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Scoop: Just Politics

JUST POLITICS
Mild Greens On Tough New Drug Laws
New Auckland Health Plan Launched
Hong Kong Receives ACT Praise
Suicide Prevention Tool Launched
In Defence of External Examinations
Hong Kong Working Holidays
More Money For Business Development
Talking Super To The Super Boffins
Vietnam Veteran Defoliation Damage
Minister Explains His Hercules Orders
U-Turn On Crown Land Mining Detected
Marian Hobbs Accused Of Cluelessness

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House: Today’s Questions & Answers
Keith Rankin: An Uncomfortable History
US Elections: Helen Clark Jumps The Gun
First Singapore, Now Hong Kong
Tariana’s Tips On Etiquette
Export Guarantee Scheme

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JUST POLITICS


Mild Greens On Tough New Drug Laws

- The Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill (No 4) passed through its final reading last evening, with a rare consensus of the NZ Parliament. Perhaps even more remarkably, the bill introduces evidence to the classification of drugs - in the words of the Minister of Health Annette King: “ensuring proof, not politics is the order of the day”. See... Potent Drug Bill Passed By House [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0011/S00027.htm


New Auckland Health Plan Launched

- It is an honour for me to be here today to celebrate the launch of the Waitakere Health Plan. See... Waitakere Health Plan Launch [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00171.htm


Hong Kong Receives ACT Praise

On Monday night I had the privilege to hear an address by Hon Mrs Anson Chan, the Chief Secretary for Administration in Hong Kong. She was here as part of a delegation to strengthen trade relationships between our two countries. See... A Nation Of Leaders And Winners [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00169.htm


Suicide Prevention Tool Launched

- A new suicide prevention help card has been launched. See... Launch Of Youth Suicide Prevention Help Card [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00168.htm


In Defence of External Examinations

- ACT Education spokesperson Donna Awatere Huata said today the Government should listen to the 82 percent of teachers who believe there are inadequate structures in place to implement the planned new National Certificate of Education. See... ACT Urges Reason On Abolition Of External Exams [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00167.htm


Hong Kong Working Holidays

A Working Holiday Scheme with Hong Kong is set to be implemented early next year, Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel and Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff announced today. See... Working Holiday Scheme With Hong Kong [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00165.htm


More Money For Business Development

- “Businesses that can generate growth and provide jobs have a champion in this Government. The Labour Alliance Coalition is committed to innovation and supporting business,” says Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton. See... $4.5 million for business investment and growth! [1] and Jim Anderton Industry New Zealand Beehive Speech [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00162.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00164.htm


Talking Super To The Super Boffins

- “Speech by Finance Minister Michael Cullen to the Society of Actuaries Thank you for the opportunity to talk to an influential audience on an issue close to my heart.” Finance Minister Michael Cullen talks to the Super boffins. See... Securing New Zealand Super into the Future [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00156.htm


Vietnam Veteran Defoliation Damage

- Green MP Sue Kedgley is calling on the Government to take Vietnam war veterans seriously in their concerns about exposure to the defoliant Agent Orange. See... Govt. Must Act Over Agent Orange [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00155.htm


Minister Explains His Hercules Orders

- The Minister of Defence Mark Burton has today released papers relating to the decision to fly a Dunedin man back from Samoa on compassionate grounds. See... Defence Minister Releases Samoa Flight Papers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00153.htm


U-Turn On Crown Land Mining Detected

- Labour and the Alliance have become so desperate to woo business that they have ripped up their conservation manifesto commitments on mining, former Conservation Minister Nick Smith said in Parliament during the General Debate today. See... Government U-Turn On Mining Exposed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00152.htm


Marian Hobbs Accused Of Cluelessness

- The Broadcasting portfolio clearly requires a replacement Minister when the Prime Minister does her pre-Christmas Cabinet reshuffle, National's Katherine Rich said today. See... Time To Pull The Plug On Clueless Minister [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00150.htm


Mild Greens On Tough New Drug Laws

- The Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill (No 4) passed through its final reading last evening, with a rare consensus of the NZ Parliament. Perhaps even more remarkably, the bill introduces evidence to the classification of drugs - in the words of the Minister of Health Annette King: “ensuring proof, not politics is the order of the day”. See... Potent Drug Bill Passed By House [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0011/S00027.htm


New Auckland Health Plan Launched

- It is an honour for me to be here today to celebrate the launch of the Waitakere Health Plan. See... Waitakere Health Plan Launch [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00171.htm


