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JUST POLITICS
Prime Minister's Statement to Parliament
Palliative Care Strategy Receives Support
Dole Deal Indicates Strained Trans-Tasman Relations
Smokescreen Hiding Ignored Emissions Control Recommendations
Nice Goal Helen, But How Are You Going To Achieve It?
Potentially Explosive Racial Division Over Rotorua Lakes
That’s Crazy Talk, Gerry
Food Ministry Missing In Action

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is in The House: Today’s Questions & Answers
Dioxin Tests For Residents Who Lived Near 245-T
Four Adults Registered At ‘Too Small’ Thorndon Cottage
ERO Review Calls For More Active Role
Vets Strike Doing Irreparable Harm
Hobbs’ Elitist TV Talk Straight Out Of PHIL 101
Cost Of Food On the Increase


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JUST POLITICS


Prime Minister's Statement to Parliament

- "I am personally saddened by the determination of some opposition parties to play the race card on these initiatives. But I do believe that there is a broad appreciation among New Zealanders that not only is the rich-poor opportunity and security gap overall a concern, but so is the concentration of significantly larger proportions of Maori and Pacific peoples at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder." See... Prime Minister's Statement to Parliament [1] MORE SPEECHES: - SANDRA LEE - Sandra Lee Address And Reply Debate Speech [2] - JIM ANDERTON - Anderton - Reply To PM's Statement [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00157.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00172.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00165.htm


Palliative Care Strategy Receives Support

- A plan to improve nationwide access to high-quality palliative care for people who are dying was announced today by Health Minister Annette King with the launch in Otago of the New Zealand Palliative Care Strategy. See... Care For Dying People Given New Impetus [1] . See also… Support And Care For Terminally Ill People [2] and Age Concern Supports Palliative Care Strategy [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00183.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0102/S00018.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0102/S00040.htm


Dole Deal Indicates Strained Trans-Tasman Relations

- National's Foreign Affairs spokesman Max Bradford says a trans-Tasman deal which will be signed later this month limiting the welfare rights of New Zealanders in Australia is further proof of a widening gap in the relationship between the two countries. See... Deal Shows Worsening Trans-Tasman Relations [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00188.htm


Smokescreen Hiding Ignored Emissions Control Recommendations

- The announcement of a $150 fine for smoky vehicles is a symbolic gesture to camouflage inaction on implementing recommendations from the 1999 Vehicle Fleet Emissions Control Strategy, National's Transport spokesperson Belinda Vernon said today. See... Gosche Takes His Time Over Smoke [1] . See also… New regulation means times up for Smoky Vehicles [2] and Tizard welcomes tough new pollution regulation [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00184.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00177.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00176.htm


Nice Goal Helen, But How Are You Going To Achieve It?

- ACT Finance spokesman Rodney Hide said in Parliament today it was great news that the Prime Minister had set the country a clear economic goal. The bad news is that she has not set out a policy path to achieve it. See... PM's economic goal demands 6 per cent growth [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00174.htm


Potentially Explosive Racial Division Over Rotorua Lakes

- The admission by Labour MP Steve Chadwick that Rotorua's lakes should be owned by Maori is the clearest expression yet that the Labour-Alliance Government is prepared to divide New Zealand on racial grounds, National MP Max Bradford said today. See... Chadwick position on Lakes ownership explosive [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00179.htm


That’s Crazy Talk, Gerry

- “The suggestion that National would scrap the new school qualifications and come up with a different option is crazy” said New Zealand First Education Spokesperson, Hon Brian Donnelly MP. See... Brownlee’s School Qualifications Proposal Crazy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00182.htm


Food Ministry Missing In Action

- The Labour-Alliance Government has been severely embarrassed by its pre-election promise to create a new Ministry of Food, National's International Trade Spokesperson John Luxton said today. See... Food Ministry U-Turn Would Be Welcomed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00187.htm

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS


Scoop Is in The House: Today’s Questions & Answers

- Today's questions of the day concerned: Student Loans – Tariana Turia’s Attendance At Waitangi – NCEA – People’s Bank – DNA Criminal Law Changes – Phillida Bunkle – Sustainable Farming – Hospital Waiting Lists – Apple Regulation – Vets Strike – Takeovers ... See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day - 14 February 2001 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0102/S00067.htm


Dioxin Tests For Residents Who Lived Near 245-T

- Health Minister Annette King is giving the go-ahead for blood tests to be carried out to measure dioxin levels among a selection of residents who lived near the former Ivon Watkins Dow plant in New Plymouth at the time it was manufacturing 245-T. See... Go-ahead on health concerns around chemical plant [1] and Greens Welcome Dioxin Tests As First Positive Step [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00170.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00180.htm


Four Adults Registered At ‘Too Small’ Thorndon Cottage

- ACT Party leader Richard Prebble has called for an independent judicial enquiry into whether false electoral enrolments have played a part in the row surrounding claims for accommodation expenses made by Alliance cabinet minister Phillida Bunkle. See... Judicial enquiry urgently needed in Wellington [1] and Prebble hands it out – but can't take it [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00175.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00173.htm


ERO Review Calls For More Active Role

- Education Minister Trevor Mallard said a review into the Education Review Office signalled long term changes for the office that would help towards improving the standard of education across all schools. See... ERO Review – A Positive Step Forward [1] . See also... ERO Review Forces Mallard To Face Facts [2] and Proper Resourcing Crucial To ERO Revamp - PSA [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00181.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00186.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0102/S00043.htm


Vets Strike Doing Irreparable Harm

- The strike by State vets is already doing irreparable harm to our vulnerable chilled meat markets and is set to do even more, ACT Rural Affairs Spokesman Owen Jennings said. See... Strike Doing Irreparable Harm [1] and Vets' Strike Only The Beginning [2] MORE: - Vets Taking Advantage Of Others Hard Work – Federated Farmers [3] - Vets' Strike A Major Threat To Meat Earnings [4] - Union Uses Vets' Strike To Help Recruit [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00185.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00192.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0102/S00041.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00163.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00162.htm


Hobbs’ Elitist TV Talk Straight Out Of PHIL 101

- Marian Hobbs must stop treating television like a social engineering tool, National's Broadcasting spokesperson Katherine Rich said today. See... See... Hobbs talking esoteric nonsense on role of TV [1] and TV @ Evolution Conference - Hobbs Speech [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00178.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00152.htm

Cost Of Food On the Increase

- Food prices rose 1.6 per cent between December 2000 and January 2001 and are 4.0 per cent higher than in January 2000, according to Statistics New Zealand. The increase in January 2001 is the largest monthly movement since January last year. See... Food Prices Rise 1.6 Per Cent [1] and 6.5% More For Food At The Checkout [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0102/S00090.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00191.htm


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