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Scoop Is In The House – Today’s Q&A
Indonesian Parliament Appoints New President
Bonn Climate Compromise Welcomed In NZ
‘Maori Made’ Trademark Bid Culturally & Commercially Sinister
Lee Calls For Transparency As Japan Buys IWC Votes
Pressure On Pork Industry To Ban Sow Crates
David Miller On G8: Hooliganism Reigns
G8: Kiwis Rounded Up & Beaten
Outside Help Costing Govt Big Bucks
Feedback: NZ’s $6.6m LAVs Cost Americans $4.5m

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Scoop Is In The House – Today’s Q&A

- Today's questions of the day concerned: Super – Charity Tax Status – Ngawha Prison Bribery Allegations – DHB Deficits And Service Cuts – Time Limits On Benefits – Statutory Management For ENZA – Telephone Line Charges – Select Committee Evasion – ERO Review Changes – Aged Care Funding – Cleaner Diesel Trials – Fire Service Union Intimidation. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day –24 July [1] . Click HERE [2] to sign up to receive questions and answers by email FOR FREE!


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00145.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/cgi-bin/newsagent/new_user.cgi?form=home


Indonesian Parliament Appoints New President

- Prime Minister Helen Clark tonight congratulated Megawati Sukarnoputri on her appointment as Indonesia’s President and urged all parties in Indonesia to continue pursuing peaceful and constitutional solutions to Indonesia’s current problems. See... PM congratulates President Megawati [1] and Defer Non-essential Travel To Jakarta - PM [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00368.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00138.htm


Bonn Climate Compromise Welcomed In NZ

- Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons today welcomed the compromise deal on greenhouse gas emissions struck at Bonn yesterday. See... Kyoto Protocol Weak But Alive [1] MORE: - Federated Farmers - Govt Cavalier With NZ's Future [2] - NZWEA - Great News For Renewable Energy [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00373.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00095.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00091.htm


‘Maori Made’ Trademark Bid Culturally & Commercially Sinister

- ACT Commerce Spokesman Stephen Franks says the Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce should answer the unusually frank condemnation from one of the leading intellectual property law firms about Creative New Zealand's attempt to corner all rights to the term Maori Made. See... Govt Should Answer Questions Over 'Maori Made' Bid [1] and Creative New Zealand - Money Down The Drain [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00370.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0107/S00075.htm


Lee Calls For Transparency As Japan Buys IWC Votes

- My Prime Minister and Government view the proposition of vote-buying as outrageous and have publicly said so. Taking advantage of the poverty or vulnerability of developing countries and small island states to buy their votes can only be regarded as a serious misuse of power and influence by a wealthy nation. See... Lee Asks IWC To Maintain Transparency [1] and IWC Asked To Support South Pacific Sanctuary [2] MORE: - Libertarianz - A Whalemeat Entree On Every Table [3] - Govt of Japan - Minoru Morimoto To IWC [4] - World Council Of Whalers - Whale Watching Economically Risky [5] - IFCNR - Economic Study Slams Whale Watching Benefits [6] For earlier whaling news see the Just Politics Feature Page [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00372.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00369.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00093.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0107/S00072.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0107/S00073.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0107/S00074.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=justpolitics


Pressure On Pork Industry To Ban Sow Crates

- Animal rights activists say a campaign of direct action will begin if the Pork Industry refuses to ban sow crates at the Industry AGM on Tuesday. See... Direct Action Threatened Over Sow Crates [1] MORE: - Jim Sutton - Pig Issues [2] - Animal Watch Aotearoa - Last chance for Pork Industry [3] - SPCA - "Quit stalling!" Says SPCA [4] - Greens - Kedgley Warns Pork Industry Board To Keep Promise [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00090.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00377.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00089.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00079.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00348.htm


David Miller On G8: Hooliganism Reigns

- Meetings such as the Genoa G-8 summit provide ideal platforms and occasions for protest groups to express their message and points of view, but such those messages will be forever lost if this continues to be overshadowed by the 21st Century’s new brand of hooliganism. See… David Miller: Hooliganism of the 21st Century [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00141.htm


G8: Kiwis Rounded Up & Beaten

- EN was detained for five hours by Carabinieri. JA was beaten by Carabinieri. This is our account. NOTE: The authors of this report have requested to be identified only by their initials. See... Kiwis Beaten And Detained In Genoa [1]

Click through to Genoa G8 feature page [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00143.htm
[2] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=genoa


Outside Help Costing Govt Big Bucks

- The Commerce Select Committee today released two reports slating Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton's pet projects, ACT MP Rodney Hide said. See... Anderton Slated By Commerce Select Committee [1] MORE: - Nats - Government fails on promise to be frugal [2] - Government under fire over consultants [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00371.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00364.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00363.htm


Feedback: NZ’s $6.6m LAVs Cost Americans $4.5m

- It is interesting to note that the US Army has decided to equip its Interim Brigade Combat Teams with LAV-111's of a similar variant to those being purchased by our government for the New Zealand Defence Force. See... Feedback: RAV's, LAV's And Things [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00144.htm


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