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JUST POLITICS
Govt. Support For Dolphin Freedom Wins Praise
Monetary Policy Review Response Papers Released
Maori Option Row
Limited Support For Unlimited Jeopardy
New Commerce Amendment Bill
Transparency Call On Government’s Welfare Plans
Gerry Eckhoff’s Gate: Round Two
Long Term Unemployment Jump
Fire Service Pay Settlement Will Cost Householders

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Howard’s End: Singaporean Conformism No Model For NZ
Eco-Economy: Slavery In Godzone And The BOP
Franks Predicts Relationships Won’t Survive bill
Defence Chiefs Apologise As Truth Bends To Clark’s Reality
Goff Calls On PNG Renegades To Drop Arms
Look At Big Picture For Aukland Rail, Say Greens


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Govt. Support For Dolphin Freedom Wins Praise

- Green Party MP Sue Kedgley today welcomed Conservation Minister Sandra Lee's opposition to importing dolphins for the Napier amunsement park Marineland. See... Greens welcome Lee's comments on captive dolphins [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00424.htm


Monetary Policy Review Response Papers Released

- Finance Minister Michael Cullen today released responses by the Treasury, the Reserve Bank and the Reserve Bank non-executive directors to the recommendations of the Svensson Review of the Operation of Monetary Policy. See... Responses To MPReview Released [1] , RB Response To The Svensson Report [2] and Reserve Bank Submission On Monetary Policy Review [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00435.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00437.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00436.htm


Maori Option Row

- A programme which pays contracted Maori organisations between $5 and $10.50 a head for enrolling or updating the enrolments of Maori voters raises serious questions, according to National MP Murray McCully. See... Serious Concerns Over Maori Enrolment Programme [1] . Margaret Wilson replies saying Jenny Shipley should tell Maori voters whether she agrees with Murray McCully's attack on the Maori option process. See... Where does National stand on the Maori Option? [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00439.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00441.htm


Limited Support For Unlimited Jeopardy

- Justice Minister Phil Goff will support a Law Commission proposal to allow for a limited exception to the rule against double jeopardy in a narrow class of cases. See... Goff Supports Limited Exception To Double Jeopardy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00438.htm


New Commerce Amendment Bill

- The Commerce Amendment Bill (No 2) is being introduced to the House tomorrow by Acting Minister of Commerce Trevor Mallard. See... Commerce Amendment Bill (No 2) To Be Introduced [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00432.htm


Transparency Call On Government’s Welfare Plans

- ACT Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman is demanding a full explanation of proposed welfare restructuring plans from Social Services Minister Steve Maharey this week. See... Come Clean On The Welfare Reforms, Mr Maharey [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00429.htm


Gerry Eckhoff’s Gate: Round Two

- ACT MP Gerry Eckhoff today urged landowners to follow the example of Otago farmer Bill Simpson and lock out electrical line companies if the companies and the Government do not show a more reasonable attitude toward property rights. See... Arrogant Line Companies Provoke Rural Backlash [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00425.htm


Long Term Unemployment Jump

- Steve Maharey must stop ignoring the human cost of his political manipulation of unemployment figures, ACT Employment Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today. See... Longterm Unemployment Jumps 26 Percent [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00423.htm


Fire Service Pay Settlement Will Cost Householders

- The proposed pay deal for professional firefighters will impose an $8 million penalty on New Zealanders who insure their property, National's Internal Affairs spokesman Lindsay Tisch said today. See... Public will pick up $8m bill for Fire Service pay [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00422.htm


TOP SCOOPS

Howard’s End: Singaporean Conformism No Model For NZ

- Singapore is often held up as a business role model for New Zealand to follow, but its impulse to control leaves little room for spontaneity and it is failing to produce the kind of entrepreneurs that it needs. John Howard writes. See... Howard's End: Asian Tiger Lacks Spontaneity [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0103/S00169.htm


Eco-Economy: Slavery In Godzone And The BOP

- Recent misrepresentation of the $1.9 billion December 2000 current account deficit in media and political statements is arguably fraudulent, and is definitely reprehensible. Writes Eco-Economy’s Finlay Thompson. See... Eco-Economy: Current Account Deficit a Fraud [1] FULL COVERAGE: - Government - BOP Figures Paradoxical Sign Of Healthy Economy [2] - Statistics NZ - Increased Profits Drive Rise In BoP Deficit [3] - Green - Foreign Ownership Makes BoP Deficit Worse [4] - Nats - Current Account Outlook Not So Rosy [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0103/S00175.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00402.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0103/S00163.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00410.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00409.htm


Franks Predicts Relationships Won’t Survive bill

- ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks predicts that after the debates scheduled this week on the Government’s new Property Relationships law, many people in de facto relationships will be told by their lawyers to split from their partners so they can protect their assets. See... New Law Will Place Severe Strain On Relationships [1] and No Fix to Law Overriding Wills [2] . See also... Nandor Tanczos: Breaking Up Just Got Easier [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00430.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00440.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0103/S00158.htm


Defence Chiefs Apologise As Truth Bends To Clark’s Reality

- National's Defence spokesman Max Bradford says it is reprehensible that Defence chiefs have been forced to apologise to the Prime Minister for telling the public the truth. See... Forced Apology To Clark 'Absurd And Obscene' [1] EARLIER: - Helen Clark - Misleading information on submarine 'detection' [2] - Max Bradford - PM's submarine claims don't hold water [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00433.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00420.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00427.htm


Goff Calls On PNG Renegades To Drop Arms

- Foreign Minister Phil Goff has called on renegade members of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force in Port Moresby to return all stolen weapons and drop their political demands on the Morauta Government. See... Goff Support For Constitutional Govt In PNG [1] FOREIGN AFFAIRS ROUNDUP: - Mark Burton - Singapore commitment to peacekeeping in East Timor [2] - Phil Goff - Goff Heads To Chile And US [3] - Historic Diplomatic Link With North Korea [4] - Helen Clark - NZ ties with Singapore strengthened [5] REACTION: - Peter Dunne - Dunne Criticises Decision To Recognise North Korea [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00415.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00414.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00416.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00418.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00417.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00434.htm


Look At Big Picture For Aukland Rail, Say Greens

- The Government is due to make a major decision on Auckland's rail system this week and Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons is urging Ministers to look at the big picture. See... Crucial decisions looming on rail [1] , Green Ideology Versus Plain Common Sense - ACT [2] and National rail strategy or 700 truck movements [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00426.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00431.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00442.htm


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