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Published: Fri 8 Dec 2006 04:15 PM
Today's Scoop Just Politics News Summary
POLITICS HEADLINES:
Sutch Case: Profiteering Ex-Spy Kit Bennett Is Taken To Task
Legislation: 2008 Cutoff For Historical Treaty Claims Becomes Law
Foreign Affairs: NZ Korea Force Closer Relationship
Media: TVNZ Under Attack For Covering News -
Media: TVNZ Under Attack For Covering News -
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POLITICAL COLUMNS
QUESTIONS OF THE DAY
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Sutch Case: Profiteering Ex-Spy Kit Bennett Is Taken To Task
Dr William Ball Sutch, economic nationalist, writer, intellectual, public figure and top civil servant, died in 1975 just months after he became the only person ever to stand trial under the espionage provisions of the former Official Secrets Act. Sutch was acquitted but suddenly it's all being regurgitated again. Kit Bennetts, one of the SIS agents involved in the case has written a book, "Spy". Media coverage of the book matter of factly accepted its conclusions and branded Sutch a spy and a traitor. Bennetts called Sutch a "liar", "traitor" and "turd" (Press, 30/9/06; 'Sutch labelled liar", Dan Eaton). See…Sutch: Speaking Ill Of The Dead [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00078.htm
Legislation: 2008 Cutoff For Historical Treaty Claims Becomes Law
Last night's passing of the Treaty of Waitangi Amendment Act by Parliament has been welcomed as a major milestone for the Treaty settlement process. The Act sets a closing date of 1 September 2008 for lodging all historical Treaty of Waitangi claims with the Waitangi Tribunal and follows through on Labour's commitment before the last election to put in place the 2008 date. See... Act sets end date for lodging Treaty claims [1]
ALSO:Maori Party - Pita Sharples Speech: The Tyranny of the Majority [2]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00190.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00176.htm
Foreign Affairs: NZ Korea Force Closer Relationship
Prime Minister Helen Clark and Republic of Korea President Roh Moo-hyun today strengthened the relationship between the two nations with adoption of the Partnership for the 21st Century. A key component of the Partnership is an agreement to commission a study into the merits of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between New Zealand and Korea. See... NZ and Korea strengthen partnership [1]
ALSO:NZ Govt - NZ-Korea business ties helped by joint agreement [2]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00185.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00192.htm
Media: TVNZ Under Attack For Covering News -
The union that represents journalists says that TVNZ’s right to make editorial judgments without political interference appears to be under threat from the National Party. Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union national secretary Andrew Little said that he was appalled to hear a senior National Party MP, Gerry Brownlee, accuse TVNZ of helping Fiji military chief Frank Bainimarama to overthrow the government by broadcasting his comments. See... TVNZ’s editorial freedom vital [1]
ALSO: National Party - TVNZ must explain coup threat coverage [2]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00112.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00166.htm
Media: TVNZ Under Attack For Covering News -
The union that represents journalists says that TVNZ’s right to make editorial judgments without political interference appears to be under threat from the National Party. Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union national secretary Andrew Little said that he was appalled to hear a senior National Party MP, Gerry Brownlee, accuse TVNZ of helping Fiji military chief Frank Bainimarama to overthrow the government by broadcasting his comments. See... TVNZ’s editorial freedom vital [1]
ALSO: National Party - TVNZ must explain coup threat coverage [2]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00112.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00166.htm
MORE POLITICAL HEADLINES:
NZ Govt - NZ commits to UN emergency response fund [1] NZ Govt - Viet Nam package will benefit those in need [2] NZ Govt - Where the bloody hell are ya? [3] National - Public Access costs keep climbing [4] National - Therapeutic Bill a bureaucratic nightmare [5] National - National supports equality in defence forces [6] United Future - Dunne: Pacific Island seats ill-considered [7] United Future - UF elects new President [8] Greens - Greens have the answer to sustainable fisheries [9]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00186.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00181.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00164.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00180.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00169.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00168.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00189.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00119.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00171.htm
POLITICAL COLUMNS:
Richard Worth - Counting heads [1] Heather Roy - Heather Roy's Diary - 8 December 2006 [2] Murray McCully - www.mccully.co.nz - 08 December 2006 [3]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00179.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00182.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00183.htm
QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:
Questions And Answers - Thursday, 7 December 2006 [1] Questions And Answers - Wednesday, 6 December 2006 [2] Questions And Answers Tuesday, 5 December 2006 [3]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00177.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00132.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00088.htm
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