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JUST POLITICS
Greens Applaud Step Toward Cleaner Diesel
ACT To Fight For Right Of Privy Council Appeal
Hanmer Forest Walk Gets Grant
Conservation Offensive On Big Ol’ Rats
Peters On Why NZ First Supports The Super Bill
Providers Contracted To Upskill Early Childhood Educators
Bouquet For Auckland City For Disability Consultation
Legislation Is Not Making Smokers Quit

POLITICS FROM TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
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
Outside Help Costing Govt Big Bucks
Feedback: NZ’s $6.6m LAVs Cost Americans $4.5m

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Greens Applaud Step Toward Cleaner Diesel

- Green MP Sue Kedgley today said moves by the oil industry to conduct two six week trials aimed at lowering sulphur in New Zealand diesel were a step in the right direction. See... Diesel trials welcomed [1] MORE: - Govt - Swain welcomes industry trials to lower sulphur [2] - ARC - Cleaner diesel on the way at last [3] - Shell - Low Sulphur Trials Welcomed [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00362.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00357.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0107/S00054.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0107/S00181.htm


ACT To Fight For Right Of Privy Council Appeal

- ACT Party members have confirmed that the party's MPs should fight any moves by the Government to drop New Zealand's ties with the Privy Council, ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks said today. See... ACT To Fight To Keep Privy Council Appeals [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00384.htm


Hanmer Forest Walk Gets Grant

- The Minister of Tourism Mark Burton has provided a $30,000 grant to allow the restoration of tracks and walking areas in the heritage area of Hanmer Springs Forest. See... Minister Provides Grant For Hanmer Forest [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00383.htm


Conservation Offensive On Big Ol’ Rats

- Conservation Minister Sandra Lee says the world's largest rat eradication project is running ahead of schedule, following the completion of a helicopter airdrop of 120 tonnes of poisoned bait on remote Campbell Island. See... World's Largest Rat Eradication Project [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00382.htm


Peters On Why NZ First Supports The Super Bill

- Over the past few months there has been much written and spoken about the proposed New Zealand Superannuation Bill that is having its second reading today. See... Peters On Superannuation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00381.htm


Providers Contracted To Upskill Early Childhood Educators

- The Government’s programme for improved qualifications in early childhood education gained further impetus today. See... Improving Qualifications In Early Childhood [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00380.htm


Bouquet For Auckland City For Disability Consultation

- Disability Issues Minister Ruth Dyson today congratulated the Auckland City Council for forming a partnership with people with disabilities in the region. See... Minister Congratulates City Council On Partnership [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00378.htm


Legislation Is Not Making Smokers Quit

- New Zealand's harsh anti-smoking laws are a dismal failure, says United Future leader, Hon Peter Dunne. See... Teen Smoking Increase - Zealots Have Failed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00375.htm

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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

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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