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JUST POLITICS
Balance Of Payments Looks Good
Immigration Dept Vindicated, Herald Reporting Trashed
New Rules To Protect Car Buyers Form Dodgy Dealers
Stick To Your Knitting, Peters Tells Fire Commission
Publicly Owned Power Not For Sale
Fisheries Minister Signals Reduction In Catch Limits
Health Ministry Has Not Banned All Soy Sauce Imports
Project Notebook Valley Is Go!
Takeovers Panel Appointments Made

POLITICS FROM TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House: Today’s Q&A
Rankin’s Sexism Allegations Appall Shipley
Put Suharto Assets High On Wahid Talks Agenda
Tranz Scenic Sale Highlights Need To Take Back The Track
Reinvented TVNZ Keeps Profitable Broadcasting Arm
No Bonuses For Doing Your Job In Public Service
Immigration Dept Vindicated, Herald Reporting Trashed
New Rules To Protect Car Buyers Form Dodgy Dealers


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JUST POLITICS


Balance Of Payments Looks Good

- “Strong goods exports and inbound tourism are driving a steady and continuing amelioration in the balance of payments position,” Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today. See... Big Improvement In BOP - Cullen [1] . See also... BOP Defecit: Fifth Consecutive Quarterly Decrease [2] and BoP & International Investment Position - Q1 2001 [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00386.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0106/S00229.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0106/S00231.htm


Immigration Dept Vindicated, Herald Reporting Trashed

- Lianne Dalziel said the report into the attempted removal of a 21-year-old Samoan woman and her 10-year-old cousin highlighted gross inaccuracies in the New Zealand Herald article (11 June 2001) which reported on the attempted removal of Seneuefa Tilo, 21, and Cristine Tilo, aged 10. See... Minister Releases Report [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00384.htm


New Rules To Protect Car Buyers Form Dodgy Dealers

- Consumer Affairs Minister Jim Anderton and Commerce Minister Paul Swain have announced changes to the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act that will mean a better deal for consumers and the car industry. See... MVDA Changes Drive Better Deal For Consumers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00383.htm


Stick To Your Knitting, Peters Tells Fire Commission

- New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters today expressed his concern at the willingness of the New Zealand Fire Service Commission to play politics, rather than sticking to their knitting and ensuring the best fire service possible is provided and maintained for the benefit of New Zealanders. See... Fire Service Clean Out Continues - Peters [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00392.htm


Publicly Owned Power Not For Sale

- “Trustpower has been reminding New Zealanders that much of the electricity industry in this country is publicly owned,” Mr Hodgson said. “That is true, and under this Government it will remain so.” See... Public Electricity Assets Not For Sale [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00389.htm


Fisheries Minister Signals Reduction In Catch Limits

- Fisheries Minister Pete Hodgson has indicated his initial views on proposed changes to commercial fisheries catch limits this year, signalling potential reductions in catch levels for hoki, orange roughy, oreo and paua stocks, amongst others. See... New Commercial Fishing Catch Limits Proposed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00385.htm


Health Ministry Has Not Banned All Soy Sauce Imports

- ”People have the right to know the food they are eating is safe, says Acting Health Minister Tariana Turia. See... Ensuring Food Safety Is Important [1] . EARLIER: Reality Check Needed Over Soy Sauce [2] and Soy Saucery [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00382.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00363.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0106/S00051.htm


Project Notebook Valley Is Go!

- Education Minister Trevor Mallard, officially launched the 'Notebook Valley Project' at Te Papa today, and with it Hutt Valley students were rocketed into cyberspace. See... Laptop Learning For Hutt Students [1] and Launch Of Notebook Valley [2] . See also… Notebooks For Science, Maths & Technology Students [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00380.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00379.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0106/S00022.htm


Takeovers Panel Appointments Made

- Commerce Minister Paul Swain has announced four re-appointments and two new appointments to the Takeovers Panel. See... Takeovers Panel Appointments [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00391.htm


