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JUST POLITICS
Secret Kiwi Bank Papers Released
More Justice Sector Strikes Coming?
Maharey Accused Of DPB Myth Making
Govt Announces Moratorium On New Casino Licenses
Government To Consult On Decision To Support WTO Trade Round
School Starting Age Plan A Con – Peter Dunne & ACT
A Week Defining The Political Divide
Technology Venture Fund Appointments
Te Reo Community Funding Release
The State Of Jim’s Nation
Knowledge Wave: Business NZ’s Perfect Wave Is About Growth

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Royal Commission On Genetic Modification Report Released
10% Power Reduction Achievable With Intelligent Conservation
Auckland’s Britomart Gets $20 Million Transfund Grant

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JUST POLITICS


Secret Kiwi Bank Papers Released

- Secret Government papers leaked to ACT Finance spokesman Rodney Hide reveal for the first time the People's Bank's hugely negative impact on New Zealand Post's profits and postal services. See... People's Bank Knocks Post: CCMAU [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00495.htm


More Justice Sector Strikes Coming?

- “An evaluation of salaries in the Departments of Courts shows they are grossly underpaid compared to median rates in the rest of the public sector,” said PSA National Secretary Richard Wagstaff. See... Courts - The Next Probation? [1] , and the Department for Court’s response…More work needed over courts remuneration review [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0107/S00235.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00126.htm


Maharey Accused Of DPB Myth Making

- In recent weeks, the Minister has been attempting to use statistics to debunk “myths” surrounding the DPB. He knows that there is growing unease amongst voters across the political spectrum about the social and economic problem that the DPB has become, say anti DPB campaigners. See... Is Maharey Debunking Myths Or Making Them? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00125.htm


Govt Announces Moratorium On New Casino Licenses

- The Minister of Internal Affairs, George Hawkins, has announced today that the Government will not license any more casinos in New Zealand. Mr Hawkins was speaking at the Problem Gambling Foundation conference in Auckland. See... Gaming Decisions Announced [1] and Problem Gambling Foundation Conference Speech [2] MORE: - Greens - Greens disappointed at no moratorium on pokies [3] - Green Party Position Statement on Gaming Reform [4] - ACT - Casino Ban: More PC Meddling From The Government [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00482.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00483.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00486.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00484.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00490.htm


Government To Consult On Decision To Support WTO Trade Round

- New Zealand will back the launch of a World Trade Organisation round later this year, and the Government is committed to widespread consultations on New Zealand's position, Acting Trade Negotiations Minister Phil Goff said today. See... Government To Consult On WTO Position [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00502.htm


School Starting Age Plan A Con – Peter Dunne & ACT

- United Future leader, Hon Peter Dunne, says Labour's plan for compulsory pre-school education for 4 year olds is a massive con job. See... Compulsory Pre-School Plan Orwellian Con Job [1] and ACT, Mallard Lacks Credibility On Compulsory Preschool [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00501.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00494.htm


A Week Defining The Political Divide

- Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley is predicting that two major events this week will highlight defining differences between the two major political parties, and lay the groundwork for next year's election. See... A Defining Week For New Zealand [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00500.htm


Technology Venture Fund Appointments

- The Government has appointed a six-member advisory board for the new $100 million New Zealand Venture Investment Fund. See... Venture Investment Fund Board Appointments [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00498.htm


Te Reo Community Funding Release

- Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia believes there will be tremendous support and interest in the new $15 million Community fund for Maori language projects, which he launched today as part of Maori language week. See... Community Fund For Maori Language Development [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00489.htm


The State Of Jim’s Nation

- “What I want to do tonight is outline what the government has done and where we need to go to achieve the Alliance goal of making New Zealand the best small country in the world.” See... State Of The Nation - Jim Anderton Speech [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00487.htm


Knowledge Wave: Business NZ’s Perfect Wave Is About Growth

- "Catching the knowledge wave is not an option for New Zealand. It is a critical ingredient for significant growth to regain 'First World' living standards," Mr Carlaw said. See... Catching The Right Wave [1] and Govt Needs To Change To Catch Wave - Nats [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0107/S00229.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00496.htm


POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS


Royal Commission On Genetic Modification Report Released

- The Royal Commission on Genetic Modification has backed the limited use of genetic engineering technology in its report released by the government at a press conference in the Beehive this afternoon. See... NEWSFLASH: Royal Commission Report Released [1] EARLIER: - GE Free NZ - People Gather For A Ge-Free Nation [2] - Green Party - IMAGES: GE Free NZ Rally At Parliament [3] - Scoop - IMAGES: Dame Sylvia Receives Royal Commission Report On GM [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00178.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00120.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00479.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00172.htm

10% Power Reduction Achievable With Intelligent Conservation

- Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons today said she was pleased Energy Minister Pete Hodgson had agreed with the Greens that energy conservation is the key to avoiding the looming electricity crisis. See... Greens Welcome Energy Campaign [1] MORE: - NZ Govt - Parliament Turns On Its Electricity Generators [2] - Hutt City Council - Hutt City Powers Down [3] - ACT - Price Rationing Could Help Power Crisis [4] - NZ First - Power: Call For House To Resume Under Urgency [5] - Nats - Govt Must Rectify Cuts To Energy Efficiency Budget [6] - Government Must Practise What It Preaches [7] - Government still dithering on electricity [8] Click through to the Just Politics page for full power crisis coverage [9]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00492.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00503.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0107/S00073.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00491.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00488.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00499.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00497.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00481.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=justpolitics


Auckland’s Britomart Gets $20 Million Transfund Grant

- Transfund's decision to contribute $20 million to the Waitemata Waterfront Interchange is good news for Auckland but raises questions about access to future funding for operating costs, National's Transport spokesperson Belinda Vernon said today. See... Funding good news but road blocks ahead [1] FULL COVERAGE: - Mayor’s Chris Fletcher And Phil Warren - Transfund decision acknowledges Britomart project [2] - David Thornton - Govt. Bullying Tactics On Britomart Out Of Order [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00504.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0107/S00072.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0107/S00071.htm


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