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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Not The Loans Shake-up Students Had In Mind
Stateside: Healthcare Nostalgia
Feedback: Govt On Right Track With Kyoto
Dream Project For Larval Central Bankers
Prebble’s Letter: Three Torrid Weeks In Politics
Expel Anderton & Co. From Cabinet - Brownlee
Plain English: Govt Taking Some Hits
Feedback: Pro-Prison Is Not Anti-Crime
Call To Oppose Genetically Euphemised Labelling
Crown And Nga Rauru Agree In Principle

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Five Burning Questions For The Maori TV Board
OECD Showers All Parties With Its Endorsement
Prebble Renews Attack On Govt Over Boat People
Kedgley Calls For Public Discussion On Frozen Embryos
Public Drinking Laws Workable, Says Peters
New Chair For Mental Health Commission
CTU Wants Greater Worker Protection When Firms Sold


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Not The Loans Shake-up Students Had In Mind

- “If Steve Maharey pursues a policy of restricted borrowing and establishing private learner accounts his legacy will be worse than that of the National Party,” said NZUSA Co-President, Andrew Campbell. See... Students Incensed By Loans Review [1] MORE: - Liz Gordon - Alliance Opposes Private Savings Scheme [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00059.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00113.htm


Stateside: Healthcare Nostalgia

- It was sweet to see a St John's ambulance whizzing away from Auckland airport midweek in the news items here about the San Francisco-bound flight that turned back after hitting clear-air turbulence. See... Stateside with Rosalea: Maltese Blue [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00022.htm


Feedback: Govt On Right Track With Kyoto

- Congratulations to the Government for making policy commitments, albeit small, towards ratification of the Kyoto Protocol to diminish green house emissions. See... Feedback: Kyoto Protocol [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00024.htm


Dream Project For Larval Central Bankers

- The Reserve Bank today launched a competition for senior secondary school students whereby students become, in effect, central bankers and prepare advice on the Reserve Bank's interest-rate decisions. See... Monetary Policy School Competition [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0205/S00010.htm


Prebble’s Letter: Three Torrid Weeks In Politics

- The last three weeks have been a nightmare for Labour in the House, with the PM's art forgeries, Anderton's party hopping and then Maori TV hiring a fraudster. See... Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington 6/5/2002 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00118.htm


Expel Anderton & Co. From Cabinet - Brownlee

- National is calling on the Prime Minister to explain why she is allowing Jim Anderton and his supporters to remain in her Cabinet while they flout the intent of the Electoral Integrity Act. See... PM Should Sack Alliance MPs In Cabinet [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00110.htm


Plain English: Govt Taking Some Hits

- Labour is showing a surprising lack of political management in the House and of the media as the pressure grows around Helen Clark's personal integrity. The political news is littered with people who have become victims of the Government's sloppiness and management. See... Plain English - 3rd May 2002 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00104.htm


Feedback: Pro-Prison Is Not Anti-Crime

- The catch-call 'build more prisons' is tantamount to saying, 'we expect in the future to have more people to lock up'. This is not tackling crime, this is dealing with the aftermath of failed crime policies. See... Feedback: A Taste of Shoe Leather - Again [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00023.htm


Call To Oppose Genetically Euphemised Labelling

- The Government must join with the European Union in vigorously opposing an international move to replace the use of the 'genetic engineering' in labelling with the words 'modern biotechnology', say the Greens. See... Codex Proposal Waters Down GE Labelling [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00108.htm


Crown And Nga Rauru Agree In Principle

- The Nga Rauru Iwi Authority has approved an agreement in principle, which sets out the Crown’s settlement offer for the historical claims of Nga Rauru Kiitahi, Minister in Charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Hon Margaret Wilson said today. See... Crown And Nga Rauru Agree In Principle [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00114.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Five Burning Questions For The Maori TV Board

- The Board of Maori Television must answer serious questions over the lack of transparency and due process involving millions of taxpayer dollars, says National's Broadcasting spokesperson Katherine Rich. See... More Serious Questions Raised Over Maori TV [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00116.htm


OECD Showers All Parties With Its Endorsement

- There is a little bit for everyone in the latest OECD economic survey of New Zealand. The Government has welcomed it while both ACT and National says it endorses their policies suggesting that with such things it is all about perspective. SEE: - OECD Endorses National's Policy [1] - OECD Report Endorses Act's Policies [2] - OECD Picks Solid Growth Path For NZ [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00092.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00085.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00079.htm


Prebble Renews Attack On Govt Over Boat People

- "Helen Clark, in order to win political points with the Indonesian government, has agreed that New Zealand will take queue-jumping refugees," ACT Leader Richard Prebble said. See... Refugee Politics [1] SEE ALSO: - Lianne Dalziel - UN Refugee Quota Intake [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00109.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00115.htm


Kedgley Calls For Public Discussion On Frozen Embryos

- Scientists should not be given permission to destroy left-over frozen embryos for research purposes until the public has properly debated the ethics and acceptable limits of this research and other proposed new human reproductive treatments, Green Party Health spokesperson Sue Kedgley said today. See... Debate And Laws On Embryo Use Must Come First [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00111.htm


Public Drinking Laws Workable, Says Peters

- MP for Tauranga and Leader of New Zealand First Rt Hon Winston Peters has labelled as plain wrong, suggestions that the Local Government (Prohibition of Liquor in Public Places) Amendment Act 2001, is unworkable or is in some way flawed. See... New Liquor Laws Are Effective - Peters [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00107.htm


New Chair For Mental Health Commission

- Health Minister Annette King today announced the appointment of Jan Dowland as Chairperson of the Mental Health Commission. See... New Mental Health Commission Chair Appointed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00106.htm


CTU Wants Greater Worker Protection When Firms Sold

- The Council of Trade Unions supports greater protection for workers when their employer sells the firm, or part of it, or work is contracted out. See... Workers Must Be Protected When Firms Are Sold [1] and Second Advisory Group Report Released [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00058.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00105.htm


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