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JUST POLITICS
Spooks Snooping Moves To Be Opposed By Greens
Copter Common Sense Urged By Minister
Health Bill Treaty Clause Clarified
Nats Say Health Reforms Headed For Trouble
ACT Aim To Bring Justice To Family Courts
Hidden Agenda In Proposed Property Act
Overstayer Policy Needs Examination
Reference Group To Assist TEAC
Ministers Praise Dame Margaret
Cullen Talks To New Plymouth
Shipley Looks For Lost Entrepreneurial Spirit

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Scoop Is In The House - Today's Questions
Singapore Trade Agreement Signing
Govt Calls For Submissions On R&D
Irony In Goff’s Sentencing Proposal, Says Neeson
Swain Ignoring Rural Telecommunication Realities
Govt Should Buy Back Rail Corridors

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Alliance Minister Laila Harre

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Labour

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ACT

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National

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Greens

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Spooks Snooping Moves To Be Opposed By Greens

- The Greens are not supporting Associate Justice Minister Paul Swain's Notice of Motion (No 1 government motion on the order paper) that allows the police and security services the right to hack into computers and intercept emails, faxes and pager messages. See... Greens to oppose hacking by security services [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00239.htm


Copter Common Sense Urged By Minister

- Minister for Accident Insurance Michael Cullen is calling for common sense to prevail in the wake of the Northland rescue helicopter incident involving a three year old burns victim. See... Patient safety must be paramount - Cullen [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00238.htm


Health Bill Treaty Clause Clarified

- Health Minister Annette King and Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia say amendments to the Bill have helped clarify the Treaty of Waitangi provisions. See... NZ Public Health And Disability Bill Reported Back [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00235.htm


Nats Say Health Reforms Headed For Trouble

- The Government's health reforms look to be heading for trouble if the widely held concerns heard at the select committee come to pass, National Health spokesperson Wyatt Creech said today. See... Health Reforms Heading For Trouble [1] and Change Puts Elderly Services At Risk [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00236.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00237.htm


ACT Aim To Bring Justice To Family Courts

- ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks said his success in the ballot of a member’s bill which promotes open justice in Family Courts is extremely timely. See... ACT Aims to End Secret Injustice in Family Courts [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00223.htm


Hidden Agenda In Proposed Property Act

- ACT Justice spokesman Stephen Franks has challenged the Government to allow a true conscience vote on its proposed Property (Relationships) Act. See... Hidden Second Leg to Attorney General’s Strategy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00222.htm


Overstayer Policy Needs Examination

- “Only 455 of New Zealand’s estimated 22,000 overstayers have applied for work permits in the first month of the Government’s six-month transitional overstayer strategy,” said ACT Immigration Spokesman Penny Webster. See... Government's Overstayer Policy Needs Examination [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00220.htm


Reference Group To Assist TEAC

- An international reference group comprising leading post-compulsory education specialists is being appointed to assist the Tertiary Education Advisory Commission, Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey said today. See... Reference Group Appointed To Strengthen TEAC [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00228.htm


Ministers Praise Dame Margaret

- Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey and Associate Social Services and Employment Minister Tariana Turia pay tribute to Ministry of Social Policy Chief Executive Margaret Bazley whose retirement from the public service has been announced. See... Maharey pays tribute to Dame Margaret Bazley [1] and Dame Margaret - Tariana Turia [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00213.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00225.htm


Cullen Talks To New Plymouth

- Thank you for coming along this evening. I want to do two things: give a broad review of where we are at in terms of the economy and then, more specifically, say a few things about superannuation. See... Michael Cullen to New Plymouth Labour Party [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00224.htm


Shipley Looks For Lost Entrepreneurial Spirit

- The role of an opposition is not simply to oppose the government of the day. It is to make clear our views, illustrate the points of difference and provide a coherent vision of the world and a positive programme for the future. See... Rediscovering the Kiwi Entrepreneurial Spirit [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00221.htm


POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS


Scoop Is In The House

- Today’s Questions concerned the subjects of: R&D Taxation Treatment – Treaty Clauses In Health Legislation – Biosecurity Breaches – Auckland Transport - Tertiary Education Accountability – People’s Bank – Sustainable Farming Fund – SOE Spending – E-Business – Northland Emergency Helicopters – Palmerston North Unemployment – Good Health Wanganui’s HFA Contract. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 14 November [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0011/S00088.htm


Singapore Trade Agreement Signing

- The Closer Economic Partnership between New Zealand and Singapore will bring exciting new opportunities for the traders, industries and entrepreneurs of each country, Prime Minister Helen Clark said today. See... PM signs historic trade deal with Singapore + Q&A [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00233.htm


Govt Calls For Submissions On R&D

- “The proposal in the discussion paper the Government is releasing today would make all research expenditure and most development expenditure immediately eligible for tax deduction,” Revenue Minister Michael Cullen says. See... Govt calls for submissions on R&D [1] and R&D Expenditure – Discussion Paper [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00230.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00231.htm


Irony In Goff’s Sentencing Proposal, Says Neeson

- Justice Minister Phil Goff's proposal for 'degrees of sentencing' is ironic given that he has been giving hard-hitting speeches for years opposing the idea as put forward in my private members bill, National's Police spokesperson Brian Neeson said. See... Goff's Sentencing Proposals Ironic [1] , ACT Welcomes Sentencing Review [2] and Crimes (Criminal Appeals) Amendment Bill - Goff [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00227.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00226.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00234.htm

Swain Ignoring Rural Telecommunication Realities

- Federated Farmers Telecommunications spokesperson Tom Lambie said the call by the Information Minister, Hon Paul Swain, for small businesses to study up on e-commerce was ignoring the sad reality of rural telecommunications. See... E-Commerce Pointless For Rural Small Businesses [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0011/S00053.htm


Govt Should Buy Back Rail Corridors

- Auckland local body leaders met behind closed doors at Eden Park yesterday to try to create a united front in their effort to find the money to buy rail corridors and infrastructural assets from Tranz Rail for $112 million. See... Government Should Buy Back All Rail Corridors [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0011/S00035.htm


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