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JUST POLITICS
Haphazard Handouts Not What Tourism Needs
Instant Fines For Biosecurity Breaches
Timaru Shows The Way For School Choice
The Healthier, Sportier NZ Agency
Tertiary Education Comment From Nats Not Credible
Fisheries Funding Of Greenies Madness
A New Tax Suggestion For Every New Demand
Megadump Plan Stinks
Pleasing Migration Figures

POLITICS FROM TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House – Today’s Q&A
Whitianga Waterways Approval Delayed Again
Reject Westland Mine – Forest & Bird
Superannuation Strategy: Cullen Talks
Children’s Commissioner Gets Funding Boost
New Youth Suicide Prevention Co-ordinator


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JUST POLITICS

Haphazard Handouts Not What Tourism Needs

- The tourism industry deserves better than piecemeal handouts, ACT Tourism Spokesman MP Penny Webster said today. See... Handout Is Not What Is Needed [1] . See also... Funding commitment to implement Tourism Strategy [2] - On-Going Funding For Crucial Tourism Research [3] - Funding For Maori Regional Tourism [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00434.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00413.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00414.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00415.htm


Instant Fines For Biosecurity Breaches

- Instant fines for passengers bringing prohibited food and plant matter into New Zealand would be implemented from June 18, Biosecurity Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... Instant Fines To Be Implemented Early [1] and See... Jim Sutton speech To TRENZ [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00440.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00441.htm


Timaru Shows The Way For School Choice

- ACT Education spokesman Donna Awatere Huata today said that the South Island township of Timaru was an excellent blueprint for school choice. See... Timaru Provides Blueprint For School Choice [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00435.htm


The Healthier, Sportier NZ Agency

- Legislation to create a new recreation and sport agency to achieve the Government’s vision for a healthier and active nation was introduced to Parliament today. See... Bill Introduces New Sport Agency [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00442.htm


Tertiary Education Comment From Nats Not Credible

- National is showing unbelievable hypocrisy with comments on tertiary funding, says Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey. See... Hypocritical Nats Defy Belief On Student Fee Claim [1] . See also... Maharey’ Spin Has Been Hit For Six – NZ First [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00432.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00436.htm


Fisheries Funding Of Greenies Madness

- ACT Finance spokesman Rodney Hide today slammed Fisheries Minister Pete Hodgson’s proposal to fund greenie pressure groups out of the Ministry of Fisheries’ budget. See... Funding Of Greenies Fisheries Input Mad Precedent [1] . See also… Funding for participation in fisheries management [2] and Budget funding for input into fisheries management [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00431.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00423.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00420.htm


A New Tax Suggestion For Every New Demand

- If it's not one new tax, it's another for the Finance Minister to explain, National's Bill English said today. See... Taxing time for Dr Cullen [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00424.htm


Megadump Plan Stinks

- The Waikato Province of the Green Party has announced it cannot support the proposed Hampton Downs megadump at Whangamarino in its present form, citing environmental and cultural concerns. See... Waikato Greens Reject Hampton Downs Megadump [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00430.htm


Pleasing Migration Figures

- Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel said she was encouraged by the latest external migration figures which show a net inflow of 360 permanent and long-term arrivals during April. See... Pleasing Signs In External Migration Figures [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00425.htm


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Scoop Is In The House – Today’s Q&A

- Today's questions of the day concerned: Tertiary Funding – Cancelled GST Refund Cheques – Budget Suggestions – Yelashgate - Children’s Rights – New Taxes – Sport Inquiry – Reducing Reoffending – Private Training Establishments – Yelashgate – Health Funding – Open Cast Mining On West Coast. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 22 May 2001 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0105/S00130.htm

Whitianga Waterways Approval Delayed Again

- An amendment to the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act that would clear the way for the stalled Whitianga Waterways project to go ahead will go to select committee for consideration rather than be rushed through Parliament, Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton said. See... Gulf Act To Get Select Committee Treatment [1] MORE: - Libz - Waterways Victim Of Predictable Backsliding [2] - ACT - Whitianga Waterways Wallows [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0105/S00126.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0105/S00098.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00428.htm


Reject Westland Mine – Forest & Bird

- Declining GRD Macraes Ltd mining access to Victoria Forest Park would safeguard the Crown against ongoing liability for New Zealand's biggest toxic waste site, the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society says. See... Macraes Mine Would Impose Large Costs [1] and West Coast Mine Proposal Shows Need for DoC Review - ACT [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0105/S00094.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00407.htm


Superannuation Strategy: Cullen Talks

- What I intend to do today is to restate the high level policy objectives of the government with regard to superannuation, and to respond to some of the issues that have emerged in the public debate since the Super Bill was introduced. See... Michael Cullen's Speech To The Supersummit [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00433.htm

Children’s Commissioner Gets Funding Boost

- The annual budget of the Commissioner for Children's office will almost double within two years to enable him to better promote the rights of children and to monitor our compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Social Services and and Employment Minister Steve Maharey said today. See... Big Boost For Children's Rights [1] and At Last Good News For Children [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00443.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0105/S00099.htm


New Youth Suicide Prevention Co-ordinator

- Ministry of Youth Affairs Chief Executive, Anne Carter, announced today that Debbie Edwards has been appointed to the position of National Co-ordinator, Youth Suicide Prevention. See... National Co-ordinator Youth Suicide Prevention [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0105/S00095.htm

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