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JUST POLITICS
Gold Mine Decision A Test For Lee
Wilson Trumpets ERA Success
Extra Maori Seat - Less Representative Parliament
International Buddies Freezing Us Out
Northland Prison Budget Blowout Robson’s Fault
Bill To Make Parents Pay For Kids’ Crime
ACT Support Single Transport Authority For Auckland
Free Phone For Power Saving Tips
These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees
Employment Tribunal Axings Demand Justification

POLITICS FROM TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Howard’s End: If NZ Had The Luck Of The Irish
Hide Reveals New People’s Bank Figures
Hurry Call On Anderton Invesitgation
National Hand’s On Economic Policy Flip Flop Applauded And Decried
GE Free NZ Meeting Tonight – Thistle Hall 7pm


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JUST POLITICS

Gold Mine Decision A Test For Lee

- The decision on whether to allow a hard rock gold mine on conservation land near Reefton is a major test of Government's commitment to sustainable development, the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society says. See... Macraes Gold Mine Is Political Test For Government [1] and Reefton gold mine could eclipse Coromandel problem [2]




[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00050.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00049.htm


Wilson Trumpets ERA Success

- The Minister of Labour Margaret Wilson says the Employment Relations Act is working well, nine months after it came into effect. See... ERA working well [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00237.htm


Extra Maori Seat - Less Representative Parliament

- The creation of a seventh Maori seat will mean a less representative Parliament, ACT leader Richard Prebble says. See... 7th Maori Seat - Less Representative Parliament [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00232.htm


International Buddies Freezing Us Out

- British Prime Minister Tony Blair's cancellation of his two-day visit to New Zealand in October is further evidence that New Zealand is being put in the chiller by Australia, Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley said today. See... NZ in chiller over foreign policies [1] and Fear grows NZ will miss out Aus/US free trade pact [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00240.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00054.htm


Northland Prison Budget Blowout Robson’s Fault

- His proposed Northland prison at Ngawha is a disaster. Originally estimated to cost $40 million, the cost has blown out to over $100 million, and it is still growing. See... Corrections Minister Responsible For Scandal [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00233.htm


Bill To Make Parents Pay For Kids’ Crime

- National MP Tony Steel is campaigning to reduce youth offending by making parents financially responsible for the crimes of their children. See... Putting responsibility back into parenting [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00242.htm


ACT Support Single Transport Authority For Auckland

- The Auckland Transport Action Group's recommendation for a single Urban Transport Authority is a step in the right direction, ACT Transport Spokesman Penny Webster said today. See... Auckland Transport Needs Single Authority [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00239.htm


Free Phone For Power Saving Tips

- New Zealanders are being urged to call 0508 SAVE IT to get help cutting their household electricity use by 10% over coming weeks. See... Govt launches power saving publicity campaign [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00238.htm


These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees

- The Rodney District Council (PENLINK Toll Road) Empowering Bill was referred to the Local Government and Environment Committee. This is a local bill. See... Select Committee Business 3-10 August 2001 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00236.htm


Employment Tribunal Axings Demand Justification

- ACT leader Richard Prebble says his party will question Attorney-General Margaret Wilson in Parliament over her axing of nine members of the former Employment Tribunal. See... ACT Wants Answers On Tribunal Member Axings [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00234.htm

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Howard’s End: If NZ Had The Luck Of The Irish

- We're told the success of Ireland is an example for New Zealand to follow in surfing the knowledge wave into the future. But, hold on, Ireland receives millions of dollars of U.S. and EU cash subsidies. Maree Howard writes. See... Howard's End: The Luck Of The Irish [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00064.htm

Hide Reveals New People’s Bank Figures

- ACT Finance Spokesman Rodney Hide today released a Treasury document revealing the 'People's Bank' would profit from its customers even more than existing banks. See... Jim's Bank Will Profit More than Other Banks [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00244.htm


Hurry Call On Anderton Invesitgation

- ACT Finance Spokesman Rodney Hide said today he was yet to hear from the Securities Commission following his complaint two weeks ago regarding Jim Anderton's breach of the Securities Act and Securities Regulations. See... Securities Commission Slow To Respond To Complaint [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00251.htm


National Hand’s On Economic Policy Flip Flop Applauded And Decried

- Bill English's comment as reported on Radio NZ that the National Party supports regional development is in stark contrast to National's behaviour over the last 11 years says Alliance Leader Jim Anderton. See... National Flip Flop Welcomed [1] , Libertarianz are not quite so polite about the change of heart, Nats Principles Go Up In Smoke [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00248.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00052.htm


GE Free NZ Meeting Tonight – Thistle Hall 7pm

On Monday, August 13th, at 7 pm a public meeting will be held in Thistle Hall for anyone concerned about the recommendations from the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification. See... Public Meeting for a GE free New Zealand [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00048.htm


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