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JUST POLITICS
New GG Dame Sylvia Cartwright Sworn In Tomorrow
Govt Trusts HIPPY With Pre-school Kids
Don’t Count Your Convicts Before They Break Out
Helen Clark Takes Delegates On Oriental Adventure
Tax Legislation Tackles R&D Compliance Costs
Nats Housing Spokesman Just So Wrong

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
Phillida Bunkle Will Not Be Reinstated
GE & Conventional Crops Can’t Co-exist Side By Side
Defence Fossils Speak Out Of Time
Scoop Feature: Morality, The Sex Industry & the Law

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JUST POLITIC

New GG Dame Sylvia Cartwright Sworn In Tomorrow

- Dame Silvia Cartwright will be sworn in tomorrow as Governor-General, during a ceremony to be held on the forecourt of Parliament, starting at 11 am. See... Swearing-In Ceremony For Dame Silvia Cartwright [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00038.htm




Govt Trusts HIPPY With Pre-school Kids

- The Government is increasing its ongoing contribution to the Home Instruction Programme for Pre School and Year One Youngsters (HIPPY), Education Minister Trevor Mallard said today. See... Government Support For Parenting Programmes [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00031.htm


Don’t Count Your Convicts Before They Break Out

- ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks today warned people planning future uses of Mt Eden prison not to count chickens before they hatch. See... Mt Eden Use Plans Are Premature [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00027.htm


Helen Clark Takes Delegates On Oriental Adventure

- Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced plans for an official visit to Japan, Hong Kong and China from 11 to 21 April. See... PM To Visit North Asia [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00026.htm


Tax Legislation Tackles R&D Compliance Costs

- “Legislation introduced into the House today will allow an immediate tax deduction for all research and development spending expensed under generally accepted accounting practice,” Revenue Minister Michael Cullen said. See... Tax Bill targets R&D compliance costs [1] and Cullen Tinkering With Tax - Libz [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00022.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0104/S00003.htm


Nats Housing Spokesman Just So Wrong

- National's Housing spokesman David Carter has once again proven that he is totally unreliable after making up a press release and leaving out crucial facts, Housing Minister Mark Gosche said today. See... Carter wrong again … and again . . . [1] and 1,500 People Disappear From HNZ List [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00020.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00018.htm


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Scoop Is In The House

– Today's questions of the day concerned: Defence Policy Criticism – Modern Apprenticeships – Waterfront Wars – Consumer Protection On The Net– NCEA Grading – Fishing Boat Servicing – Budget 2001 And Spending “Backfilling” – Single Sex Schools – Evan MacKenzie Vietnam Vet – Medical Complaints Procedures – TVNZ Charter – Violence In Families. See…SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day - 3 April [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00016.htm


Phillida Bunkle Will Not Be Reinstated

- MP Phillida Bunkle will not be reappointed to a position in the Executive of the Government, Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton said today. See... Decision on Phillida Bunkle [1] REACTION: - Richard Prebble - Why Isn’t Hobbs Down The Road Too? [2] - Jenny Shipley - Finally, A Glimmer Of Commonsense! [3] SCOOP AT PM'S PRESSER: Registrar Cop-Out Leaves Bunkle Decision To PM [4] EARLIER: - Phillida Bunkle - Registrar Clears Phillida Bunkle [5] - Prime Minister - Bunkle report [6] - Jim Anderton - Report of Registrar of Electors [7] - ACT - Bunkle’s Lucky Break [8] - National - Bunkle report bizarre and inconclusive [9]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00028.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00037.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00036.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00009.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00585.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00586.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00584.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00589.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0103/S00582.htm


GE & Conventional Crops Can’t Co-exist Side By Side

- Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons today said a US court decision on the contamination of crops from neighbouring genetically engineered plants had massive implications for farmers in New Zealand as well as the genetic diversity of crops all around the world. See... US Court Decision Damns Genetic Diversity Of Crops [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00035.htm

Defence Fossils Speak Out Of Time

- Prime Minister Helen Clark today described the statements of retired defence personnel which speculate on forthcoming government defence decisions as 'out of place and out of time'. See... Partisan Attack By Retired Defence Chiefs [1] REACTION: - Max Bradford - Isolationist PM Attacks Defence Chiefs [2] - Matt Robson - Parliament Now Leads Defence Debate [3] - Peter Dunne - Russell Crowe Gets Current Defence Policy Right [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00025.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00034.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00033.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00032.htm


Scoop Feature: Morality, The Sex Industry & the Law

- A bill decriminalising prostitution is advancing in New Zealand's Parliament with issues of morality and public safety to the forefront. Supporters say the legislation contributes to the greater good by empowering sex workers and reducing health threats. See... Scoop Feature: Decriminalising Prostitution In NZ [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00011.htm


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