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JUST POLITICS
Air New Zealand Meltdown – Singapore SOE To The Rescue
Ryall Proposes Strengthening Of Proceeds of Crime Legislation
Showing Helen How To Save The World
Christine Rankin: We Always Knew She Would Sue - ACT
Green Conference In OzTakes Hard Line On Food
I Told You The Aussies Were Angry – Shipley Gets Proof
Goff’s Off To Russia – And Pete’s Off To New York
Future NZ Proposal For A New Agenda In Taiwanese Diplomacy

POLITICS FROM TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Ministerial Feature Article – Sandra Lee On Whales
Honey Money
Hong Kong Free Trade Discussion – Full Coverage
Scoop Business: Inflation Down – Veges Getting Cheaper – Cullen Pleased
Scoop Business: Business Confidence Jitters

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Air New Zealand Meltdown – Singapore SOE To The Rescue

- National will support a quick decision by the Government to allow Singapore Airlines to own more of Air New Zealand, National's Finance spokesman Bill English said today. See... Govt should allow bigger SAL stake in Air NZ [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00261.htm


Ryall Proposes Strengthening Of Proceeds of Crime Legislation

- National is proposing to strengthen Police powers for combating drug dealers and gangs. National's Police spokesman Tony Ryall will introduce a private members bill to revamp the Proceeds of Crimes Act 1991. See... Law change to beggar gangs and other drug dealers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00259.htm


Showing Helen How To Save The World

- “If Prime Minister Helen Clark is serious about campaigning for a nuclear-free world then she has no choice but to fully back my bill which would keep all nuclear ships and shipments out of our waters,” Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says. See... First step to nuclear-free world - Green Bill [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00249.htm


Christine Rankin: We Always Knew She Would Sue - ACT

- ACT warned the Government nearly a year ago that it was risking a taxpayer-funded payout of around a million dollars to Department of Work and Income Chief Christine Rankin, but the Government chose to ignore the warnings, See... Government Should Have Heeded ACT Warnings [1] More: - National - Rankin decision slap for Government [2] - National - Government contemptuous of advisors [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00254.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00253.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00234.htm


Green Conference In OzTakes Hard Line On Food

- The signing of a Green charter on the final day of the Global Greens conference in Canberra yesterday heralded a new model for politics, Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said today. See... Green charter sets new model for politics [1] and Aus and NZ Greens to keep food standards high [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00252.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00248.htm


I Told You The Aussies Were Angry – Shipley Gets Proof

- National's claims of a deterioration in New Zealand's relationship with Australia, that were continually dismissed by both Helen Clark and Lianne Dalziel, have been proved correct after the release of previously withheld Cabinet papers, says Jenny Shipley. See... Gross dishonesty on impact of amnesty [1] . See also Government ... No Change to Trans Tasman Travel Arrangement [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00250.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00245.htm


Goff’s Off To Russia – And Pete’s Off To New York

- Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff leaves today for a 12-day visit encompassing Finland, Russia, Turkey and Sweden. See... Goff Northern Europe Visit April 17-29 [1] . See also... Hodgson to New York for climate change talks [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00246.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00235.htm


Future NZ Proposal For A New Agenda In Taiwanese Diplomacy

- United Future leader, Hon Peter Dunne, is calling for a new agenda for relations between Taiwan and New Zealand. See... A New Agenda For New Zealand/Taiwan Relations [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00244.htm


TOP SCOOPS

Ministerial Feature Article – Sandra Lee On Whales

- “ New Zealand has a proud reputation as a country that seeks the greatest possible protection for whales worldwide and one that is strongly opposed to a return to commercial whaling.” See... Sustainable Whaling Is Just So Much Blubber - Lee [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00237.htm


Honey Money

- It's time the Green Party came clean over the extent of the 'Green Market' activities they actively promote, National's Revenue spokesperson Annabel Young said today. See... How many pots of honey does it take to paint roof? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00233.htm


Hong Kong Free Trade Discussion – Full Coverage

- - ACT - Prebble Urges Fast Action on Hong Kong Agreement [1] - Jim Sutton - Hong Kong CEP proposal report published [2] - PM’s Speech in Hong Kong - Helen Clark Speech - NZ and Hong Kong, Partners [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00262.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00258.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00247.htm


Scoop Business: Inflation Down – Veges Getting Cheaper – Cullen Pleased

-“The March CPI result was below market expectations and is consistent with inflation returning back to within the 0 to 3 percent target range later this year,” Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today. See... CPI result encouraging - Cullen [1] More: - Deutsche Bank - Data Flash (NZ) Consumers Price Index - Q1 2001 [2] - Statistics NZ Cheaper Fresh Produce Contributes to Prices Drop [3] and CPI Falls 0.2 Per Cent [4] - Employers And Manufacturers Association - Growth cycle peaked; lower interest rates sought [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00257.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0104/S00112.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0104/S00110.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0104/S00108.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0104/S00104.htm


Scoop Business: Business Confidence Jitters

- “While we're experiencing positive exporting times, value and skill added areas are alarmingly pessimistic,” National's Manufacturing spokesperson Warren Kyd said today. See... Govt exacerbates confidence slide [1] . See also Manufactures Federation - Uncertainty Dents Confidence [2] and WESTPACTRUST SURVEY - WestpacTrust Manufacturers Business Opinion Survey [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00260.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0104/S00106.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0104/S00105.htm


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