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Begging The Question: www.footinmouth.govt.nz
King Foreshadows Demise Of Community Services Card
MAY DAY: David Miller Says No Thanks
MAY DAY: Supercomputer Says Its Safe To Protest
MAY DAY: Libz Scold Hypocritical Activists
MAY DAY: Activists Seek Giant Inflatable Clown-Shaped Scapegoat
Activists Protests At Canadian HC Over Quebec Violence
PM’s Presser: Few Remaining POWs Finally Get Compo
Politicians Across The Spectrum Remember Old Friend
Way To Go On Republicanism National, Says Green MP
Airline History Goes Around & Comes Around

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Begging The Question: www.footinmouth.govt.nz

- So the advertising campaigns have begun. The ramparts are being raised. We have x-rays! Maybe it was the old scifi movie on at the weekend (It Came From Outer Space) or just a remnant of cold war paranoia but having kept a roving eye on biosecurity of late it’s hard not to wonder at the vagaries of the handling of this greatest-of-all risks. See... Begging the Question: Biosecurity in our time? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00125.htm


King Foreshadows Demise Of Community Services Card

- "In the Government's view, the card has always been a blunt instrument in terms of securing access to affordable health care for low income New Zealanders,” said Health Minister Annette King. See... Community Services Card to be reviewed [1] REACTION: - Greens - Healthcare Eligibility Changes Unacceptable [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00341.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00362.htm


MAY DAY: David Miller Says No Thanks

- While I believe free speech is a basic human right and do not wish to see it denied to anybody I must say that I will not be joining in the May Day parade. See... David Miller: Why I Won't Be Marching On May Day [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00126.htm


MAY DAY: Supercomputer Says Its Safe To Protest

- Scoop has been consulting NOAA’s supercomputer on the weather forecast for May Day when demonstrators and workers will be taking to the streets all over the planet. Will their protests be disrupted by rain? See... Supercomputer Weather: May Day Around The World [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00127.htm


MAY DAY: Libz Scold Hypocritical Activists

- "In their private lives, the local May Day inactivists enjoy lots of shiny modern Western conveniences, including the personal computers and internet via which they make their opinions known," says Libertarianz spokesman Richard McGrath. See... Libz Taunt May Day Misanthropists [1] and Mayday Activists respond to Libertarianz Party [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0104/S00072.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0104/S00074.htm


MAY DAY: Activists Seek Giant Inflatable Clown-Shaped Scapegoat

- Organisers of Mayday celebrations in Wellington have noted the theft of the $10,000 inflatable figure of Ronald McDonald from a McDonald's restaurant in Hamilton, and ask that he bought to Wellington to stand trial on May 1st. See... Mayday Activists demand Ronald McDonald [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0104/S00073.htm


Activists Protests At Canadian HC Over Quebec Violence

- We are protesting today against the human rights abuses happening in Quebec at the moment against those who are protesting at the Summit of the Americas free trade meeting. See... Letter to Canadian HC condemning police violence [1] and Students Protest at Canadian High Commission [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0104/S00078.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0104/S00077.htm


PM’s Presser: Few Remaining POWs Finally Get Compo

- Prime Minister Helen Clark today said she was sorry it has taken over 55 years for New Zealand soldiers held by Japan during the Second World War to be compensated by the Government for their horrendous treatment by the Japanese. See... PM Sorry For POWs Long Wait For Compensation [1] The War Veterans Package: - Ex gratia payments to ex-POWs of Japan [2] - Transfer of Veterans' Pension legislation [3] - Better recognition and support for war veterans [4] - Veterans case management and one-stop shop [5] - Better health treatment for veterans' children [6] - Veterans' package fact sheet [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00123.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00346.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00345.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00344.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00349.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00348.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00347.htm


Politicians Across The Spectrum Remember Old Friend

- Prime Minister Helen Clark today paid tribute to her former colleague, Trevor de Cleene, saying the former Labour MP would be remembered for his commitment to his beliefs along with his wit and irreverence. See... Trevor de Cleene 'committed, witty and irreverent' [1] MORE TRIBUTES: - Jenny Shipley - Trevor de Cleene [2] - Margaret Wilson - Margaret Wilson on the death of Trevor de Cleene [3] - Richard Prebble - Prebble Pays Tribute to Trevor de Cleene [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00353.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00335.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00337.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00333.htm


Way To Go On Republicanism National, Says Green MP

- Green Party MP Keith Locke today welcomed a new openness from the National Party towards New Zealand becoming a republic. See... Locke welcomes Nats' republican leanings [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00338.htm


Airline History Goes Around & Comes Around

- This weekend marks 61 years since that great Anzac enterprise, Tasman Empire Airways Limited, took to the trans-Tasman skies. The partnership that formed the fledgling airline included Qantas and the NZ Labour Government. No debt-laden predecessors were sacrificed or written off in the process. See... Who Said History Never Repeats?: Airlines [1] .

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00124.htm


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