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JUST POLITICS
Commission For Power Grievances Coming
Hong Kong CEP Secrecy Driven By Fear Of Failure
Anderton Accused Of Breaching Privilege To Drum Up Bank Business
Nats Call For Inquiry Following Henry Resignation
Decision A Blow To Disabled Peoples’ Right To Life
Kiwi Youths To Special UN Session
Dalziel Addresses Wellington Mayors’ Forum

TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House: Today’s Q&A
Environmentalists Rally For Lee As Coasters March On Parliament
Air NZ Bail-out Speculation Squashed
Howard’s End: Not Every Candidate Has $200 On Tap
GM Moratorium Extended


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JUST POLITICS

Commission For Power Grievances Coming

- Electricity consumers will soon be able to take problems with their electricity company to a new Electricity Complaints Commissioner. See... Electricity Complaints Commission Coming Soon [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00515.htm


Hong Kong CEP Secrecy Driven By Fear Of Failure

- In his reply to ARENA of 15 August, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton implicitly admits that the release of Cabinet papers and negotiating proposals would lead to such public concern that the Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership agreement would almost certainly not proceed. “In essence”, he wrote, “you are asking the two Governments to negotiate the CEP agreement in public. That is a recipe for quick failure.” See... Secrecy Driven By Fear Of “Quick Failure” [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00133.htm


Anderton Accused Of Breaching Privilege To Drum Up Bank Business

- ACT Finance Spokesman Rodney Hide said he was astounded Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton was abusing the Parliamentary frank to drum up customers for the 'People's Bank'. See... Anderton Rorts Taxpayer to Promote 'People's Bank' [1] and Anderton rejects privileges claim [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00510.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00512.htm


Nats Call For Inquiry Following Henry Resignation

- National's Justice Spokesperson Wayne Mapp has today sought a select committee inquiry into the operation and functioning of the Human Rights Commission and the appointment of Commissioners. See... Nats Demand Inquiry Into Human Rights Commission [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00521.htm


Decision A Blow To Disabled Peoples’ Right To Life

- “France’s appeal court’s recent decision establishing a right not to be born, has sent shock waves round the world,” Graham Capill, Christian Heritage Party Leader, says. “The Nazi ‘master-race’ concept, it would seem, is alive and well.” he says. See... The Right Not To Be Born [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00131.htm


Kiwi Youths To Special UN Session

- New Zealand’s delegation to the UN Special Session on Children in New York next month is to include two specially selected young people, Social Services Minister Steve Maharey announced today. See... NZ Delegation To UN Session For Children Announced [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00522.htm


Dalziel Addresses Wellington Mayors’ Forum

- Good morning, and thank you for the opportunity to speak today. I thought I would begin with a bit of background in terms of where this government is coming from with respect to immigration, and where we are heading. See... Wellington Regional Mayors' Forum - Dalziel Speech [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00517.htm

TOP SCOOPS


Scoop Is In The House: Today’s Q&A

- Today's questions of the day concerned: Gold Mine (Sandra Lee) – Regional Employment – Gold Mine (PM) – Sri-Lankan Dairy Export Glitch – Gold Mine (Lee) – New Principals – Gold Mine (Anderton) – ACC Levies – Defence Policy – People’s Bank Promotion Row – Defence Dinner Discussion – Mark Burton And The FEC. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day –28 August [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00159.htm


Environmentalists Rally For Lee As Coasters March On Parliament

- A public rally will be held in Parliament Grounds Tuesday, 28 August, from 1pm to support Conservation Minister, Sandra Lee, and her decision not to approve the proposed GRD Macraes' Reefton goldmine. See... Rally to support Sandra Lee's Reefton decision [1] and Organisations Write In Support Of Sandra Lee [2] MORE: - Green Party - Coromandel Proves Mining Wealth Myth [3] - Nats - Coast Protest Because Govt Won't Front [4] - Maree Howard - Howard's End: No Justice And Fairness For Coasters [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00129.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00132.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00520.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00514.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00146.htm


Air NZ Bail-out Speculation Squashed

- The Government has no desire to get involved in Air New Zealand’s commercial affairs, Prime Minister Helen Clark says. See... No Cash Injection For Air NZ, PM Says [1] and PM’s Comments On Air New Zealand [2] REACTION: - ACT - Air NZ Debacle Shows Govt Out of Depth [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00152.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00505.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00511.htm


Howard’s End: Not Every Candidate Has $200 On Tap

- Someone in the Puzzle Palace in Wellington has decided in their wisdom to charge a $200 deposit for candidates putting themselves up for election to local councils and district health boards. Are the clowns now in charge of the circus? See... Howard's End: $200 Barrier To Fair Representation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00158.htm

GM Moratorium Extended

- The voluntary moratorium on applications for release and field testing of genetically modified organisms will be extended to October 31, Environment Minister, Marian Hobbs and Science Minister, Pete Hodgson, announced today. See... Voluntary GM moratorium extended [1] and Network offers extension to Voluntary Moratorium [2] REACTION: - Greenpeace - Government’s First Step Towards GE Free Policy [3] - GE Free NZ - Public Opinion Supports GE Free Environment & Food [4] - ACT - Govt Must Deliver On Good Faith Of GM Industry [5] - National - GM moratorium - when will it end? [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00504.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0108/S00073.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0108/S00078.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0108/S00077.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00518.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00513.htm


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