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A Double Dose Of Sludge
Scoop Is In The House
DOVER CLEARED OF RAPE ALLEGATIONS
ERB WARS, ROUND SEVEN
Another Hobbit House
Socialist International Press Conference Report
Media News And Jobs From Australia
The “Real” Politics Of Foreign Affairs
Scoop Opinion: From The Left
The Stigley Row: Mark Blumsky Quits
Scoop World News Link: Moscow Bombing Kills Seven
Scoop World: Fiji Military Accused Of Financial Abuse
Scoop World: Constitutional Confusion Reigns In The Solomons
Scoop World: US Elections

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A Double Dose Of Sludge

- More Mistakes From INL – Scoop Was First – Not That Face Again! See... Sludge Report #25 – More Mistakes From INL [1] Rugby and the ERB - Red Blood Rising – Dover and the ERB - The Kids Are Not All Right - See... Sludge Report #26 – Red Blood Rising [2] both in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00048.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00047.htm


Scoop Is In The House

- For today’s questions covering: Nuclear Power And Kyoto - Carol Stigley – Tertiary Education – Taffy Hotene’s Parole - English As A Second Language Teaching – Carol Stigley – NZ Music On Air – Examination Fees – East Coast Computing – Junior Doctors Strike – Dover Samuels – Taffy Hotene’s Parole... see... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 9 August [1] . For yesterday's questions and answers, see... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 8 August [2] in the Headlines wire. The house is expected to move into urgency this afternoon to complete the passage of the Employment Relations Bill.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00049.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00038.htm


DOVER CLEARED OF RAPE ALLEGATIONS

- Former Maori Affairs Minister Dover Samuels has been cleared of allegations of rape. At a press conference yesterday evening Samuels said he had met with police who had advised him they would not investigate the allegations any further. See...TV3 News [1] . Meanwhile, ACT party leader Richard Prebble wishes to point out he has not made any press statements about the police investigation into allegations made against Mr Samuels. See... Dover Samuels [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/NM0008/S00047.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00153.htm


ERB WARS, ROUND SEVEN

- Minister of Labour Margaret Clark urged the controversial new industrial relations bill into its second reading last night. Meanwhile, the Greens changes to the Bill were also under scrutiny. 2nd reading speech notes ERB - Margaret Wilson [1] FULL COVERAGE: - JENNY SHIPLEY - Govt. must finally face up to costs of ERB [2] - RICHARD PREBBLE - Employment Relations Bill Speech to Parliament [3] - ACT - Even Labour Gets The Facts From ACT [4] - GREENS - Greens to moot six changes to ERB [5] - SUE BRADFORD - Sue Bradford Speech on Employment Relations Bill [6] . For more on the ERB see Scoop's special ERB WIRE [7] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00154.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00145.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00142.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00141.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00147.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00149.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/erb.html


Another Hobbit House

- Yet another picture of a Lord of the Rings set has been supplied to Scoop by a friendly Hobbit. This time it appears to show a mountaintop fortress guarded by an eagle statue. See... Scoop Images: A Mountaintop Hobbit Retreat? [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00046.htm


Socialist International Press Conference Report

- AT THE END of the first ever convening of Socialist's International in the South Pacific, the organization condemned the region's political turmoil. Reports Mathew Loh. See... Socialist International condemns Pacific Upheavals [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00045.htm


Media News And Jobs From Australia

- The latest Australasian Media Flash is in…see... Media Flash & Australian Media Job Director [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00044.htm


The “Real” Politics Of Foreign Affairs

- “Yes Minister's” Sir Humphrey Appleby exists after all, and works for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to United New Zealand leader, Peter Dunne. See... Sir Humphrey Appleby Is Alive And Well - At MFAT [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00158.htm


Scoop Opinion: From The Left

- In this week’s edition of Young Labour’s Future Lefts: Editorial: Rats in sheep's clothing? VSM rears its ugly head again News Web Site Of The Week See... Future Lefts - Brief and to the point [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00056.htm


The Stigley Row: Mark Blumsky Quits

- Wellington mayor Mark Blumsky has resigned from his position in Local Government New Zealand in protest at the group’s treatment of its chief executive, Carol Stigley, saying the group blamed her for a mixup with Sandra Lee. See... Blumsky Quits Over Stigley Row [1] in the Headlines wire. For more background, see... Minister rejects "factually incorrect" outburst [2] . Also see...Gross interference leads to golden handshake [3] , both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00040.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00112.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00111.htm


Scoop World News Link: Moscow Bombing Kills Seven

- MOSCOW (AP) - A bomb tore through a crowded underground walkway in central Moscow on Tuesday, killing at least seven people and sending wounded pedestrians staggering out, their clothes singed, tattered and soaked in blood. See... 7 Die in Explosion in Moscow Square [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0008/S00045.htm


Scoop World: Fiji Military Accused Of Financial Abuse

- Fiji's deposed elected government coalition has accused the military-backed interim administration of financial abuse early in its term of office. See... Qarase Under Fire Over Transparency [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0008/S00043.htm


Scoop World: Constitutional Confusion Reigns In The Solomons

- More political trouble has erupted in the Solomon Islands as the eastern outer islands of the country, Temotu Province, declared itself a state government yesterday. See... SOLOMON IS: Temotu declares state government [1] . Meanwhile, Malaita Eagle Force members yesterday failed to honour a clause of the ceasefire agreement between the warring parties on Guadalcanal refusing to hand-over the armoury in Honiara back to the Solomon Islands police. See... Solomons Ceasefire Under Threat [2] both in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0008/S00044.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0008/S00037.htm


Scoop World: US Elections

- Demonstrators carrying a giant Gore puppet will protest the renewal of military ties with Indonesia at the Vice President's Los Angeles campaign headquarters. See... East Timor Protest at Gore L.A. Headquarters [1] . “With the help of "friendly corporations" Republicans and Democrats are breaking fund-raising records in this year's election campaign.” So starts a weekly column devoted to the United States elections with information not normally found inside main-stream US media. See... Big Business Bankrolls Both Party Conventions [2] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0008/S00042.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0008/S00041.htm

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