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JUST POLITICS
Eco 2001 – Big Picture Plan For The Environment
RM Amendment Bill Fails To Deliver – Farmers
Police To Advertise For New Recruits
Greens Seek Telecommunications Bill Amendments
PM Launches Oral History of Battle Of Crete
BoP Regional Council Apartheid Not The Way
Political Interference In News Boss’ Departure
Mallard Leading NZ ADB Conference Delegation
Sealord Asset Sale Allegations Refuted

POLITICS FROM TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House: Today’s Q&A
GCSB Bill First Reading: Green Opposition No Secret
ACT & National Commend Pipfruit Industry Deregulation
Nappy Valley School Closures “Heart Rending” for Mallard
Future Of NZ Defence Decided, Nats Pledge To Reverse Air Strike Decision
DEFENCE SHAKEUP FULL COVERAGE:

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Eco 2001 – Big Picture Plan For The Environment

- The Government today released its 'Eco 2001' package, announcing new funding to enhance the protection and conservation of our unique animal and plant species under the New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy. See... Government Launches 'Eco 2001' Package [1] MORE: - Green Contribution [2] - New Government Funding To Help Control Undaria [3] - New Phase Of Post-Cave Creek Asset Management [4] - Primary Production Statistics Given Solid Start [5] - Agriculture And Biosecurity Funding Increased [6] - Conservation Public Awareness Programme [7] - Trouble-Making Fish On Hit List In Budget [8] - Government Supports Organic Farming [9] - New Hazardous Substances System [10] - Funding Boost For Ministry For The Environment [11] - Summary Sheet Of New Conservation Funding [12] REACTION: - Green - Green Initiatives Boost To Eco-Budget Funding [13] - More Movement On Organics - Greens [14]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00195.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00198.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00197.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00196.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00194.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00193.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00192.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00191.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00190.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00189.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00188.htm
[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00187.htm
[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00199.htm
[14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00201.htm


RM Amendment Bill Fails To Deliver – Farmers

- “The Local Government and Environment Select Committee report on the Resource Management Amendment Bill has failed to deliver on key issues,” commented President of Federated Farmers President, Alistair Polson. See... Reported Back RM Bill Will Fail To Deliver [1] MORE: - ECO - Changes to Resource Management Bill Supported [2] - Greens - RMA Bill - victory for common sense over ideology [3] - Local Government & Environment Committee - Resource Management Amendment Bill [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0105/S00051.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0105/S00050.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00177.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00168.htm


Police To Advertise For New Recruits

- The Minister of Police, George Hawkins, has signed off initial funding for an advertising campaign designed to attract between 600 and 700 new police recruits by 30 June 2002. See... Funding To Recruit 600-700 New Police [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00207.htm


Greens Seek Telecommunications Bill Amendments

- Green MP Sue Kedgley today said while the Greens supported the thrust of legislation to regulate telecommunications in New Zealand, it did not go far enough and the party would be moving amendments to strengthen the legislation. See... Greens Seek Amendments On Telecommunications Bill [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00206.htm


PM Launches Oral History of Battle Of Crete

- A newly-published oral history of the Battle of Crete will help to ensure that the stories of those New Zealanders who participated in the battle will be preserved for ever, Prime Minister Helen Clark said today. See... PM Launches Oral History Of Battle Of Crete [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00204.htm


BoP Regional Council Apartheid Not The Way

- National believes that establishing separate Maori seats on the Bay of Plenty Regional Council will not promote cohesion between peoples. Surely we should be more concerned to find ways that bring people together rather than dividing them, National's Justice Spokesperson Wayne Mapp said today. See... Nats Oppose BoP Maori Council Seats Bill [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00203.htm


Political Interference In News Boss’ Departure

- Comments attributed to TVNZ chair Ross Armstrong in this morning's Independent Business Weekly effectively confirm a pattern of heavy-handed political interference in the company's news and current affairs, according to National MP Murray McCully. See... Heavy-Handed Political Interference In TVNZ [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00200.htm


Mallard Leading NZ ADB Conference Delegation

- Associate Finance Minister Trevor Mallard will lead the New Zealand delegation at the Asian Development Bank conference in Hawaii this week. See... Mallard to lead NZ delegation to ADB conference [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00182.htm


Sealord Asset Sale Allegations Refuted

- Minister of Fisheries Pete Hodgson said today that the fishing company Sealord is selling none of its fishing vessels, contrary to allegations made by New Zealand First leader Winston Peters in Parliament today. See... Winston goes floundering again [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00175.htm

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Scoop Is In The House: Today’s Q&A

- Today's questions of the day concerned: National’s Tertiary Education Policy – Budget Blow Out – Business Incubators - Budget Blow Out – Child Abuse Reporting By GPs – Air Combat Training For Army – Maori Health - Sir Geoffrey Palmer Judge? – New Plymouth Dioxin Contamination – PM and Social Service Agencies Merger – Police Numbers - Biodiversity Funding. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 9 May [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0105/S00059.htm

GCSB Bill First Reading: Green Opposition No Secret

- “It is no secret which way the Green Party will be voting on this Bill. There is no need for the GCSB to hack into our computers or intercept our faxes, emails or phone calls to discover our position on this piece of legislation,” said Green Party Co-leader Rod Donald. See... GCSB Bill - Rod Donald First Reading Speech Notes [1] . Also speaking on the bill in Parliament yesterday, Prime Minister Helen Clark said: “For the record, I reiterate again today that the GCSB does not set out to intercept the communications of New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.” See… Government Communications Security Bureau Bill – Helen Clark [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00184.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00180.htm


ACT & National Commend Pipfruit Industry Deregulation

- The Minister of Agriculture is to be commended for taking the overdue step of deregulating the pipfruit industry, ACT Agriculture Spokesman Owen Jennings said today. See... Apple Deregulation a Victory for Common Sense [1] and Govt u-turn on deregulation welcomed - Luxton [2] . See also... Changes To Apple And Pear Export Regime [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00185.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00183.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00167.htm


Nappy Valley School Closures “Heart Rending” for Mallard

- Education Minister Trevor Mallard tonight released his blueprint for future education in Wainuiomata – the valley in which he lives and attended primary school. See... Minister’s Blueprint for Education in Wainuiomata [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00181.htm

Future Of NZ Defence Decided, Nats Pledge To Reverse Air Strike Decision

- The government yesterday announced a comprehensive plan to build a modern, efficient and high quality defence force to meet New Zealand's strategic needs and enable New Zealand to contribute usefully to international operations in which it engages. See... A Modern Defence Force For New Zealand's Needs [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00160.htm


DEFENCE SHAKEUP FULL COVERAGE:

- Defence Report Questions And Answers [1] - Significant Increases To Defence Funding [2] - PM's Statement On Rebuilding The NZ Defence Force [3] - Government Defence Statement [4] REACTION: - Nats - National committed to restoring air strike [5] - ACT - New Zealand Thumbs its Nose at Friends [6] - ACT Wants Return to ANZUS [7] - Lack Of Consultation On Defence Deplorable [8] - Christian Heritage - God Defend NZ – The Government Sees No Need [9] - NZ First - Defence Force Sell Off - A Sell Out [10] - Greens - Skyhawks Scrapping Step Towards More Independence [11] - A Major Step Towards Nationhood- Keith Locke [12] - United Future - Arrogant Government Knows Best On Defence Policy [13]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00164.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00163.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00162.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00161.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00176.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00179.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00178.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00158.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0105/S00045.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00170.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00166.htm
[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00173.htm
[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00165.htm


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