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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS:
Parliament's Top Party Finance Spokesmen Quizzed On Tax
What Is Really Behind This US/NZ Thaw In Security Relations?
Brash Tells Pensioners They Will Be $20 Better Off With Nats
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Global Action On Small Weapons Gains Support
MORE WORLD NEWS HEADLINES:

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics):
73 Year-Old Transsexual Attracts Peters' Wrath
Greens Object To Tax-Payers Money Going Into USA Wars
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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS


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Parliament's Top Party Finance Spokesmen Quizzed On Tax

Scoop Image:
National's John Key and Labour's Michael Cullen. Audio and Images: The economy - Michael Cullen, John Key, Winston Peters, Rodney Hide, Rod Donald, Gordon Copeland had 5 minutes each to answer the following questions: Will you lower the company tax rate and/or personal tax rates? If so, when? Will you set a cap on core Government spending as a percentage of GDP? If so, what would that cap be? Will you commit to reducing the regulatory burden on businesses by ensuring new and existing legislation is subject to a Regulatory Responsibility Act? Will you commit to work towards free trade agreements, and on what basis? See... Scoop Audio: Finance Spokesmen Talk About The Economy [1] ALSO:

  • Video: Five Party Leaders Quizzed On Progress [2]
  • Video: Six Finance MPs Quizzed On The Economy [3]
  • Audio:Election Briefing - Alastair Thompson IVs John Key [4]
  • Audio: Election Briefing - Kevin List IVs Dr Wayne Mapp [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00190.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00192.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00191.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00188.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00189.htm


    What Is Really Behind This US/NZ Thaw In Security Relations?

    - Security Expert and Auckland University lecturer Paul Buchanan writes that election year politics has thrown new light on US-New Zealand relations: "Outgoing US ambassador Charles Swindell reiterated his concerns that recent years have seen a decline in the relationship, officially noted in the US shift from viewing New Zealand as an ally to (rather) that of “close friend,” and felt practically in the termination of the ANZUS military alliance." What has this thawing of US/NZ relations got to do with the elections and trade? See... Military Exercise + Spurious Trade Relationship [1] ALSO:

  • Greens - Cosying up to US will increase terrorist threat [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00187.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00596.htm


    Brash Tells Pensioners They Will Be $20 Better Off With Nats

    - National Party Leader Don Brash says superannuitant households will be $20 a week better off as a result of the National Party’s tax policy. National Party Leader Don Brash says superannuitant households will be $20 a week better off as a result of the National Party’s tax policy. “Our tax cuts will benefit not just workers but retired New Zealanders as well,” he told superannuitants on the Kapiti Coast today. See... Superannuitants benefit by $20 from Nats' tax pack [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00607.htm


    MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Loan Sharks Targeting Maori - Maori Party Candidate [1]
  • Elderly Access To Residential Care Under Threat [2]
  • Specialists Call For Action To Reduce Eye Injuries [3]
  • Surging Fuel Prices Accelerate Electric Car Plans [4]
  • Chávez - Film Night: 26th August, Welly [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0508/S00291.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0508/S00098.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0508/S00099.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0508/S00407.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0508/S00157.htm


    Global Action On Small Weapons Gains Support

    - Encouraging regional and sub-regional efforts to curb gun violence can pave the way for further action at the global level, especially wider implementation of a 2001 United Nations accord aimed at combating illicit trade in small arms and light weapons. See... Annan ‘Encouraged’ By Action To Combat Small Arms [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00212.htm


    MORE WORLD NEWS HEADLINES:

  • Afghanistan: Elections Wrap Up, Security Concern [1]
  • Importance Of Biodiversity To Human Health [2]
  • Côte d’Ivoire Mission Condemns Call for Coup [3]
  • Youth Summit Pledges Action On Millennium Development [4]
  • US Playing With Oil, Playing With Trade, Playing With Fire [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00213.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00211.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00210.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00209.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00207.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)


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    73 Year-Old Transsexual Attracts Peters' Wrath

    - New Zealand First leader Rt Hon Winston Peter’s is outraged that 73 year old transsexual, Vicky Harvey, is able to secure a $30,000 state funded sex change operation when there are thousands of New Zealanders on waiting lists or with debilitating illnesses ... See... Peters Slams $30,000 State Funded Sex Change [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00625.htm


    Greens Object To Tax-Payers Money Going Into USA Wars

    - New checking mechanisms are needed to prevent New Zealand companies from exporting technology that ends up being used by military forces in unjust wars, Green Defence and Disarmament Spokesperson Keith Locke says. He was commenting after reports today that New Zealand company Rakon, indirectly assisted by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, is adapting its GPS crystals for use on American 'smart bomb' missiles. See... Stop taxpayer-subsidised tech. being used in bombs [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00620.htm


    MORE POLITICS HEADLINES:

  • Labour - Labour Tourism Policy [1]
  • Labour - Tory calculator misleads again [2]
  • Nats - Labour breaks promise on health deficits [3]
  • Nats - Mallard caves in on wananga [4]
  • Nats - Superannuitants benefit from tax package [5]
  • Nats - How many roads will go Rod? [6]
  • Greens - National promising Aucklanders more gridlock [7]
  • Greens - Pamphlet reveals true agenda of pro-beating lobby [8]
  • United - Alexander: Residential care fears are real [9]
  • ACT - DHB deficits will blow out to $80 million [10]
  • Progressives - Progressive package to address skills shortages [11]
  • For more, see…
  • Scoop's Parliament Wire…

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00615.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00612.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00616.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00610.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00604.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00626.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00623.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00622.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00621.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00619.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00618.htm

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