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JUST POLITICS
Canadian Spook Speaks Against Computer Snooping Bill
Thanks To Swimming Volunteers
UN Report On Climate Change
Belgium Decriminalises Cannabis
Government Wrong On Sporting Contacts With Fiji
Shipley Wants Watersiders Disciplined
Charles Upham Comments Spark Nat Concerns
Lockwood Sees Brighter Side Of Bush
New Philippines President Welcomed
ACT Prefers Not To Let Bunklegate Lie
Terralink Redundancy Concerns
Medical Specialists Not Happy With Commerce Commission’s Role

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Australia Involved In Nuclear Shipments Game Too
Howard’s End: Enhancing Democracy
Nuclear Waste Shipment Departs – NZ Politicians Outraged – Arctic Route Under Consideration
Future Lefts: Looking Forward To 2001
Dairy Board’s Plea To Government On Mega-Merger

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Canadian Spook Speaks Against Computer Snooping Bill

- Mike Frost spent 34 years working as a spy, with the final two decades being with the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), the Canadian equivalent of the NZ Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), which operates the Waihopai spybase. See... Former Canadian Spy Criticises Swain Bill [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0101/S00023.htm


Thanks To Swimming Volunteers

- Minister of Internal Affairs Hon George Hawkins said the participation of more than 1000 volunteers this month in Water Safety New Zealand’s special learn to swim event highlighted the willingness of New Zealanders to give of their time for a good cause. See... Giving Up Holiday Time For A Good Cause [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00081.htm


UN Report On Climate Change

-Energy Minister Pete Hodgson, the Convenor of the Ministerial Group on Climate Change, says the latest report of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) further strengthens the case for action to reduce human-induced greenhouse gas emissions. See... Global Warming Science Mandates Action [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00079.htm


Belgium Decriminalises Cannabis

- Jean Claude van Damme’s hometown has begun to recognise that the War on Drugs is a failure, and decriminalised cannabis use, say the Libertarianz. Belgium Sees Cannabis Sense [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0101/S00026.htm


Government Wrong On Sporting Contacts With Fiji

- The Coalition Government should refuse visas to all visiting Fijian sports teams and cultural groups as a matter of policy, says Hon Peter Dunne, leader United Future. See... Govt Should Admit It’s Wrong On Fiji Sport Contact [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00077.htm


Shipley Wants Watersiders Disciplined

- Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley today called on the Prime Minister to ensure the Government enforces its own Employment Relations Act. See... Govt must act over disgraceful union tactics [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00074.htm


Charles Upham Comments Spark Nat Concerns

- Is Helen Clark proposing that our navy should comprise of two frigates and one tanker? Asks Wayne Mapp. See... Prime Minister cripples Defence again [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00073.htm


Lockwood Sees Brighter Side Of Bush

- New Zealand must embrace the fact that President Bush has a much better chance of advancing global free trade than his predecessor, National MP and former Trade Minister Dr Lockwood Smith said today. See... New President should spur NZ into action [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00072.htm


New Philippines President Welcomed

- Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff has welcomed the swearing in and peaceful transition of power of new Philippines President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. See... Goff Welcomes Swearing In Of Arroyo [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00069.htm


ACT Prefers Not To Let Bunklegate Lie

- ACT Leader Hon Richard Prebble has questioned the handling of the inquiry into out-of-town living expenses claimed by Cabinet Ministers Marian Hobbs and Phillida Bunkle. See... Wellington Accommodation Affair [1] FULL COVERAGE: - Alliance - Bunkle Cleared [2] - PM - Report On MPs' Allowances And Entitlements [3] - Marian Hobbs - Marian Hobbs Welcomes Inquiry Result [4] - National - Bunkle And Hobbs Tarnished Credibility [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00067.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00061.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00060.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00062.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00063.htm


Terralink Redundancy Concerns

- The announcement today that the 67 workers previously employed by Terralink will receive the wages and holiday pay owed to them is welcomed by the PSA. But it is concerned the 67 workers and Terralink’s remaining staff face losing the redundancy payments they are entitled too. See... PSA wants redundancy pay for Terralink workers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0101/S00020.htm


Medical Specialists Not Happy With Commerce Commission’s Role

- “The Commerce Commission is the wrong organisation to consider complaints by overseas doctors against the Medical Council’s registration process and decisions,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists. See... Wrong Organisation To Consider Overseas Doctors [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0101/S00012.htm

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS

Australia Involved In Nuclear Shipments Game Too

- Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff has reitterated the New Zealand Government's strong opposition to nuclear shipments following news that a cargo of spent nuclear fuel from the Lucas Heights research reactor in Sydney is bound for France. See... More Nuclear Materials On The Move [1] . For more on Nuclear waste shipments scroll down.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00080.htm


Howard’s End: Enhancing Democracy

- Why should lobbyist's who represent for-profit entities and trade associations have privileged access to politicians and Ministers while the rest of us have to organise petitions or make formal submissions to legislation to have our voice heard? John Howard writes. See... Howard's End: Do We Truly Have Democracy? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0101/S00051.htm

Nuclear Waste Shipment Departs – NZ Politicians Outraged – Arctic Route Under Consideration

- Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons today said pressure was mounting on the Government to match its words with action and support a Green Party bill which would outlaw nuclear shipments from New Zealand's 200 mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ). See... Pressure mounts on Govt. to support Green bill [1] . FULL COVERAGE: - NZ Government - Robson advances nuclear-free heritage [2] - NZ Government - - Nuclear Shipment Not Welcome In The Pacific [3] - Greenpeace - Greenpeace activists arrested in nuclear protest [4] - Greenpeace - New Polar Route Plans For Japan Nuclear Shipments [5] - Greenpeace - Greenpeace Condemns New Plutonium Threat [6] - Insurance Council - Insurance For Foreign Vessels Entering New Zealand [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00075.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00071.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00070.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0101/S00032.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0101/S00031.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0101/S00030.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0101/S00024.htm


Future Lefts: Looking Forward To 2001

- Young Labour’s latest news bulletin is out. CONTENTS: Editorial: Looking to the future - Shipley imagines Cabinet papers - "State of the Nation" speech ignored - Rebels get a new name - Website of the week See... Future Lefts - A year of fun ahead [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0101/S00019.htm

Dairy Board’s Plea To Government On Mega-Merger

- Limitations in the Commerce Act meant the Commerce Commission could take only “a partial and uncertain” view of the dairy industry’s Merger Package, according to the industry’s submission to the Government. See... Dairy Industry Position On Commerce Commission [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0101/S00042.htm

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