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Today's Scoop Just Politics News Summary

Today's Scoop Just Politics News Summary

POLITICS HEADLINES:
Parliament: Nelson MP Reclaims 'Worst Behaved' Title
Balance Of Payments: Current Account Deficit Not As Huge This Quarter
Medical: Is The Party Coming To An End For Herbal Highs?
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Parliament: Nelson MP Reclaims 'Worst Behaved' Title

Ohariu-Belmont MP, Peter Dunne, today released his annual list of Parliament's worst-behaved MPs for the current year. "The winner by a country mile this year is National's Nelson MP, Dr Nick Smith, who is consistently among the worst-behaved MP's," he said. The ranking system is based on 1 point for being asked by the Speaker to withdraw and apologise and 3 points for being thrown out of the House. (Scoop Image, Mark Graham) See... Parliament's worst behaved MPs for 2006 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00411.htm


Balance Of Payments: Current Account Deficit Not As Huge This Quarter

The seasonally adjusted current account deficit was $3,114 million in the September 2006 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. This deficit was $418 million lower than the June 2006 quarter deficit, which was mainly due to an improvement in the investment income deficit. See... Current Account Deficit Improves [1]
ALSO:

  • NZ Govt - Current account deficit underscores imbalances [2]
  • Ministry of Toursism - International visitor spend up 7.2% to $6.7 bil [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00383.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00415.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00385.htm


    Medical: Is The Party Coming To An End For Herbal Highs?

    The Expert Advisory Committee on Drugs (EACD) has recommended the Government make benzylpiperazine (BZP), phenylpiperazines and related piperazines, common ingredients in 'party pills', illegal because of the risk of harm. See... Anderton releases advice on BZP to warn consumers [1]
    ALSO:

  • Social Tonics Association - Report into party pills misses the point [2]
  • Drug Foundation - Foundation supports Minister’s drug policy process [3]
  • Auckland University - Party pills: few serious short term outcomes found [4]
  • National - Anderton cops out on party pills [5]
  • United Future - Turner - Ban or regulate party pills [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00406.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00252.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0612/S00096.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0612/S00098.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00423.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00426.htm


    MORE POLITICAL HEADLINES:

  • NZ Govt - NZ contributes to African relief efforts [1]
  • NZ Govt - New Zealand continues support for Nuclear Security [2]
  • NZ Govt - $6 million to help children into early education [3]
  • NZ Govt - Key – Treasury poodle? [4]
  • NZ Govt - Buy Kiwi Made funding applications open today [5]
  • United Future - Cabinet paper on student loan bill released [6]
  • United Future - United Future releases climate change policies [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00417.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00413.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00420.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00410.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00409.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00428.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00407.htm


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