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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS:
Brash Plans To Take Scythe To Local Govt, RMA, STV, Maori Seats...
SCOOP IS IN THE HOUSE:
Time For Brash To Come Clean On Tax Policy: Labour
Dunne Offers Olive-Branch To Brash
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Hopes Raised For Cross-Nation Consensus On Nuclear Non-Proliferation
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics):
NZ To Attend Inaugural East Asia Summit
Horomia Attacks National's Plans To Abolish Maori Seats -
Students Uncharacteristically Happy At Election Year Debt Pledge
MORE POLITICS HEADLINES:
PM Defines Election Battleground

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Brash Plans To Take Scythe To Local Govt, RMA, STV, Maori Seats...

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National Party leader Don Brash. [1] National leader Don Brash plans to reform the RMA, Trash STV, and abolish local government Maori seats. Brash says Labour has caused "a real sense of frustration" from councils all around New Zealand that the Government is dumping extra responsibilities on local government with little regard to the cost for the ratepayer. "We saw it with the new gaming laws, dog laws, new Treaty requirements, the introduction of STV, the new prostitution laws and the extensive new consultation and audit requirements of the Local Government Act. The latest is the poorly conceived Building Act," Don Brash said. See... Brash Speech: A New Direction for Local Government [2] ALSO:

  • Nats - National Attacks Councils’ Red Tape [3]
  • Labour - Maori general seats, gone by kai time? [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00586.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00586.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00585.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00558.htm


    SCOOP IS IN THE HOUSE:

  • Questions for Oral Answer Wednesday, 27 July 2005 [1]
  • Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 26 July 2005 [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00589.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00578.htm


    Time For Brash To Come Clean On Tax Policy: Labour

    Michael Cullen. [1] - Finance Minister Michael Cullen today released a record of contradictory statements by National on when they will announce their tax policy. “The only constant is that the date keeps evaporating further and further into the future. This is making the dance of the seven veils look like an unseemly dash for the shower,” Dr Cullen said. See... For the record [2] ALSO:

  • Cullen - National’s numbers don’t add up. [3]
  • United Future - Dunne: Why Wait Another Month For National? [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00590.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00590.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00549.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00545.htm


    Dunne Offers Olive-Branch To Brash

    - United Future leader Peter Dunne, in a spirit of helpful co-operation, today called on National’s leader, Dr Don Brash to “pick up the phone and give me a call, because we have the tax answers you’re looking for”. Dr Brash is reported as saying as part of National’s secret tax change proposals that “it would review the whole area of family taxation, in particular the pressures on single-income families…..” See... Dunne to Brash: Give me a call, Don [1] ALSO:

  • United - Yes to Families, Children's Commissioners merging [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00580.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00579.htm


    MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • 16,000 People Needed To Work On Election Day [1]
  • Visa Reports Big Spend-Up By Lions Supporters [2]
  • Victoria Takes Honours In Teaching Awards [3]
  • Re-Spun Govt Claims On Aged Care Funding Continue [4]
  • Methamphetamine Dealers Face The Music [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0507/S00299.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0507/S00350.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0507/S00111.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0507/S00093.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0507/S00191.htm


    Hopes Raised For Cross-Nation Consensus On Nuclear Non-Proliferation

    - United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed an "encouraging" seven-nation initiative which he said could lead to General Assembly consensus on strengthening adherence to nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament agreements. See... Annan Welcomes Seven-Nation Nuclear Initiative [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00430.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • UNICEF Seeks Access To Dying Zimbabwean Children [1]
  • Blair: UK Parties United To Defeat Terror [2]
  • UN Approves Mechanism To Protect Children In War [3]
  • ASEAN Members Must Ratify Refugee Conventions [4]
  • Amnesty Reports Nepalese Children Now Victims Of Violence [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00426.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00423.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00422.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00414.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00413.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)


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    NZ To Attend Inaugural East Asia Summit

