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Every election is, of course, of vital interest to politicians and those who earn their living either helping or
hindering them. The world beyond the Ngauranga interchange (which for the benefit of non-Wellingtonians is where the
bumpy old Hutt Motorway ...
Labour Leader Helen Clark today said that it was a sign of the level of desperation in National's ranks that the
government is now considering eleventh hour changes to the student loans system.
When New Zealanders place themselves on the political spectrum the majority opt for centre-left according to the New
Zealand Values Study but when it comes to specific ideology we are much more confused.
National and Act may have misjudged the mood of the electorate according to the New Zealand Study of Values which shows
a willingness by people to spend more on certain social services.
We received the above image yesterday via e-mail. It appears to show a soldier carrying a Steyr rifle with an Australian
imprint the word “Humps” and various things written in Indonesian on it.
Just how many voters will exercise their democratic right come election day and vote is in doubt with the New Zealand
Study of Values showing a general lack of confidence in government and politics.
The present framework for the public sector - notably the State Sector Act and the Public Finance Act - is the creation
of the Fourth Labour Government.
A roundup of the programme for the final days of this Parliamentary session - list and timing of valedictories and FULL
TEXT of URGENCY MOTION.
"You're on my turf now," Labour Deputy Leader Michael Cullen is alleged to have said to West Coasters during an angry
meeting in Parliament yesterday over Labour's plans to end sustainable logging. Scoop’s West Coast correspondent John
Scoop’s Fraser Rolfe attended yesterday’s Coast Action Network protest in favour of native logging in Wellington and
filed this photo feature report.
The Minister for Tertiary Education Max Bradford will visit the Auckland Institute of Technology tomorrow morning to
make an announcement.
In the past hour, police have called students occupying the Registry building at the University of Canterbury, to warn
them that they are about to evict the students.
Cabinet Minister Simon Upton today dispensed with the industrial age reliance on broadsheets and the wireless with the
launch of his daily Internet column, upton-on-line.
Tertiary Education Minister Max Bradford has rejected a claim by the Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury University that
substantial student fee increases are the fault of the Government.
It looks as though an Aussie soldier has written the Indonesian for "Halt, hands up!" on his rifle."
Labour Maori affairs spokesperson Dover Samuels today condemned Maori Affairs Minister Tau Henare's proposal for all
public servants to learn Maori language as being unworkable.
Once more, In English this time, Mr Cullen The New Zealand First Leader, Winston Peters, is asking Labour’s Public
Sector Spokesperson, Michael Cullen, to explain Labour’s public sector reform programme, in English, instead of
Reported comments from the chief executive of the Insurance Council have raised serious concerns about the funding
practices of companies that have entered the newly privatised workplace injury market, Labour ACC spokesperson Ruth
Dyson said today.
The coming election gives us renewed opportunity to interpret everything that politicians say and do with cynicism. It
would be nice if we can rise above such a self-imposed stupor. We did it with APEC.