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JUST POLITICS
Brownlee Claims Victory On NCEA
Cullen Looks On The Bright Side Of The Economy
Shipley's Dartmoor Wanderer - Was She Interviewed Or Not?
Historic Places Employment Settlement Confidential - Govt
Twin City Sized Brain Drain
Kiwis Unsafe On The Net – Ryall
Winston Urges Action On Party Hopping Bill
Singapore Deputy PM To Visit Next Week
Future Lefts Back In The Saddle
Keep Polishing Beehive Interior & Wait For 70s Revival
Privacy And Law Commission Appointments
What Students Get Instead Of The EUB

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Hobbs & Bunkle Cleared, Clark Considering What To Do
GUEST OPINION: Nandor Tanczos On Why The Greens Support The Property Relationships Bill
Scoop Is In The House: Today’s Q&A
MP Bashed Outside Electorate Office
Rankin: Public Property The Key To Real Prosperity
Perigo & Shipley On The Spouse House Stoush
Eco-Economy: A Short History Of Banking And Banking Reform In NZ

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JUST POLITICS

Brownlee Claims Victory On NCEA

- National is encouraged by Education Minister Trevor Mallard's concession that marks as well as grades will now be given to fifth form students when studying for the National Certificate of Educational Achievement from next year. See... Government Concedes On NCEA [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00366.htm


Cullen Looks On The Bright Side Of The Economy

- Home-owners and the local sharemarket got a surprise boost when interest rates fell this month. See... Dr Cullen's Casebook: The Good News Continues [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00365.htm


Shipley's Dartmoor Wanderer - Was She Interviewed Or Not?

- Opposition leader Jenny Shipley's latest desperate attempt to discredit New Zealand's biosecurity services is typically without substance, says Cabinet minister Pete Hodgson. See... Shipley's scaremongering flops again [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00362.htm


Historic Places Employment Settlement Confidential - Govt

- Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Judith Tizard, said today that the Historic Places Trust settlement raised in Parliament was confidential and was paid as part of an agreement to withdraw a personal grievance. See... HPT payout standard employment practice [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00361.htm


Twin City Sized Brain Drain

- Braindrain Minister Lianne Dalziel should be put in charge of switching off the lights after every other New Zealander has left, ACT MP Penny Webster said today. See... Nelson And Gisborne Have Fled, Ms Dalziel [1] . See also – GOVERNMENT - February External Migration [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00372.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00359.htm


Kiwis Unsafe On The Net – Ryall

The Labour-Alliance Government is not doing enough to protect New Zealanders from the sort of credit card scam on the front pages of our papers today, National's Commerce spokesman Tony Ryall said today. See... Cyber Theft Happens In New Zealand [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00370.htm


Winston Urges Action On Party Hopping Bill

- Speaking from his Tauranga Electorate, the Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First and Member of Parliament for Tauranga, today challenged Prime Minister Helen Clark and Margaret Wilson to use the Prime Minister’s visit to Tauranga today as an opportunity to explain to the Tauranga people why Labour is stalling on one of its key election promises. See... Front Up To Tauranga Over Election Promise [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00369.htm


Singapore Deputy PM To Visit Next Week

- Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Tony Tan, will visit New Zealand next week as a guest of the Government, Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton announced today. See... Visit Of Singapore DPM [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00375.htm


Future Lefts Back In The Saddle

- Hello! It’s been a long time between drinks for Future Lefts, but the long wait is finally over. Awake from thine intellectual slumber all ye beasts of the Net! Things however are going to be a little different. See... Future Lefts - "We're back, And We're Bad!" [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0103/S00075.htm


Keep Polishing Beehive Interior & Wait For 70s Revival

- Apparently, there is very widespread use of tawa in the Beehive - from corridors to lobbies, to Ministers’ rooms. I am told that apart from the surfaces of some panels being a little grubby after a couple of decades exposure to the goings-on of the parliamentary population, they were generally in excellent condition. See... Conserving decorative timber in the Beehive [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0103/S00074.htm


Privacy And Law Commission Appointments

- The Associate Justice Minister, Margaret Wilson has announced the re-appointment of the Privacy Commissioner, Bruce Slane, for a further 2-year term. See... Privacy Commissioner Re-Appointed [1] . Ms Wilson has also announced the appointment of a new President and three new members of the Law Commission. See... New Law Commisson President And Members Appointed [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00368.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00367.htm


What Students Get Instead Of The EUB

- Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey this afternoon clarified the emergency hardship assistance available to students over their summer holidays. See... Maharey clarifies student summer assistance [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00356.htm


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Hobbs & Bunkle Cleared, Clark Considering What To Do

- The MP for Wellington Central, Marian Hobbs, has welcomed the findings of an Audit Office investigation into the circumstances of her claiming Parliamentary allowances in the previous Parliament. See... Audit Office Report [1] . Helen Clark said she would not be commenting fully on the report until she had had time to consider it thoroughly and discuss it with Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton. Miss Clark said the report of the Registrar of Electors into Phillida Bunkle's enrolment was still awaited. See… PM Responds To Auditor-General's Report [2] MORE: - Jim Anderton - Anderton Welcomes Auditor's Report [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00381.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00382.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00378.htm


Nandor Tanczos: Why The Greens Support The Property Relationships Bill

- It's an exciting time - finally getting together with someone you're really into. You spend weeks in bed together getting to know each other well, sharing your secrets and dreams. See... Nandor Tanczos: Breaking Up Just Got Easier [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0103/S00158.htm


Scoop Is In The House: Today’s Q&A

- Today's questions of the day concerned: Brain Drain – MIR – Welfare Adjustments – Child Assault – Historic Places Trust - R&D Taxation Changes - Foot And Mouth – NZ Shipping Review – Nursing Shortages - ENZA Consultation – Housing Waiting Lists & Foreign Students – Pacific Capacity Building. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 22 March [1] . For yesterday’s questions and paraphrased answers see…SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 21 March [2] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0103/S00159.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0103/S00147.htm


MP Bashed Outside Electorate Office

- At approximately 9pm last night National MP Lindsay Tisch was allegedly assaulted by a group of youths outside his electorate office in Matamata. See... Lindsay Tisch [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00371.htm


Rankin: Public Property The Key To Real Prosperity

- There is a more sustainable, more relaxed, more free, route to egalitarian prosperity than the maximum growth maximum employment option. The key concept is that of public property rights . See... Keith Rankin: Public Property Rights [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0103/S00152.htm

Perigo & Shipley On The Spouse House Stoush

- I watched the Holmes show last night & caught myself cheering the Prime Minister. After flagellating myself, I sat down to wonder why I had committed such an unseemly lapse? See... Lindsay Perigo Confesses: "I Cheered the PM!" [1] . For Jenny Shipley's latest see... Clark Must Admit She Made It Up [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0103/S00153.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00377.htm

Eco-Economy: A Short History Of Banking And Banking Reform In NZ

– In a speech to Grey Power, NZ Banking Reform spokesman Finlay Thompson recalls the history of two kiwi banking reform movements both led by Mr Douglases. See... Eco-Economy: Banking Reform in New Zealand [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0103/S00150.htm


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