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JUST POLITICS
Assessment Meddling Could Turn Students Into Guinea Pigs
Calls For Inquiry Into Dalziel’s Handling Of Dawn Raids
Buzz Around Regional Development Scheme
Relax Work Permit Rules, Says Dunne
NZ Leads The World In Looking At Whales
Greens Politicking At GM Hearing
IABC Looks At Ethical Implications Of Human Biotechnology
Donald Pow Wows With French Contemporaries
NZ Businesses Hip To I.T.

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Keith Rankin: The Public Stake In Private Business
Scoop Is In The House: Today’s Questions & Answers
Part-Time Prison ‘Ridiculous’
Govt Looking At Compliance Costs
Forestry Bill Passed, To Accusations Of Betrayal
Ruling Prompts Calls For End To Driver Licence Regime
PM Pledges Support To Anti-Torture Campaign

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JUST POLITICS


Assessment Meddling Could Turn Students Into Guinea Pigs

- ACT Education spokeswoman Donna Awatere Huata told teachers at Westlake Girls’ High School today, she was concerned the Ministry of Education is using high school students as guinea pigs in an unproven and untested assessment scheme. See... Ministry Using Kids As Guinea Pigs [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00393.htm


Calls For Inquiry Into Dalziel’s Handling Of Dawn Raids

- National Immigration spokesperson Marie Hasler has written to the State Services Commissioner requesting a formal inquiry into the truthfulness of the Minister of Immigration's allegations against members of the New Zealand Immigration Service. See... National Seeks Immigration Inquiry [1] and Immigration Minister Digs Deeper Hole [2] - ACT - ACT Backs Call For Immigration Inquiry [3] - GOVT - Milla Report [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00372.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00373.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00379.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00376.htm


Buzz Around Regional Development Scheme

- “The regions of New Zealand are buzzing with enthusiasm and ideas. That has come through loud and clear with 137 expressions of interest for Industry New Zealand’s Regional Partnerships Programme,” said Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton today. See... 137 Submissions For Regional Development [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00392.htm


Relax Work Permit Rules, Says Dunne

- United New Zealand leader, Hon Peter Dunne, is suggesting the Government relax the rules for issuing work permits, as a way of overcoming skills shortages. See... Relax Work Permit Rules To Meet Skills Shortages [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00389.htm


NZ Leads The World In Looking At Whales

- The Minister of Conservation, Hon Sandra Lee, says New Zealand has been termed “a model country” in an International Fund for Animal Welfare report, for the careful management of its whale watching activities. See... New Zealand "Model Country" For Whale Watching [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00387.htm


Greens Politicking At GM Hearing

- The Green Party has “hijacked pole position” at the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification and was able to play politics because of its special interest status at the hearing, ACT Agricultural Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff said today. See... Greens "Playing Politics" At GM Hearing [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00385.htm


IABC Looks At Ethical Implications Of Human Biotechnology

- The Independent Biotechnology Advisory Council will focus its work in the upcoming year on human biotechnology issues, particularly their ethical and social policy implications, says Minister of Research, Science and Technology Pete Hodgson. See... IBAC to focus on human biotech issues [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00378.htm


Donald Pow Pows With French Contemporaries

- Green Party co-leader Rod Donald will leave for France tonight on a study programme at the invitation and expense of the French Government. See... Green Co-Leader To Visit France [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00375.htm


NZ Businesses Hip To I.T.

- Minister for Information Technology and Communications Paul Swain is heartened by the results of a survey of IT use by business which shows New Zealand leading Australian businesses in Internet use. See... Swain Welcomes IT Business Figures [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00370.htm


POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS


Keith Rankin: The Public Stake In Private Business

- John Carr, a disillusioned neoliberal American kiwiphile, has published in the Herald two full-page open letters on the state of the New Zealand economy. 'Think of the Government as a one third shareholder in every business in New Zealand. Ask each day what new thing your Government has done to create value in the enterprise to justify your free carry'. See... The Public Stake In Private Business [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00108.htm


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

- Today’s questions concerned the subjects of: Northland Prison – Inflation And Benefits – Social Policy Initiatives – Maori Claims To Oil – Home Detention – Part Time Prison – 1080 Poisoning – Health Reform Costs – Rural Sector Outlook - Home Detention. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day –19 October [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00109.htm


Part-Time Prison ‘Ridiculous’

- Corrections Minister Matt Robson has out-done himself yet again in coming up with ridiculous ideas about the 'punishment' of criminals, National Justice spokesman Tony Ryall said today. See... No Mandate To Experiment [1] See... Home detention success shows potential [2] for Mr Robson’s statement.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00386.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00377.htm


Govt Looking At Compliance Costs

- Commerce Minister Paul Swain says the government is serious about tackling compliance costs for business. See... Government Tackles Compliance Costs [1] - ACT - Government Should Be Applauded For Policy U-turn [2] - NATS - Business Sees Right Through Half-Hearted Swain [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00396.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00400.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00399.htm


Forestry Bill Passed, To Accusations Of Betrayal

- The Government has taken another important step towards its goal of ending all native forest logging on Crown-managed land, Minister of Forestry Pete Hodgson said today. See... Another step towards protection of native forests [1] and Another major election promise kept [2] REACTION - NATS - O'Connor Silent As Government Betrays West Coast [3] - ACT - "Bleak Day For The Coast" Says ACT [4] - NATIVE FOREST ACTION - Conservationists relieved Buller logging has ended [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00383.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00380.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00391.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00388.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0010/S00074.htm

Ruling Prompts Calls For End To Driver Licence Regime

- United New Zealand leader, Hon Peter Dunne, says the High Court's ruling in the Moana Sinclair case that the present driver licence rules are poorly drafted confirms that the new driver licence regime is a complete shambles. See... High Court Ruling Confirms Driver Licence Shambles [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00395.htm


PM Pledges Support To Anti-Torture Campaign

- Prime Minister Helen Clark said New Zealand is putting its weight behind Amnesty International's global campaign to stamp out torture. See... NZ Supports Amnesty's Anti-Torture Campaign [1] , NZ Takes Lead In Amnesty Anti-Torture Campaign [2] and Americas: End Torture, End Impunity [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00364.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0010/S00075.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0010/S00136.htm


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