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Islam, Christianity and Judaism Reunited
Polls Find Parliament Pro Pot Decriminalisation
On-line With The Royal Underground
Scoop Is In The House
Scoop Opinion: 'Oil's Not Necessary Well'
Scoop Sport: Runs Fest Expected At Basin
Keep Those Wheels Oiled Jim
Scoop: The World Today

Money Flying To Web Site Owners
Drug Test Ruling Appealed
Waipareira Trust Allegations
No Support For Shared Parenting Bill
Food Standards: Fancy A Beef-dripping ice?
Police Action Questioned
Mike, Matt & The WTO
Predator Control In Forests?
Looking Into Ferry Wash
A Green Welfare Bill
Diabetes Medicine Review
A Party On Industrial Hemp

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Pope John Paul II - The Peace Maker

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Islam, Christianity and Judaism Reunited

- While officially Pope John Paul II's pilgrimage to the Holy Land is personal not political, it is rapidly becoming very political - but then that is far from surprising - peace is political. Alastair Thompson Reports. See... 21st Century Pope On Peace Mission [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00093.htm


Polls Find Parliament Pro Pot Decriminalisation

- Recently Parliament has fallen under a haze of pot-related allegations with press secretaries in two seperate incidents accused of spinning doctoring while under the influence. While only one MP admits being a current user, two Television news polls in Parliament yesterday revealed considerable support for a move to softer laws on the drug. Chris Holm Reports. See... High Support for Marijuana Law Reform [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00092.htm


On-line With The Royal Underground

- Mainstream media in Australia is taking a caning through the Internet over its treatment of what is now being accepted as one of the most popular Royal tours of Australia since 1954. John Howard reports. See... Aussie Monarchists Take To The Net [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00090.htm


Scoop Is In The House

- Today’s questions of the day concerned: Nurse and Doctor Pay – Petrol Prices – Constitution Conference – ACC For Self Employed –Maori Health – Police Use of Nose Holds – Maori Health – Offshore SOE Staff – Brian Edwards – East Timor – Superannuation - School Enrolment Rules – John Tamihere...See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day [1] in the Headlines wire


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00094.htm


Scoop Opinion: 'Oils Not Necessary Well'

- On Tuesday, US company Swift Energy announced that there is enough oil in its Rimu well, near Hawera, to make New Zealand self-sufficient in petroleum products. Further, a potentially larger nearby oilfield, Kauri, could make New Zealand into a substantial oil-exporting nation. Scoop's Keith Rankin examines what an oil discovery could do to the NZ economy in his Thursday column. See... Keith Rankin's Thursday Column: Lucky Strike? [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00091.htm


Scoop Sport: Runs Fest Expected At Basin

- The Basin Reserve pitch looks set to favour the batsmen and pace bowlers in the second test between Australia and New Zealand which starts in Wellington tomorrow. See... Basin Pitch To Favour Batsmen In Test [1] in the Sport wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SP0003/S00026.htm


Keep Those Wheels Oiled Jim

- New Zealand First Energy spokesperson Peter Brown, has praised the Deputy Prime Minister, Jim Anderton, for getting the price of petrol down and has urged him to keep going with this campaign. See... Well Done Jim But Don't Stop There [1] . On Tuesday Deputy PM Jim Anderton went on the offensive on the high price of petrol in the face of falling crude oil prices see... Deputy PM Asks For Petrol Prices Investigation [2] both in the Parliament wire. Yesterday the price fell by 2 cents. Jim isn't happy yet however. See... BP Gives Motorists Good News [3] and Caltex drops petrol prices [4] and Shell Drops Oil Price By 2C [5] all in the Business wire.


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Scoop: The World Today

- The Chechnya rebels says they are maintaining their guerrilla attacks on Russian soldiers... Kavkaz News: 13 Wounded Mujahideen Captured [1] . while human rights group Human Rights Watch believes a Russia government inquiry into Russian war-atrocities in the province are unlikely to produce any serious result. See... Chechnya: U.N. Action on Chechnya Urged [2] . Continuing his tour of the Holy Land the Pope went to the city Bethlehem and held a mass for Bethlehem’s Christians. See... Pope In Holy Land: Mass In Manger Square [3] . Later after kissing the ground in a Palestinian territory he called for the creation of an independent state for Palestine. See... Pope In Holy Land: Palestinian Territories Speech [4] . Earlier when entering Israel he made a plea for peaceful relations between Christians, Muslims and Jews. See…Pope In Holy Land: Welcome Speech To Israel [5] all in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0003/S00107.htm
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Money Flying To Web Site Owners

