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JUST POLITICS
Postcards, Not Race Cards
Winston On Aged Care Cuts
Te Arawa Signs Terms Of Negotiations
Banker Adrian Orr Wins Pacific Business Award
Pork Industry May Need Some Time Inside A Sow Crate
Native Forest Action Have New Trees To Save
Doctors Tell Annette To Get Real
These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees
US Opposes Biological Weapons Controls

POLITICS FROM TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
GE Free Rallies Mark Royal Commission Report Hand-over
Hard News Is Here!
Upton-on-line Pores Over Bonn Agreement Entrails
Blackout Risk Grows With Continued Low Rainfall + CRISIS FULL COVERAGE
Campaign Against GATS Gathers Steam
G8: Greens Talk To Ambassador About Detained Kiwi
Minke Whales Decline Alarmingly, Japan Skews Stats

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JUST POLITICS


Postcards, Not Race Cards

- National is deeply concerned about racial prejudice and division in New Zealand. It is our goal to build a tolerant and cohesive society that embraces everyone. This is precisely why we don't support the Bay of Plenty Bill, National's Justice Spokesperson Wayne Mapp said today. See... Greens play cheap politics [1] and National Party is playing with fire [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00454.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00444.htm


Winston On Aged Care Cuts

- The Grey Power Constitution states the purpose of Grey Power is to “advance, support and protect the welfare and wellbeing of the over 50 age group and to oppose all discrimination and disadvantageous legislation affecting the rights security and dignity of the elderly”. Those of you who read political party material before the election would have thought that politicians felt the same way. See… Shameful Cuts to Elderly Services [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00475.htm


Te Arawa Signs Terms Of Negotiations

- The Minister in Charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Margaret Wilson, and leaders of Te Arawa will on Monday sign terms of negotiation for further talks on the Te Arawa lakes issue. See... Te Arawa Lakes Terms Of Negotiation To Be Signed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00469.htm


Pacific Business Award

- Prime Minister Helen Clark and Pacific Island Affairs Minister Mark Gosche today congratulated the finalists and winners of the Pacific Business Awards, announced tonight at a dinner in Auckland. See... Pacific Business Awards Inspiring [1] and Pacific Business Trust Awards 2001 [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00465.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00466.htm


Pork Industry May Need Some Time Inside A Sow Crate

- Green MP Sue Kedgley today said claims by the Chief Executive of the Pork Industry Board that sows prefer being confined in sow crates were offensive and outrageous. See... It's A Long Time In A Crate, Mate! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00462.htm


Native Forest Action Have New Trees To Save

- Native Forest Action is disgusted with Forever Timber's plans to log large areas of native forests on the West Coast. Native Forest Action and other conservation groups successfully lobbied the government to compensate the West Coast for ending logging in its publicly owned native forests. See... Native Forest Action disgusted by new logging plan [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00123.htm


Doctors Tell Annette To Get Real

- The New Zealand Medical Association calls on the Government to face facts about its funding of health services through District Health Boards. See... Government Must Face Facts About Funding [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00119.htm


These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees

- There were 16 committee meetings, all within the parliamentary complex this week. Select Committee Business 20-27 July 2001 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00478.htm


US Opposes Biological Weapons Controls

- Disarmament and Arms Control Minister Matt Robson today described the United States' decision to walk away from talks to strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention as troubling and a serious setback to the control and eradication of biological weapons. See... US biological weapons stand a serious setback [1] MORE: - Civil Society Organisations - Reinforce Global Ban On Biological Weapons [2] - GE Free NZ - US Out Of Step With 'Civil' Society Again [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00443.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0107/S00091.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00118.htm

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GE Free Rallies Mark Royal Commission Report Hand-over

- In more than 42 towns and cities across the country, New Zealanders are gathering to show the Government they want a GE-Free nation. The nationwide gatherings are being held to mark the handover of the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification to the Government. See... People Gather For A Ge-Free Nation [1] MORE: - Royal Commission - Governor-General to receive report on GM [2] - ACT - Greens' Preferential GM Treatment Appalling [3] - Nats - Green Party Protest Shows Contempt For Commission [4] - Life Sciences Network - Government Risks Inflaming The GM Debate [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00120.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0107/S00071.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00474.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00470.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00121.htm

Hard News Is Here!

- GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES ... how was your week? Probably not as bad as that of anyone unlucky enough to be on the end of a Carabinieri's baton, I'd wager. See... HARD NEWS 27/7/01 - Scary Movie, Italian Style [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00168.htm


Upton-on-line Pores Over Bonn Agreement Entrails

- Upton-on-line opines on the significance of the Kyoto Protocol in its latest incarnation and muses on whether Italian entrepreneurs in San Gimigniano would survive the Resource Management Act. See... Upton-on-line - Diaspora Edition [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00164.htm


Blackout Risk Grows With Continued Low Rainfall

- The risk of electricity supply shortages has increased as inflows to New Zealand's hydroelectric lakes have remained below average, says Energy Minister Pete Hodgson. See... Electricity Supply Risk Increased [1] MORE: - Forest & Bird - Government Should Rethink Electricity Model [2] - Greens - Conservation Can Help [3] - Plan To Help Solve The Crisis [4] - Jeanette's Energy Conservation Tips [5] - ASB - More Power To The Community [6] - Govt - Electricity Stakeholders Meeting [7] - Nats - Govt Slams Door On Greypower [8] - Govt Must Not Pocket Windfall [9] - Govt Must Show Leadership [10] - Business NZ - What Business Needs [11] - Business Needs Real Answers [12] - Greens - Act Now To Safeguard Electricity Consumers [13] - NZ First - NZ First Cannot Support Electricity Bill [14] - Howard's End - Howard's End: Echoes Of California [15] - Govt - National Grid Pricing [16] - Stocktake on electricity situation [17] and Max's chickens are coming home [18] - MEUG - Crisis Undermines Credibility Of NZ [19] - Nats - Govt Pockets Cash As Consumers Suffer [20] - On Energy - NGC to Exit Electricity Retailing [21] - Scoop - Low Hydro Lakes Threaten West Coast [22] - EMA - Call For Urgent National Power Saving Campaign [23]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00477.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00122.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00473.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00472.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00471.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0107/S00217.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00468.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00461.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00467.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00463.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0107/S00212.htm
[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0107/S00196.htm
[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00460.htm
[14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00456.htm
[15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00160.htm
[16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00452.htm
[17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00434.htm
[18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00435.htm
[19] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0107/S00205.htm
[20] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00437.htm
[21] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0107/S00198.htm
[22] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00152.htm
[23] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0107/S00193.htm


Campaign Against GATS Gathers Steam

- Anti-globalisation activists have another international agreement in their sights. The World Trade Organisation is worried. It fears that the growing campaign against GATS - the General Agreement on Trade in Services - which took effect in 1995 under the WTO's umbrella - could become as huge as the one that helped sink the Multilateral Agreement on Investment. See... GATS: $ervices With A $mile? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00167.htm


G8: Greens Talk To Ambassador About Detained Kiwi

- Green MPs Nandor Tanczos and Sue Bradford this afternoon met with the Italian Ambassador to discuss concerns over detained Kiwi journalist Sam Buchanan. See... Greens meet Italian ambassador over detained Kiwi [1] . See also... Italian Embassy Protest Report [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00457.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0107/S00116.htm

Minke Whales Decline Alarmingly, Japan Skews Stats

- There has been a “precipitous decline in the minke whale population of the Southern Hemisphere” according to Jim McLay, New Zealand Commissioner to the International Whaling Commission (IWC). See... NZ Disputes Japanese Minke Whale Population Claims [1] MORE: - Govt of Japan - IWC Calls For More Research To Confirm Minke Nos. [2] - IWC on interaction between whales and fish [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0107/S00092.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0107/S00093.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0107/S00094.htm

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