TOP SCOOPS


Scoop Is In The House: Today’s Q&A

- Today's questions of the day concerned: Steve Maharey On Christine Rankin – Jobs Outlook – NZ Post Board Stoush – NCEA – Digital Divide In Schools – Ken Douglas On Kiwi Bank – TVNZ – Ben Smart And Olivia Hope – Passenger Services Rail Sale – Witness Relocation – Auckland DHB Resignation – Pacific People’s Road Safety. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 26 June [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0106/S00136.htm


Rankin’s Sexism Allegations Appall Shipley

- The sexist and intimidatory behaviour by Cabinet Minister Steve Maharey and the head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Mark Prebble must surely be sackable offences, Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley said today. See... Appalling sexist behaviour must not be tolerated [1] . See also... Scoop Feedback: Governmental Bigotry Unleashed [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00375.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0106/S00131.htm


Put Suharto Assets High On Wahid Talks Agenda

- When Helen Clark meets Indonesia’s President Wahid this week, in Christchurch, one item should be very high on their agenda – cooperation to track down, seize and repatriate the NZ assets of the former ruling Suharto family and cronies. See... Seize The NZ Assets Of The Suhartos & Cronies [1] and Discuss Human Rights & Suharto Assets With Wahid [2] . See also... Raise West Papua with Wahid - Greens [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0106/S00102.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0106/S00094.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00352.htm


Tranz Scenic Sale Highlights Need To Take Back The Track

- “The sale of the Tranz Scenic business which includes the sale of 61 stations, Christchurch’s Waltham Passenger depot, Wellington’s Passenger Car depot and the Otahuhu Passenger Depot all signal the beginning of the fragmentation and breakup of New Zealand’s rail network” said the Rail & Maritime Transport Union’s General Secretary Wayne Butson. See... Tranz Scenic Sale - Take Back The Track Campaign [1] MORE: - Rail & Maritime Union - Union Decries Loss Of Passenger Trains [2] - Union Congratulates West Coast Rail [3] - Greens - Rail Passenger Service Cuts Risk Fragmentation [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0106/S00234.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0106/S00233.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0106/S00232.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00394.htm


Reinvented TVNZ Keeps Profitable Broadcasting Arm

- The Government’s hand was not forced in today’s decision not to split off Broadcasting Communications Ltd (BCL) from Television New Zealand, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said at the post-cabinet press conference. See... Reinvented TVNZ Will Have A Place For BCL [1] . See also... Alliance central role in Crown-Owned Company [2] and TVNZ to be charter-focused crown company [3] Full Coverage: - Greens - Greens Want TVNZ's Independence Guaranteed In Law [4] - NZ First - TVNZ Latest Policy Shows Deck Chair Mentality [5] -United Future NZ - TVNZ Decisions Will Do Nothing To Secure Future [6] - ACT - Semi-Commercial Stance on TVNZ is Farcical [7] - TVNZ - TVNZ ready to embrace new direction [8] - PSA - TVNZ Staff Welcome Direction [9]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0106/S00132.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00372.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00368.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00381.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00378.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00359.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00376.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0106/S00097.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0106/S00105.htm

No Bonuses For Doing Your Job In Public Service

- State Services Minister Trevor Mallard today announced new parameters and guidelines that will govern the use of one-off performance payments and other special payments in the State sector. See... New Parameters For One-Off Payments [1] . See also… Trevor Mallard Speech To PSA Conference [2] and PSA Welcomes Minister’s Comments [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00390.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00388.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0106/S00104.htm


Immigration Dept Vindicated, Herald Reporting Trashed

- Lianne Dalziel said the report into the attempted removal of a 21-year-old Samoan woman and her 10-year-old cousin highlighted gross inaccuracies in the New Zealand Herald article (11 June 2001) which reported on the attempted removal of Seneuefa Tilo, 21, and Cristine Tilo, aged 10. See... Minister Releases Report [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00384.htm


New Rules To Protect Car Buyers Form Dodgy Dealers

- Consumer Affairs Minister Jim Anderton and Commerce Minister Paul Swain have announced changes to the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act that will mean a better deal for consumers and the car industry. See... MVDA Changes Drive Better Deal For Consumers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00383.htm

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