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JUST POLITICS
ACC Reforms Urgent
Astonishment At Commercial Link
New Approach To Welfare State
Parliamentary Forecourt Handicap
Another Misread Cervical Smear Test Case
Police Budget Crisis Nationwide
New Kiwi Sanctuary
Treat Domestic Violence The Same For All Races

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Pondering Pressing Matters – Upton On Media Gloom
Our Bank...Opening Soon...
Scoop Snaps About The House: Trevor And Annette
Govt Must Change Attitude To Building Bridges With Business, Says English
FULL COVERAGE FROM THE BUSINESS FORUM
Changes To R&D Tax Treatment
Rod Drury: Economic Woes A Trend, Not A Cycle
Moody’s Gives Vote Of Confidence

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About The House: Trevor And Annette

JUST POLITICS

ACC Reforms Urgent

- Green Party MP Sue Bradford said the latest stories of ACC recipients being forced back to work showed that a year was too long to wait before ACC's work assessments procedure is overhauled. See... ACC Reform Urgent [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00451.htm


Astonishment At Commercial Link

- National's Revenue spokesperson Annabel Young says she is “astonished” that the Inland Revenue Department is effectively endorsing a commercial body set up by private tax consultants. See... Commercial Link On IRD Website [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00455.htm


New Approach To Welfare State

- Breaking down the silo mentality within the public service is essential if the Government is to seriously tackle social exclusion, says Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey. See... Silo mentality must be broken down [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00462.htm


Parliamentary Forecourt Handicap

- Good evening. I cannot tell you how relieved I am to have made it here this evening without an undignified event along the way. See... Annette King Speech - TAB 50th Jubilee [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00461.htm


Another Misread Cervical Smear Test Case

- Alliance health spokesperson Phillida Bunkle is giving her support to another Northland woman who had four of her cervical smear slides misread and questionable care from her gynaecologist Graham Parry. See... Pattern of cervical cancer must not be ignored [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00460.htm


Police Budget Crisis Nationwide

- Reports of cutbacks in key crime-fighting initiatives and police operations in Wellington are indicative of a problem that is New Zealand-wide, National's Police spokesperson Brian Neeson said today. See... Police Budget Crisis Not Confined To Wellington [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00450.htm


New Kiwi Sanctuary

- The Minister of Conservation Hon Sandra Lee has announced that the Department's Tongariro Taupo Conservancy will be spending extra funding of nearly $1million over the next five years to establish a 16,000ha kiwi sanctuary. See... A new Kiwi sanctuary for Tongariro Taupo [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00459.htm


Treat Domestic Violence The Same For All Races

- Domestic violence and child abuse should be handled the same way for all people, regardless of their ethnic background, ACT Social Welfare spokesman Muriel Newman said. See... One Standard Needed for All Races on Child Abuse [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00447.htm


POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS


Pondering Pressing Matters – Upton On Media Gloom

- “For some months now, New Zealand has been wracked by one of its periodic bouts of national self-doubt. We have begun, once again, to question whether we’re viable as a nation. It’s not the first time we’ve been through this sort of crisis of confidence. ...” See... Is the Media Helping Drive NZers Overseas [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00465.htm


Our Bank...Opening Soon...

- Alliance Leader Jim Anderton talked Kiwi banking today. See... Towards a kiwi bank [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00464.htm


Scoop Snaps About The House: Trevor And Annette

- Ministerial consultations captured by Scoop’s Mark Graham from the house last week. See… Scoop Images: Trevor and Annette [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00131.htm

Govt Must Change Attitude To Building Bridges With Business, Says English

- The Auckland summit will have to produce real change at the core of the Government's attitude to business if it's going to get results for New Zealanders, National Finance spokesperson Bill English said tonight. See... Time for a more positive mood - from Government [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00458.htm


FULL COVERAGE FROM THE BUSINESS FORUM

- Anderton Speaks At Business Forum [1] - Helen Clark Presentation to Business Forum [2] - Michael Cullen to Business - Government Forum [3] MORE - UNITED - A Good Start... But Where To From Here? [4] - TOURISM INDUSTRY ASSN - A Good Start - But Don't Marginalise Tourism [5] - - NZLP - Business Summit Not Doomed...Yet [6] - ACT - Talk not enough - Sound policies needed [7] - NATS - Don't believe the hype [8] , Forum should look at practical steps [9] , Business forum a "cynical political exercise" [10] and Leaked papers Government wants "pawns and yes-men" [11] - GOVT - Business-Government Forum: the format [12]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00454.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00449.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00452.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00457.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0010/S00090.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0010/S00088.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00448.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00437.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00433.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00440.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00408.htm
[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00435.htm


Changes To R&D Tax Treatment

- “All research expenditure and most development expenditure will be available for an immediate tax deduction under changes now being considered by the Government,” Finance and Revenue Minister Michael Cullen announced today. See... Government To Clarify R&D Tax Treatment [1] and R&D move accentuates the positive, at last [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00453.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0010/S00089.htm


Rod Drury: Economic Woes A Trend, Not A Cycle

- Our flagging currency and sagging share market indicate that New Zealand is not an attractive place to invest. The effect is that our net worth in world terms is being eroded. Writes Rod Drury. See... Guest Opinion: Close which gap? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00129.htm


Moody’s Gives Vote Of Confidence

- Moody's reconfirmation of our Aa2 foreign currency ceiling and judgement that New Zealand's monetary and fiscal policies are both on a “sound footing” were today welcomed by Finance Minister Michael Cullen. See... Moody's votes confidence in Govt's fiscal strategy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00456.htm


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