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JUST POLITICS
Christchurch Sites Rejected For Youth Jail
Dunne Gets The Chaudhry Message
New Fertility Services Funding
Goff Ticks Off Malaysia
Clark Destroys Samuels Says Peters
More About Gun Laws
Hobbs, Broadcasting & A Policy
Sutton On Exports
Debating Marital Property Rights
Christchurch Power Charges
Unions & Pay Increases

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
The Stigley Row: Mark Blumsky Quits
Scoop Is In The House - Questions
Chaudhry’s Challenge
ERB WARS, ROUND SIX
Petrol Prices Rise & Reaction

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JUST POLITICS

Christchurch Sites Rejected For Youth Jail

- The Government is no longer considering two Christchurch sites for the location of the proposed Youth Justice Residential Centre – South, the Minister of Social Services and Employment Steve Maharey, has announced. See... Site for Youth Justice Residential Centre [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00140.htm


Dunne Gets The Chaudhry Message

- United New Zealand leader, Hon Peter Dunne says he has received a clear message from deposed Fijian Prime Minister Chaudhry that New Zealand must do more to promote the restoration of democracy in Fiji. See... Dunne Has Private Meeting With Mahendra Chaudhry [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00139.htm


New Fertility Services Funding

- Health Minister Annette King says substantial new funding for fertility services will remove inequalities across the country. See... More money for fertility services [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00138.htm


Goff Ticks Off Malaysia

- Foreign Minister Phil Goff says he has conveyed directly to the Malaysian Government New Zealand's concerns at the conviction of former Deputy Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim and the process followed in securing that conviction. See... Concern expressed by Goff about Anwar conviction [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00137.htm


Clark Destroys Samuels Says Peters

- The Prime Minister must immediately explain why she unfairly destroyed the political career of the former Maori Affairs Minister, Dover Samuels, the New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters said today. See... Helen Clark, Please Explain Samuels Debacle [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00134.htm


More About Gun Laws

- Matt Robson’s comment that over 90% of New Zealanders want tougher gun controls is nothing short of downright hypocrisy said New Zealand First Law and Order Spokesman, Ron Mark MP. See... Robson On Guns –Downright Hypocrisy [1] . For background, see... Over 90% want tough gun controls [2] . If an Arms Amendment Bill is to improve gun laws it must have a defined focus, says Minister of Police George Hawkins. See... Arms Amendment Bill Needs Improvement [3] . Also see... New Zealand First Welcomes Common Sense On Bill [4] . Ron Mark is also not happy at the Police Minister's idea of using outside agencies to monitor guns. See... Police Minister Lacks Confidence In Department [5] , all in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00132.htm
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[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00135.htm


Hobbs, Broadcasting & A Policy

- “Getting the Broadcasting Minister to say anything publicly on broadcasting is proving extremely difficult,” National's Katherine Rich said today. See... Is Marian becoming the Harpo Marx of Cabinet? [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00130.htm


Sutton On Exports

- Thank you for the opportunity to talk to you this morning about the export initiatives of the new Government. See... Jim Sutton Speech - Wellington Regional Chamber [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00129.htm


Debating Marital Property Rights

- Opposition leader Jenny Shipley tonight reiterated National's support for Parliament debating property rights for de facto and same sex couples but said they should be in separate legislation from matrimonial couples. See... PM playing fickle politics with serious issue [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00128.htm


Christchurch Power Charges

- Christchurch electricity consumers angry about the lack of service and higher daily fixed charges imposed by TransAlta should hold the Energy Minister Peter Hodgson accountable as well, National Energy spokesperson Pansy Wong said today. See... Hodgson Fails To Act On Fixed Charges [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00124.htm


Unions & Pay Increases

- Business is fearing big, public service-led pay increases later this year may drive up inflation and interest rates. See... Banks Set To Capture Wage And Salary Increases [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00041.htm


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The Stigley Row: Mark Blumsky Quits

- Wellington mayor Mark Blumsky has resigned from his position in Local Government New Zealand in protest at the group’s treatment of its chief executive, Carol Stigley, saying the group blamed her for a mixup with Sandra Lee. See... Blumsky Quits Over Stigley Row [1] in the Headlines wire. For more background, see... Minister rejects "factually incorrect" outburst [2] . Also see...Gross interference leads to golden handshake [3] , both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00040.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00112.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00111.htm

Scoop Is In The House - Questions

– Today’s Questions concerned the subjects of: Carol Stigley – Dover Samuels – Carol Stigley – Racing Industry – Secretary of Commerce And the ERB – GM Food Labelling – TOW Fisheries Commission – Farming Profitability – ERB – Maori And The State Sector – Whakatane Hospital – Nuclear Test Veterans. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 8 August [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00038.htm


Chaudhry’s Challenge

- DEPOSED Fijian Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry yesterday met PM Helen Clark and stressed the agenda and pace of the return his elected government "has to be dictated by the international community, led by Australia and New Zealand and not by the regime in Fiji as was the case in 1987.” See... Chaudhry calls for rapid return of his government [1] in the Headlines wire for a Scoop report from the Post Cabinet Press Conference yesterday. - FIJI MEETING - Mahendra Chaudhry – Auckland Public Meeting [2] - SCOOP - Scoop Newsflash: Chaudhry’s Challenge [3] - IMAGES - Scoop Images: Mahendra Chaudhry After His Release [4] . - ROHIT KUMAR 'HAPPY' - Chaudhry Interview - Iron Man of Fiji [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00035.htm
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ERB WARS, ROUND SIX

- National will seek Parliament's support to restore people's right to negotiate a collective agreement without having to join a union, National's Industrial Relations spokesperson Max Bradford said today. See... Parliament asked to restore voluntary unionism [1] .
- GREENS - Greens move to restore Labour promise to ERB [2]
- SFWU - Union welcomes Green’s ERB Paper [3]
- ACT - Sue Bradford; The Lamb of Select Committee [4]
- NATIONAL - Teacher Exam Claim Bad Omen For ERB [5]
- FARMERS - New Act Will Create Employment Minefield [6]
- NURSERIES - Horticulturalists fear uncertainties in ERB [7]

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[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00042.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00044.htm

Petrol Prices Rise & Reaction

- Soaring refined petrol costs and the weak NZ dollar have forced BP to lift its petrol and diesel prices by three cents a litre at its company-owned service stations with immediate effect. Mobil has followed the rise to be instituted from midnight tonight. Other oil companies are likely to follow. See... Record Fuel Costs Push Petrol Prices Up [1] in the Business wire. Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton says he is unconvinced at the "innovative" excuses petroleum companies have given for the price rises. See... Petrol price increase [2] . Meanwhile, Libertarianz leader Peter Cresswell has a different view, see...Anderton, Both Parasite and Looter [3] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0008/S00040.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00127.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00043.htm


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