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JUST POLITICS
Ryall Calls For Prime Minister To Apologise After Waitara Findings
Our Prisons Getting Better
MPs Say Buy Kiwi
Internet Talkfest Details Unveiled
Police Insensitivity To Rape Victims Highlighted
Cost Not The Only ACC Issue - Cullen
Government Undermining Shared Parenting With Paper
New Special Needs Resource Launched
SFO Must Explain Gross Misleading Of MPs - Peters
Name Calling In Petrol Price Debate
Peter Williams Mounting “Vindictive And Nasty” Campaign - PM

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House – ERB Has Passed
Everyone Wants To Debate Singapore Trade Agreement
Mike Moore On A Brighter Future
Kiwi’s Don’t Want Frankenfood – Greeenpeace
Coast Trust Discussion Document Flawed And Deficient
ERB WARS ROUND ELEVEN: Bill Reaches Final Hurdle

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Ryall Calls For Prime Minister To Apologise After Waitara Findings

- The Prime Minister must immediately apologise to the Police Officer involved in the Waitara shooting, his family and the entire New Zealand police force for accusations of racism over the Waitara shooting, National's Justice spokesman Tony Ryall said. See... Police Shooting: PM has a lot to answer for [1] in the Parliament wire. See also... Waitara Homicide Inquiry [2] for Police Minister George Hawkins’ response to the findings, also in the Parliament wire. MORE REACTION: - NZ FIRST - Premature Waitara Comments Show Lack Of Judgement [3] - GREEN - Greens criticise police report on Waitara shooting [4] - - ACT - ACT: PM Should Apologise to Police -Shirley [5]


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Our Prisons Getting Better

- New Zealand's old nineteenth century prisons are headed for closure and will be replaced with secure, modern facilities better suited to safety and reducing re-offending, Minister of Corrections Matt Robson announced today. See... Out With The Old, In With The New [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00309.htm


MPs Say Buy Kiwi

- The Green Party is hailing the multi-party Finance Select committee's unanimous endorsement for a 'Buy NZ Made' campaign as a significant step towards rebuilding the domestic economy in the face of globalisation. See... Parliament's Finance Committee backs 'Buy NZ Made' [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00308.htm


Internet Talkfest Details Unveiled

- The Minister for Information Technology Paul Swain has unveiled the programme outline for the government's e-commerce summit in November. See... E-commerce summit attracts huge interest [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00294.htm


Police Insensitivity To Rape Victims Highlighted

- Rape Crisis said today that perpetrators of sexual assaults should be blamed rather than young women, and that comments made by a Palmerston North CIB detective could deter women from reporting to police. See... Blame The Offender Not Young Women - Rape Crisis [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00108.htm


Cost Not The Only ACC Issue - Cullen

- The question of whether employers paid cheaper accident insurance premiums under private insurers or ACC is back on the boil, but according to Accident Insurance Minister Dr Michael Cullen, the debate is unbalanced because it is solely focused on costs. See... The ACC debate – what's missing here? [1] in the Parliament wire. See also... Meddling Will Cost Churches Dearly [2] and ACC Bungling Confirms Worst Fears [3] for statements from ACT. See... ACC premium rethink needed [4] , for National's statement and ACC – cheaper and safer than private insurers [5] for more from the Government, also in the Parliament wire.


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Government Undermining Shared Parenting With Paper

- “A snow job to undermine shared parenting” is how ACT Social Welfare Spokesman, Dr Muriel Newman describes the discussion paper on the review of the guardianship laws, released today by the Government. See... “Snow job to Undermine Shared Parenting” [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00303.htm


New Special Needs Resource Launched

- The Associate Minister of Education, Lianne Dalziel, today launched a new early childhood resource that will assist all early childhood centres in New Zealand to be accessible to children with special education needs. See... Minister launches new early childhood resource [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00302.htm


SFO Must Explain Gross Misleading Of MPs - Peters

- The SFO Director Grossly Misled MPs Over Winebox Non-Prosecution - Called On To Explain - Independent Letters Refute SFO Statement And Select Committee Evidence See... SFO Director Grossly Misled MPs Over Winebox [1] in the Parliament wire. See also... The SFO and the Attorney-General - Notes for media [2] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00274.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00289.htm


