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JUST POLITICS
Sentencing & Parole Bill Introduced To Parliament
Coast Mine Would Create NZ’s Largest Toxic Waste Dump
Huttons Targeted In Anti Sow-crate Campaign
Cross Party Support For Reserve Bank Changes
Smoke Alarms Don’t Hold All The Answers
Make More Power
Tanczos & Robson At “Access To Justice” Meeting
Anti-capitalists Organise Over Labour Weekend
Wainui Schools Decision Made

POLITICS FROM TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House – Today’s Q&A
Hide’s Holiday Trading Bill Raring To Go
Trustees' Anti-Pot Petition Misguided
Submissions On Cleaner Fuel Encouraged
Vernon Welcomes Britomart Funding
PM's Presser: Rankin Case Changes Everything
David Miller: Making Waves World-wide


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Sentencing & Parole Bill Introduced To Parliament

- Justice Minister Phil Goff today introduced the Sentencing and Parole Reform Bill which he says will ensure the punishment is tailored to fit the crime while victims will be given a better deal. See... Goff Introduces Sentencing & Parole Bill [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00124.htm


Coast Mine Would Create NZ’s Largest Toxic Waste Dump

- Inadequate information about mine design mean that water pollution problems from a proposed Reefton gold mine cannot be properly assessed, according to reports obtained under the Official Information Act by the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society. See... Water Pollution Problems Likely From Gold Mine [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00029.htm


Huttons Targeted In Anti Sow-crate Campaign

- Animal rights activists, and sympathisers will be demonstrating outside the Huttons processing plant in Frankton, starting at 4:30 Friday. This action comes in the light of a recent decision by the Pork Industry Board to continue the use of the sow crate, despite earlier indications and statements which promised a ban by 2012. See... Animal Rights Activists Target Huttons [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00027.htm


Cross Party Support For Reserve Bank Changes

- “The Government has cross-party support for a series of minor changes to the Reserve Bank Act arising out of the Svensson Review of the Operation of Monetary Policy,” Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today. See... Broad Support For Svensson Review Changes To RBA [1] and RBNZ Response To Monetary Policy Review [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00118.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00026.htm


Smoke Alarms Don’t Hold All The Answers

- Alliance MP Grant Gillon is welcoming a major fire-safety drive to install smoke alarms in at-risk Northland homes but warns that smoke alarms should not be relied upon to stop the Northland fire tragedies. See... More Needs To Be Done In Northland [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00126.htm


Make More Power

- New Zealand's long term outlook for security of electricity supply could be severely compromised by Minister Pete Hodgson, ACT Environment Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff says. See... California Here We Come [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00125.htm


Tanczos & Robson At “Access To Justice” Meeting

- Allcomers are invited to the Wellington People's Centre this Wednesday, August 8th, at 6pm for a public meeting on “Access To Justice” issues. See... Meeting: Tanczos And Robson On Access To Justice [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00023.htm


Anti-capitalists Organise Over Labour Weekend

- 2001: An Anarchist Odyssey will be held in Christchurch over Labour Weekend (October 20-21). This two-day national anarchist conference will feature workshops and discussions on a variety of topics, loosely based around the theme of local responses to capitalist globalisation and the worldwide "anti-globalisation" movement. See... Organising Against Capitalism in the 21st Century [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00022.htm


Wainui Schools Decision Made

- Education Minister Trevor Mallard said today his number one priority for future schooling in his home suburb of Wainuiomata was to ensure that a high quality education was available to all children. See... Final Schooling Structure For Wainuiomata [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00114.htm


POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS


Scoop Is In The House – Today’s Q&A

- Today's questions of the day concerned: Knowledge Wave And Economic Policy – Benefit Policy – Jim, His Bank, And The Securities Act x 2 – Swearing At Public Servants – Jury Reforms – Air New Zealand – Legal Proceedings – Trevor Mallard’s Views On Cannabis Decriminalisation – ICT In Schools – Risk Taking And Tax Cuts - Te Reo Maori Funding – Closing The Gaps – Mark Burton and the FEC. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 7 August [1] To subscribe to be sent questions and answers as they are published by email CLICK HERE [2] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00040.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/cgi-bin/newsagent/new_user.cgi?form=home

Howard’s End: The Young Gods

- Italian embryologist Severino Antinori, the man who enabled a 62-year-old women to have a baby in 1994, is scheduled to announce later this week at the National Academy of Sciences, that he will genetically clone humans by impregnating 200 women. See... Howard's End: Frightening Possibilities [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00038.htm


Hide’s Holiday Trading Bill Raring To Go

- After twenty months of complete inaction, Attorney-General Margaret Wilson has finally realised that she should really do something about holiday trading laws, ACT Finance Spokesman Rodney Hide said today. See... Show Us Your Legislation, Margaret [1] MORE: - Govt - Legislation to address shop trading laws [2] - Business NZ - Restrictions A Casualty Of MMP [3] - Libz - Who Runs Your Shop? [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00113.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00106.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0108/S00052.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00024.htm


Trustees' Anti-Pot Petition Misguided

- “Calls by the School Trustees Association and politicians to maintain the status quo and keep cannabis illegal overlook the complete and utter failure of prohibition,” Deborah Morris said on behalf of the Coalition for Cannabis Law Reform today. See… Failure Of Prohibition Must Be Confronted [1] MORE: - NZ First - Donnelly To Accept Petition [2] - Doped Kids Won't Catch The Wave [3] - Norml - Trustee’s Petition Proposes More Of The Same [4] - ALCP - Keeping Young People Safe [5] - United Future - Reject Cannabis Decriminalisation Now [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00020.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00104.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00136.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00030.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00021.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00101.htm


Submissions On Cleaner Fuel Encouraged

- Associate Energy Minister Paul Swain is encouraging anyone concerned with the quality and safety of motor vehicle fuel used in New Zealand to read the discussion document he is releasing today. See... Public Discussion Document on Fuel Quality Release [1] MORE: - Green - Greens welcome fuel review [2] - ARC - Broadside at Fuel Specifications Review [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00105.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00107.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0108/S00021.htm


Vernon Welcomes Britomart Funding

- Infrastructure Auckland’s decision to contribute $45 million towards the Britomart transport centre is a welcome step towards improvements to Auckland's transport problems, National's Transport spokesperson Belinda Vernon said today. See... Integrity of Infrastructure Auckland wins the day [1] MORE: - Auckland City - Auckland City to discuss funding impact [2] - Auckland Chamber of Commerce - Realism Welcomed [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00108.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0108/S00020.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0108/S00018.htm


PM's Presser: Rankin Case Changes Everything

- Ministers will be more formal in their dealings with public servants in the wake of the Christine Rankin affair, Prime Minister Helen Clark says. See... Relations Will Never Be The Same After Rankin [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00034.htm


David Miller: Making Waves World-wide

- Entitled ‘Catching the Knowledge Wave’, this meeting of minds was co-chaired by the Prime Minister herself, featured some very distinguished speakers, cost 900 dollars to walk through the door and not surprisingly it became used as a platform for every political point of view presently in existence. See… David Miller: After The Wave Has Passed [1] More on the Just Politics Feature Page [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00036.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=justpolitics


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