Hong Kong Receives ACT Praise

On Monday night I had the privilege to hear an address by Hon Mrs Anson Chan, the Chief Secretary for Administration in Hong Kong. She was here as part of a delegation to strengthen trade relationships between our two countries. See... A Nation Of Leaders And Winners [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00169.htm


Suicide Prevention Tool Launched

- A new suicide prevention help card has been launched. See... Launch Of Youth Suicide Prevention Help Card [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00168.htm


In Defence of External Examinations

- ACT Education spokesperson Donna Awatere Huata said today the Government should listen to the 82 percent of teachers who believe there are inadequate structures in place to implement the planned new National Certificate of Education. See... ACT Urges Reason On Abolition Of External Exams [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00167.htm


Hong Kong Working Holidays

A Working Holiday Scheme with Hong Kong is set to be implemented early next year, Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel and Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff announced today. See... Working Holiday Scheme With Hong Kong [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00165.htm


More Money For Business Development

- “Businesses that can generate growth and provide jobs have a champion in this Government. The Labour Alliance Coalition is committed to innovation and supporting business,” says Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton. See... $4.5 million for business investment and growth! [1] and Jim Anderton Industry New Zealand Beehive Speech [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00162.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00164.htm


Talking Super To The Super Boffins

- “Speech by Finance Minister Michael Cullen to the Society of Actuaries Thank you for the opportunity to talk to an influential audience on an issue close to my heart.” Finance Minister Michael Cullen talks to the Super boffins. See... Securing New Zealand Super into the Future [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00156.htm


Vietnam Veteran Defoliation Damage

- Green MP Sue Kedgley is calling on the Government to take Vietnam war veterans seriously in their concerns about exposure to the defoliant Agent Orange. See... Govt. Must Act Over Agent Orange [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00155.htm


Minister Explains His Hercules Orders

- The Minister of Defence Mark Burton has today released papers relating to the decision to fly a Dunedin man back from Samoa on compassionate grounds. See... Defence Minister Releases Samoa Flight Papers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00153.htm


U-Turn On Crown Land Mining Detected

- Labour and the Alliance have become so desperate to woo business that they have ripped up their conservation manifesto commitments on mining, former Conservation Minister Nick Smith said in Parliament during the General Debate today. See... Government U-Turn On Mining Exposed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00152.htm


Marian Hobbs Accused Of Cluelessness

- The Broadcasting portfolio clearly requires a replacement Minister when the Prime Minister does her pre-Christmas Cabinet reshuffle, National's Katherine Rich said today. See... Time To Pull The Plug On Clueless Minister [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00150.htm

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS


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

- Today’s Questions concerned the subjects of: People’s Bank – E-Commerce Summit – The “H” Word – Industry Development – Mining On DOC Land – Te Reo At University – At Risk Children – Export Guarantees – Offending By Parolees – Hong Kong Trade Agreement. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 9 November [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0011/S00061.htm


Keith Rankin: An Uncomfortable History

- The “colonisation debate” in New Zealand suffers because too few non-Maori New Zealanders know our country's history, and too many Maori know how to exploit that historical illiteracy. The irony is that a film released this year, Feathers of Peace (by Maori director, Barry Barclay), has disseminated historical truths that are discomforting to Maori. See... Keith Rankin: Maori: colonised or colonist? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0011/S00060.htm


US Elections: Helen Clark Jumps The Gun

- The following was received by Scoop at 8.30pm last night when it was thought that George Bush had won. See... PM congratulates Bush on election victory [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00159.htm


First Singapore, Now Hong Kong

- Hong Kong is a dynamic North Asian economy, and a key trading partner for New Zealand, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said yesterday. See... NZ to explore CEP prospects with Hong Kong [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00157.htm


Tariana’s Tips On Etiquette

- The idea of hosting and guesting and the etiquette behind those ideas has existed for centuries, it is not new, says Hon Tariana Turia. See... Hosting and guesting - Tariana Turia [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00160.htm


Export Guarantee Scheme

- The Government's new export credit guarantee scheme is expected to support exports of at least $100 million a year, Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Pete Hodgson said today. See... New Support For NZ's Exporters [1] REACTION: - NATIONAL - Government gambling with taxpayer money [2] - EMA - Export credit scheme welcomed [3] - MANUFACTURERS FEDERATION - A Promise Kept [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00149.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00161.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0011/S00032.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0011/S00031.htm


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