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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
A New Terror Threat For The US – Contaminated Food
GE Direct Action Begins – ERMA Occupied
Anne Else: Advertorialising TV From The Inside Out
GE Decision Offensive To Cultural Values – Maori Caucus
Alliance Satisfied With GE Decision
FULL COVERAGE OF GE ANNOUNCEMENT POSITIVE REACTION:
GE Feedback: Your Instinks Are In Your Jeans
Government Ignores Two Thirds Of NZers - Greens
FULL COVERAGE OF GE ANNOUNCEMENT NEGATIVE REACTION:
ACT’s Prescription For Ailing Business Confidence
Petrol Prices Fall Again
Trick Or Trade At Wellington Club

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AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE
Guest Opinion By Brigadier (retd) Usman Khalid, Leader of Al-Ansaar
THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL US COMMENTS
Terrorism Bill Opposition Mounts
The Way Forward To Middle East Peace - Respect

OTHER NEWS
Air NZ Annual Report Unmasks Govt
Maharey & English Get Behind Southland Promotion
TVNZ On Sky
Workplace Health And Safety Changes Introduced
Student Debt Research – Enough Is Enough

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Scoop Is In The House

– Today's questions of the day concerned: GE Announcement x 2 – Maori and GE Announcement – Alzheimer’s Drugs – Southland Employment – Susan Bathgate – China & The WTO – War Against Terror x 2 – Susan Bathgate – Southern Institute Of Technology – Occupational Safety Legislation See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 31 October [1] . For yesterday's Q&A see... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day –30 October [2] . -To receive Questions of the Day (and answers) by email when they are posted on Scoop CLICK HERE [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0110/S00172.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0110/S00163.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/cgi-bin/newsagent/new_user.cgi?form=home


A New Terror Threat For The US – Contaminated Food

- Details are starting to leak from of Scoop's Washington sources that after anthrax, food terror will be the next weapon unleashed on the U.S. Maree Howard reports. See... America’s Latest Threat - Terror Food [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0110/S00171.htm


GE Direct Action Begins – ERMA Occupied

- Scoop understands that direct action against Genetic Engineering - expected in the wake of yesterday’s decision to allow contained field trials - has begun already with the occupation of the Environmental Risk Management Authority [ERMA] premises ... See... NEWSFLASH: Anti-GE Direct Action Begins [1] . Meanwhile Three thousand New Zealanders have pledged to help remove genetic engineering field trials and planning for action is underway. See… Green Gloves Direct Action Pledge [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0110/S00170.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0110/S00186.htm


Anne Else: Advertorialising TV From The Inside Out

- We learnt a useful double lesson this week. Today’s expert highwaymen don’t believe in giving us a choice. They want both our money and our life. See... Letter From Elsewhere: Your Money and Your Life [1] and The Les Mills Pro-GE Advertorial Mystery [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0110/S00167.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0110/S00156.htm


GE Decision Offensive To Cultural Values – Maori Caucus

- Genetic modification strikes at the core values of Maori and we are committed to ensuring those values are able to be upheld, says Labour's Maori Caucus. See... Labour Maori Caucus on GM [1] OTHER MAORI PERSPECTIVES: - Sandra Lee - Maori will welcome enhanced protection [2] - Willie Jackson - Maori concerns about GM get serious attention [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00522.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00521.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00517.htm


Alliance Satisfied With GE Decision

- “The new regulations on GE trials announced by Government today are a great improvement on the moratorium ensuring the safety and security of GE trials,” says Phillida Bunkle Alliance environment spokesperson. See... New regulations better than a moratorium [1] and The Alliance has achieved its strong policy on GE [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00524.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00527.htm


FULL COVERAGE OF POSITIVE REACTION:

- Life Sciences Network - Greenpeace Resorts To Mistruths - Again [1] - Interchurch Commission - Interchurch Commission On GE Responds To Report [2] - Peter Dunne - GE Decision At Outer Limit Of Public Acceptability [3] - Winston Peters - GE Debate Just Commencing [4] - Helen Clark - Science will play key role in 21st Century [5] - NZ Government - Frequently asked questions about GM decisions [6] - Marian Hobbs - Win-win for environment and research [7] - Pete Hodgson - GM research: forward with caution [8] - ACT - Govt Must Now Show Genuine Support For GM [9] - Fonterra - GM Decision [10] - Federated Farmers - GM Decision Keeps Options Open for NZ Farmers [11] - Employers And Manufacturers - GM decision the right one for now [12] - ACRI - Association of Crown Research Institutes On GM [13] - Life Sciences Network - Govt decision a victory for commonsense [14]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0110/S00187.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0110/S00191.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00536.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00523.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00506.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00508.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00507.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00505.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00512.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0110/S00180.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0110/S00176.htm
[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0110/S00174.htm
[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0110/S00173.htm
[14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0110/S00172.htm


GE Feedback: Your Instinks Are In Your Jeans

- In this edition: It Ain’t Meme, Babe… - It’s Only Natural – It Just Ain’t Natural – Les We GE. See... Scoop: Feedback: GE, GE, GE… & GE [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0110/S00166.htm


Government Ignores Two Thirds Of NZers - Greens

- Green co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons today said the Government had ignored the wishes of nearly two thirds of New Zealanders by lifting the moratorium on GE field trials. See... GE decision not 'middle of the road' [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00518.htm


FULL COVERAGE OF NEGATIVE REACTION:

