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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Immigration Changes Follow Internal Review
Scoop Is In The House
ERMA Review Points To Systems Failure On GE Supervision
More National News Headlines
SCOOP COLUMNS:
Howard's End: Wrong Solution To Right Problem
Dennis Hans: Fooling All The People All The Time
Stateside: Cinquobossy
Guest Opinion: The Gagging Justice In Iraq
Hard News Is There!
John Palmer Should Quit Sulking Or Get Out Of The Kitchen
STORY OF THE WEEK: Action Against US Economic and Military Dominance
Katya Daily

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Lessons In Ngawha Removal On Maori/Crown Relationship
United Future Should Vote On Bypass – Not Sulk
See The Difference Design Makes – Project Aqua Artists Impression
FART Tax Opposition Intensifies
Government Accused Of Siding With Digital Pirates
Spraying Relief In Sight
Hemp Importation Problems Need Law Change - Nandor
New OSH Committee Appointed
Tax Changes In The Wind
E-Government Strategy Updated

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LEAD STORY:
B> Immigration Changes Follow Internal Review

- Changes to skilled immigration policy were announced by the government today, following a comprehensive review of the General Skills component of the Skilled/Business stream of the New Zealand Immigration Programme. See... New Skills category to drive immigration programme [1] ANNOUNCEMENT: - Immigration Announcement: Fact Sheets [2] - Skilled Immigration policy announcements – Speech Notes [3] - Immigration Announcement: Questions & Answers [4] REACTION: - EMA- Immigration changes big step in right direction [5] - Industry Training Federation - Immigration Changes Mean More Tradespeople For NZ [6] - Fed Farmers - Farmers take Cautious Look at Immigration Changes [7] - Greens - Law change opens path to corruption discrimination [8] - United Future - Dunne: Can Winston fix it? No! [9] - National - Ministerial blunders behind immigration changes [10] - United Future - Adams: UF backs 'smarter' immigration approach [11] - NZ First - Immigration Panic Move Fails To Address Problems [12]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00034.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00037.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00036.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00035.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0307/S00025.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0307/S00010.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0307/S00017.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00046.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00050.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00033.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00032.htm
[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00029.htm

Scoop Is In The House

– For yesterday’s questions for oral answer transcript see... Questions Of The Day Transcript - July 1st 2003 [1] . Come back this evening for today's uncorrected transcript of ministerial answers.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00045.htm


ERMA Review Points To Systems Failure On GE Supervision

- "Monitoring is presently weak: tardy reports are common and errors have gone undetected." See... ERMA not up to the job [1] . See also NZ Govt Response & Exec Summary Of The Report… ERMA's capability endorsed by review [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00051.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00056.htm


More National Headlines:

  • The Hempstore files papers against Customs Service [1]
  • NZ dirty diesel precludes cleanest diesel engines [2]
  • Sunday Star-Times Editor To Leave [3]
  • Scientists Find Oldest Fresh Water In NZ [4]
  • Aerial Operation Expected To Go Ahead Tomorrow [5]
  • Home just as stressful as work - survey [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0307/S00022.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0307/S00018.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0307/S00015.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0307/S00009.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0307/S00015.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0307/S00006.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Howard's End: Wrong Solution To Right Problem

    - The Government's new 'skilled migrant' policy will tackle skill shortages and should be a major improvement according to Business New Zealand. Is this policy nothing more than a subsidy to New Zealand business too lousy to spend a dollar training and up-skilling good honest New Zealander's. Maree Howard writes. See... Howard's End: Why Not Train NZ Tradespeople? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00014.htm


    Dennis Hans: Fooling All The People All The Time

    - The buildup to the invasion of Iraq revealed most of our national-security bureaucrats and journalists to be mice, no match for the men who marshalled all manner of questionable, false or even forged evidence to make their case. See... Dennis Hans: Of Mice and (Con) Men [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00016.htm


    Stateside: Cinquobossy

    - Last week's triple digit temperatures gave way to a balmy Sunday for the Pride Parade in San Francisco. See... Stateside With Rosalea: Cinquobossy [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00015.htm


    Guest Opinion: The Gagging Justice In Iraq

    - This is my last story from Baghdad. The so-called Coalition Provisional Authority, or CPA, acting through its head, L. Paul Bremer, issued a ''gag'' order two days ago that says: ''Speaking To The Media. To insure the effective co-ordination of the CPA's message, any plan for a member of the CPA to talk to the media should first be coordinated with the Directorate of Strategic Communication.'' See... Link: Justice's Final Transmission From Baghdad [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00011.htm


    Hard News Is There!

