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Scoop & The UN Secretary General
Spying, Brian Edwards and Criminal Records
Gambling Expansion Across Tasman
Scoop Opinion – The ACC or CIA?
Forget Pokemon, Bugs Is Satan
YOU READ IT FIRST ON SCOOP - Echelon & The New Space Invaders
Opinion: Upton Online – Dis-association

Telecoms Inquiry Terms
Frankenfish
More F16 Pressure
TVNZ Appointment
ACC Tensions Run High
Chechen Concentration Camps
Stressed Out? Read This
Tibet: UN Action Needed
East Timor: Love Thy Neighbour?

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UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

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Scoop & The UN Secretary General

- Following today's Beehive press conference with the world's leading diplomat Scoop can now report that UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's softly spoken voice sounds almost identical in person as it does on CNN. See... UNSG Kofi Annan Talks Peace In Wellington [1] . See also... Scoop Images: Kofi Annan's NZ Press Conference [2] both in the Headlines wire. Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff will be raising the issue of the impact of Iraq sanctions when he meets Mr. Annan say an activist group. See... Goff To Raise Iraq Sanctions Issue With Kofi Anan [3] in the Politics wire. Former NZ Security Council representative Terrence O'Brien previewed the visit. See... Scoop Feature: The Bigger Picture [4] in the Headlines wire. Also in the wire is a recent speech from O’Brien on defence policy, see... Terrence O'Brien - Defence Policy After East Timor [5] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00118.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00117.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00082.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00112.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00111.htm


Spying, Brian Edwards and Criminal Records

- Today's questions answered by Ministers concerned: Maori Affairs Minster's Performance - Tertiary Student Participation - Chancellor Gate - Echelon Spying - Brian Edwards Contract - Telecommunications Competition - Criminal Records - INCIS - Infrastructure Auckland - Election Report - ACC For Self Employed - Te Reo In Primary Schools. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00119.htm


Gambling Expansion Across Tasman

- A New Zealand group has purchased the Adelaide Casino for between $180 and $190 million, around $50 million more than analysts predicted. John Howard reports. See... Sky City Buys Adelaide Casino [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00114.htm


Scoop Opinion – The ACC or CIA?

- What on earth is going on at the Auckland City Council when it uses ratepayers money to hire private investigators to spy on a ratepayer. John Howard writes. This afternoon ACT MP Owen Jennings tabled a series of papers on this odd case of local body espionage. See... Spies In The ACC [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00116.htm


Forget Pokemon, Bugs Is Satan

- The Corrective Party, New Zealand's only corporal punishment party, welcomes Thingsway School's decision to ban Pokemon cards on the basis that they are covert tools of the Giant Lesbian Parenting Welfare Dependency Morris Dancing Opponent of Spanking Conspiracy. Yesterday an Auckland Christian school banned the Japanese cartoon paraphenalia from its classrooms because of its supposed satanic imagery. See... Corporal Punishment Party Applauds Pokemon Ban [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00077.htm


YOU READ IT FIRST ON SCOOP - Echelon & The New Space Invaders

- The world of computer espionage is hotting-up with French accusations that US secret agents worked with computer giant, Microsoft, to spy on worldwide communications with the help of the Kiwis! Today a Green MP and an activist called on Parliament to follow the European Parliament's example and make an inquiry into New Zealand's involvement in Echelon. The PM said she was concerned. For the orginal stories see... Big Brother Bill Is Watching You [1] , Don't Worry Windows Users, Everything Will Bo2k [2] and Scoop Link: New Zealand A New Space Invader? [3] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00105.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0002/S00022.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0002/S00107.htm


Opinion: Upton Online – Dis-association

- Relief will be breaking out in the murkier corners of the new Ministry in the light of the Speaker's latest ruling on the accountability of Associate Ministers. See... Upton-on-line: Dis-association [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00303.htm


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Telecoms Inquiry Terms

- The Government has announced the terms of reference and membership of a three-person Ministerial Inquiry into telecommunications. Headed by retired businessman Hugh Fletcher the Inquiry will look into retail phone prices after concern that New Zealand consumers were paying too much for telephone and internet use. See... New Zealand Telecommunications Inquiry - Govt [1] . For a full list of the Terms of Reference. See... NZ Telecoms Inquiry Terms Of Reference - Govt [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00314.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00313.htm


Frankenfish

- The Green Party said today that stricter controls on a genetically engineered salmon experiment have failed to provide the wild salmon population with enough of a safety net. The comments follow company King Salmon’s announcement it would continue with GE trials of the species after being given permission by the Government to do so. See... Stricter Controls Still Leave Wild Salmon At Risk [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00310.htm


More F16 Pressure

- Former Defence Minister Max Bradford today congratulated the United States Ambassador on her comments that New Zealand should honour the commitment made last year regarding the F16s. The Government is considering backing out of a deal to lease 28 of the American fighter planes. See... Clark comments US go easy on F16 deal disingenuous [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00305.htm


TVNZ Appointment

- The Chair of NZ Post, Dr Ross Armstrong, is to be the new chairperson of TVNZ, the Minister of Broadcasting, Marian Hobbs, announced today. The appointment comes after the early resignation of former Chair, Rosanne Meo, last week. See... New Chair For TVNZ [1] . Also see National’s reaction... New TVNZ Chairman needs clear direction from Govt [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00304.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00307.htm


ACC Tensions Run High

- New Zealand First Deputy Leader, Peter Brown, sya he plans to sue Green MP Sue Bradford over allegations that he acted inappropriately on a select committee considering Accident Compensation law changes. See... Brown Preparing To Sue Sue Bradford [1] in the Parliament wire. Meanwhile, employers around the country are meeting urgently this week to brief members on the gathering “crisis” around accident insurance. See... Urgent meetings on accident insurance called [2] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0002/S00308.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00079.htm


Chechen Concentration Camps

- Kavkaz, the official news service of the Chechen rebels, reports over 1,700 people have been shot or maimed by Russian troops among them 60 children, in the concentration camp of Chernokozovo. See... Kavkaz News: 1700 Killed In Concentration Camp [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0002/S00023.htm


Stressed Out? Read This

- Overdoing stress in the workplace is very expensive because of all the negative things that flow from it, says a senior lecturer at Auckland University. See... Getting Stress Levels Wrong Is Very Costly [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0002/S00133.htm


Tibet: UN Action Needed

- Tibet is an issue of growing concern which should be raised during this week’s Parliamentary visits of Mr Kofi Annan, says a human rights group. See... Government called upon to raise the issue of Tibet [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0002/S00078.htm


East Timor: Love Thy Neighbour?

- An East Timor radio programme which talks about reconciliation has persuaded '10 militia and dozens of refugees' that they will be accepted back See... Radio Woos Pro-Jakarta Militias Back To East Timor [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0002/S00030.htm

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