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Hobbs And Bunkle Lucky Not To Be Locked Up – Young Nats
New Drug Advisory Positions Chance To Effect Change
Greens Call For Urgency On Superbug
Why Has Newly Opened Hospital Lab Lost Accreditation?
Ryall Suffers Amnesia On Housing NZ Payments
ACT Attempts To Read The Bumblings Of Hobbs

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Japanese Sealord Buy-In Approved
1.2 Per Cent CPI Rise For December Quarter
Highland Letter: I'll Have My Politics Without The Celebrities Thanks
Housing NZ Holidays Fair Reward For Unpaid Hours - PSA

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Hobbs And Bunkle Lucky Not To Be Locked Up – Young Nats

- Young Nationals' Chair Daniel Gordon today joined the chorus of calls for the sacking of Phillida Bunkle and Marion Hobbs over the recent out-of-town expenses debacle. See… Sack Hobbs And Bunkle [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0101/S00014.htm


New Drug Advisory Positions Chance To Effect Change

- Cannabis law reformers are drawing attention to official advisory positions becoming available under recent amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Act. Crucial Drug-Science Committee Nominations Closing On Friday [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0101/S00013.htm


Greens Call For Urgency On Superbug

- Green Party Health spokesperson Sue Kedgley today called for MRSA to be urgently made a notifiable disease as part of a national strategy to contain the superbug explosion. See... Gov't Should Make Superbug A Notifiable Disease [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00032.htm


Why Has Newly Opened Hospital Lab Lost Accreditation?

- “Helen Clark and Annette King must launch an immediate inquiry into why New Zealand's top hospital laboratory lost accreditation,” National's Associate Health spokesperson Dr Paul Hutchison said today. See... Time To Wake Up And Call Lab Inquiry [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00030.htm


Ryall Suffers Amnesia On Housing NZ Payments

- National MP Tony Ryall should explain why quarter million dollar special Y2K payments were made to Housing New Zealand staff while he was housing minister before muck raking over recent decisions by the management of Housing New Zealand, Duty Minister Steve Maharey said today. See... Hypocritical Ryall Forgets His Past [1] . See also… Time For Govt To Drop The Innocent Act [2] and Housing New Zealand Pays Out 'Golden Thank-Yous' [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00029.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00027.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00024.htm


ACT Attempts To Read The Bumblings Of Hobbs

- The Minister of the Environment, Marion Hobbs, has once again demonstrated her capacity for sensational public comments, making extraordinary remarks about the Resource Management Act and one of the country’s unitary authorities, ACT Environment Spokesman Owen Jennings said. See... More Bumbling from Minister Hobbs - Or Is It? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00028.htm


POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS


Japanese Sealord Buy-In Approved

- Finance Minister Michael Cullen and Fisheries Minister Pete Hodgson have approved the sale of BIL's 50 percent shareholding in Sealord to the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission [Te Ohu Kai Moana] and Japanese seafood company Nissui. See... Govt approves Sealord deal [1] and Seafood Industry Welcomes Resolution Of Sealord Deal [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00035.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0101/S00021.htm


1.2 Per Cent CPI Rise For December Quarter

- The Consumers Price Index (CPI) rose by 1.2 per cent in the December 2000 quarter, latest figures from Statistics New Zealand show. This rise follows an increase of 1.4 per cent in the September 2000 quarter. The CPI is now 4.0 per cent higher than a year ago. See... CPI Rises 1.2 Per Cent [1] . Food prices rose 0.7 per cent between November and December 2000 and are 4.8 per cent higher than in December 1999, according to Statistics New Zealand. See... Food Prices Rise 0.7 Per Cent [2] REACTION - GOVT - Inflation Spike Temporary - Cullen [3] - ACT - Workers Slip Behind, Govt Reaps Inflation Windfall [4] - NATS - Kiwi Families Worse Off Under Labour [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0101/S00015.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0101/S00016.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00031.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00034.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00033.htm

Highland Letter: I'll Have My Politics Without The Celebrities Thanks

- Harry Potter has yet to graduate from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, yet he may be about to make his political debut. See… Highland Letter: Politics Without The Celebrities [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0101/S00023.htm


Housing NZ Holidays Fair Reward For Unpaid Hours - PSA

- The three days extra leave granted to Housing New Zealand staff at Christmas was an entirely justified recognition of the unpaid hours they put in throughout the year to implement the government’s new income-related rents policy the PSA says. See… Extra Leave ‘Entirely Justified’ - PSA [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0101/S00015.htm


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