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JUST POLITICS
TVNZ Charter Should Go With Hobbs
The Week In Select Committee
Gisborne Cervical Cancer Report Delayed
ERA Falls At First Hurdle
Govt Ignorant Of Importance Of Securities Industry
ACT Won’t Support Clean Slate Bill
Speechifying…
Take Arms Bill Back To Drawing Board

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
(Today's bumper edition includes material from Friday...)
Howard’s End: Ethics For New Zealanders
Govt Under Attack For Growing Cancer Waiting Lists
Prebble Hails Kiwi Bank Court Decision A Victory For Democracy
Police Minister Quietly Releases Violent Crime Stats
Hard News Is Here!
Hobbs And Bunkle Stand Down
Will We Be Taxing Burping Cows?
Airways Out Of UK Air Traffic Bidding

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JUST POLITICS

TVNZ Charter Should Go With Hobbs

- Steve Maharey says he will spend the next few weeks “identifying” key policy issues in his new broadcasting portfolio. See... Where’s The Charter, Steve? [1] . See also… Maharey Comment On Broadcasting Portfolio [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00380.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00378.htm


The Week In Select Committee

- Select Committee Business From 16 to 23 February 2001 Committee meetings There were 19 committee meetings this week. Eighteen of these were in the parliamentary complex. One meeting is currently in progress in Christchurch. See... Select Committee Business 16-23 Feb 2001 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00381.htm


Gisborne Cervical Cancer Report Delayed

- Health Minister Annette King says she has agreed to a request from Gisborne Cervical Screening Inquiry chairperson Ailsa Duffy to extend the reporting deadline by a month to March 30. See... Gisborne Report Delayed Until March 30 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00379.htm


ERA Falls At First Hurdle

- The Government's much vaunted Employment Relations Act has fallen at the first hurdle, over the MAF vets strike, National's Industrial Relations spokesperson Lockwood Smith said today. See... ERA To Blame For Industrial Disputes [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00377.htm


Govt Ignorant Of Importance Of Securities Industry

- ACT Commerce Spokesman Stephen Franks said Government regrets about the failure of the Australian Stock Exchange campaign to take-over the New Zealand Stock Exchange show frightening ignorance of the importance of the securities industry. See... Ignorance Is No Excuse [1] and Collapse Of Stock Exchange Merger Disappointing [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00375.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00359.htm


ACT Won’t Support Clean Slate Bill

- ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks says the Greens are sadly mistaken in assuming that all parties will support Nandor Tanczos’ Clean Slate Bill which will wipe many criminal convictions over seven years old from people’s records. See... Nandor’s ‘Clean Slate’ Bill Will Be Opposed [1] . See also … Govt Supports Principles Of Clean Slate Bill [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00369.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00364.htm


Speechifying…

- JIM ANDERTON - A Call Centre, A Bank, And Three Fire Engines [1] and Anderton Address to Levin Public Meeting [2] - TREVOR MALLARD - Mallard Speech To Principals' Federation [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00366.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00363.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00365.htm


Take Arms Bill Back To Drawing Board

- The Minister of Police needs to tell New Zealand whether he will use a chance to shortcircuit democracy left open by a Select Committee Report, said ACT Justice spokesman Stephen Franks. See... Hawkins Needs To Return To The Drawing Board [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00357.htm


POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS


Howard’s End: Ethics For New Zealanders

- MP's alleged to be involved in rorts, public servants taking bribes, the stock exchange altering the rules, violent crime doubling in the last decade, these are just some examples of the New Zealand disease. Where have all the role models gone? See... Howard's End: Character Counts [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0102/S00129.htm

Govt Under Attack For Growing Cancer Waiting Lists

- Cancer patients waiting for urgent treatment are increasing despite Labour promises that waiting times would reduce under its Government, National's Health spokesman Roger Sowry says. See... Cancer patient waiting lists multiplying [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00387.htm


Prebble Hails Kiwi Bank Court Decision A Victory For Democracy

- ACT Leader Hon Richard Prebble said the judge’s decision to refuse NZ Post’s (a State Owned Enterprise) application for a gagging writ against a Member of Parliament is an important victory for the Westminster system of Parliamentary democracy. See... NZ Post Ruling A Victory for Democracy [1] and Statement From NZ Post On High Court Judgement [2] MORE: - HOWARD'S END - Howard's End: The Ancient Laws Protecting Prebble [3] - ACT - Prebble Waives Privilege To Fight Gagging Order [4] Full Kiwi Bank Coverage On The Just Politics Page. [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00383.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0102/S00082.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0102/S00125.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00341.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=justpolitics


Police Minister Quietly Releases Violent Crime Stats

- Police Minister George Hawkins chose 4.30pm on a heavy news day to dump Labour's shameful secret - violent crime has increased by a massive 5% in the first full year under the Labour-Alliance Government, National's Police spokesman Tony Ryall said. See... Hawkins tries to hide massive violent crime rise [1] and Violent Crime Statistics Released [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00384.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00390.htm


Hard News Is Here!

- GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES ... and so the weekend signed itself off with a mad, outrageous sunset that filled the sky, flitting from one colour to another, blooming lighter and darker, hanging on like someone who couldn't bear to leave a good party. See... HARD NEWS 23/2/01 - Thus, The Sky Kissed Goodbye [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0102/S00126.htm


Hobbs And Bunkle Stand Down

- Prime Minister Helen Clark said today she had accepted the requests of Marian Hobbs and Phillida Bunkle to stand down from their ministerial positions, following close discussion with the Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton. See… Ministers Stand Down [1] REACTION: - PHILLIDA BUNKLE - Phillida Bunkle Stands Down [2] - MARION HOBBS - Marian Hobbs Stands Down From Ministerial Duties [3] - JIM ANDERTON - Bunkle Stands Down As Minister [4] - PETER DUNNE - Ministerial Resignations Miss The Point [5] - RICHARD PREBBLE - Prebble Would Stand In A Wellington By-Election [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00367.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00373.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00368.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00372.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00371.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00370.htm


Will We Be Taxing Burping Cows?

- The typical cow belches 280 litres of methane gas a day, which is 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide in greenhouse gas emissions, according to an Australian CSIRO study. A cow-burp tax might help solve the problem. John Howard reports. See... Burping Cows Will Be A Political Issue [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0102/S00127.htm


Airways Out Of UK Air Traffic Bidding

- The British Government has decided not to continue formal bidding discussions with the Airways/Lockheed Martin bid for the partial privatisation of the UK National Air Traffic Services (NATS). See... New Zealand Taxpayers To Fund Failed Joint Project - NZ First [1] and SOE Minister comments on NATS tender process [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00353.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0102/S00360.htm


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