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JUST POLITICS
Police Commissioner’s Independence Under Attack
Old/Young Health Funding Split
Low Sulphur Diesel Trials
Borrowing To Save
The Cancer Crisis Is Now
Strategy Laid Down For Diabetes Research
Lee Taking Pacific Whale Sanctuary Proposal To IWC
Maori Seats Must Go - ACT
Public Concern Over Email Privacy Disregarded
Strip Search For Smiley Face, Police Priorities Out Of Whack
Stop Cruel Dry Sow Stall Practice Now

POLITICS FROM TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Howard’s End: From Council To Corporate Tables
National Leader Jenny Shipley Speaks At 65th Annual Conference
Newly Legislated Relationships PR Campaign
Radiation Treatment Waiting List Shrinks

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JUST POLITICS

Police Commissioner’s Independence Under Attack

- Cabinet is today considering sweeping changes to the statutory independence of the Police Commissioner, National's Police spokesman Tony Ryall said. See... Police Independence In Jeopardy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00353.htm


Old/Young Health Funding Split

- Senior Citizens Minister Lianne Dalziel has today welcomed the decision to separate the funding of disability support services for older people from funding for young people. See... Funding split great news for older New Zealanders [1] and Disability funding split recognises age-related needs [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00359.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00358.htm


Low Sulphur Diesel Trials

- Associate Energy Minister Paul Swain has welcomed industry suggested trials to look at ways of lowering New Zealand's sulphur levels in diesel in the short term. See... Swain welcomes industry trials to lower sulphur [1] and Shell New Zealand Welcomes Low Sulphur Trials [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00357.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0107/S00181.htm


Borrowing To Save

- The Finance and Expenditure Select Committee's report tabled today confirms that every cent of the $6.1 billion going to the Super Fund over the next five years will have to be borrowed, ACT Finance spokesman Rodney Hide said today. See... Every Cent of Super Fund Must Be Borrowed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00356.htm


The Cancer Crisis Is Now

- “Annette King needs to take immediate action and show some leadership over the crisis in waiting times for cancer treatment,” National's Health spokesman Roger Sowry said today. See... King must act urgently on cancer crisis [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00355.htm


Strategy Laid Down For Diabetes Research

- Health Minister Annette King has welcomed the formation of a new research strategy into diabetes. See... National Diabetes Research Strategy Launched [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00351.htm


Lee Taking Pacific Whale Sanctuary Proposal To IWC

- Conservation Minister Sandra Lee today released the joint New Zealand-Australia proposal to the International Whaling Commission for a South Pacific whale sanctuary which has already been distributed to delegations attending this year's annual meeting. See... NZ-Oz South Pacific Whale Sanctuary Proposal [1] . For earlier whaling news see the


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00352.htm

Maori Seats Must Go - ACT

- ACT Leader Richard Prebble confirmed today it is ACT policy that separate Maori representation in Parliament will be abolished. See... ACT Will Abolish Separate Maori Seats [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00346.htm


Public Concern Over Email Privacy Disregarded

- Green Police spokesperson Keith Locke has criticised the report of the Law and Order Select Committee for disregarding public concern about giving police and intelligence agencies to right to intercept emails and hack into people's computers. See... Committee Disregards Concern About Email Snooping [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00349.htm


Strip Search For Smiley Face, Police Priorities Out Of Whack

- Green Party Justice Spokesperson Nandor Tanczos today said Hamilton police should apologise to two young women who were strip searched and charged with willfull damage for drawing a chalk picture on a footpath. See... Cops must apologise for outrageous strip search [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00343.htm


Stop Cruel Dry Sow Stall Practice Now

- A final plea to quit stalling and phase out the cruel dry sow stall, a metal crate used to individually house pregnant sows, is being made to New Zealand pork producers by the Royal New Zealand SPCA. See... "Quit stalling!" Says SPCA [1] and Kedgley Warns Pork Industry Board To Keep Promise - Greens [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00079.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00348.htm


TOP SCOOPS

Howard’s End: From Council To Corporate Tables

- They're Back! Economic rationalists such as former Australian PM Paul Keating who undermined the bargaining power of workers and dismantled Australia's economic defences, along with Harvard University's Dr Michael Porter of the Roger Douglas era, are scheduled to speak to 450 hand-picked attendees at an Auckland conference on August 1 entitled "Catching the Knowledge Wave." Lock up the silver! See... Howard's End: The Carpetbaggers Return [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00125.htm


National Leader Jenny Shipley Speaks At 65th Annual Conference

- Picture a New Zealand with world-class healthcare, one with a completely transformed education system in which students are passionate about learning, and enthusiastic, innovative and entrepreneurial in their pursuit of excellence. See... Shipley to National Party 65th Annual Conference [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00344.htm


Newly Legislated Relationships PR Campaign

- National MP Tony Ryall says the Government's $300,000 campaign to inform New Zealanders about the implications of the Property (Relationships) Amendment Act is completely inadequate. See... Campaign Starts Before 'Broken Hearts Day' [1] and Info campaign on Property (Relationships) Act [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00350.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00347.htm

Radiation Treatment Waiting List Shrinks

- The percentage of patients waiting four to six weeks for cancer treatment has fallen according to Ministry of Health figures released today. See... Latest Radiation Oncology Treatment Waiting Times [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0107/S00039.htm


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