- GE Free NZ - Need for local GE Free zones highlighted [1] - Bio-Gro NZ - Govt Decision on GM ignores organic industry [2] - Greenpeace - GE free NZ now up to the people [3] - Libertarianz - Clark Sells Out Science to Stone Age [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0110/S00183.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0110/S00182.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0110/S00181.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0110/S00175.htm


ACT’s Prescription For Ailing Business Confidence

- Michael Cullen can restore business confidence if he stops passing the buck and starts making some simple decisions, ACT Finance Spokesman MP Rodney Hide said today. See... How Dr Cullen Can Boost Business Confidence [1] and Confidence Drop Serious Time to Cut Taxes [2] MORE: - Deutsche Bank - NBNZ Business Survey - October 2001 [3] - Govt - Business Confidence Slump To Be Expected [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00535.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00534.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0110/S00185.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00531.htm


Petrol Prices Fall Again

– Shell and BP have announced more price cuts see… BP Drops Fuel Prices – 4th Time in 4 Weeks [1] and Shell drops fuel prices again [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0110/S00187.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0110/S00186.htm


Trick Or Trade At Wellington Club

- “Only freetrade freaks and pro-corporate gouls, would launch evil on Halloween”, say anticapitalists planning a picket tonight at the Wellington Club. See... Picket! Trade Liberlisation Network Launch - Today [1] and Trade Leaders Support TLN Launch [2] . See also... November 9: Christchurch Action On The WTO [3] and Convergence against Capitalism 3-4 November [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0110/S00190.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0110/S00181.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0110/S00189.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0110/S00179.htm


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AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE

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Guest Opinion By Brigadier (retd) Usman Khalid, Leader of Al-Ansaar

- Before the US invasion of Afghanistan, I pleaded with President Bush and General Musharraf not to invade that country because it would be illegal, immoral and unwise to do so. See... Guest Opinion: Recognise Taliban and Negotiate [1] Feedback: Ruminations On The War & Scoop’s Coverage - In This Edition: Stan Goff & Lindsay Perigo - From Suez To Afghanistan, A Very Slow Learning Curve - USA Hypocrisy. See... Feedback: What The World Needs Now… [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0110/S00168.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0110/S00169.htm


THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL US COMMENTS

- Rumsfeld Media Availability with UK Secretary Hoon [1] - Enduring Freedom Update 30/10 - Adm. Stufflebeem [2] - State Dept. Daily Press Briefing October 30, 2001 [3] - State Dept. Daily Press Briefing October 29, 2001 [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0110/S00214.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0110/S00213.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0110/S00212.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0110/S00211.htm


Terrorism Bill Opposition Mounts

- Last night's television and this morning's newspapers and radios highlighted the plans of the Government to introduce amendments to the Terrorism (Bombing and Financing} Bill. The Bill is likely to go back to Parliament early November. See... Secret Draconian Terrorism Bill Amendments Push [1] and NZ Government Assets To Be Frozen? [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0110/S00188.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00537.htm


The Way Forward To Middle East Peace - Respect

-On the tenth anniversary of the opening session of the Middle East peace talks in Madrid on 30 October 1991, Amnesty International repeated that respect by all parties for the fundamental principles of international humanitarian and human rights law is the only way to achieve peace and security. "Unlawful killings, demolitions of homes, denial - for a population of more than three millions - of the right to freedom of movement are gross violations of human rights obligations which the Israeli Government has itself solemnly agreed to uphold", said the worldwide human rights organization. See... The only way forward is respect for human rights [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0110/S00216.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Air NZ Annual Report Unmasks Govt

- The Government's attempt to look like the knight in shining armour for Air New Zealand has fallen flat with the release of the company's annual report today, says National's Transport spokesperson Belinda Vernon. See... Government Unmasked By Air NZ [1] . See also... Tourism Will Pay The Price Of Air NZ Fare Increase [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00529.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00530.htm


Maharey & English Get Behind Southland Promotion

- Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey has weighed in behind a Venture Southland initiative taken to promoting employment in Southland. See... Maharey Supports Job Promotion For Southland [1] and Come One, Come All, To Booming Southland [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00525.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00532.htm


TVNZ On Sky

- Broadcasting Minister Marian Hobbs says she’s pleased TVNZ and Sky Television have reached agreement for TV ONE and TV2 to be available on the Sky digital platform. See... Minister welcomes TVNZ/Sky deal [1] - Sky - Tv One And Tv2 To Be Available On Sky Digital [2] - TVNZ - TV One And TV2 To Be Available On Sky Digital [3] - ACT - Government Meddling Deals Blow to TVNZ [4] - National - TVNZ forced to cadge a ride with Sky [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00539.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0110/S00184.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0110/S00183.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00547.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00542.htm


Workplace Health And Safety Changes Introduced

- The Minister of Labour, Margaret Wilson has introduced amendments to strengthen the Health and Safety in Employment Act. See... New laws for safer workplaces [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00543.htm


Student Debt Research – Enough Is Enough

- Given that student debt was a key issue at the last election students will be disgusted that the Education and Science Select Committee has failed to recommend any action on student debt, Green Spokesperson on Tertiary Education Nandor Tanczos said today. See... More research into student debt a waste of time [1] - NZUSA - Report gets angry thumbs down from students [2] - Liz Gordon - Tertiary Inquiry Raises Huge Issues [3] - Steve Maharey - Further relief for students hangs on re-election [4] - CCESA - Select Committee Report More Bad News For Teachers [5] - VUWSA - Students Respond to Report "Is that it?" [6] - OUSA - Students Slam Loan Review Sham [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00541.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0110/S00036.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00504.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00499.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0110/S00039.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0110/S00038.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0110/S00037.htm


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