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Today's Scoop Just Politics News Summary

POLITICS HEADLINES:
Scoop Audio: Despite Angry Relations Pacific Forum Makes Progress
QUESTIONS OF THE DAY
Economy: Reserve Bank Holds Interest Rates
Politics: Select Committee Suffers Power Outage
Food Standards: Better Folate Than Never
MeNZB: Hodgson Concerned Ryall's Attack On MeNZB Campaign Not Up To Usual Standard
Politics: Former Act Staffer And Weblog Keeper 'The Whig' Torments Govt Via Cyberspace
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Scoop Audio: Despite Angry Relations Pacific Forum Makes Progress
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Image: NZ PM Helen Clark in Nadi, Fiji.

New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark provides a wrap-up of the most significant achievements at the Pacific Islands Forum in Nadi, Fiji. She says the Forum was successful despite a tense beginning highlighted with the clash between Australia, Solomons, Papua New Guinea. To hear what was achieved on a regionalised Pacific, NZ's labour scheme for Pacific peoples, and security moves, see… Scoop Audio.Scoop Audio: Helen Clark Summarises Pacific Forum 2006. [1]
ALSO:

  • Pacific Islands Forum - Pacific Islands Forum Communiqué Released [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00404.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0610/S00508.htm


    QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:

  • Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 26 October 2006 [1]
  • Questions And Answers – Wednesday, 25 October 2006 [2]
  • Questions And Answers - Tuesday, 24 October 2006 [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00488.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00479.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00450.htm


    Economy: Reserve Bank Holds Interest Rates

    The Official Cash Rate (OCR) will remain unchanged at 7.25 percent. Since our September Monetary Policy Statement, there has been a significant improvement to the near-term inflation outlook, mainly as a result of the recent decline in oil prices. We expect lower fuel prices, together with the recent rebound in the exchange rate and Statistics New Zealand's reweighting of the CPI, to give an unusually low December quarter CPI increase. See... Reserve Bank: OCR unchanged at 7.25 percent [1]
    ALSO:

  • Newmarket Business Association - Dr Bollard right not to increase interest rates [2]
  • Wgtn Chamber of Commerce - Chamber Welcomes RBNZ Decision [3]
  • Statistics NZ - Housing, Household Utilities Drive CPI [4]
  • Statistics NZ - Food Prices Rise [5]
  • CTU - Lower CPI should impact on Reserve Bank [6]
  • Infometrics - Falling house prices good news for Reserve Bank [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0610/S00477.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0610/S00480.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0610/S00502.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0610/S00463.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0610/S00462.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00265.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0610/S00464.htm


    Politics: Select Committee Suffers Power Outage

    United Future whip Gordon Copeland today called on the National Party caucus to discipline Rangitikei MP Simon Power for orchestrating the collapse of a select committee hearing yesterday even though submitters from all around the country were present to give evidence. See... Copeland: Nats must discipline Power [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00492.htm


    Food Standards: Better Folate Than Never

    Consumers have been given a reprieve with the announcement of a six-month delay of a final decision on the fortification of all bread with folic acid, Green Party Health and Safe Food Spokesperson Sue Kedgley says. See... Greens welcome six-month folate reprieve [1]
    ALSO:

  • Aust/NZ Food Regulation Ministerial Council - Ministers Protect Health, Support Innovation [2]
  • NZ First - Delay In Bread Fortification Sensible [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00491.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00289.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00497.htm


    MeNZB: Hodgson Concerned Ryall's Attack On MeNZB Campaign Not Up To Usual Standard

    Tony Ryall's ill-informed attempts to discredit the MeNZB campaign are unworthy of him, Health Minister Pete Hodgson said today. "Mr Ryall's 'revelation' that there have been 33 treatment injury claims associated with MeNZB accepted by ACC since the beginning of 2005 is entirely within anticipated outcomes. See... Ryall panic merchant wrong on vaccine [1]
    ALSO:

  • National - Ministry U-turn on meningococcal vaccine [2]
  • ACT - Meningitis Vaccine Saves Young Lives [3]
  • Greens - Ministry needs to be upfront on MeNZB [4]
  • Ron Law & Barbara Sumner Burstyn - MeNZB Facts Speak for Themselves [5]
  • Immunisation Advisory Centre - Have we missed the MeNZB™ point? [6]
  • Ministry of Health - Response To Norwegian MeNZB Doco [7]
  • Ministry of Health - Medsafe stands behind the quality of MeNZB Vaccine [8]
  • Ron Law - Meningococcal Vaccine Fails International Tests [9]
  • TV2.no - Norway MENZB Doco: Exported Controversial Vaccine [10]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00471.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00480.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00485.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00505.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0610/S00100.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0610/S00098.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0610/S00091.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0610/S00089.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0610/S00078.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00257.htm


    Politics: Former Act Staffer And Weblog Keeper 'The Whig' Torments Govt Via Cyberspace

    An online petition asking the Governor General to withhold the Royal Assent to the Government’s validating legislation has collected over 40,000 names in a week and become the world’s fastest-growing. Petition organiser Blair Mulholland formally “presented” the petition to Government House by an emailed link last Thursday. The petition will be left online indefinitely, and is still gathering signatures. See... Online Petition: Over 43,000 Names in Just 7 Days [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00284.htm


    MORE POLITICAL HEADLINES:

  • NZ Govt - Seasonal work policy strong on compliance [1]
  • NZ Govt - Intensive employment support extended to all [2]
  • National - Contract collusion at Corrections [3]
  • Greens - Don't let taser trail be held hostage [4]
  • Greens - Benefit announcements a mixed bag [5]
  • Maori Party - Sharples: The Challenges facing New Zealand [6]
  • Office of the Speaker - Open Day at Parliament - SUNDAY, 29 October 2006 [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00501.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00496.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00468.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00494.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00504.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00489.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00483.htm


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