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JUST POLITICS
Spot Fines For Smokey Vehicles
Charities Tax Proposal Too Blunt An Instrument
McClay Powerless In International Custody War
Keep Children’s Commissioner Out Of Family Life
These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees
ACT Have 5-point Plan To Plug Brain Drain

TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Hard News Is Here
Rail Negotiation Continues As Deadline Passes
Auckland Rallies For GE Free NZ This Saturday
Oz PM’s Stand On Boat People Appalling – Greens
Foodbank Users Vulnerable To Power Price Rises
Writings From The Young, Right & Future Honourable
Discrimination & Offensive Behaviour Rife In DoC


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Spot Fines For Smokey Vehicles

- From tomorrow, Saturday September 1, owners of smoky vehicles face fines of up to $150. See... Smoky Vehicle Fines Begin [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00592.htm


Charities Tax Proposal Too Blunt An Instrument

- Citizens Advice Bureaux today strongly criticised as an ‘overreaction’ proposals to tighten the taxing of charities. See... Tax Proposals - "A Sledgehammer To Crack A Nut" [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00160.htm


McClay Powerless In International Custody War

- “The law prevents me from becoming involved in this current sad ‘tug of war’ involving the McLaughlin children being sent back to the United States today,” said Roger McClay, Commissioner for Children. See... "Commissioner For Children’s Hands Tied" [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00159.htm


Keep Children’s Commissioner Out Of Family Life

- “Every New Zealand family should fear government interference in home life,” warned Party Leader Graham Capill, following the enlarged powers bestowed by parliament on the Office for the Commissioner for Children. See... Powers For Commissioner For Children A Worry [1] MORE: - United Future - First Step Towards Better Recognition Of Families [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00155.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00589.htm


These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees

- There were 18 committee meetings, all in the parliamentary complex. See... Select Committee Business 24 to 31 August 2001 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00599.htm


ACT Have 5-point Plan To Plug Brain Drain

- Latest immigration figures showing a net gain of more than 1600 people in July, are being quoted as evidence that the brain drain is reversing. But it's not so, ACT leader Richard Prebble says. See... We Must Stop The Brain Drain [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00595.htm


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Hard News Is Here

- GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES ... well, it's a while since I saw a protest action this smoothly networked. The GE Free New Zealand bumper sticker is everywhere. I'm getting emails and being handed flyers in the street. You can expect this weekend's anti-GE rally to put green issues on next year's election agenda in big, bold letters. See... HARD NEWS 31/08/01 - How Green Was My Rally [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00181.htm


Rail Negotiation Continues As Deadline Passes

- “Negotiations for the government to buy Tranz Rail's Auckland rail corridors and infrastructure assets are continuing,” Finance Minister Michael Cullen, Transport Minister Mark Gosche and Tranz Rail managing director Michael Beard announced today. See... Negotiations continue on Auckland rail deal [2]


[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00597.htm


Auckland Rallies For GE Free NZ This Saturday

- Saturday's public rally in central Auckland is likely to be the first of many actions New Zealanders will be taking to demand the environment and clean-green economy are protected from genetic pollution. See... Rally In Support Of A GE-Free Environment [1] MORE: - Staunch Alliance - No GE For Us Thanks! [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00162.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00161.htm


Oz PM’s Stand On Boat People Appalling – Greens

- Green Immigration spokesperson Keith Locke has backed Helen Clark's offer to take some of the asylum seekers stranded on the ship Tampa off Christmas Island. See... Greens Support NZ Taking Refugees From Tampa [1] MORE: - Nats - Nats Warn Govt Against Undermining Australia [2] - NZ Govt must send clear message [3] - Libz - Better Way for Boat-People [4] - Welfare State Leaves Boat-People to Die [5] - PMA - Australia: refugees [6] - Nelson: Friday – Boat People Protest [7] - NZ First - PM Issues Clear Invitation to Asylum Seekers [8] - Govt - PM responds to asylum seekers' plight [9]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00591.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00598.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00553.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00145.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00143.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00148.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00163.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00583.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00554.htm

Foodbank Users Vulnerable To Power Price Rises

- Most families using foodbanks are extremely vulnerable to rising power prices and the threat of disconnection, research released today reveals. See... No Power For The Poor? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00154.htm


Writings From The Young, Right & Future Honourable

- The Government has started a trend. Every 9 months or so West Coasters are told by some try-hard Wellington bureaucrat that they are not allowed to make use of their own natural resources. These politicans are saying that it is more important to sooth collective chardonnay consciences of PC urban 'greenies' than have real jobs for West Coasters. See... The New Write [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00152.htm

Discrimination & Offensive Behaviour Rife In DoC

- The Department of Conservation today released the findings of a staff survey of the workplace environment, and also the strategy developed to address the issues raised. Some serious problems were identified, particularly by women and Maori, and also by people with disabilities. See... Initiatives Underway To Improve DoC Workplace [1] and Minister on DOC Workforce Diversity Survey [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00153.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00588.htm


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