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Scoop: Just Politics *** MERRY CHRISTMAS ***

JUST POLITICS
Merry Christmas From Scoop - Over And Out
Shipload Of Nuclear Waste Unwelcome
Hotlines, Patches, Legislation – Whatever Works For You
What About The Marlborough Sounds - The One Percent Fights Back
Muriel Newman: Spare A Thought This Christmas
The New Hillary Commissioner Is Bill Osborne
E-Commerce Strategy On The Fast Track
Sutton Despairs At Latest Aussie Apple Move
Lack Of Detail In Biodiversity Package
Alarm Bells On Student Loan Debt
Parry Penalties Welcomed, But What About Compensation?

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Hard News Is Here
Prebble Indignant, Allowances Stoush Heats Up
Be Good To Each Other & Look After Yourself – Xmas Messages
Brain Drain Worse Than Ever, Says Hasler
Future Lefts Wind Up 2000
Aziz Choudry: Police And Political Protest
Parliament’s Right Harbouring A Spare Mad Dog

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR
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JUST POLITICS

Merry Christmas From Scoop - Over And Out

- Scoop has now come to the end of its first full year of broadcasting real-time news on the Internet. See... Scoop Christmas Advisory & Giant List Of Thankyous [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00123.htm


Shipload Of Nuclear Waste Unwelcome

- News that a shipment of processed high-level waste has departed France for Japan this week has again drawn a strong response from New Zealand. See... Nuclear Waste Shipment Through Our EEZ Concerns [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00406.htm


Hotlines, Patches, Legislation – Whatever Works For You

- The Government’s action plan on reducing smoking was released today by Health Minister Annette King. The plan outlines initiatives designed to reduce the number of New Zealanders who die or suffer ill health as a result of smoking tobacco. See... Minister releases Tobacco Action Plan [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00402.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


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


The New Hillary Commissioner Is Bill Osborne

- Sport, Fitness and Leisure Minister Trevor Mallard has announced the appointment of Bill Osborne as a Hillary Commissioner. See... Minister announces new Hillary Commissioner [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00401.htm


E-Commerce Strategy On The Fast Track

- Information Technology Minister Paul Swain is working on a more aggressive implementation track for the e-commerce strategy which picks up on feedback from last month's e-commerce summit. See... Swain Advances E-Commerce Strategy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00398.htm


Sutton Despairs At Latest Aussie Apple Move

- Australia's decision to reopen the public comment period on the draft risk assessment for access for New Zealand apples has drawn a sharp reaction from Trade Negotiations and Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton. See... Australians act outrageously on NZ concerns [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00394.htm


Lack Of Detail In Biodiversity Package

- The Government's response to the Final Report of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on 'Biodiversity on Private Land', released today is long on words, but short on details, according to Federated Farmers President Alistair Polson. See... Government's Bio-What? Response A Mixed Bag [1] and Package to address biodiversity on private land [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0012/S00101.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00392.htm


Alarm Bells On Student Loan Debt

- The Auditor-General’s Report released yesterday includes a worrying and very strong repetition of its landmark warnings given in June this year, that student loan debt is increasing rapidly and the government is not getting information on “intended and unintended socio-economic outcomes, said ACT Tertiary education spokesman Stephen Franks. See... Auditor-General Repeats Student Loan Debt Warning [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00391.htm


Parry Penalties Welcomed, But What About Compensation?

- 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

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS


Hard News Is Here

- GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES .. and what a long, strange trip it's been. The Great Confidence Crash of 2000, the Winter of Discontent, soaring petrol prices, the Brain Drain the diving dollar, the failure to win an unspecified number of medals at the Olympics. See... HARD NEWS 22/12/00 - The Gateway to Summer [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00124.htm

Prebble Indignant, Allowances Stoush Heats Up

- The Hon Richard Prebble said today that he had been read a press statement from Acting Prime Minister Jim Anderton claiming he had filled out an enrolment card for Wellington Central on 15 October this year and was therefore claiming a wrongful allowance for Wellington. See... Acting Prime Minister’s Claim Defamatory [1] . EARLIER: Act leader Richard Prebble's claim for a Wellington Accommodation Allowance this year will be investigated as part of a Parliamentary Service inquiry. See... One rule for all [2] and Hobbs' allowances referred to Parlt. Services [3] MORE - NATS - Ministers Should Be Stood Down In Interim [4] - ACT - It Appears Marian Hobbs Was Rorting As Well [5] - Wellington MPs Cannot Claim Allowance [6] - Should Police Be Called In? [7] - GOVT - Ministerial house issue resolved [8] - LIBERTARIANZ - No Perks For Bludger Bunkle [9]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00413.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00404.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00403.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00407.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00397.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00389.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00395.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00365.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0012/S00097.htm

Be Good To Each Other & Look After Yourself – Xmas Messages

- NZMA - Remember Safe Sex During The Holiday Season [1] - TRANSPORT MINISTER - Please Keep Safe On Our Roads This Christmas [2] - LTSA - LTSA warns scooter riders to keep off the roads [3] - Christmas is here – don’t blow it [4] - MOH - Reminder About Closure Zones For Shellfish [5] - Barbecue Food Safety Stressed [6] - PLUNKET - Plunket Plea For Kids In Cars [7] - RICHMOND FELLOWSHIP - Christmas Wish For A Caring Community [8] - CYFS - A Child Friendly Xmas [9]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0012/S00046.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00412.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0012/S00044.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0012/S00039.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0012/S00041.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0012/S00034.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0012/S00036.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0012/S00032.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0012/S00030.htm


Aziz Choudry: Police And Political Protest

- It would be nice to believe that the New Zealand Police are politically neutral. Then perhaps we could dismiss their heavy-handed operations during Jiang Zemin's visit as isolated, albeit unfortunate instances of overkill which momentarily suspended some people's freedoms of expression and rights to dissent. But are they? See... Police And Political Protest - Aziz Choudry [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0012/S00105.htm


Brain Drain Worse Than Ever, Says Hasler

- The Government's pretence that there is no Brain Drain has been blown to shreds by the latest official migration statistics release, says National Immigration Spokesperson Marie Hasler. Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel, however, interprets the figures a little differently. See... Brain Drain creates worst migration figures [1] and More Arrivals Than Departures In November [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00388.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00396.htm


Future Lefts Wind Up 2000

- Well, a full on, fascinating year it has been. Young Labour and the Labour Party share with the rest of the country a warm and pleasant glow as we wind down into the holiday season. See... Future Lefts - Happy holidays [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0012/S00102.htm


Parliament’s Right Harbouring A Spare Mad Dog

- “Is the Destruction of Government (DOG) party sheltering the mad mongrel Toot the catkiller in its parliamentary caucus, where one more mad DOG would not be noticed?” asked Chief Comrade Mervin A.R.X. Trotweiler. See... CRA Party: Running Mad DOG in Parliament Shock!!! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0012/S00103.htm


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