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Westpac Loan Deal Highlights Student Loan Scheme Failure
WESTPAC TRUST LOAN SCHEME FULL COVERAGE:
New Book Challenges ’51 Wharf Dispute Orthodoxy
Govt’s Compassion Doesn’t Extend To Asian Immigrants
Work & Income Let People Know Their Entitlements
Sutton Dairy Industry Pep Talk
Montana Chairman’s Takeover Plea ‘Pathetic’
Cullen Looks At Options For Self Employed Caught In ACC Mess
United Taxis Burn Peter Dunne
Keeping Petrels And Albatrosses Safe from Fisheries
Support "Local People For Local Jobs" – Lee

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
People’s Bank Given Green Light
Scoop Is In The House: Today’s Questions & Answers
Sludge Report: Time For Cockies To Cough Up
Goff Reluctant To Meet UN Recommendation To Outlaw Smacking
Plight Of Indonesian Christians Needs Condemnation

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JUST POLITICS


Westpac Loan Deal Highlights Student Loan Scheme Failure

- Green Party Youth Affairs Spokesperson Nandor Tanczos today said that banks offering special low interest loans to help students pay off their loans highlighted the need for urgent action to abolish the loan scheme. See... Yet more evidence of loan scheme's failure [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00218.htm


WESTPAC TRUST LOAN SCHEME FULL COVERAGE:

- WESTPACTRUST - WestpacTrust's Graduate Loan [1] - ATSA - Westpac’s Bittersweet Valentine to Students [2] - NZUSA - Govt Should Match Westpactrust Student Loan Deal [3] - OUSA - Maharey Meaner Than Corporate Bankers [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0102/S00015.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0102/S00017.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0102/S00014.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0102/S00013.htm


New Book Challenges ’51 Wharf Dispute Orthodoxy

- Fifty years ago in New Zealand the waterfront dispute of 1951 had just begun. Echoes of this event resound today in the current conflicts in South Island ports. See... New Book Shatters Myths Of Waterfront History [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0102/S00031.htm


Govt’s Compassion Doesn’t Extend To Asian Immigrants

- It is becoming increasingly clear that the Government's compassion for some people illegally living in the country does not extend to Asian people, National's Ethnic Affairs spokesperson Pansy Wong said today. See... Govt's Biased Immigration Approach Unacceptable [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00223.htm


Work & Income Let People Know Their Entitlements

- Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey launched a service charter for the Department of Work (DWI) and Income today. See... New Service Charter For Work And Income [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00220.htm


Sutton Dairy Industry Pep Talk

- President Charlie Pedersen, ladies and gentlemen. I'm delighted to be here today. It's an exciting time to be involved in the dairy industry - increased milk flows, the dairy mega-merger's back on track, and the Dairy Board is making record milk solid payouts. See... Jim Sutton Speech To Dairy Farmers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00217.htm


Montana Chairman’s Takeover Plea ‘Pathetic’

- The Montana Chairman's call to bring in the “one size fits all” takeover code early is pathetic, ACT Commerce Spokesman Stephen Franks said. See... Montana Chairman’s Takeover Plea ‘Pathetic’ [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00210.htm


Cullen Looks At Options For Self Employed Caught In ACC Mess

- Minister for Accident Insurance Michael Cullen today acknowledged the plight of some self employed people who have had to pay excess ACC payments because of an anomaly in the current law. See... Cullen looking at help for self employed over ACC [1] and National to blame over self-employed fiasco [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00203.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00202.htm


United Taxis Burn Peter Dunne

- United Future leader, Hon Peter Dunne, is warning consumers and taxi companies about the practice of some taxi drivers in charging minimum fares for short trips from airports. See... Taxi Companies Ripping Off Airport Customers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00208.htm


Keeping Petrels And Albatrosses Safe from Fisheries

- New Zealand has welcomed an international agreement to minimise the harm to one of the world's most threatened bird groups, petrels and albatrosses, caused by activities like commercial fishing practices. See... Safeguarding Petrels And Albatrosses [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00206.htm


Support "Local People For Local Jobs" – Lee

- Deputy Alliance leader Sandra Lee has marked the 50th anniversary of the start of the 1951 Lockout today (Thursday) with a call for the business community to support “local people for local jobs” when all other hiring factors balance out. See... [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00204.htm

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS


People’s Bank Given Green Light

- The Green Party will support the funding appropriation for the Kiwi Bank, after receiving assurances from NZ Post yesterday that they would look at building community partnerships to provide banking services. See... Greens Say "Yes" To Kiwi Bank [1] and Opening Soon… [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00221.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00222.htm


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

- Today's questions of the day concerned: People’s Bank – Unemployment Rate – Vets Strike – Waterside Workers Dispute – Children Who Speak Other Languages – Steve Mills And TV I/V – Burglary Stats – NCEA – Rail Policy – Waterfront Dispute – Immigration. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day - 15 February [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0102/S00076.htm


Sludge Report: Time For Cockies To Cough Up

- Hey, the world is about to fall on our heads. Oh no! MAF Vets are going to go on strike, putting at threat our precious $1.4 billion meat industry @#@! Since when did threatening to strike suddenly become the equivalent of treason in New Zealand? See... Sludge Report #50 - Industrial Disease [1] FULL COVERAGE: - GOVT - New Negotiations In Meat Industry Dispute [2] - FEDERATED FARMERS - Vet Strike Upsets Dairy Farmers [3] - FEDERATED FARMERS - Farmer's Fighting Fund Support Sought [4] - FEDERATED FARMERS - MIA/Farmer Support For Employers Federation Appeal [5] - ACT - ACT proposes practical solution to vet strike [6] - EMPLOYERS FEDERATION - Court decision relating to MAF vets appealed [7] - FEDERATED FARMERS - FF Questions Vets Ethical & Professional Standards [8] - ACT - Strike Doing Irreparable Harm [9] - NATIONAL - Vets' Strike Only The Beginning [10] - FEDERATED FARMERS - Vets Taking Advantage Of Others Hard Work – Federated Farmers [11] - NATIONAL - Vets' Strike A Major Threat To Meat Earnings [12] - NATIONAL - Union Uses Vets' Strike To Help Recruit [13]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0102/S00073.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00224.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0102/S00109.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0102/S00108.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0102/S00107.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00219.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0102/S00105.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0102/S00101.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00185.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00192.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0102/S00041.htm
[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00163.htm
[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00162.htm

Goff Reluctant To Meet UN Recommendation To Outlaw Smacking

- Justice Minister Phil Goff says that Cabinet has noted the views of the United Nations Committee on Children that section 59 of the Crimes Act is inconsistent with the Convention on Rights of the Child. See... Justice Minister Responds To UN Report On Children [1] and Report Released On Status Of New Zealand Children [2] . Meanwhile, Children's Commissioner Roger McClay says home visits, as Plunket nurses did in the past, could be the answer to the child abuse problem. See... Home Visits Again Might Be The Answer [3] REACTION: - ACT - Harre On Wrong Track With Plan To Outlaw Smacking [4] - ACT - Government Should Not Waste Time On Review [5] - NATS - Govt To Spend Another Year Ignoring Children [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00207.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00205.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0102/S00047.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00214.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00209.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00211.htm


Plight Of Indonesian Christians Needs Condemnation

- United Future leader, Hon Peter Dunne, is calling on the Government to condemn the continuing persecution of Christians in Indonesia, including making strong protests to the Indonesian Government about the deteriorating situation. See... Stand Up For Indonesian Christians - Dunne [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00215.htm


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