Hawkins' outburst at the Police Association annual conference and his comments to a reporter afterwards can only be described as gobbledegook and he should apologise to the police executive, National Police spokesperson Brian Neeson said. See... More Gobbledegook From Hawkins [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00253.htm


Changes To Special Education

- Associate Education Minister Lianne Dalziel today announced the first steps of a package to help schools to support children with special education needs from the beginning of next year. See... First Steps To Implement Special Education Review [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00238.htm


Gun Owners Forced Into Disobedience

- The Government is condemning rural New Zealand to mass disobedience and circulation of ‘unlawful’ firearms through its unexpected announcement of a go-ahead for gun registration, said Act Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks. See... Rattled Government Thwarts Firearms Owners [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00251.htm


MMP Noises From Shipley A Desperate Search For An Issue

- National leader Jenny Shipley's call for a referendum on MMP suggests she is floundering about in search of an issue on which to try to assert her leadership, says Pete Hodgson. See... Shipley's MMP Squib: A Sign Of Desperation [1] and Nats Bill Says People Should Decide On MMP [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00239.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00226.htm


Govt Covers Up Biased ERA Appointments

– “It is appalling that the Government has again opted to cover-up instead of being accountable over appointments to the Employment Relations Authority,” National's Industrial Relations spokesperson Max Bradford said today. See... Govt. covers-up over biased appointments [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00247.htm


No Evidence Of Benefits Of Parole & Rehabilitation

- ACT Justice spokesman Stephen Franks has dismissed claims by lawyers that longer sentences and more preventative detention are not the cure-all for violent crime. See... ACT Dismisses Lawyers' Jail Term Claims [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00245.htm


Regional Development Money Goes To Townies

- New figures reveal Wellington consultants have been the main winners from the Government's regional development policies, National's Industry and Regional Development spokesperson John Luxton said today. See... Wgtn Fat Cats Get Big Regional Development Money [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00241.htm


Locke Wants Answers On Heart Surgery

- There are more questions than answers over why heart surgery waiting lists are growing in Auckland, and what authorities are really doing about it, Auckland Green MP Keith Locke said today. See... Auckland MP Says Answers Needed Over Heart Surgery [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00240.htm


POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS

Greenpeace Protest Against Dioxins At Parliament

- WELLINGTON, OCTOBER 12. Greenpeace has today cordoned off part of Parliament Buildings to highlight the fact that unless the New Zealand government changes its current position it could become the worst toxic hotspot in the country. See... Link: New Zealand Parliament – a toxic hotspot? [1] and Greenpeace puts Dioxin Elimination on the map! [2] . The Green Party congratulated Greenpeace for its toxic map web site, released today, which shows more than 40 sites in New Zealand that are contaminated by dioxins. See… Toxic site map released today [3] . See also… Scoop Images: Greenpeace Eliminate Dioxin Protest [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0010/S00055.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0010/S00056.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00262.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00066.htm


Breaking Christchurch Storm News

- More Christchurch roads have been closed because of flooding. They are the Port Levy-Purau Road, Palatine Terrace, Torlesse Street, Portsmouth and Hampshire (from Lyndhurst) streets. The Causeway, McCormicks Bay, is marginal. LATEST REPORT [1] EARLIER - Tunnel Road Closed [2] - Flood Precautions Urged For Christchurch Residents [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0010/S00029.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0010/S00028.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0010/S00027.htm


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

- Today’s questions concerned the subjects of: Ministerial Staff Costs – Buddle Finlay’s Bills – Dawn Raids - Homework Centres – Telecom Share Price – Telecom Herald Advert – Export Growth – Takeovers Code – NCEA – Youth Workers – Tranz Rail and Auckland ... See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day –12 October [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00067.htm


When Is Dawn? The Light Time Is The Right Time For Dalziel

- Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel has reiterated that in future overstayer removals would not occur before 7 am. See... Overstayer removals: the facts [1] REACTION - GREENS - Government must reinstate overstayer appeal rights- Greens [2] - ACT - Fallout From Dawn Raid Fiasco [3] - NATS - Dalziel All Over The Show Like A Dog's Breakfast [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00246.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00244.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00254.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00237.htm


Keith Rankin: Super Solution. What's the Problem?

- Michael Cullen's public superannuation scheme is a bit of a worry. Like the self-regulating free-market economy it's an elegant, indeed clever, solution. One problem, though, is that an elegant solution imposed upon an inelegant world becomes a straightjacket. See... Keith Rankin: Super Solution. What's the Problem? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00065.htm


Speight Treason Charge Welcomed

- Foreign Minister Phil Goff this evening welcomed the decision by Fiji's High Court to formally charge George Speight and 15 others with treason for their May 19 plot against then Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry. See... Goff Welcomes Speight Decision [1] MORE - PASIFIK NIUS - FIJI: Renegade soldiers now face court-martial [2] - PEOPLE’S COALITION GOVERNMENT - Renegade Soldiers To Be Court Martialed [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00250.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0010/S00075.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0010/S00073.htm


Cannabis Grandpa’s Driveway Liberated

- Te Puke pensioner George Edwards says he was selling cannabis to pay for his driveway to be completed. “Now that his cannabis income has been stopped,” says Libertarianz Tauranga Candidate Russell Watkins, “we'll finish his driveway.” See... Te Puke Cannabis Pensioner to Have His Reward [1] and Te Puke Pensioner A Victim Of Drug War Insanity [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0010/S00053.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0010/S00046.htm


ACT Support Greens International Treaties Bill

- ACT New Zealand will support Green MP Keith Locke’s Private Members Bill on international treaties, ACT’s Deputy Leader Ken Shirley said today. See... ACT Will Support International Treaties Bill [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00248.htm


Restrictions On NZ Apples To Aus Unjustifiable, Or Sutton’s An Astronaut

- Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said he was not a scientific expert on fireblight, but if the two-year delay on New Zealand apple exports was scientifically justified, "then I'm an astronaut". See... Australian draft ruling "disappointing" [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00249.htm

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