First Liquor Vote Passed - A Confidence Vote Won, Yawn - Watson Trial - Evidence Questioned - The Politics Of Pressure
On GE Issues - Questions: PM Defends Public Service, Allegations About John Tamihere - Racism In Parliament? - Student
Debt Impact Documented and much much more....
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First Liquor Vote Passed
- Parliament has approved photo ID cards by 57 - 56 votes in the first vote of a package to reform the liquor laws. The
use of a photo ID is not compulsory and retailers do not have to ask to see it but seeing the ID is a defence for the
seller if alcohol is sold to a minor. This result means that the House did not vote on an option setting up a Government
approved age ID card for the purpose of drinking. There is coverage of that particular Debate
 and also a handy guide to the issues and options being considered.
A Confidence Vote Won, Yawn
A year ago they were eagerly anticipated, but today the Government won the last vote of that nature it had to face in this term
 and no one blinked. See the Headlines wire.
Watson Trial - Evidence Questioned
- A witness at the Scott Watson murder trial in Wellington has said he is now unsure of the evidence he gave yesterday
after being cross examined today. See… Watson Trial - Significant Evidence Questioned
 in the Headlines wire.
The Politics Of Pressure
- Scoop's Jonathan Hill examines the pressure exerted upon both the New Zealand government and New Zealand consumers to accept genetically
engineered food. Originally published in the Soil & Health GE Issue, this feature takes a comprehensive look at the corporate and government investment into genetic
engineering and shows why the key players now cannot turn their backs on this unpopular technology. See… The Pressure On NZ To Accept Genetic Engineering
 in the Headlines wire. Republished with permission from Soil & Health.
Questions: PM Defends Public Service, Allegations About John Tamihere
- Today's questions of the day were attended by the PM who defended, again, an embattled public service. Later in
question time (question 11) she had the opportunity to go on the offensive against Labour after the New Zealand First
Party raised allegations about severance payments from the Te Waiperaira Trust to Labour Candidate John Tamihere. The PM
said the allegations could be serious if they were true. WINZ - ACC - Masters Of Business - Indigenous And Tribal People
- Young Offending - National Archives (see.. Questions Of The Day (1-6)
 ) Race Relations - Plunket Line - Bail - INCIS - Handshakes - Human Rights Commission (see..Questions Of The Day (7-12)
The House Yesterday
Racism In Parliament?
- NZ First MP Brian Donnelly has accused Tau Henare of racism as, Donnelly claims, Henare would not allow Trevor
Mallard to speak in a special debate because he is not Maori. See… Racism in Parliament Deplored
 in the Parliament wire.
More WINZ Extravagance
- Green Party Co-leader Rod Donald says he has documents which show that WINZ took ten staff members to a VIP lunch at
a cost of $600 per person. He said a number of other government agencies also attended the lunch which probably cost the
taxpayer $50,000 all up. See… More WINZ extravagance exposed
 in the Parliament wire.
- Auckland's air pollution levels are higher than they have been in years. The levels of air pollution are caused
mainly by residential wood fires as well as traffic and industry. Levels in Queen Street are particularly high and
authorities are considering action particularly regarding wood fires.
Student Debt Impact Documented
- Pressure continues to build on the government over the skyrocketing student loan scheme. Today the New Zealand
University and Polytech Students' Association released their Debt Casebook which contains first hand accounts of how the
loan debt impacts on students. See… Debt Casebook - Reality Check For Bradford
 in the Education wire.
Parents' Top Ten
Suicide and Mental Health
- The Alliance says that 273 mental health patients have taken their own lives
 while in hospital care in the last four years.
- Parliament has debated the Government's decision to purchase 28 F-16s from the US Government on a ten-year-lease at a
cost of $362 million. Last year Scoop's Alastair Thompson comprehensively covered the issue. See…Scoop Links: Full Coverage Of The F-16 Purchase
 in the Headlines wire. Meanwhile the Green Party have attacked the purchase of F-16 jets and will push for the cancellation of the
purchase.. See… Greens Will Push For Cancellation Of F-16s
 in the Politics wire.
- The Ministry of Health is advising dentists to avoid using or removing any tooth filling material in pregnant women
where clinically reasonable. See… Precautionary advice for Dentists / Pregnant Women
 in the General wire.
Plastic Mattress Wrap Warning
- The Ministry of Health is warning all parents to take care to unwrap the plastic from babies' mattresses, following
the recent death from accidental suffocation of a Wellington child whose mattress was wrapped in a plastic bag. See… Plastic mattress covers and accidental suffocation
 in the General wire. There is reaction from Dr Sprott in the same wire.
Tetraplegic Cannabis User Granted Early Release
- Danuiel Clark, the tetraplegic jailed for medicinal use of cannabis, was released from jail at 7.30 this morning.
Clark served 11 out of his sentenced 21 days in prison. Clark was picked up from prison by his spokesperson Nandor
Tanczos, the Green Party candidate for Auckland Central. See…Tetraplegic Cannabis User Freed Today
 . For earlier coverage of the story see NZ Story Has Mirror Image In Britain
 and Tetraplegic Jailed For Medicinal Cannabis
 all in the Headlines wire. The Green Party Strong Communities spokesperson Janine McVeagh today said that... Idiotic Policies Put Tetraplegic In Prison
 in the Politics wire.