Name Calling In Petrol Price Debate

- Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton is puzzled by why the Emir of Ashburton, Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley, took the side of oil companies in defending petrol price rises, while National's Industry and Regional Development spokesperson John Luxton said Mr Anderton should re-name himself the “Do-Nothing Minister of Petrol Prices”. See... Emir Of Ashburton Gets The Wrong End Of The Slick [1] and Jim "no-action" Anderton Minister of Petrol Prices [2] , both in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00280.htm
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Peter Williams Mounting “Vindictive And Nasty” Campaign - PM

- PRIME MINISTER Helen Clark retaliated against Dover Samuels' lawyer Peter Williams QC, accusing him of mounting a “vindictive and nasty” campaign against her and warning defamation proceedings were being considered. Scoop’s Mathew Loh reports. See... Helen Clark Turns On Peter Williams QC [1] in the Headlines wire. See also...PM statement on scurrilous allegations [2] , Scoop Images: Clark, Carter and Goff Presser [3] and Clark Sees The Humour In Marathon Session [4] . REACTION: - NATIONAL - This was dirt-digging, all-right [5] and Clark owns up to Dover dirt-digging [6] .


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POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS

Scoop Is In The House – ERB Has Passed

- The Employment Relations Bill has now passed its final Parliamentary hurdle and Parliament’s normal business has resumed. Today’s Questions concerned the subjects of: Tax And Crime – Doctors Strike – Whooping Cough – Singapore Free Trade And TOW – QC Appointment – Rodney Council – Singapore Free Trade – Parliamentary Sovereignty and the Treaty – Dover Samuels – Electricity Efficiency and Climate Change – Aquaculture – Jobs Machine. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 16 August [1] in the Headlines wire. For yesterday's questions and answers see ... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 15 August [2] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00090.htm
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Everyone Wants To Debate Singapore Trade Agreement

- It would be disappointing if the Singapore Closer Economic Partnership agreement was not debated in Parliament, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... Singapore Closer Economic Partnership Agreement [1] . See also … Richard Prebble Letter To PM on Trade Agreement [2] , both in the Politics wire. See also... Greens Support Anderton's call on Singapore [3] and ACT Demands A Real Debate [4] .


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Mike Moore On A Brighter Future

- I come to praise the future. There has never been a time in the history of our species when we have had such an opportunity to build better living standards and a safer and more secure world for all. WTO Director General Mike Moore talks to Christchurch Business. See... In Praise Of The Future - Mike Moore Speech [1] in the Politics wire. See alsoAnti-Science Attitude `Very Dangerous' Warns Moore [2] for a report from Lincoln University of a speech yesterday.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00107.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00100.htm


Kiwi’s Don’t Want Frankenfood – Greeenpeace

- Greenpeace sent a clear message to Carol Mosley-Braun, the American Ambassador to New Zealand and FDA (Food and Drug Administration) officials, that Kiwis do not want to eat genetically engineered food. Dr William Rolleston, chairman of the New Zealand Life Sciences Network, countered by saying Greenpeace’s claim to represent all New Zealanders is preposterous. See … Uncle Franken-Sam Wants YOU To Eat His GE Food [1] and Greenpeace continues to posture [2] , both in the Politics wire. See also… Scoop Images: Uncle Sam Wants You To Turn Green! [3] in the Headlines wire.


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Coast Trust Discussion Document Flawed And Deficient

- A discussion document issued yesterday to all West Coast household's seeking views on the entity to manage government's $92 million economic package has come under fire as being flawed and deficient. See... Discussion Document On Economic Package Flawed [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00081.htm


ERB WARS ROUND ELEVEN: Bill Reaches Final Hurdle

- Shortly before 1pm today Parliament passed the Third and final reading of the ERB. - NZ FIRST - ERB Creates Potential For Mischief And Corruption [1] - ALLIANCE - Dunne Is A Time Waster Too [2] - NATIONAL - New Zealanders paying price of ERB [3] - MARGARET WILSON - ERB - Margaret Wilson 3rd Reading Speech [4] - PREBBLES REBELS - ERA Means Unemployment For Youth [5] ...FOR ERB NEWS - SEE SPECIAL ERB WARS SPECIAL [6]

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