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JUST POLITICS
Cullen Explains Economic Outlook
Govt & Greens Put Heads Together For Environment Package
Arts Wage Ill Considered
A Place To Dry Out In The Kapiti Sun
Recognition Of Special Needs For Autism Work
Overseas Doctors Policy Has Whites Only Look About It
Getting Preschoolers Educated
Stats Show There Is Still A Place For Cervical Screening

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Telecommunications Shakeup Planned
Howard’s End: Cooling US Economy Should Be Ringing Alarm Bells
Muriel Newman: Spare A Thought This Christmas
Fighting Family Violence
East Timor Veteran Appointed Defence Commander
Be Nice To Each Other - Richmond House’s Xmas Wish

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Cullen Explains Economic Outlook

- “The December Economic and Fiscal Update 2000 shows New Zealand is well-placed to take advantage of favourable conditions for growth,” Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today. See... DEFU Shows Economy In Good Heart - Cullen [1] and Period Of Fiscal And Policy Consolidation [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00338.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00337.htm


Govt & Greens Put Heads Together For Environment Package

- Funding for an environmental legal aid pilot scheme has been approved as part of a $2.3 million environmental initiatives package, announced today by the Minister for the Environment, Marian Hobbs and the co-leader of the Green Party, Jeanette Fitzsimons. See... Government / Green Environmental Package [1] . See also… Green Budget Boosts Funds For Environment Centres [2] and Lower Pesticide Use On The Horizon [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00360.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00362.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00361.htm


Arts Wage Ill Considered

- “An arts wage would amount to creating a ‘First Circle’ of the welfare system for privileged artists,” National MP Katherine Rich said today. See... Arts wage poorly sketched [1] . See also… What Exactly Are Government’s Spending Priorities? [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00359.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00343.htm


A Place To Dry Out In The Kapiti Sun

- A new alcohol and drug treatment clinic for people living in the Kapiti area was opened today by Health Minister Annette King in conjunction with the launching of a new national treatment programme. See... New drug and alcohol treatment clinic opened [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00352.htm


Recognition Of Special Needs For Autism Work

- Health Minister Annette King today handed over the first payment of $10,000 to Massey University to set up the Post Graduate Diploma for people working in the area of autism. See... King gives cheque to university for autism diploma [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00351.htm


Overseas Doctors Policy Has Whites Only Look About It

- Whites Only United Future leader, Hon Peter Dunne, says the Medical Council's decision to relax registration criteria for certain groups of overseas trained doctors has a ‘whites only’ look to it. See... Overseas Doctors Policy "Whites Only" [1] . See also ... Doctor Registration Changes Good But Only A Start - ACT [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00340.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00342.htm


Getting Preschoolers Educated

- Education Minister Trevor Mallard today announced a new Government move to get over three and a half thousand more children a year into early childhood education. See... Greater Participation In Early Childhood Education [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00335.htm


Stats Show There Is Still A Place For Cervical Screening

- Opposition Leader and former Health Minister Jenny Shipley is urging women to heed the statistics confirming a decrease in the rate of cervical cancer since the introduction of the nationwide cervical screening programme. See... Cervical Screening Plays Vital Role [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00334.htm


POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS

Telecommunications Shakeup Planned

- Communications Minister Paul Swain released the government's response to the Ministerial Inquiry into Telecommunications today. See... NZ's 'World Leading' Telecommunications Reform [1] BACKGROUND INFO: - A world leading regulatory reform – Minister’s Speech Notes [2] - Telecommunications - Summary Of Key Decisions [3] - Telecommunications: Summary Of Government Decision [4] - Telecommunications - Glossary Of Terms [5] - TELECOMMUNICATIONS: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS [6] REACTION: - TELECOM - Government Proposals “Measured”, Says Telecom [7] - GREEN - Telecom monopoly over local lines should go [8] - ALLIANCE - Alliance support govt. telecommunications response [9] - NATS - Fletcher Inquiry overturned [10]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00350.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00349.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00348.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00347.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00346.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00345.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0012/S00142.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00355.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00354.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00358.htm


Howard’s End: Cooling US Economy Should Be Ringing Alarm Bells

- In my September 19th column I warned our readers that a looming recession was in store for the American economy. Now, General Motors, Unisys Corp, Motorola, Whirlpool, Aetna, and Gillette are laying off thousands of their US workers. See... Howard's End: US Economy Cools [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00106.htm


Muriel Newman: Spare A Thought This Christmas

- Most of us will now be deep in preparation for Christmas. Christmas is a special time for most people. As well as being of traditional religious significance, Christmas is also a celebration of the family. See... Spare A Thought This Christmas.... [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00363.htm


Fighting Family Violence

- Community organisations dealing with family violence prevention have received a $2.25 million funding boost, Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey announced today. See... New funds for family violence prevention - Maharey [1] . See also... James Whakaruru report: Government responses [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00357.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00356.htm


East Timor Veteran Appointed Defence Commander

The Minister of Defence Mark Burton has welcomed the appointment of Brigadier Martyn Dunne as the new Commander, Joint Forces, New Zealand. See... Appointment of Joint Headquarters Commander [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00353.htm

Be Nice To Each Other - Richmond House’s Xmas Wish

- A major provider of community mental health services says its Christmas Wish is for people to become more caring towards those who suffer ill health. See... Christmas Wish For A Caring Community [1] . Senior Citizens Minister Lianne Dalziel has also caught the goodwill bug... New Zealanders Urged To Spread Festive Cheer [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0012/S00032.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00344.htm


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