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Today's Scoop Just Politics News Summary

POLITICS HEADLINES:
Parliament: Debate On Validating Legislation
QUESTIONS OF THE DAY
Scoop Satire: Auditor-General Thought Processes Remix
Gambling: Casino Should Buy Lotto Ticket After Escaping Heavy Penalty
Justice: MP Concerned At Imprisoned Christian's Fate If Sent Back To Iran -
Crime: Govt Moves To Stamp Out Money Laundering & Terror Financing
Environment: Iceland Resumes Commercial Whaling
Charities: Threats Of Deregistration Stick Followed By Tax-Incentive Carrot
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Parliament: Debate On Validating Legislation:

  • NZ Govt - Cabinet Paper on parliamentary spending validation [1]
  • NZ Govt - Treasury Report on PS Cabinet Paper [2]
  • Appropriation (Parliamentary Expenditure Validation) Bill (PDF) [3]
  • Greens - Fitzsimons Speech: Validating Legislation [4]
  • Maori Party - Harawira Speech: Appropriation Bill [5]
  • Maori Party - Flavell Speech: Appropriation Bill [6]
  • Libertarianz - Libz Declares Banana Republic Day [7]
  • Libertarianz - Moral Victory for Darnton Over Pledge Card [8]
  • Scoop Full Coverage - AG Report & Reaction [9]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00345.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00346.htm
    [3] - http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/pdfs/0610/BillApprop.pdf
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00323.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00330.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00331.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00201.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00188.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00181.htm


    QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:

  • Questions and Answers - Tuesday, 17 October 2006 [1] (No questions on Wednesday due to urgency)

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00324.htm


    Scoop Satire: Auditor-General Thought Processes Remix

    In his report on advertising expenditure in the 2005 election funded by Parliamentary Services, the Auditor-General helpfully supplies a decision-making flowchart used when determining the legality of particular pieces of advertising. While this is a very fine thing, whether such a simple process can be so robust is a matter of debate... I therefore propose the following, which, while giving much the same results, more fully reflects generally-held beliefs about the Auditor-General's reasoning. See... Hood: Auditors-General Decisions-Making Proposal [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00265.htm


    Gambling: Casino Should Buy Lotto Ticket After Escaping Heavy Penalty

    New Zealand’s gambling watchdog, the Gambling Commission, as been sharply criticised for only handing out a two-day license suspension to the Dunedin Casino, after the gambling company was found to have allowed a problem gambler to have gambled $6.6 million over three years. Dunedin woman Christine Keenan lost a net $400,000 during that period, having gambled away her inheritance. See... Slaps casino over face with wet bus ticket [1]
    ALSO:

  • Problem Gambing - PGF disappointed in casino licence suspension [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00205.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00204.htm


    Justice: MP Concerned At Imprisoned Christian's Fate If Sent Back To Iran -

    I think the Refugee Status Appeals Authority (RSAA) displays a degree of naivety in the decision that they have made concerning the Iranian refugee, who arrived in New Zealand in 1993, and has since converted from Islam to Christianity and is now a practising Catholic (appeal decision 74704). I believe that, in cases of this kind, the RSAA needs to give much greater weight to human rights. See... Yadegary And Religious Freedom In Iran [1]
    ALSO:

  • Yadegary: Between a Rock and a Hard Place [2]
  • Scoop News - Cunliffe Explains Flip-Flop In Yadegary Case [3]
  • Editorial - Cunliffe Must Explain Flip-Flop Over Asylum Seeker [4]
  • Scoop Audio.Scoop Audio: [5] Selwyn Manning and 95bFM's Simon Pound discuss: How Immigration Minister David Cunliffe has refused to help asylum seeker Thomas Yadegary (who is banged up in Mt Eden Prison) even though he promised while an MP to seek refuge for him. Irony abounds in this case, the more so the more you investigate it!


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00336.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00262.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00263.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00121.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00177.htm


    Crime: Govt Moves To Stamp Out Money Laundering & Terror Financing

    Associate Justice Minister Clayton Cosgrove today released the third and final discussion document on proposals to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing. "New Zealand's stable financial system makes it attractive for international criminals to deposit funds here and then move the money to other jurisdictions, so we must not be a weak target," he said. See... Proposed Framework To Prevent Money Laundering [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00328.htm


    Environment: Iceland Resumes Commercial Whaling

    News that Iceland is to begin commercial whaling after a 20-year hiatus is being greeted with dismay by Green Party Conservation Spokesperson Metiria Turei. The Icelandic Government announced yesterday that whalers will be allowed to harpoon a commercial quota of 30 minke whales and 9 fin whales per year, despite an international moratorium on commercial whaling administered by the International Whaling Commission. See... Greens dismayed at Iceland whaling decision [1]
    ALSO:

  • National - Condemn whaling in strongest terms - McCully [2]
  • NZ Govt - Carter deplores Iceland's decision [3]
  • Greenpeace NZ - Greenpeace condemns Icelandic whaling [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00335.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00332.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00340.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00200.htm


    Charities: Threats Of Deregistration Stick Followed By Tax-Incentive Carrot

    A government discussion document released today outlines possible tax incentives to encourage charitable giving of money, skills and time. The discussion document, released by Finance Minister Dr Michael Cullen and Revenue Minister Peter Dunne, results from the post-election confidence and supply agreement between United Future and the Labour-led government. See... Further tax incentives for charitable giving [1]
    ALSO:

  • National - Charities could be in for more bad news [2]
  • COMVOICES - All Kiwis need to engage on proposed changes [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00333.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00329.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00202.htm


    MORE POLITICAL HEADLINES:

  • NZ Govt - State houses cannot be inherited as of right [1]
  • NZ Govt - Visit of South African Deputy President [2]
  • National - JPs must face their responsibilities [3]
  • National - Tax-grabbing Labour puts NZ in bottom half of OECD [4]
  • National - Govt tapped firm for interest-free loan [5]
  • United Future - Dunne to launch daylight saving petition [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00350.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00343.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00348.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00342.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00334.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00349.htm


    POLITICAL COLUMN:

  • Matt Robson - Robson-on-Politics 18 October 2006 [1]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00203.htm


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