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Today's Scoop Just Politics News Summary

Today's Scoop Just Politics News Summary

POLITICS HEADLINES:
Politics: Dissemination Of Parliamentary Bull Threatened
Politics: Don Brash's Tea Maker/Chair Arranger Becomes Embroiled In AG Fall-Out
Clarkson Vs Mallard: Would a 'Good Joker' Tell Tales Or Sort It Out Man To Man
Legislation: Select Committee Recommends Raising Drinking Age; Consent, Running For Parliament Ages To Remain
MORE POLITICAL HEADLINES
POLITICAL COLUMNS - VALIDATION SPECIAL

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Politics: Dissemination Of Parliamentary Bull Threatened

Suffering from the new fun free environment that Auditor General Kevin Brady has ushered in will be the good citizens of National MP Lockwood Smith's Rodney electorate. Photos of Dr Smith surrounded by his fellow Orewa Surf lifesavers were splashed across NZ's newspapers earlier this week after Finance Minister Michael Cullen claimed a Christmas calendar issued by Dr Smith broke the rules under Mr Brady's new guidelines. Dr Smith's calendar showed more than just the good lads of the Orewa surf life saving club though. See... Nat Calendar And Green Cards Collateral Damage [1]
ALSO:

  • Scoop Full Coverage - AG Report & Reaction [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00317.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00181.htm


    Politics: Don Brash's Tea Maker/Chair Arranger Becomes Embroiled In AG Fall-Out

    Don Brash's credibility and judgement are yet again in doubt after his admission today that he used his Parliamentary Leader's Budget to pay for electioneering, Labour Strategist Pete Hodgson said. Dr Brash's today admitted on Radio Live that he did in fact pay campaign operative Bryan Sinclair with taxpayers' money. Prior to the election National's Deputy Leader Gerry Brownlee explained that Mr Sinclair organised cups of tea and arranged chairs in halls. Mr Sinclair is currently partners in Australian PR firm Sinclair Thomas - the firm specialises in politics. See... Brash's predictable fall from moral high ground [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00412.htm


    Clarkson Vs Mallard: Would a 'Good Joker' Tell Tales Or Sort It Out Man To Man

    Tauranga MP Bob Clarkson has laid a privileges complaint with the Speaker against senior Government Minister Trevor Mallard after an alleged assault in Parliament on Thursday. "He crossed onto National's side of the Chamber, stood behind my seat, and whack," says Mr Clarkson. "If I'd done this to a Labour MP they'd have me before Privileges at 90 miles an hour." See... Clarkson lays complaint with Speaker [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00411.htm


    Legislation: Select Committee Recommends Raising Drinking Age; Consent, Running For Parliament Ages To Remain

    The recommendation... is disappointing, Green Party Alcohol and Drug Spokesperson Metiria Turei says. The select committee has recommended that two private members bills be passed, one restricting alcohol advertising... and the other raising the legal purchase age to 20, but allowing 18 and 19-year-olds to work or perform in restricted areas and to drink on on-license premises with their former guardians or legal spouses over 20. See... Proposed drinking age changes ludicrous [1]
    ALSO:

  • Alcohol Healthwatch - Common sense prevails on the alcohol purchase age [2]
  • NZ Drug Foundation - Select committee consensus on raising drinking age [3]
  • Massey University - Huge backing for higher drinking age [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00409.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00236.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00234.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00232.htm


    MORE POLITICAL HEADLINES:

  • NZ Govt - Trade, Defence, Disarmament talks w Japan, S Korea [1]
  • NZ Govt - Regulations relaxed for secondhand dealers [2]
  • NZ Govt - KiwiSaver website takes flight [3]
  • National - Annual report on Corrections: F for fail [4]
  • National - Community work scheme not working [5]
  • National - Tenure review further impeded [6]
  • Broadcasting Standards Authority - RNZ Unfair To Benson-Pope [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00405.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00400.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00398.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00413.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00399.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00397.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00228.htm


    POLITICAL COLUMNS - VALIDATION SPECIAL:

  • Murray McCully- www.mccully.co.nz - 20 October 2006 [1]
  • Heather Roy - Heather Roy's Diary - 20 October 2006 [2]
  • Marc Alexander - Marc My Words: Labour's modus operandi [3]
  • Maxim Institute - Real issues - No 227 19 October 2006 [4]
  • Wayne Mapp - The Mapp Report: Labour plays by a new rules [5]
  • Pansy Wong - Pansy Speak: Two standards of behaviour [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00406.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00318.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00235.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00227.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00403.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00402.htm


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