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Today's Scoop Just Politics News Summary

Today's Scoop Just Politics News Summary

POLITICS HEADLINES:
Parliament: Don Brash Bows Out Of The House
Health: Campaign To Review Pharmac Crawls Forward -
Ashley Report: Nats Say Minister Should Resign
Environment: Independent Inquiry Into GE Sweetcorn Import
Legislation: Peters Confronted By Angry Herbalists
Scoop Audio: PM's Presser
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Parliament: Don Brash Bows Out Of The House

Today I come to the end of my Parliamentary career, just four and a half years after it began. I well remember telling my then press secretary at the Reserve Bank, Paul Jackman, that I was resigning from the Bank to seek election in the 2002 election. He told me that, while he'd never envied me my job as Governor of the Reserve Bank, he envied me the chance to be a Member of Parliament... I agree with him. It's been a great privilege. See... Brash: Notes for Valedictory Speech [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00238.htm


Health: Campaign To Review Pharmac Crawls Forward

As part of the Government's confidence and supply agreement with United Future a review of New Zealand's medicines strategy was implemented. United Future Leader and Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne took charge off this strategy and today released a discussion document 'Towards a New Zealand Medicines Strategy'. See... New Zealand Inches Towards A Review of Pharmac [1]
ALSO:

  • Researched Medicines Industry - Improved access to medicines? Yeah right! [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00195.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0612/S00053.htm


    Ashley Report: Nats Say Minister Should Resign

    It is disappointing that Damien O'Connor continues to refuse to resign despite the systemic shortfalls in Corrections that caused the death of Liam Ashley, says National's Justice & Corrections spokesman, Simon Power. "He should be taking responsibility for these disastrous systemic shortfalls." See... Minister in charge of department should go [1]
    ALSO:

  • NZ Govt - Liam Ashley's death senseless and preventable [2]
  • Scoop - Liam Ashley Report: Findings And PDF [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00234.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00222.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00140.htm


    Environment: Independent Inquiry Into GE Sweetcorn Import

    An independent inquiry into the Ministry of Agriculture's management of maize and sweet corn seed imports has been welcomed by Biosecurity Minister Jim Anderton. The inquiry has been initiated following the discovery of genetically modified sweet corn in seed consignments imported from the United States. See... GM Inquiry Welcomed - Anderton [1]
    ALSO:

  • Ministry Of Agriculture And Forestry - GM import standards to be reviewed [2]
  • Greenpeace New Zealand - Corngate (again): Call for revision of Rules [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00224.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00147.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00149.htm


    Legislation: Peters Confronted By Angry Herbalists

    There were dramatic scenes outside Parliament today as NZ First leader Winston Peters was verbally attacked and shouted down by a group of enraged people at a protest rally. Several hundred natural health product supporters met to protest the first reading of the Therapeutic Products and Medicines Bill, which would see control of the sector given to an Australian agency. See... Winston looses the plot at Natural Health Protest [1]
    ALSO:

  • NZ First - Greens Peddling Snake Oil [2]
  • Maori Party - Turia: Therapeutic Products and Medicines Bill [3]
  • Natural Products - Therapeutic Products And Medicines Bill [4]
  • Association of Chinese Medical Herbalists - Kiwis will suffer from ban on Chinese Medicine [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00162.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00239.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00240.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00157.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00152.htm


    Scoop Audio: PM's Presser

    The Prime Minister outlined her views on keeping NZ carbon neutral – none of which however included the grinch like proposals of turning off the pretty Christmas displays in various Beehive Ministers offices. Later in the press conference the report into the murder of teenager Liam Ashley while in the care of private security firm Chubb was also discussed. See... PM's Presser - Carbon Neutrality, Liam Ashley Report [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00174.htm


    MORE POLITICAL HEADLINES:

  • NZ Govt - Cullen: Economic outlook 2007 [1]
  • NZ Govt - Regulated services extension promotes competition [2]
  • NZ Govt - Major Events Management Bill introduced [3]
  • NZ Govt - KiwiSaver tax exemption extended [4]
  • National - Noodles of trouble for NZTE Focus Store [5]
  • Greens - New improved Overlander now needs public support [6]
  • United Future - Support for ban on driving using cellphones [7]
  • ACT - Coke And Frucor Decision Tough, But Responsible [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00250.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00233.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00232.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00225.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00235.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00230.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00228.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00221.htm


    POLITICAL NEWSLETTERS:

  • Communications Line: It’s the strategy, dummy [1]
  • Molesworth & Featherston (Weekend) – December 9th [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00142.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00170.htm


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