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JUST POLITICS
Don’t Rush Paid Parental Leave, Says Dunne
Paid Parental Leave Proposal Outrage From Libz
GE Commission Report Extension Granted
Young Leaders Hear From Horomia
Warning - Health Cuts Ahead
GST For Foreigners Clarification Legislation
Soldiers Didn’t Want To Be Nuclear Guinea Pigs
Maori Seats Offensive – Lets Have A Referendum
21st Century Foreign Affairs Minister – Goff Speech
YELASHGATE! Sharp Reaction To Reluctant Admission of Yelash Payout
YELASHGATE! Cabinet Manual Guided PM’s Defamation Payout - Wilson
Goff Urged To Act For East Timor Justice
Anti-Free Trade Public Meetings – Wellington And Christchurch

POLITICS FROM TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Hard News Is Here!
Kua Hainatia te Whakaaetanga Whakataunga a Ngäti Ruanui
Shandwick Cleared By PRINZ On Timberlands PR Ethics


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JUST POLITICS

Don’t Rush Paid Parental Leave, Says Dunne

– United Future leader, Hon Peter Dunne, is warning the Government against rushing its proposed parental leave scheme, saying a rushed scheme will inevitably be a botched scheme. See... Rushed Parental Leave Scheme [1] and Timeline Announced For Paid Parental Leave [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00292.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00290.htm


Paid Parental Leave Proposal Outrage From Libz

- Its official! “Paid Parental Leave takes effect from April 1 2002, and Laila Harre tells us she is already corresponding with women who want to know when they should get pregnant,” says a horrified Lindsay Mitchell, Libertarianz Spokesman. See... Harre Announces 'Get Bonking-For-A-Baby Day' [1] and The DPB - A Social Catastrophe [2] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0105/S00073.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0105/S00072.htm


GE Commission Report Extension Granted

- The Royal Commission on Genetic Modification will now present its report on July 27, not June 1 as originally planned, the Minister for the Environment, Marian Hobbs, said today. See... GM Royal Commission Granted Time Extension [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00297.htm


Young Leaders Hear From Horomia

- I'm truly honoured to be here. Apparently young people were asked to name role models they would like to hear from. On the list were people like Lucy "Xena" Lawless, Todd Blackadder of the All Blacks, Jim Hickey the Weather man, world famous explorer Sir Edmund Hilary, Steven Tindall of the Warehouse to name a few. Well you've drawn the short straw today and got me. See... National Young Leaders' Day - Horomia Speech [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00296.htm


Warning - Health Cuts Ahead

- The entire country faces longer waiting lists, cuts in services, and threats to quality and safety because of significant widespread cuts in health funding, National's Health spokesperson Roger Sowry said today. See... 21 Health Boards Brace For Significant Cuts [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00294.htm


GST For Foreigners Clarification Legislation

- The Government will legislate to clarify the pre-1999 application of GST to services contracted for outside New Zealand by non-New Zealand residents but consumed here. See... Govt Confirms GST Treatment Of Non-Residents [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00293.htm


Soldiers Didn’t Want To Be Nuclear Guinea Pigs

- Green Party Veterans Affairs spokesperson Keith Locke today rejected the British Defence Minister's claims that soldiers consented to being exposed to nuclear test fallout in the early 1950s. See... NZ Nuclear Guinea Pig Consent Rejected By Locke [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00291.htm


Maori Seats Offensive – Lets Have A Referendum

- ACT Deputy Leader Ken Shirley is drafting a private members’ bill which would put mechanisms in place for a referendum into race-based seats in both local government and central government. See... ACT Seeks Referendum On Race-Based Seats [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00289.htm


21st Century Foreign Affairs Minister – Goff Speech

- The problems we confront in the 21st century have one thing in common – we can't solve them by national action or legislation. Nor can we solve them solely through traditional patterns of government relations and diplomacy. Most of all, we cannot afford to ignore them. See... Global Issues – New Challenges, New Approaches [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00286.htm


YELASHGATE! Sharp Reaction To Reluctant Admission of Yelash Payout

- Margaret Wilson's admission that Prime Minister Helen Clark used taxpayers money to make an out-of-court settlement will anger many New Zealanders, Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley said today. See... PM caught red handed over backroom deal [1] . One of those angered is ACT’s Richard Prebble who says Attorney General Margaret Wilson’s attempt to justify the expenditure of more than $100,000 of taxpayers’ money to indemnify the Prime Minister for her reckless defamation, doesn’t stack up. See... PM a Risk to Taxpayers, Prebble says [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00274.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00273.htm


YELASHGATE! Cabinet Manual Guided PM’s Defamation Payout - Wilson

- The Attorney General, Margaret Wilson says the Crown's actions in the case of the defamation action against the Prime Minister were at all stages guided by the provisions of the Cabinet Office Manual. See... Attorney General's statement on defamation action [1] . ACT says Helen Clark should personally pay the $55,000 agreed to in an out-of-court settlement with John Yelash, and all other costs associated with the defamation cass. See... Clark Should Pay Defamation Costs Herself [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00268.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00252.htm


Goff Urged To Act For East Timor Justice

- The Indonesia Human Rights Committee has written to the Minister of Foreign Affairs to urge him to mobilise international support for an effective international tribunal to try those responsible for mass murder in East Timor. See... Foreign Minister Urged To Act [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0105/S00071.htm


Anti-Free Trade Public Meetings – Wellington And Christchurch

- ARENA (Action, Research and Education Network of Aotearoa) has organised Wellington and Christchurch public meetings on the proposed New Zealand - Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement. See... Globalisation By Stealth [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0105/S00070.htm


TOP SCOOPS

Hard News Is Here!

- GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES ... 20 years ago, when I was a cub reporter, a bunch of us were shown around the local Air Force base, in a tour which took in a couple of Skyhawks. See... HARD NEWS 11/5/01 - Tokenism and Television [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0105/S00074.htm

Kua Hainatia te Whakaaetanga Whakataunga a Ngäti Ruanui

- Whai tähuhu körero ana te rohe o Taranaki i tënei ata i te hainatanga a te Minita nöna te Mana Whakarite Take e pä ana ki Te Tiriti o Waitangi, a Margaret Wilson, me ngä mängai o Ngäti Ruanui he Whakaaetanga Whakataunga i Pariroa Marae, ki te tonga o Hawera. See…Whakaaetanga Whakataunga a Ngäti Ruanui [1] FULL COVERAGE - Margaret Wilson - Ngati Ruanui settlement signed [2] - Ngati Ruanui Settlement: Background, History, Map, Q&A [3] - C.D. Sludge on Treaty Settlements - Sludge #62: Tino-Rangitiratanga = Maori Rates [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00276.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00275.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00278.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0105/S00065.htm


Shandwick Cleared By PRINZ On Timberlands PR Ethics

- Weber Shandwick Worldwide, New Zealand, is pleased to have been vindicated for the communications work carried out on behalf of State Owned Enterprise, Timberlands West Coast Ltd. See... Weber Shandwick satisfied with vindication [1] . See also Nicky Hager’s reaction…An important ethics decision - Nicky Hager [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0105/S00065.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0105/S00067.htm


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