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JUST POLITICS
GE Free Regions Achievable, Despite Scaremongering
Pacific Trade Agreement On Agenda At Nauru
MORE ASIA-PACIFIC FOREIGN AFFAIRS RELEASES
Human Cloning Part Of Wider Ethical Debate
NZ To Be Kyoto Compatible By 2002
$1.6 Govt Money For Hi-tech Enterprise
Surgery Cancellations Highlights Undervaluing Of Nurses
Keep State Mitts Off Youth Radio

POLITICS FROM TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House – Today’s Questions
Keith Rankin: Don't Cry For Air NZ
Upton-on-line: Missing Anything?
Feedback: What Voters Want Is Being Ignored
Unemployment Lowest Since 1988
Report Too Optimistic About Power Supply
Law Change To Protect Against Loan Sharks

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GE Free Regions Achievable, Despite Scaremongering

- Green Party Rodney MP Sue Bradford today welcomed the proposal to declare Rodney an organic friendly district and called on Council to go all the way and declare Rodney a GE-Free district. See... Greens Support Organic Friendly Rodney [1] and Wine Industry Must Rally For GE-Free Marlborough [2] REACTION: - ACT - GE Free Rodney Dangerous [3] - Science-Free NZ [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00188.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00208.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00191.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00195.htm


Pacific Trade Agreement On Agenda At Nauru

- A landmark trade and economic cooperation agreement will be considered by Leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum to be held in Nauru next week, Foreign Minister and acting Trade Negotiations Minister Phil Goff said today. See... Pacfic Forum Leaders To Consider PACER Agreement [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00206.htm


MORE ASIA-PACIFIC FOREIGN AFFAIRS RELEASES

- Goff Welcomes Supachai Visit To New Zealand [1] - Goff Welcomes Papua New Guinea Peace Deal [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00203.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00202.htm


Human Cloning Part Of Wider Ethical Debate

- Banning human cloning would only address some of the issues concerning human genetic engineering, Green Party MP and Health spokesperson Sue Kedgley said today. See... Call For Debate On Germline Engineering [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00200.htm


NZ To Be Kyoto Compatible By 2002

- New Zealand intends to ratify the Kyoto Protocol in September 2002, Convenor of the Ministerial Group on Climate Change Pete Hodgson said today. See... September 2002 Target To Ratify Kyoto Protocol [1] and Climate Change After Bonn - Pete Hodgson Speech [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00198.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00199.htm


$1.6 Govt Money For Hi-tech Enterprise

- Ericsson Synergy's New Zealand-based centre for the development of mobile internet applications could receive up to $1.6 million of government funding over the next three years. See... $1.6m Govt Support For Knowledge Joint Venture [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00196.htm


Surgery Cancellations Highlights Undervaluing Of Nurses

- Children and families are the big losers from Starship Hospital's decision to cut back elective surgery because of nursing shortages, says United Future leader, Hon Peter Dunne. See... Children & Families Losers In Hospital Cutbacks [1] . See also... Counties Manukau DHB To Help Out Starship [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00190.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00212.htm


Keep State Mitts Off Youth Radio

- The proposal before Cabinet to waste taxpayer funds on a state-funded 'youth' radio station should be dismissed, ACT MP Penny Webster said today. See... State Youth Radio Is Politically Correct Lunacy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00207.htm

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Scoop Is In The House – Today’s Questions

– Today's questions of the day concerned: NCEA – Employment Stats – Auckland DHB Deficit – Suspended Sentences – Closing The Gaps Reports – Conservation Week – Steve Maharey’s Swearing – Public Transport – Ross Armstrong’s Lawsuit Against ACT – UN Small Arms Trade Conference – Ron Mark’s Military Expertise (and the LAV 3s). See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 9 August [1] . For yesterday's Q&A see... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 8 August [2] To subscribe to be sent questions and answers as they are published by email CLICK HERE [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00052.htm
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Keith Rankin: Don't Cry For Air NZ

- Air New Zealand (ie Air New Zealand - Ansett) is an Australasian airline, and is a member of a global alliance. It is a good airline with the potential to be much better, and to contribute much to the economic wellbeing of both New Zealand and Australia. See... Keith Rankin: Don't Cry for Air New Zealand [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00050.htm


Upton-on-line: Missing Anything?

- As temperatures hang around the 30 degree mark and ozone levels cause Paris’ new mayor Bertrand Delanoë to press for car-less days to alternate between odd and even numbered registration plates, upton-on-line can confirm that living conditions for those left in a half-deserted city resemble a Turkish bathhouse with the staff on strike. See... Upton-on-line - Diaspora Edition [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00049.htm


Feedback: What Voters Want Is Being Ignored

- Alliance MP Grant Gillon says the majority of submitters to the Committee were happy with MMP and were happy to maintain 120 MP's. A regular Scoop correspondent does the maths and cuts through the spin. See... Feedback: Cor! Wot A Lot Of Voters [1] MORE: - Alliance - Shipley Needs To Read Report [2] - Nats - National Objects To Anti-Democratic MMP Report [3] - NZ First - Complete Waste Of Time & Money [4] - ACT - Abolish Maori Seats [5] - Independent Body Should Review MMP [6] - United Future - Report Ducks Key Questions [7] - Greens - MMP, 120 Seats, No Referendum [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00051.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00175.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00162.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00165.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00164.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00169.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00157.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00163.htm


Unemployment Lowest Since 1988

- The June 2001 quarter seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.2 per cent, according to Statistics New Zealand's Household Labour Force Survey, the official measure of unemployment. The last time it was below 5.2 per cent was March 1988. See... Unemployment Rate At 5.2 Per Cent [1] . Statistics NZ also released Overseas Merchandise Trade [2] figures today. REACTION: - Govt - Maharey Welcomes Reduction In Unemployment [3] - Deutsche Bank - Household Labour Force Survey [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0108/S00087.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0108/S00088.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00194.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0108/S00089.htm


Report Too Optimistic About Power Supply

- The Energy Link consultancy report questioning the seriousness of the current electricity supply situation is too optimistic, says Energy Minister Pete Hodgson. See... What Electricity Crisis? The One We Stumble Into [1] and Crisis Debate “Tragic” - MEUG [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00192.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0108/S00091.htm


Law Change To Protect Against Loan Sharks

- The Government is going to change the law to protect consumers against loan sharks and unfair credit practises. See... Consumer Credit Laws to be overhauled [1] MORE: - Overhaul of Consumer credit law - Anderton Speech [2] - What Difference Will the Credit Reforms Make? [3] - Background Information on Consumer Credit Law [4] - What the Government approved: technical detail [5] - Citizens Advice Bureaux - Credit For Reforms [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00181.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00182.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00183.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00184.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00185.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00038.htm

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