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JUST POLITICS
Locke Ashamed NZ Abstained From Middle East Resolution
Biodiversity Funding For The Regions
Waikato Uni Makes Right Decision – Greens & Govt
Muriel Newman On Tour
Practice Your Curtsies, Ladies
Rule Out Sneaky Parental Leave Approach
Reconnaissance Visit To Solomons
Good News For Councils In Singapore FTA Decision
PM Must Clarify Position On Health Reforms
No Consistency On Native Logging

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Shaking Down Business Leaders For Campaign Dollars
Richard Prebble’s Letter From Wellington
On The Right: Free To Believe In Purple Antelopes
Helen Clark Speaks At The Business Forum

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JUST POLITICS

Locke Ashamed NZ Abstained From Middle East Resolution

- Green MP Keith Locke has criticised the government for abstaining on yesterday's UN resolution on the Middle East crisis. See... NZ Absention on UN Middle East Resolution - Locke [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00441.htm


Biodiversity Funding For The Regions

- The Minister of Conservation Hon Sandra Lee has announced that the Department's Auckland Conservancy will be spending an extra $894,375 this year on protecting the region’s biodiversity as a result of the Government's Biodiversity Strategy funding package. See... Biodiversity Strategy Funding Package [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00445.htm


Waikato Uni Makes Right Decision – Greens & Govt

- Green Party MP and ex-Waikato University student Nandor Tanczos and Associate Education Minister Steve Maharey welcomed the decision by Waikato students to return to a system of universal membership of their student asociation. See... Return To Universal Student Association Membership - Greens [1] and Maharey welcomes the end of an error - Govt [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00444.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00420.htm


Muriel Newman On Tour

- Just yesterday we watched a pod of dolphins cruising around the coast, and I had to reflect not only how lucky we are to see such a spectacle, but also how little some things have changed, because our forefathers would have enjoyed the same sights. See... The Tutukaka Coast Millennium Time Capsule [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00443.htm


Practice Your Curtsies, Ladies

- Prime Minister Helen Clark announced today that Queen Elizabeth is to visit New Zealand in October next year. She will come after the Commonwealth Heads of Government conference in Brisbane. See... Queen to visit NZ next year [1] and Opposition Leader delighted at news of Royal Visit [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00430.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00439.htm


Rule Out Sneaky Parental Leave Approach

- Prime Minister Helen Clark must front up and reject suggestions that Paid Parental Leave might be funded from the proposed reductions in ACC levies, National's spokesman on Accident Compensation Gerry Brownlee said today. See... PM must rule out sneaky Parental leave approach [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00438.htm


Reconnaissance Visit To Solomons

- New Zealand and Australian officials will travel next week to the Solomon Islands on a reconnaissance visit to assess the tasks to be undertaken by an International Peace Monitoring Team, Foreign Minister Phil Goff said today. See... Reconnaissance visit to Solomons [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00429.htm


Good News For Councils In Singapore FTA Decision

- Green Party Co-Leader Rod Donald says the Foreign Affairs select committee's conclusion that the Singapore Free Trade Agreement can't bind local bodies is good news for councils. See... Singapore FTA decision: local government not bound [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00436.htm


PM Must Clarify Position On Health Reforms

- The Prime Minister must step in and clarify whether the Government will pull back from its health reforms in the wake of opposition from its Coalition partner the Alliance, National's Health spokesperson Wyatt Creech said today. See... PM must step in over health reforms [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00434.htm


No Consistency On Native Logging

- Invercargill based National MP Eric Roy says the Government is making a laughing stock of itself over its lack of consistency regarding the issue of native logging. See... Govt must front up with cash for SILNA owners [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00432.htm

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS

Shaking Down Business Leaders For Campaign Dollars

- Three hundred of America's top executives from major companies have spoken out in a CBS news-poll over US politicians shaking them down for big campaign bucks. In some quarters it's being described as a well-oiled protection racket. John Howard writes. See... US Campaign Funding A “Protection Racket” [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00124.htm


Richard Prebble’s Letter From Wellington

- The coalition hopes this week's business meeting in Auckland will enable the government to re-launch itself. Ministers intend to grab the initiative and silence their critics by outlining pro-business initiatives like compliance cost reform, export assistance ... See... Prebble's Letter from Wellington - 24th October [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00446.htm


On The Right: Free To Believe In Purple Antelopes

- All right, a quick quiz. Hands up those of you who think this Government is a firm believer in democracy and the right to free speech, no matter what your beliefs. All right, to those who put your hands up, raise them again if you believe the moon is inhabited by purple antelopes in frilly ball dresses. See... On The Right: The Purple Antelope Test [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0010/S00086.htm


Helen Clark Speaks At The Business Forum

- Thank you for accepting the government’s invitation to come to today’s forum. Thank you also to Buddle Findlay for being our host and to Ernst & Young for hosting the dinner this evening. See... Helen Clark Presentation to Business Forum [1] MORE - ACT - Talk not enough - Sound policies needed [2] - NATS - Don't believe the hype [3] , Forum should look at practical steps [4] , Business forum a "cynical political exercise" [5] and Leaked papers Government wants "pawns and yes-men" [6] - GOVT - Business-Government Forum: the format [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00449.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00448.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00437.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00433.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00440.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00408.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00435.htm


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