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JUST POLITICS
Electricity Market Says It Is Working Okay
Prison Visitor Strips Foolish
Old Girls School Put To Good Use
Lee Remembers Veteran Unionist
More Time For Charities Tax Submissions
Health Ministry Implementing Gisborne Recommendations
Ministers & Post Board Members Meet
Pull Out Of Hong Kong FTA For Clothing Workers

TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Eco Economy: Dr Grimes Meets The Lunatic Fringe
Super Prefunding An Economic Straitjacket – English
Cullen, Back Home, Talks About Investing Here
Fantasy Vs Facts On The LAV3 Purchase


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JUST POLITICS

Electricity Market Says It Is Working Okay

- Energy Minister Pete Hodgson says today's electrcity market watchdog report offers a welcome reassurance that current high wholesale electricity prices are not the result of market manipulation or abuse of market power. See... Welcome reassurance on electricity market [1] EARLIER: - M-Co - Executive Summary of the MSC Decision [2] - NGC (For On Energy a.k.a.Transalta) - NGC Responds to MSC Report [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00280.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0107/S00136.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0107/S00135.htm


Prison Visitor Strips Foolish

- Green Party Justice spokesperson Nandor Tanczos said today that strip-searching prison visitors would be stupid and irresponsible. See... Searches Would Treat Visitors Like Criminals [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00293.htm


Old Girls School Put To Good Use

- The former Christchurch Girls High School building in Cranmer Square has been sold to the Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust in a three-way deal between Land Information New Zealand, the Ngai Tahu Property Group and the Trust. See... Arts Centre To Purchase Old Girls High [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00288.htm


Lee Remembers Veteran Unionist

- Alliance deputy leader Sandra Lee has paid tribute to veteran trade union leader Frank Barnard whose funeral will be held in Auckland tomorrow. See... Lee Pays Tribute To Frank Barnard [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00285.htm


More Time For Charities Tax Submissions

- Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley has welcomed news that community organisations will be given more time to have a say about the Government's sneaky attempt to stage a tax grab. See... Charities Win Round One In Fight Against Tax Grab [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00284.htm


Health Ministry Implementing Gisborne Recommendations

- Health Minister Annette King says work is in progress on 36 of the 46 recommendations of the Gisborne Cervical Screening Inquiry Report, and another nine recommendations have been completed. See... Progress In Implementing Gisborne Recommendations [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00283.htm


Ministers & Post Board Members Meet

- The Finance Minister and I had a useful and constructive meeting with members of the Board of New Zealand Post, the Minister for State Owned Enterprises Mark Burton said. See... Ministers meet NZ Post Board members [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00282.htm


Pull Out Of Hong Kong FTA For Clothing Workers

- The Green Party is calling on the Labour-led Government to show some compassion for New Zealand's 18,000 clothing workers by pulling out of free trade negotiations with Hong Kong which are underway this week. See... "Have a heart!" [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00277.htm


TOP SCOOPS


Eco Economy: Dr Grimes Meets The Lunatic Fringe

- "I'm afraid I won't be available for this. The only people still even wondering about this topic, in my experience, are so far into the lunatic fringe that it is not worth the bother." See... Eco-Economy: Bank Money Isn’t Legal Tender [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00100.htm


Super Prefunding An Economic Straitjacket – English

- National announced today that it is rejecting the Government's proposed superannuation fund. See... The Seven Deadly Sins Of Dr Cullen's Scheme [1] and National Rejects Superfund [2] MORE: - ACT - Incentives Needed For Private Pension Saving [3] - Greens - National No means super fund should not pass Go [4] - Michael Cullen - Predictable, cynical and confused [5] - Jim Anderton - National Can't Duck Hard Super Questions [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00276.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00275.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00290.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00279.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00255.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00264.htm


Cullen, Back Home, Talks About Investing Here

- It is a pleasure to be back with you here today. You have asked me to talk about investing in New Zealand and I must say the timing could not have been better. See... Michael Cullen Speech - Investing in New Zealand [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00292.htm

Fantasy Vs Facts On The LAV3 Purchase

- The Defence Minister has damaged his credibility by admitting on radio that he hadn't seen the Auditor General's draft report on the LAVs (light armoured vehicles), ACT leader Richard Prebble says. See... More Revelations To Come On LAVs, Prebble Says [1] EARLIER: - Richard Prebble - More Serious Revelations To Come On Lavs [2] - Minister's Bluster Confirms Key Facts [3] - Mark Burton - Richard's Rant A Fantasy Story [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00291.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00267.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00278.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00274.htm


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