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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is (Always) In The House
Agreement For A New Afghanistan Government Signed
Conference On Closer Relations With Uncle Sam
Maori TV Bill Debated Under Urgency
Party For Colin’s Cat
Chefs To Get Naked For Food Labelling
Psychiatrists Body Seeks Lake Alice Complaints
Scoop World: Spiral Of Violence In Israel Must Stop - Amnesty
Scoop World: Unsustainable And Inhumane Australian Policy
Email Vigilance Advised As Goner Spreads
Katya Rivas

AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE
Qala-i-Jhangi Inquiry Call Repeated
The Kids Are All Right!
THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL UN, US & UK COMMENTS

OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)
In Defence Of Our Nurses
Laptop Awards For Maori Teachers
Peddling Misery In Health As Deficits Soar
Making Workplaces Safer – HSE Bill Debated
Communications Trumps Letter Makes All Clear
John Howard And Bill English Meeting Cordial
Universities Line Up For Excellence Funding
Kyoto Myths Dispelled
Warning From Senior Doctors On Parry Inquiry

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Scoop Is (Always) In The House

– For today's questions of the day See... Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 6 December [1] . For earlier Q&A in the house see.. Wednesday [2] - Tuesday [3] - Scoop Searchable Questions Of The Day Archive (FREE!) [4] . - to subscribe and receive each day’s questions of the day and answers as they are posted on Scoop via email (ALSO FREE!) CLICK HERE [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00100.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00022.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0112/S00010.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/archive/scoop/index.pl?k=174&y=2001&m=11
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/cgi-bin/newsagent/new_user.cgi?form=home


Agreement For A New Afghanistan Government Signed

- “Determined to end the tragic conflict in Afghanistan and promote national reconciliation, lasting peace, stability and respect for human rights in the country…..”. See... Agreement On Provisional Arrangements Afghanistan [1] and UN talks in Bonn culminate in accord on Afghan Gvt [2] FULL COVERAGE - Women for Afghan Women Welcome Agreement [3] - UK Government - The future government of Afghanistan - Jack Straw [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00057.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00056.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00061.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00055.htm


Conference On Closer Relations With Uncle Sam

- "There is keen business interest in New Zealand in the prospect of a closer economic partnership with the United States. The government shares that interest and will work as hard as it can to advance the prospect," Says Helen Clark Prime Minister. See... Conference On A NZ/US Closer Economic Partnership [1] . See also... Jim Sutton speech on US CEP [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00092.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00099.htm


Maori TV Bill Debated Under Urgency

- Mäori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia said he believed the Mäori Television Service will enrich New Zealand society, culture and heritage even though its principal function is to promote te Reo Mäori me nga tikanga Mäori. See... Maori Television Service Bill In The House [1] . See also.. Maori Television Service Bill First Reading Speech [2] and I Whakatakotoria Te Ture Ratonga Pouaka [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00096.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00095.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00094.htm


Party For Colin’s Cat

- Colin’s the cat has come home from Korea and all at Westgate’s tanker terminal at Port Taranaki are preparing to celebrate at a welcome home party this afternoon. See... Celebration Time – Colin’s Returns Home [1] Complete Cat Saga: - Colin's On Her Way Back From Korea [2] - Colin's Not The First Celebrity 'Work Pet' [3] - Cat Rescue Mission Reaches Korea [4] - Whiskas In Bid To Bring Stowaway Cat Home [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0112/S00011.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0112/S00008.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0112/S00009.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0112/S00002.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0111/S00074.htm


Chefs To Get Naked For Food Labelling

- New Zealand's own “naked chefs” will join consumers in protest over GE food this Friday to draw attention to the risk of deception under the new GE labelling regime starting on December 7th. See... Naked Chefs To Urge Pam's To "Stop Ge " [1] . See also.. Kedgley to clarify 'Clayton's' GE labelling [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00026.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00079.htm


Psychiatrists Body Seeks Lake Alice Complaints

- The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is encouraging anyone who was adversely affected by treatment received as a patient of the Adolescent Unit at Lake Alice Hospital in the 1970s to lodge a complaint with either the Medical Council of New Zealand or the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria. See... Call For Lake Alice Victims To Take Further Action [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00025.htm


Scoop World: Spiral Of Violence In Israel Must Stop - Amnesty

- After a series of suicide bombings against Israeli civilians and two days of Israeli air attacks on Palestinian towns in Gaza and the West Bank, Amnesty International called today for an end to the killings of civilians in Israel and the Occupied Territories. See... The spiral of revenge must stop immediately [1] See also… State Dept. Daily Press Briefing December 4, 2001 [2] - NZ Greens - Will Goff Help The Palestinians? [3] - Gush Shalom - A War Of Sharon's Making [4] - for full coverage see SCOOP WORLD FEATURE PAGE [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00060.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00052.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00076.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00042.htm
[5] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=world


