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Bill Aims For More Appropriate Sentencing
Anti-Dumping Duties Imposed On Korean Fridges
Oz/NZ Transferable Industry Qualifications
Northland Prison Resource Consent Denial To Be Appealed
Trans-Taman Medicines Registration Body Investigated
Waka Jumpers Were OK When They Were Joining Winston’s Ship
Navy Vets Suing Govt Over Christmas Island tests
Locke’s Insensitivity To McNutt Family Regretful
Budget Day Is Thursday, May 24

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Scoop Is In The House: Today’s Q&A
Keith Rankin: ACT Foot In Mouth Outbreak
Scoop Images: The Filibustering Of The Property Relationships Bill
Upton Is Back Online
What Peter Done – A Timeline By Peter Dunne
African Rainforest Timber In Beehive Refurbishment

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Bill Aims For More Appropriate Sentencing

- Justice Minister Phil Goff announced details of the Sentencing and Parole Reform Bill, which will be tougher on the worst offenders, provide greater flexibility in sentencing to reflect the seriousness of the crime and give victims a better deal. See... Sentencing And Parole Reform Details Released [1] and The Sentencing And Parole Reform Bill [2] REACTION: - ACT - Sentencing Review Is Gravely Mistaken [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00260.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00261.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00263.htm


Anti-Dumping Duties Imposed On Korean Fridges

- The duties will prevent material injury to Fisher & Paykel Ltd until a full dumping investigation can be completed. See... Anti-Dumping Duties Imposed On Korean Fridges [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00259.htm


Oz/NZ Transferable Industry Qualifications

- Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey is applauding a new training programme for New Zealanders working in the hospitality industry which was launched in Auckland this afternoon. See... Cooperation In Developing Industry Qualifications [1] and Portable Skills Key To The Knowledge Society [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00256.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00257.htm


Northland Prison Resource Consent Denial To Be Appealed

- The Department of Corrections will appeal the denial of resource consents for earthworks for the planned Northland Region Corrections Facility near Ngawha, says Minister of Corrections Matt Robson. See... Prison Consent Decision Will Be Appealed [1] and Abandon Prison Plans For Ngawha - Nandor [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00253.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00254.htm


Trans-Taman Medicines Registration Body Investigated

- Health Minister Annette King says the Government has instructed officials to begin investigating the possibility of a joint trans-Tasman medicines, medical devices and dietary supplements regulatory body. NZ & Aus To Consider Joint Medicines Reg Body [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00249.htm


Waka Jumpers Were OK When They Were Joining Winston’s Ship

- The Green Party Co-Leader Rod Donald says Winston Peters calls for defecting MPs to be thrown out of parliament contradicts his own statements when Michael Laws, Peter McCardle and Jack Elder defected to NZ First. See... Winston Peters Suffers Memory Loss [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00246.htm


Navy Vets Suing Govt Over Christmas Island tests

- The Government is seeking advice from the Crown Law Office following confirmation from the Wellington High Court that several Royal New Zealand Navy veterans have filed legal action, the Minister of Veteran's Affairs Mark Burton said. See... Govt seeks legal advice on court action [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00234.htm


Locke’s Insensitivity To McNutt Family Regretful

- At a time when Major McNutt’s family are endeavoring to come to terms with the loss of their loved one, Mr Keith Locke’s comments display a degree of insensitivity which is enormously regretful said Ron Mark MP, the New Zealand First Spokesman for Defence. See... Lay Off Locke! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00237.htm


Budget Day Is Thursday, May 24

- Finance Minister Michael Cullen announced the date today during debate in Parliament on the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee's report on the Budget Policy Statement. See... Budget Date Announced [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00228.htm

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Scoop Is In The House: Today’s Q&A

- Australian Apple Dispute – Dairy Merger – Beehive Wood – National Party Social Deprivation – Mallard On Dr Lexchin – Technology Venture Capital – Beehive Wood Wars - Mallard On Caygill Insurance Policy & National Party Precedents. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 15 March [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0103/S00107.htm


Keith Rankin: ACT Foot In Mouth Outbreak

- Last weekend, the Act party exposed itself to potentially terminal ridicule by continuing to suggest that kiwis should be domesticated, farmed and eaten. While Act's spokesman tells us that no domesticated species ever became extinct, we see on television mass funeral pyres of domesticated animals in Britain. See... Keith Rankin: March Party Madness [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0103/S00101.htm


Scoop Images: The Filibustering Of The Property Relationships Bill

- A selection of National MPs who led a victorius filibuster against the Attorney General's Property Relations Bill on Tuesday in the house. See... Scoop Images: 4 Victorius National Filibusterers [1] and Scoop Images: The Fifth Filibusterer [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0103/S00104.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0103/S00105.htm


Upton Is Back Online

- Direct from Paris' 6th Arrondissement comes the first edition of upton-on-line for 2001. Upton-on-line has been off-line for two months now trying to furnish an unfurnished apartment (which in France means supplying everything from curtain tracks to light bulbs), doing battle with France Telecom (an agency devoted single-mindedly to causing maximum customer despair) and explaining to the children that their tantrums are exquisitely audible for the lucky folks above and below us in the building. See... Upton-on-line: Diaspora Edition [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0103/S00100.htm

What Peter Done – A Timeline By Peter Dunne

- United Future leader, Hon Peter Dunne has released the following background and timeline regarding Helen Clark, Dr Peter Davis, Dr Joel Lexchin and the independent review of PHARMAC’s operating procedures. See... Helen, Peter, Joel and the Pharmac Review [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00235.htm


African Rainforest Timber In Beehive Refurbishment

- “Refurbishing Beehive offices with imported unsustainable African rainforest timbers is environmentally stupid, unpatriotic and short-changes New Zealand timber-workers of jobs,” National's Environment and Conservation spokesperson Nick Smith said. See... African Rainforests Destroyed For Beehive Offices [1] and Beehive Blunder Exposes Flaw In Environment Policy [2] REACTION: - ACT - Labour Set Itself Up For Foreign Wood Blunder [3] - GREEN - Greens Call For Imported Timber To Be Certified [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00243.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00262.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00258.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00255.htm


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