- In a New Zealand first, FlyingPig.co.nz is giving all Kiwis who have an Internet web site the opportunity to make ‘money for jam’. See... FlyingPig.co.nz launches recipe for online success [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0003/S00120.htm


Drug Test Ruling Appealed

The New Zealand Sports Drug Agency has made a decision to appeal the recent District Court decision finding which overruled positive drug test against Olympic swimmer Trent Bray. See... Sports Drug Agency To Appeal Ruling [1] in the Sports wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SP0003/S00027.htm


Waipareira Trust Allegations

- ACT Leader Richard Prebble confirmed today that he has had discussions with the Auditor General, Mr Macdonald regarding the serious allegations made in Parliament concerning the Waipareira Trust. Mr Prebble has raised concerns about level of services the Trust delivers to government departments in return for tax dollars. See... Auditor General Confirms Inquiry [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00383.htm


No Support For Shared Parenting Bill

- The Government has decided not to support the Shared Parenting Bill promoted by ACT's Muriel Newman, Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey said today. The Bill would see parents taking a 50-50 split in child-custody. Children’s advocate groups have criticised the bill saying it was focused on parents but not kids. See... Welfare of children not advanced by bill [1] . Women's Affairs Minister Laila Harré says briefing papers released today show Muriel Newman's Shared Parenting Bill is unlikely to achieve its aim of improving the welfare of New Zealand children. See... Briefing papers released on Shared Parenting Bill [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00378.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00354.htm


Food Standards: Fancy A Beef-dripping ice?

- Consumers buying ice cream in cones would have no way of telling whether it contained chicken fat, lard or beef dripping, if proposed food standards are introduced, Green Party Safe Food Spokesperson Sue Kedgley said today. See... One ice cream in a cone, no chicken fat thanks [1] . Also see...Green Party calls for national organics standard [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00392.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00368.htm


Police Action Questioned

- Green MP Sue Bradford will today question new police methods of dealing with demonstrators during question time this afternoon. The question comes after student allegations that police acted inappropriately when dealing with students protesting outside Winz offices around the country. See... Sue Bradford To Question Police Tactics [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00390.htm


Mike, Matt & The WTO

- New Zealand can play a leadership role at the WTO by assisting developing countries to represent their own needs and concerns directly to the WTO, Director-General Mike Moore told Minister for overseas aid, Matt Robson in Geneva. See... Minister meets with Mike Moore [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00389.htm


Predator Control In Forests?

- The predators of our forests will rest easier with the Minister of Conservation’s decision to refuse and Official Information request from ACT MP Gerry Eckhoff on predator control in West Coast Forests. See... Alternatives To Control Forest Pests [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00384.htm


Looking Into Ferry Wash

- The Minister of Transport Mark Gosche is to travel by fast ferry to the Marlborough Sounds tomorrow morning to see the effects of fast ferry wash for himself. Residents and conservationalists have complained that wake caused by fast ferry boats is causing widespread coastline erosion. See... Focus on ferry concerns [1] . Green MP and Marlborough farmer Ian Ewen-Street today said people would die in the Marlborough Sounds if meaningful action was not taken to reduce the wash. See... Greens urge action on ferry wash [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00379.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00381.htm


A Green Welfare Bill

- Green Party Income Support Spokesperson Sue Bradford has a new members bill in today's ballot, aimed at “restoring the self-respect of New Zealanders receiving a benefit.” The bill would remove many of the practices of Winz that welfare advocates deem harsh getting rid of the work-for-the-dole scheme, repealing coercive work tests and stopping punitive benefit suspensions. See... Bradford's Bill Restores Dignity To Beneficiaries [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00382.htm


Diabetes Medicine Review

- Distribution of the diabetes medicine, Rezulin is now under review in New Zealand, following recent concerns the drug may cause toxic liver damage. See... Distribution of Rezulin Under Review [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0003/S00063.htm


A Party On Industrial Hemp

- Customs Minister Hon Phillida Bunkle tonight reaffirmed her support for a working party on industrial hemp. See... Customs Minister Addresses Industrial Hemp Meeting [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00380.htm

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