    - Sure, it's the break you have when you're not having a break, but I'm glad nonetheless that the government's solution to the film investment problem has, officially, steered clear of the tax system. Film and TV producers spending more than $50 million within ... Hard News 01/07/03 - In pictures [1] . For the latest postings at Public Address see... Hard News 01/07/03 - Late Nights Etc. [2]


    [1] - http://publicaddress.net/default,hardnews.sm#post516
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00009.htm


    John Palmer Should Quit Sulking Or Get Out Of The Kitchen

    - John Palmer is threatening to withdraw AirNZ from international operations if its merger with Qantas is thwarted. It is absurd for a company chairman to spend his time constantly bagging his own company. According to Palmer everything good that happens to Air New Zealand is "luck". Always failure is just over the horizon. See... Saving Air NZ: Time For Palmer To Go From Air NZ! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00018.htm


    STORY OF THE WEEK: Action Against US Economic and Military Dominance

    - The National Days of Action Against US Economic and Military Dominance now run from 3, 4 and 5 July 2003. Events are planned Auckland (4 July), Lower Hutt (4 July), Wellington (3, 4 and 5 July), Nelson (4 and 5 July), and Christchurch (current, and 4 July). See... Peace Movement: National Days of Action 3,4,5 July [1] MORE: - PNA - Peace Action Network Fourth of July media release [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0307/S00015.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0307/S00014.htm


    Katya Daily

    - My daughter, write all that I am going to reveal to you because it is very necessary for certain things to serve for your instruction because of the times that have already arrived. Without this help it would be very hard for you all to survive. See... Katya Rivas: The Angels Guide Us [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00013.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0307/S00013.htm
    Images: Stamps Show England On The Charge

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Lessons In Ngawha Removal On Maori/Crown Relationship

    - The idealism of a Crown / Maori relationship must be questioned. Tangata Whenua removed from peaceful protest at Ngawha. See... Tangata Whenua removed from Ngawhal protest [1] and Ngawha Noho Removed June 30 , 2003 [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0307/S00013.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0307/S00009.htm


    United Future Should Vote On Bypass – Not Sulk

    - United Future MPs' repeated questioning of Transport Minister Paul Swain today, about more hurdles to the Wellington by-pass, was an extraordinary display of sustained sulking by United Future, Wellington-based ACT New Zealand MP Stephen Franks said. MPs Don't Need To Sulk - They Vote [1] MORE TRANSPORT PACKAGE REACTION: - Hutt City - Transit Road Funding Ok, But... [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00040.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0307/S00016.htm


    See The Difference Design Makes – Project Aqua Artists Impression

    - Meridian Energy’s proposed Project Aqua hydro-electric scheme completes nearly 40 years of investigations into the hydro potential of the lower Waitaki, and represents a remarkable design achievement. See... Images: The Project Aqua Design Difference [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0307/S00023.htm


    FART Tax Opposition Intensifies

    - The Government cannot afford to ignore growing farmer anger about the controversial 'flatulence' tax, says National's Agriculture spokesman, David Carter. See... Government must listen to farmers [1] MORE: - NZ First - Dopey Kyoto Tax Angers Farmers [2] - Taranaki FF - Farmers Will Not Pay A Flatulence Tax [3] - Federated Farmers - Govt Ambivalent About F.A.R.T Tax Consultation [4] - Waikato FF - Govt Unwilling to Listen to Farmer Opposition [5]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00047.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00059.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0307/S00018.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0307/S00009.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0307/S00010.htm


    Government Accused Of Siding With Digital Pirates

    - ACT New Zealand Associate Commerce Spokesman Stephen Franks today accused the Government of trading property rights for votes, by planning to change copyright law to allow more copying without compensation. See... Copyright Change Shows Property Rights Hypocrisy [1] and Government To Grab Music Rights


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00041.htm


    Spraying Relief In Sight

    - Aerial spraying to eradicate the Painted Apple Moth might be over for good if new field trials, given the go-ahead today, are successful, Green Party Agriculture spokesperson Ian Ewen-Street MP said. See... Breakthrough in Painted Apple Moth campaign [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00060.htm


    Hemp Importation Problems Need Law Change - Nandor

    - Green MP Nandor Tanczos has urged the Primary Production Select Committee to progress his Misuse of Drugs (Industrial Hemp) Amendment Bill to stop New Zealand's promising hemp industry being threatened by a customs opinion that claimed "all hemp is cannabis and cannabis is a controlled drug". See... Customs opinion on hemp 'bizarre' [1] and


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00055.htm


    New OSH Committee Appointed

    - Labour Minister Margaret Wilson today announced the make-up of the new National Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Committee who will provide expert independent advice on major occupational safety and health issues direct to government. See... Health and safety appointments [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00054.htm


    Tax Changes In The Wind

    - Improving dispute resolution procedures between taxpayers and Inland Revenue is the subject of a government discussion document released today. See... Tax disputes discussion document released [1] and Private sector R&D report welcomed [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00053.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00052.htm


    E-Government Strategy Updated

    - State Services Minister Trevor Mallard today released an updated strategy for the e-government programme which sets a direction for the delivery of government services online until 2010. See... E-government programme moves forward [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00049.htm

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