    - Prime Minister Helen Clark announced today that New Zealand has been invited to participate in the inaugural East Asia Summit in Kuala Lumpur in December. "The EAS is an important new development in the region at a time when political and economic relationships in Asia are undergoing rapid and potentially far-reaching changes. I am delighted that New Zealand has been invited to participate in the inaugural summit at the end of the year," Helen Clark said. See... New Zealand invited to East Asia Summit [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00592.htm


    Horomia Attacks National's Plans To Abolish Maori Seats -

    National has made their vision for New Zealand clear. Under National, the future of New Zealand will be one where Maori will get few, if any, speaking parts according to Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Parekura Horomia. "National seem determined should they ever become government for a New Zealand that is 'Maori' free. Their leader, Dr Brash has made it clear that abolishing the Maori seats was policy on which National could not compromise." See… Maori seats, gone by kai time? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00558.htm


    Students Uncharacteristically Happy At Election Year Debt Pledge

    Prime Minister Helen Clark and Education Minister Trevor Mallard today announced the second of Labour’s key election pledges: no further interest will be charged for those with student loans who reside in New Zealand. Helen Clark said that this was a further important step in Labour’s policy to make tertiary education more affordable. See... Loan interest scrapped for students who stay in NZ [1] Tertiary Sector Reaction:

  • NZUSA - Labour finally strikes a blow at the student debt [2]
  • OUSA - Labour's Student Policy Cause for Celebration [3]
  • AUS - Students will see real gains with Labour policy [4]
  • MUSA - Labour Student Policy a Small but Significant Step [5]
  • Political Reaction:
  • New Zealand Labour Party - Student Support Policy [6]
  • Progressive Party - Interest waiver great - debt relief next step [7]
  • Green Party - A Labour-Green Govt key to tackling student debt [8]
  • National - Labour ‘desperate and irresponsible’ with loans [9]
  • ACT - Labour's Tertiary bribe unprecedented foolishness [10]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00553.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0507/S00096.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0507/S00100.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0507/S00099.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0507/S00097.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00554.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00557.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00560.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00559.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00556.htm


    MORE POLITICS HEADLINES:

  • Govt - Burton: Holiday Accommodation Parks Conference [1]
  • Govt - WHRS party claims to be investigated, dealt with [2]
  • Govt - Don't meddle in local government decisions: Hobbs [3]
  • Govt - Cullen Address to Public Relations Annual Awards [4]
  • ACT - United Future prove they are Labour's lapdogs [5]
  • ACT - Why would police support name suppression? [6]
  • United - Bradford Bill will see children snatched by CYFS [7]
  • United - More from the Ministry of Silly Rules....... [8]
  • United - Baldock: No Marriage Bill vote before election [9]
  • United - Yes to Families, Children's Commissioners merging [10]
  • NZ First - Labour’s Tertiary Policy A Sign Of Desperation [11]
  • Maori Party - Turia: Estimates Debate Speech [12]
  • Maori Party - Maori Party Celebrate Te Reo Rangatira Every Day [13]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00587.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00575.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00574.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00573.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00591.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00584.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00588.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00582.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00581.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00579.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00577.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00583.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00576.htm


    PM Defines Election Battleground

    - Helen Clark said that this election is about leadership, credibility, and values. "It’s about who can be trusted to run a strong economy, create jobs, lift living standards, and invest back into the basics of health, education, services for older citizens and families, infrastructure, and law and order. See... Prime Minister announces Election Date [1] and PM's Statement on the 2005 General Election [2] REACTION:

  • National - Don Brash responds to election date [3]
  • NZ First - Let The Show Begin - Peters [4]
  • Greens - Greens looking forward to hard, clean campaign [5]
  • ACT - Understanding MMP is the key for voters [6]
  • United Future - United Future welcomes election date confirmation [7]


    [1] -
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00535.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00536.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00530.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00538.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00531.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00537.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00533.htm

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