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JUST POLITICS
Mark Calls For Full Disclosure On LAVIII Purchase
LAV IIIS FULL COVERAGE:
Ewen-Street Pleased To See Farmers Go Organic
These Are The Super Authorities
Bad Landlords To Pay Under New Regime
Govt Retraining Migrant Doctors, What’s Shipley On About?
Govt Money On Bumper stickers While Radio NZ Staff Strike

TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Rankin: The Gene Genie And The Lamp
Cast International Spotlight On Thug Mugabe At CHOGM
Black Widow Found In California Grapes
Ecologist Says Good On Ya To Sandra Lee & Staff
Dinner At The Piecart, QEII’s Shout

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JUST POLITICS

Mark Calls For Full Disclosure On LAVIII Purchase

- New Zealand First Defence Spokesperson Ron Mark MP today questioned why the so-called new standards of accountability enforced by the current government, and Prime Minister Helen Clark, do not apply to defence issues. See... Selective Accountability Over Defence Inquiry [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00451.htm


LAV IIIS FULL COVERAGE:

- Nats - Minister Trying To Hide 'Bad Blood' In Defence [1] - ACT - ACT Seeks Urgent Debate On LAV3s [2] - Govt - Government To Fix Damning Problems [3] - Auditor General - Acquisition Of LAVs [4] - DaimlerChrysler - LAVIII Acquisition Report [5] - Greens - Defence Dinosaurs Cause Of Confusion [6] - ACT - Report Only The First Step [7] - Minister's Lack Of Leadership [8] - Nats - Army Acquisition Process A Sham [9] - NZ First - Defence Procurement Systems A Mess [10]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00461.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00453.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00430.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00103.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00104.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00442.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00440.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00434.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00433.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00437.htm


Ewen-Street Pleased To See Farmers Go Organic

- Green Party MP and organic farmer Ian Ewen-Street today welcomed a new report which shows that nearly 40 per cent of New Zealand farmers intend to be farming organically in five to 10 years time. See... New Report Shows Farmers Swinging Behind Organics [1] Auckland Man Puts Conservation Before Mining Property - The Minister of Conservation has praised Auckland businessman Rob Fenwick for deciding to forego “a fortune in high-quality aggregate” by putting the conservation values of his Waiheke land ahead of mining the property. See... Conservation Values Ahead Of Mining Land [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00457.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00454.htm


These Are The Super Authorities

- Announcing the appointments today, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said he was pleased with the board's composition. See... New GSF Authority Established [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00452.htm


Bad Landlords To Pay Under New Regime

- Long term residents of boarding houses will get greater protection as a result of proposed changes announced by Housing Minister Mark Gosche today. See... Protection For Boarding House Tenants [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00456.htm


Govt Retraining Migrant Doctors, What’s Shipley On About?

- Health Minister Annette King says she is flabbergasted by National Party leader Jenny Shipley's sudden interest in “highly-skilled overseas doctors”. See... Shipley "So, So Sincere" [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00455.htm


Govt Money On Bumper stickers While Radio NZ Staff Strike

- National MP Murray McCully is questioning the use of a promotional bumper sticker to advertise the non-commercial National Radio and Concert FM radio stations. See... Bumper Spending Revealed At Radio NZ [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00450.htm

TOP SCOOPS


Rankin: The Gene Genie And The Lamp

- Genetic manipulation is a new technology, which, like most new technologies makes a large proportion of us uncomfortable. And, as with other new technologies, we tend to see the issues in pure black and white terms. The pros unquestioningly embrace the genie. The antis demand that the genie be put back into the lamp. Unassuming scientists, most of them with a strong commitment to public values, are cast as either heroes or villains. See... Keith Rankin: Learning To Live With The Gene Genie [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00135.htm


Cast International Spotlight On Thug Mugabe At CHOGM

- Libertarianz Party leader Peter Cresswell continued to condemn Helen Clark's inability to speak out about human rights abuses in Zimbabwe - a fellow member of the Commonwealth with whose leader, Robert Mugabe, she will no doubt be rubbing shoulders at Brisbane's CHOGM conference. See... Speak Up Helen, Zimbabwe Still Can't Hear You! [1] MORE: - Phil Goff - Need to confront Mugabe at CHOGM [2] - Peter Dunne - New Zealand Should Take Stand On Mugabe Issue [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00108.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00445.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00425.htm

Black Widow Found In California Grapes

- THE Ministry of Health has today issued a warning to food retailers and consumers, after a black widow spider was found in grapes from California. See... Warning After Black Widow Spider Found [1] and Greens Call Again For Ban On Californian Grapes [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0108/S00038.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00463.htm

Ecologist Says Good On Ya To Sandra Lee & Staff

- Please accept my congratulations on your handling of the proposed expansion of rock-crushing on public land near Reefton. See... Open Letter To Minister Of Conservation [1] Click through to the JUST POLITICS feature page for earlier Reefton mine news. [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00109.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=justpolitics


Dinner At The Piecart, QEII’s Shout

- Libertarianz leader Peter Cresswell today released the unofficial programme for the Queen's visit in October, noting that Helen Clark's earlier proposed programme for the Queen gives both women undue and undeserved importance. See... Queen's Visit To New Freeland - Proposed Programme [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00107.htm


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