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JUST POLITICS
Lotsa New Health Bosses
Issues Remain After Graham Parry Struck Off
Compliance Costs Panel Announced
Cheap CDs Discussion Paper Launched
Closed Rifle Range Could Be Opened For Champs
Bye Bye John Moore

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Growth Should Silence The Doom Merchants, Says Cullen
Ethical Chickens Arrested
Keith Rankin: Vector Vexation
Bunkle Gives Up Apartment
What About The Marlborough Sounds - The One Percent Fights Back
Telecommunications Shakeup – FULL COVERAGE
Muriel Newman: Spare A Thought This Christmas

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Moving House - Alliance Minister Phillida Bunkle
PHOTO STORY: http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00118.htm
Putting Faces To Names - Alliance Minister Sandra Lee

JUST POLITICS

Lotsa New Health Bosses

- Confirmation of District Health Board chairs and deputy chairs were announced today by Health Minister Annette King. See... Minister announces DHB chairs and deputies - List [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00386.htm


Issues Remain After Graham Parry Struck Off

- Green MP Sue Bradford today welcomed news that Northland gynaecologist had been struck off the medical register and fined for negligent treatment of Colleen Poutsma but said issues of compensation now needed to be addressed. See... Bradford welcomes Parry penalties [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00383.htm


Compliance Costs Panel Announced

- Commerce Minister Paul Swain has today announced the members of the new Ministerial Panel on Business Compliance Costs. See... Compliance Cost Panel Announced [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00380.htm


Cheap CDs Discussion Paper Launched

- Commerce Minister Paul Swain and Associate Arts Culture and Heritage Minister Judith Tizard have released a public discussion document on parallel importing and creative industries. See... Discussion Paper On Parallel Importing [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00379.htm


Closed Rifle Range Could Be Opened For Champs

- A proposal has been put to the National Rifle Association which, if accepted, will allow the National Championships to go ahead at Trentham next month, the Minister of Defence Mark Burton announced today. See... Offer Made To Allow Rifle Champs At Trentham [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00377.htm


Bye Bye John Moore

The Minister of Defence Mark Burton has expressed his regret at the resignation of his Australian counterpart John Moore. See... Burton Sorry To See Moore Go [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00376.htm


POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS

Growth Should Silence The Doom Merchants, Says Cullen

- Economic activity increased in the September 2000 quarter by 0.7 percent, according to information released today by Statistics New Zealand. This follows a 1.0 percent fall in the June quarter and brings the economy back towards the level recorded for the year to September 1999. See... Economy Grows 0.7 Percent In September Quarter [1] and GDP Figure Shows Sturdy Economic Growth - Cullen [2] - NATIONAL - GDP recovers after dismal second quarter [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0012/S00150.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00378.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00385.htm


Ethical Chickens Arrested

- Auckland, December 21 2000 – Police removed and arrested four Greenpeace activists who stopped the production and distribution of genetic engineered animal feed by Tegel Foods Limited. See... Police Arrest Chickens at Tegel’s [1] and Tegel Chicken Feed – GE Contaminated [2] . See also Green Party response... Legal loophole on GE feed for pork and chicken [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0012/S00094.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0012/S00095.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00384.htm


Keith Rankin: Vector Vexation

- In 1999, Vector, formerly Mercury Energy and before that the Auckland Electric Power Board, paid a dividend of $107m to its owner, the Auckland Energy Consumers Trust (AECT) (see press release on Scoop ). The raison d'être of the AECT is to distribute that dividend. See... Keith Rankin: Vector Vexation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00115.htm


Bunkle Gives Up Apartment

- Customs Minister Phillida Bunkle has volunteered to give up her Ministerial apartment, saying she doesn't want to live there if there are any suggestions that she doesn't qualify. See... Ministerial house issue resolved [1] . See also... No Perks For Bludger Bunkle [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00365.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0012/S00097.htm

What About The Marlborough Sounds - The One Percent Fights Back

- Green Party MP Ian Ewen-Street today said he was concerned about the one per cent of the population who will not benefit from the telcommunication reforms, as these people will mainly be in the Marlborough Sounds. See... Telecommunications Concern for Marlborough Sounds [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00382.htm


Telecommunications Shakeup – FULL COVERAGE

- Communications Minister Paul Swain released the government's response to the Ministerial Inquiry into Telecommunications yesterday. Scoop has comprehensive coverage of the announcement and reaction. 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: - FEDERATED FARMERS - Federated Farmers - Telecommunication Inquiry [7] - RURAL AFFAIRS MINISTER Telecommunications Response Good For Rural People [8] - ACT - Telecom’s Regulation Backwards Step - ACT [9] - TELECOM - Government Proposals “Measured”, Says Telecom [10] - GREEN - Telecom monopoly over local lines should go [11] - ALLIANCE - Alliance support govt. telecommunications response [12] - NATS - Fletcher Inquiry overturned [13]


[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/PO0012/S00096.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00375.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00366.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0012/S00142.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00355.htm
[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00354.htm
[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00358.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


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