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Published: Mon 20 Nov 2006 03:58 PM
Today's Scoop Just Politics News Summary
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POLITICS HEADLINES:
Tonga Deployment: NZ Troops Seen As Supporting Monarchy
Legislation: Nats' Section 59 Amendment Gets Smackdown
Treaty News: Harawira Has Warning For Canadian Treaty Nations
Politics News: Brash Wins High Court Injuction Prohibiting Publication of Stolen E-Mails
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Tonga Deployment: NZ Troops Seen As Supporting Monarchy
The New Zealand Government should take note of concerns that the presence of New Zealand troops in Tonga could be seen to strengthen the hand of the monarchy, Green MP Keith Locke warns. Leaders of Tonga's democracy movement have expressed concerns that Australian and New Zealand troops in Tonga's capital Nuku'alofa could in practice reinforce the political system that caused unrest in the first place. Meanwhile, the New Zealand joint defence force commander in Tonga says troops are likely to increase their presence. See... Listen to the Tongan democracy movement [1]
ALSO:Peace Action Wellington - Protest Against Deployment of Troops to Tonga [2]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00388.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0611/S00280.htm
Legislation: Nats' Section 59 Amendment Gets Smackdown
The Justice and Electoral Committee is supporting a law change designed to remove the statutory defence for parents who use force against their children for the purpose of correction, but with some amendments to clarify that reasonable force can be used when a parent is protecting a child from harm... The committee recommends, by majority, that section 59 of the Crimes Act 1961 be replaced by a new section that will remove the defence of using "reasonable force" against a child for the purpose of correction. See... Media release - Justice and Electoral Committee [1]
ALSO:Greens - Committee Affirms commitment to child safety [2] National - Sensible compromise on smacking ban rejected [3] Family First - Select Committee ignores the facts on smacking [4] Barnardos - Barnardos welcomes Section 59 report [5]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00385.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00389.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00390.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0611/S00282.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0611/S00284.htm
Treaty News: Harawira Has Warning For Canadian Treaty Nations
As has been the case all over the world where colonial powers have signed treaties, the Treaty of Waitangi was broken before the ink dried on the document, and has been breached on countless occasions ever since... In 1991, the Crown offered to settle all treaty claims for one billion dollars. The Treaty settlement process has been a contentious process ever since Maori first rejected that offer. See... A Warning On Treaty Settlements - Harawira [1]
ALSO:Maori Party - Hone Harawira Speech At UN Seminar On Treaties [2]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00371.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00380.htm
Politics News: Brash Wins High Court Injuction Prohibiting Publication of Stolen E-Mails
National Party Leader Don Brash has obtained a High Court order restraining the publication or distribution of copies of email correspondence which is believed to have been stolen from his computer. See... Brash Wins Court Order Blocking Email Publication [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00354.htm
MORE POLITICAL HEADLINES:
NZ Govt - PM: Address to APEC CEO Summit [1] NZ Govt - Peters: New Zealand's relationship with Asia [2] National - Rejection of elderly patients by GPs alarming [3] National - Ministry contracting practices need urgent review [4] Greens - Firm, unions join forces to help Feltex workers [5] United Future - Copeland supports driving cell phone ban [6]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00381.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00386.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00382.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00378.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00387.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00384.htm
POLITICAL COLUMNS:
Bill English - Plain English [1] Hone Harawira - Ae Marika: Drinking and blinking [2] Pansy Wong - Pansy Speak: Floating on thin ice [3]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00361.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00364.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00363.htm
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