Scoop World: Unsustainable And Inhumane Australian Policy

- Returning from a research mission to Nauru, Amnesty International delegate Dr John Pace said today that, “Off-loading asylum-seekers onto Pacific island nations is an unsustainable and inhumane policy which must be urgently addressed.” See... Australia: Asylum seekers - where to now? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00059.htm


Email Vigilance Advised As Goner Spreads

- This morning Scoop HQ received what looks likely to be the first of many copies of the latest global virus, Goner. Goner pretends to be screensaver, and, according to the experts is rivalling the Lovebug in its rate of infection in the Northern Hemisphere. See... Goner Screensaver Virus Infection Rivals Lovebug [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00017.htm


Katya Rivas

- From time to time, civilizations have need of renewal. History is full of examples. The old ones are overthrown; new ones are built, and this is the case with the present day civilization. Having refused the Light, men deserve the punishment of darkness… See... Katya Rivas: Be Happy if You See They Hurt You [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00024.htm

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AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE

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Qala-i-Jhangi Inquiry Call Repeated

- Amnesty International today reiterated its call for an urgent inquiry into the large-scale killing of captured Taleban fighters and others at a fort on the outskirts of Mazar-i Sharif. It urged the US and UK to consider requesting a preliminary investigation by either the United Nations or the International Fact-Finding Commission. See... Inquiry into Qala-i-Jhangi fort killings [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00053.htm


The Kids Are All Right!

- (Washington, DC) –In a show of unity, sixteen national youth and student organizations, representing millions of young people across the country have pledged to stand together in opposition to the open ended ‘war on terrorism’ the Bush administration has insisted ... See... US Youth and Students Launch Coalition For Peace [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00049.htm


THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL UN, US & UK COMMENTS

- Afghanistan: UN aid effort hampered by insecurity [1] - State Dept. Daily Press Briefing December 4, 2001 [2] - Press Conference following OSCE Ministerial Counci [3] - Powell Remarks following the OSCE Min. Council [4] - Secretary Rumsfeld Interview with Dan Rather, CBS [5] - DoD News Briefing 4/12 - Rumsfeld and Gen. Myers [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00058.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00052.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00051.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00050.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00046.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00045.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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In Defence Of Our Nurses

- Kevin Campbell, Alliance MP I want to focus in this debate on the issue of the nurses rally that I attended in Christchurch's Cathedral Square on Monday. I acknowledge the nurses that turned up and I accept that most of them were reluctant to have to ... See... Nurses Are Worth More - Kevin Campbell Speech [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00098.htm


Laptop Awards For Maori Teachers

- Maori Affairs and Associate Education Minister Parekura Horomia today presented the Laptop Company “Awards for Excellence” to 10 Maori secondary school teachers in an online presentation ceremony involving nine video conferencing sites around the country. See... IT Awards of Excellence to Maori Teachers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00091.htm


Peddling Misery In Health As Deficits Soar

- Health Minister Annette King says National Party health spokesperson Roger Sowry is so busy “peddling a line of misery” that he is actually beginning to believe in it. See... Sowry peddles “line of misery” [1] and Roger Sowry’s release… Health board deficit soars to $241 million [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00090.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00082.htm


Making Workplaces Safer – HSE Bill Debated

- The Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Bill is another step in the right direction for this government. Step by step we are strengthening legislation to give back the rights and protections, which rightfully belong to workers around the country. See... Willie Jackson Speech notes on HSE Bill [1] FULL COVERAGE - Margaret Wilson - HSE Amendment Bill - first reading speech Wilson [2] - Gerry Brownlee - Workplace Bill Targets Blame Not Safety [3] - Sue Bradford - Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Bill [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00089.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00087.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00085.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00081.htm


Communications Trumps Letter Makes All Clear

- “The connection between the wrongful accessing of Ron Mark’s confidential and military files and the purpose for which they were used has become very obvious with today’s statement from Communications Trumps,” according to New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. See... Military Camouflage Clearly Transparent [1] . See also... Government Must Stand Dodson Down [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00088.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00080.htm


John Howard And Bill English Meeting Cordial

- National Party Leader Bill English today had a very cordial two-hour meeting with Australian Prime Minister John Howard. Bill English Has Good Meeting With Australian PM [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00083.htm


Universities Line Up For Excellence Funding

- Forty-five applications have been received for a share of the Government’s new $60m fund to build Centres of Research Excellence in the tertiary education sector, Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey said today. See... Centres Of Excellence Research Fund Well Supported [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00078.htm


Kyoto Myths Dispelled

-The opponents of New Zealand ratifying the Kyoto climate change protocol fear Australian reluctance to sign might mean they face less cost and thereby out perform us economically. Not so says Environmental Defence Society climate spokesperson Garry Law. See... Opponents of Ratification Wrong Again [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00027.htm


Warning From Senior Doctors On Parry Inquiry

- We have serious concerns that the nature of the Inquiry process could jeopardise the important relationship of trust between sufferers and helpers, between the responsible statutory bodies charged with giving substance to that trust and the House of Representatives ... See... ASMS Submission To Dr Parry Inquiry [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00023.htm

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