Tetraplegic Jailed For Medicinal Cannabis - Whanau vs Family. What’s In A Name? – Full Coverage Of Urgency - Liquor Vote – Rankin On The Knowledge Economy - Plutonium Tasman Bound - Wool Board Bites Back - Luxury Maternity Talks - Motorway Ruckus And Witness Intimidation - Telecom Vs Saturn In Kapiti and much much more….
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Tetraplegic Jailed For Medicinal Cannabis
- A tetraplegic man has been imprisoned for 21 days for growing six cannabis plants for medicinal purposes. Green Co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons has taken up the case and says the move is cruel and inhumane and is calling for his sentence to be quashed. “Danuiel says he was not taken to the toilet for four days and nights and was left in his own excrement,” she said. “When he fell out of bed it was hours before he was picked up.” See… Tetraplegic Jailed For Medicinal Cannabis  in the Headlines wire.
The House – Whanau vs Family. What’s In A Name?
- The House has just now begun to debate the Second Reading of the Penal Institutions Bill which will enable prison staff to listen in on inmates phone calls. Last night Parliament crawled through legislation under urgency as MPs focused on words, Maori and English and their place in names. See… The House - What's In A Name?  in the Headlines wire.
The House Today
- Parliament is continuing with the urgency motion and today it looks as if the House will consider further producer board reform legislation. For earlier coverage see The House: Super, Death And Fruit  in the Headlines wire.
- Jonathan Hill looks at the groundswell swing away from Telecom in favour of Saturn on the Kapiti Coast. See… Telecom Suffer At Hands Of Saturn On Kapiti Coast  in the Headlines wire.
- Last night, the Government has confirmed that it expects to hold the Sale of Liquor conscience Votes next week  and then with a novel approach, will complete the legislation after members have indicated their views in a series of issue votes. For a full exaplanation see Tony Ryall’s Sale Of Liquor Bill Report Back Speech  . The ALCP were less than impressed and in the politics wire they dsecribe the drinking age debate as "abysmal". 
Local Government Bill
- New laws about Pit Bull Terriers and liquor bans have been proposed in  a Local Government Bill given its second reading on Wednesay evening.
The Knowledge Economy
- The Rankin Thursday Column  looks at every politicians favourite ‘big hug’ at the moment - valuing scientists.
- In the Parliament wire, Labour seeks industry input on their super' tax regime  .
- The UK Government has banned the MV Greenpeace from entering UK waters as it tracks shipments of weapons-grade plutonium from England to Japan. See…Plutonium Shipping - UK Bans Greenpeace Vessel  in the General wire.
Wool Board Bites Back
- ACT stepped up its attacks on the Wool Board today, but today the Board bit back. ACT Rural Spokesman Owen Jennings today said the Wool Board does not have the mandate from wool growers it claims for the Board's leaked 'Sheep Industry Development Plan'. See… Frustration at Wool Board Plans-ACT  . ACT's Kaikoura candidate also got in on the act today saying he was amazed at the audacity of the N.Z Wool Board in its latest attempt to shore up the failing structure. See… Wool Board Acting Without Grower Mandate  in the Politics wire. However the Wool Board chairman Bruce Munro says the statements by ACT leave him flabbergasted at the "campaign of lies and innuendo". See… ACT Gets It Wrong - Again  in the Business wire.
Luxury Maternity Talks
- Key areas have been identified by the Health Funding Authority which may have been breached by National Women's Hospital in their provision of luxury maternity services. See… HFA and National Women's Hospital in Negotiations  in the Auckland wire.
Scoop Auckland: Motorway Ruckus And Witness Intimidation
- Also today in Scoop's Auckland wire a couple of stories on police antics in Auckland - see High Speed Car Chase Ends in Mud  and Three Arrested in Car Chase  - a look at witness intimidation - see Private Witness Info Must Remain Private - Hawkins  - and a blast from the past - Apollo 11 Touches Down - 30 Years Past 
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WTO Job Share Solution
- Mike Moore is to head the World Trade Organisation for the next three years under a compromise deal agreed by an informal meeting of the WTO's council. See… WTO Job Share Agreement Reached  in the Headlines wire. Mike Moore will take the first three year term in the job, starting September, followed by three years for Thailand's Dr Supachai. Labour Leader Helen Clark today welcomed the WTO developments  in the Parliament wire, however GATT Watchdog say the decision is too late to stop the fragmenting organisation from falling apart. See…One Giant Leap Towards Dismantling The WTO  in the Politics wire.
Labour On Genetic Engineering
- In a speech to the Association For Animal Health And Crop Protection, Labour's spokesperson on Agriculture Jim Sutton outlined Labour's attitudes towards biotechnology and genetic engineering. See… Sutton - Speech to Animal Health & Crop Protection  in the Parliament wire.
The Future of Thames Hospital
- Alliance Health spokesperson Phillida Bunkle is challenging political party's to say what they plan to do with Thames Hospital. See… Bunkle's challenge: Will Thames hospital stay open  ? in the Parliament wire. Meanwhile Thames based MP Jeanette Fitzsimons said she cannot even get her hands on a five year contract for services at the hospital and believes it may not even exist. See… Fitzsimons - The Thames Hospital Contract Mystery  in the Parliament wire.
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