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JUST POLITICS
Employers Laud Dr Cullen’s ACC Solution
Cath Tizard Leads Ocean Policy Formulation
Head The Glassy Winged Sharpshooter Off At The Border
Power Package Progress Pleasing – Pete
Wool Board, Keep Your Mitts Off Reserves, Says ACT
Human Rights Commissioner Appointment Will Break Pledge
Police Staff Thin On The Ground

TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
Jim Anderton Tribute At Maj. McNutt’s Military Funeral
PM Addresses Governor General’s State Farewell
Another Skyhawk Crash Shows Wisdom Of F16s – Nats
Goff Concerned At Threat To PNG Govt, Pleased At Fiji Election Date
LPG Cop Cars Get Green Seal Of Approval
Dr Cullen Announced New R&D Tax Regime
Spouse House Stoush - FULL COVERAGE

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Employers Laud Dr Cullen’s ACC Solution

- Congratulations are due to ACC Minister Dr Cullen for taking up the claims of the businesses and self employed who paid twice for their accident compensation insurance, the Employers & Manufacturers Association says. See... A Bouquet For Dr Cullen Re ACC Repayments [1] and Employers Pleased At Action On ACC Double Charging [2] MORE: - GOVT - Cullen Deals With ACC Double Billing [3] - FEDERATED FARMERS - Nine Months Persistence With ACC Pays Off- FF [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0103/S00139.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0103/S00137.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00323.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0103/S00135.htm


Cath Tizard Leads Ocean Policy Formulation

- A widely experienced group of eight New Zealanders, led by Dame Catherine Tizard, has been chosen by the Government to lead a six-month public consultation process on the development of a national Oceans Policy. See... Dame Cath Tizard To Lead Oceans Policy Group [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00345.htm


Head The Glassy Winged Sharpshooter Off At The Border

- Green Party MP Ian Ewen-Street today said he was hoping for a full ban on the import of grapes from the United States and Mexico, as such imports threatened to decimate New Zealand's $2 billion wine industry. See... Greens Hoping For Full Ban On US Grape Imports [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00344.htm


Power Package Progress Pleasing – Pete

- Minister of Energy Pete Hodgson says he is pleased with the progress being made by the electricity industry in establishing the new governance structure required by the Government’s Power Package. See... Progress On The Power Package [1] and Letter To David Caygill On Power Package [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00342.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00343.htm


Wool Board, Keep Your Mitts Off Reserves, Says ACT

- The Wool Board’s rumoured plan to take up to $60 million of grower’s reserve funds to finance its own version of the McKinsey restructuring is tantamount to theft, ACT Rural Affairs Spokesman Owen Jennings said today. See... Don’t Touch The Reserves [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00347.htm


Human Rights Commissioner Appointment Will Break Pledge

- ACT Leader Richard Prebble says the minority coalition government’s intention to appoint trade union official Rosslyn Noonan as Chief Human Rights Commissioner, breaks a pledge by Prime Minister Helen Clark. See... Human Rights Office Politicised [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00337.htm


Police Staff Thin On The Ground

- The Police Minister has confirmed that there are almost 200 frontline vacancies at police stations throughout New Zealand, National's Police spokesman Tony Ryall said today. See... No stop to thinning blue line [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00332.htm


TOP SCOOPS


Scoop Is In The House

- Today's questions of the day concerned: R&D Taxation Changes – Foot And Mouth – Rapid Growth Industries – Money For Art (or Nothing) – Sentencing Reform – Pulling The SAS Out Of The Gulf – Rosslyn Noonan – Muriwhenua Settlement – Dr Lexchin x 2 – Numeracy In Primary Schools - Maori Children’s Policy See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 21 March [1] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0103/S00147.htm


Jim Anderton Tribute At Maj. McNutt’s Military Funeral

- The death on duty of any of our servicemen or women is a loss to all of New Zealand. See... Tribute to Major McNutt - Jim Anderton [1] RELATED: - NATS - Government pulls NZ from defence coalition [2] . - GREENS - Greens support Clark on withdrawal from Kuwait [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00338.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00308.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00302.htm


PM Addresses Governor General’s State Farewell

- Exactly five years ago today Sir Michael was sworn in as New Zealand's seventeenth Governor-General. See... PM Address To Michael Hardie Boys Luncheon [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00349.htm


Another Skyhawk Crash Shows Wisdom Of F16s – Nats

- "Thank God there wasn't another tragic death." National's Defence spokesperson Max Bradford's comment follows news tonight that an A4 Skyhawk crashed 100 kilometres off the Australian west coast. See... Max Bradford: another Skyhawk crash [1] and Skyhawk crash - Govt [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00335.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00341.htm


Goff Concerned At Threat To PNG Govt, Pleased At Fiji Election Date

- Foreign Minister Phil Goff said New Zealand is concerned at the threat to the lawfully elected Papua New Guinea government posed by the actions of a number of renegade members of the PNG Defence Force. See... Goff Concern Over PNG [1] . Meanwhile, Mr Goff welcomed the announcement by the caretaker government in Fiji that elections will take place by 7 September 2001. Goff Welcomes Fiji Election Announcement [2] and NZ Must Keep Pressure On Fiji - United Future [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00340.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00339.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00346.htm


LPG Cop Cars Get Green Seal Of Approval

- Green MP Jeanette Fitzsimons today said it was great news that new police cars would now be powered with the cheaper, cleaner and locally produced LPG. See... Greens welcome new LPG cop cars [1] and $13.2 Million Police Vehicle Package Announced [2] . See also Scoop's LPG Ford review... Motornet: Ford’s Gas Burner [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00333.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00327.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0103/S00097.htm


Dr Cullen Announced New R&D Tax Regime

- “All research and development spending expensed under generally accepted accounting practice will qualify for an immediate tax deduction from 1 April, this year,” Revenue Minister Michael Cullen announced today. See... Government To Create A Clearer, Better R&D Regime [1] and IRD Commissioner Takes Interest In R&D Law [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00350.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0103/S00143.htm


Spouse House Stoush - FULL COVERAGE

- "Peter Davis is a good friend of mind. Last week he was attacked. I was incensed. I made some comments which were inappropriate. I made comments about Mary English which were incorrect. I know that her heart is in the right place. I apologise." See... SCP HOUSE: Spouse House Stoush - Mallard Apology [1] . EARLIER: PM Calls For Truce In Spouse House Wars [2] Full Coverage: - Jim Anderton - Anderton tells Opposition: Stick to issues [3] - Max Bradford - Bradford: Mallard's apology not enough [4] - C.D. Sludge - Sludge Report #55 – Magnanimity Vs Sanctimony [5] - Wyatt Creech - PM's bid for moral high-ground lacks credibility [6] - English & Bradford - MPs Spouses Seek Legal Advice [7] - Bill English - Clark's truce call rings hollow [8] - Wyatt Creech - Transparency needed over $750,000 research grant [9] - Winston Peters - Clark Response Highlights Labour Hypocrisy [10] Health Research Council - Health Research Assessment Process Eliminates Bias [11]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0103/S00138.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0103/S00129.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00336.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00334.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0103/S00134.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00305.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00318.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00309.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00293.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00306.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0103/S00071.htm


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