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JUST POLITICS
Health Ministry To Co-ordinate Services For Problem Gamblers
‘Next Year’ Won’t Deliver, Williamson Tells Varsities
Cruise Ships To Be A Major Earner
Industry Training A Pathway To Advanced Economy – PM
Locke Accuses Police Of Pepper Spray Abuses
Kids Literacy Improved Without You, Trevor
Scoop Was In The House – Yesterday’s Q&A

POLITICS FROM TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Howard’s End: Ailing Power Industry Needs Mending
Emergency Talks On Power Crisis
Keith Rankin: Anti-globalisation Brigade Get It Wrong
Lindsay Perigo: Beyond Tribalism
Nandor Tells Of Illegal Search, Calls For Inquiry
Sow Crate Back-down Sparks SPCA Campaign


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Health Ministry To Co-ordinate Services For Problem Gamblers

- I can indicate to you today that the Government will be adopting a public health model for problem gambling. This will see the Ministry of Health play a role in the coordination of services in the near future. See... Community Gambling - Jim Anderton Speech [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00438.htm


‘Next Year’ Won’t Deliver, Williamson Tells Varsities

- National's Tertiary Education spokesperson Maurice Williamson today urged universities not to give in to blackmail from desperate Government Ministers over the fee freeze deal. See... More Money Next Year - Yeah Right [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00439.htm


Cruise Ships To Be A Major Earner

- New research confirms the rapidly growing importance of the cruise ship industry to the Auckland economy, says Minister Assisting the Prime Minister with Auckland Issues, Judith Tizard. See... Auckland Cruising To A Bright Summer [1] and Cruising To A Bright Future [2] Card Campaign Reveals Explosive Racist Undercurrent - Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said in the House last night that the National Party's campaign to stop the Bay of Plenty Bill was encouraging people with racial prejudices in New Zealand. See... National Party is playing with fire [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00446.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00440.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00444.htm


Industry Training A Pathway To Advanced Economy – PM

- The Labour-Alliance government has made industry training a very high priority. My attendance here today signals the importance which we give to it. See... PM's Speech To Industry Training Federation Conf. [1] Fixing A Hole In Super Legislation - “The Government will legislate to remove an anomaly unfairly depriving around 1,200 widows of pensions from the Government Superannuation Fund,” Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today. See... Govt To Remove Quaint Anomaly [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00442.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00441.htm


Locke Accuses Police Of Pepper Spray Abuses

- The Green Party Police Spokesperson Keith Locke today accused police of inappropriate use of pepper spray and asked for a government inquiry into the excessive use of this chemical agent. See... Inquiry into excessive use of pepper spray call [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00431.htm


Kids Literacy Improved Without You, Trevor

- It's typical of Education Minister Trevor Mallard to 'jump out in front of the parade and start waving a banner' by claiming credit for the improvement in literacy standards from 1996 to 2000, National's Education spokesperson Gerry Brownlee said today. See... Mallard steals credit [1] and Government Lifts Literacy Standards [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00429.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00422.htm


Scoop Was In The House – Yesterday’s Q&A

- The House is sitting under urgency today and their will be no questions of the day today. Yesterday's questions of the day concerned: Christchurch Hospital – Pepper Spray Deaths – Canterbury Health Cuts – ENZA Bailout – TVNZ Financial Woes – Climate Change Agreement – Southland Health Budget – Regional Development – Northland Health Budget – Electricity Line Ownership – MidCentral Health Budget – Maori TV Channel. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day –25 July [1] . Click HERE [2] to sign up to receive questions and answers by email FOR FREE!


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00153.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/cgi-bin/newsagent/new_user.cgi?form=home


TOP SCOOPS


Howard’s End: Ailing Power Industry Needs Mending

- What Energy Minister Pete Hodgson needs to say tomorrow is something like this: "We've got serious supply, distribution and marketing problems and the government has had to take a larger role than it would have liked. But we view our involvement as a temporary role. Our goal is an electricity industry that is open, competitive and market-oriented." See... Howard's End: Echoes Of California In Power Crisis [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00160.htm


Emergency Talks On Power Crisis

- Energy Minister Pete Hodgson will hold discussions with the electricity industry and consumer representatives on Friday. See... Stocktake on electricity situation [1] and Max's chickens are coming home [2] MORE: - MEUG - Electricity Crisis Undermines Credibility Of NZ [3] - Nats - Govt Pockets Cash As Consumers Suffer [4] - On Energy - NGC to Exit Electricity Retailing [5] - Scoop - Low Hydro Lakes Threaten West Coast [6] - Business NZ - Business Needs Real Answers [7] - EMA - Call For Urgent National Power Saving Campaign [8] - ACT - NIWA Gets It Wrong [9] - NIWA Shouldn't Threaten Legal Action [10]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00434.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00435.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0107/S00205.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00437.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0107/S00198.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00152.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0107/S00196.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0107/S00193.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00413.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00445.htm


Keith Rankin: Anti-globalisation Brigade Get It Wrong

- I am frustrated and bemused by the global anti-globalisation protest movement. It is very much a manifestation of the thing it purports to protest against. Further, the events that it seeks to disrupt are more manifestations of the old nationalist world order than of globalism. See... Keith Rankin: Globalisation and Anarchism [1] Click through to Genoa G8 feature page for full coverage [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00157.htm
[2] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=genoa


Lindsay Perigo: Beyond Tribalism

- There is no excuse for racism. "Racism," said Ayn Rand, "is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism. It is the notion of ascribing moral, social or political significance to a man's genetic lineage - the notion that a man's intellectual & characterological traits are produced & transmitted by his internal body chemistry.” See... Lindsay Perigo: Character, Not Colour [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00159.htm


Nandor Tells Of Illegal Search, Calls For Inquiry

- "Bit of a bush lawyer are you? OK you little arsehole, I'm using my powers under the Misuse of Drugs Act to search this bag." See... Speech on misuse of Police powers of search [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00428.htm


US Opposes Biological Weapons Controls

- Disarmament and Arms Control Minister Matt Robson today described the United States' decision to walk away from talks to strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention as troubling and a serious setback to the control and eradication of biological weapons. See... US biological weapons stand a serious setback [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00443.htm


Sow Crate Back-down Sparks SPCA Campaign

- The SPCA is promising a nationwide consumer campaign against the pork industry, following the failure of pork producers to vote for an early phase-out of sow stalls. See... SPCA Promises Nationwide Consumer Campaign [1] and Pork Industry buying a fight - Greens [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00111.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00432.htm

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