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Published: Wed 11 Oct 2006 04:08 PM
Today's Scoop Just Politics News Summary
POLITICS HEADLINES:
QUESTIONS OF THE DAY
Treasury: Government Surplus Hits $2875 Per Person
Maori: Harawira's Column Tackles Dr Brash's Smoking Comments -
Welfare: Opposition On Trail Of Benefit, Child Support Debt
MORE POLITICAL HEADLINES
TODAY'S POLITICAL COLUMNS
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QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:
Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 11 October 2006 [1] Questions And Answers - Tuesday, 10 October 2006 [2]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00170.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00160.htm
Treasury: Government Surplus Hits $2875 Per Person

The National Party's delivered an angry response to the Government's $11.5 billion surplus. It says the greedy Labour-led Government should apologise for gouging New Zealand taxpayers following the announcement of an enormous $11.5 billion surplus. National Party finance spokesman John Key says: "New Zealand is now running the second biggest surplus in the developed world." See... Huge surplus shows Labour has gouged taxpayers [1]
ALSO:NZ Govt - Financial statements consistent with fiscal plan [2] ACT New Zealand - How Big Does The Surplus Have To Be? [3] PSA - Surplus: Union call for accord on public services [4] Business New Zealand - Surplus - cut business tax sooner [5] Association of Salaried Medical Specialists - Massive Surpluses Should Rescue Public Hospitals [6] Alliance Party - Surplus should be spent on social goods [7] Employers And Manufacturers Association - Call for business tax rate cuts from next year [8] Wellington Chamber of Commerce - Tax Cuts Must Go on Agenda [9]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00174.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00175.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00171.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00099.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0610/S00178.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0610/S00030.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00098.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0610/S00197.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0610/S00199.htm
Maori: Harawira's Column Tackles Dr Brash's Smoking Comments
Don Brash said recently that Maori who smoke, deserve to get lung cancer. Which is a bit like saying Pakeha's who get bashed up deserve to go to hospital. Neither comment makes sense; but I made the second one, knowing it to be foolish. See... Ae Marika! A column by Hone Harawira 10 Oct 2006 [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00159.htm
Welfare: Opposition On Trail Of Benefit, Child Support Debt
A quarter of a billion dollars of unpaid debt is owed by welfare beneficiaries, according to new answers to parliamentary questions released by ACT Social Services spokesman, Heather Roy. "This $261 million dollars is made up of money owed by recipients of the Invalid's Benefit, Sickness Benefit, Unemployment Benefit and Domestic Purposes Benefit", Mrs Roy said. See... The Quarter-Billion Dollar Welfare Debt [1]
ALSO:NZ Govt - Benefit debt reducing, recovery climbing [2] National - 94% of Aussie-based liable parents in debt [3]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00169.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00173.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00167.htm
MORE POLITICAL HEADLINES:
NZ Govt - International climate change experts welcomed [1] NZ Govt - 760,000 benefit from low doctors fees initiative [2] NZ Govt - U-turns aplenty in National Party health policy [3] United Future - Copeland applauds Govt climate change initiatives [4] NZ First - Trees A Treasure [5] Greens - Homeownership need not be unattainable dream [6]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00176.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00168.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00154.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00165.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00152.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00153.htm
TODAY'S POLITICAL COLUMNS:
Pansy Wong - Pansy Speak: A logical debate about smacking [1] Hone Harawira - Ae Marika! 10 Oct 2006 [2]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00166.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00159.htm
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