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JUST POLITICS
An Attack Of A Californian Grape Variety
E-Government: Bills And Acts On The Net
Human Rights Evaluation Extended
Legal Questions Raised By Closing The Gaps
Keeping Super Promises Could Prove Tricky - English
Apple And Pear Export Monopoly Under Review
Consumers the Winners

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Prebble’s Letter From Wellington
Economic Outlook For Summer Fine
Frustration, As Climate Change Agreement Fails
Tory Defence Chinwag
Fiji Sporting Ban Extended
National Informs
Wilson Knows Too Much And Should Step Aside – Ian Wishart

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JUST POLITICS


An Attack Of A Californian Grape Variety

- Marian Hobbs must act speedily to investigate whether the importation of Californian grapes poses a threat to New Zealand's $2 billion wine industry, National's Biosecurity spokesperson David Carter said today. See... Urgent investigation needed of grape pest threat [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00482.htm


E-Government: Bills And Acts On The Net

- The government is to make authoritative, accurate, and up-to-date versions of New Zealand legislation available without charge through the internet. Print access will continue to be provided at a reasonable price. See... New Zealand Legislation On The Net [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00479.htm


Human Rights Evaluation Extended

- The deadline for submissions on the Re-evaluation of Human Rights Protections in New Zealand has been extended to 9 February 2001. See... Human Rights Discussion Paper Deadline Extended [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00478.htm


Legal Questions Raised By Closing The Gaps

- ACT leader Hon Richard Prebble has questioned whether the coalition’s closing the gaps policy meets the requirements of the Public Finance Act. See... Is The Closing The Gaps Policy Legal? [1] . See also Jenny Shipley... Government must heed race warning [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00476.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00466.htm


Keeping Super Promises Could Prove Tricky - English

“The Government appears to be making promises about its superannuation fund that it can't keep,” National Finance spokesperson Bill English said today. See... Govt. Making Super Promises It Can't Keep [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00475.htm


Apple And Pear Export Monopoly Under Review

- The regulatory framework of the apple and pear exporting industry is to be reviewed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... Apple and pear export regulations to be reviewed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00472.htm


Consumers the Winners

- The decision Friday by Australia New Zealand Food Standards Council to require mandatory disclosure of fat types and sugar content levels on nutrition information panels for all packaged foods is a massive win for New Zealand consumers says Consumer Affairs Minister Phillida Bunkle. See... Sugar and Fat Label – Huge Win for Consumers [1] MORE - NZ GOVERNMENT - ANZFSC makes late decision on special foods [2] - GREENS - Greens delighted with new food labelling regime [3] - NZ GOVERNMENT - Aussies Accept NZ Amendment On Fats And Sugars [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00465.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00464.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00463.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00460.htm

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS


Prebble’s Letter From Wellington

- Christmas Polling Woes - Will The Health Legislation Pass? - Taxpayers Rights - Bill - The Widening Gaps - Maori MPs Concerned - Rubbery Figures - ACT Wednesday. See... Richard Prebble's Letter From Wellington #40 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00480.htm

Economic Outlook For Summer Fine

- “The rebound in business confidence shown in the latest National Bank survey suggests the winter of discontent is over and that the economy is in for a good summer,” Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today. See... Confidence rebounding strongly - Cullen [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00477.htm


Frustration, As Climate Change Agreement Fails

- Pete Hodgson, New Zealand's minister at the World Conference on Climate Change in The Hague, said today the failure of the conference to reach an agreement on implementing the Kyoto Protocol was disappointing but there was hope that more progress might might be made at a supplementary meeting next year. See... Climate Conference Failure Disappointing [1] . See also…Influence Of Green Parties Felt In Climate Treaty [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00474.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00471.htm


Tory Defence Chinwag

- Over the weekend the National Party held a defence policy seminar in Auckland. Several speeches delivered at the seminar follow. - SENATOR SANDY MACDONALD (1) - Saturday Speech By Senator Sandy Macdonald [1] - SENATOR SANDY MACDONALD (2) -NZ Defence Policy - An Australian Perspective [2] - JENNY SHIPLEY - Jenny Shipley Address To Defence Seminar [3] - WAYNE MAPP - Wayne Mapp Address To Defence Seminar [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00470.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00469.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00468.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00467.htm


Fiji Sporting Ban Extended

- New Zealand will extend its ban on sporting contacts with Fiji into next year, Foreign Minister Phil Goff and Sports Minister Trevor Mallard announced today. See... Fiji sporting ban [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00483.htm


National Informs

- In the latest edition of the National Party weekly newsletter this week: E for education - Savings slashed - All talk at summit - Fatigue in hospitals - Students trapped - National on the road - Quote of the week. See... National Party Informer #27 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00481.htm

Wilson Knows Too Much And Should Step Aside – Ian Wishart

- After talking to David Lange today The Editor of Investigate magazine is calling on Attorney-General Margaret Wilson to step aside from any further role in the Winebox controversy. See... Attorney-General Should Step Aside From Wine-box [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0011/S00150.htm

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