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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is (Always) In The House
Howard’s End: Let’s Decide Where Health Is Going
Defence Top Brass Told Who’s Boss
Take Your Clean Slate Bill Neat, Tanczos Says
Snub For Robson As Govt Pinches Pennies
Satire: Wellington’s Finest Bloodlines Threatened
Scoop Link: Robert Fisk Turns His Cheek To A Beating
Between The Lines: Big Brother’s Back & He’s Bad
David Miller: God Speed, Young Man, It’s Xmas Shopping Time
Scoop World: Money For East Timor
Katya Rivas

AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE
Kofi Annan’s Peace Prize Acceptance Speech
THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL UN, US & UK COMMENTS

OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)
Wellingtonians Want Their Tracks Back
Closing The Gaps In Disarray
Sutton Intervenes To Eradicate Moth
Embassy Theatre Gets LOTR Boost
Educating Our Clever Kids
US Free Traders Not Very Free
Big Man Of SOE’s Receives Big Pay Packet

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Scoop Is (Always) In The House

– Today's questions of the day concerned: BERL Developments Ltd. & Innovat – Low Skilled Workers – Aquaculture Moratorium – Clean Slate Bill – End Of Skyhawks – Clean Slate Bill – Budget Spending Cap – Te Reo Maori – Auckland Police Recruitment – Lord Of The Rings – NZIER Kyoto Report – Marine Reserves. See… SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 11 December [1] . For earlier Q&A in the house see… Scoop Searchable Questions Of The Day Archive (FREE!) [2] . - 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 [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0112/S00056.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/archive/scoop/index.pl?k=174&y=2001&m=11
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/cgi-bin/newsagent/new_user.cgi?form=home


Howard’s End: Let’s Decide Where Health Is Going

- New Zealanders are not stupid. After years of being told that cancer can be beaten with prompt diagnosis and treatment, they don't want to be told that having to wait a few more weeks should not have an effect on their long-term prognosis. See... Howard's End: Still No Real Plan For Health [1] HEALTH FUNDING BOOST: - Alliance - Health Care Funding [2] - Govt - Three-year health funding package announced - Q&A [3] - Health Care Funding [4] - Greens - What's In New Funding For Nurses? [5] - National - Three Billion To Health Spin - It's $1.2b [6] - Medical Specialists - Cautious Welcome To Health Funding [7] , Other Public Hospitals May Have To Follow Rotorua [8] - GPs - GPs propose "HPI" to index health funding [9] , Funding package - no certainty for primary care [10]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00053.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00180.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00174.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00180.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00173.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00170.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00054.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00062.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00061.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00060.htm


Defence Top Brass Told Who’s Boss

- The significant feature of the new appointment to Chief of Defence Force is that the Labour Alliance government has passed over the existing chiefs. See... Defence Appointments Send Timely Message [1] MORE: - TKI - TKI Editorial: Campaign To Discredit M.G. Dodson [2] - ACT - ACT Responds to Defence Appointment [3] - National - National welcomes Defence appointments [4] - Govt. - Defence appointments announced [5] - Joel Hayward - Dr Joel Hayward on the new Chief of Defence Force [6] AIR COMBAT WING BEING DISBANDED THIS WEEK: - SOS - Skyhawk Decision To Be Appealed [7] - ACT - Farewell, But Not For Long [8] - Ross Ewing - What We Are Giving Away [9] - Max Bradford - Black Week For NZ Defence [10]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00049.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00044.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00178.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00176.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00172.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00057.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00059.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00186.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00052.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00161.htm


Take Your Clean Slate Bill Neat, Tanczos Says

- Green MP Nandor Tanczos has welcomed the long-awaited introduction of Phil Goff's Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Bill last night, saying it would allow progress to finally be made on his original Clean Slate Bill. See... Goff Waters Down Clean Slate Bill [1] and Goff Introduces Clean Slate Bill [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00185.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00183.htm


Snub For Robson As Govt Pinches Pennies

- Sport Minister Trevor Mallard will replace Associate Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Matt Robson at a United Nations High Commission for Refugees meeting in Geneva this week, in a move that appears to be yet another snub to the junior coalition partner. See... Alliance Minister Passed Over For UNHCR Meeting [1] . See also... PM to attend Sir Peter Blake’s funeral [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00052.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00194.htm


Satire: Wellington’s Finest Bloodlines Threatened

- The annexation of Wilton is only the first step in a plan to establish a ‘Thousand Year Karori’ according to Northland JP Watford Crustfall. See... Scoop Satire: Karori Expansionist Aims [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00051.htm


Scoop Link: Robert Fisk Turns His Cheek To A Beating

- They started by shaking hands. We said "Salaam aleikum" – peace be upon you – then the first pebbles flew past my face. A small boy tried to grab my bag. Then another. Then someone punched me in the back. Then young men broke my glasses, began smashing ... See... Scoop Link: Robert Fisk On His Beating By Refugees [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00055.htm


Between The Lines: Big Brother’s Back & He’s Bad

- Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Curt Goering, senior deputy executive director of Amnesty International USA, who explains why his group and many other civil libertarians oppose government spying on civilians engaged in legal political and religious activity as a threat to basic human rights protections. See... AI Opposes Bush Plan to Revive FBI Surveillance [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00050.htm


David Miller: God Speed, Young Man, It’s Xmas Shopping Time

- Usually I drag my mother along to make sure everything I buy is acceptable, but this year I am on my own. How will a 21st Century man cope with perils of Christmas shopping? See... David Miller: The Perils Of Christmas [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00048.htm


Scoop World: Money For East Timor

- 10 December - International donor countries will convene in Oslo, Norway, to review the progress of East Timor's transition to independence, the United Nations Transitional Administration (UNTAET) said today. See... E. Timor international donors' conference in Oslo [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00091.htm


Katya Rivas

- My little ones, I am calling you to conversion, repentance, I want all of you for the Celestial Heaven. I come as Ambassadress, bringing you the invitation to Eternal Life, but few listen to me. See... Katya Rivas: My Daughters... [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00047.htm

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AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE

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Kofi Annan’s Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

- 10 December – Hailed for “their work for a better organized and more peaceful world,” the United Nations and its Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2001. See... UN, Annan receive Nobel Peace Prize [1] and The Nobel Lecture - United Nations SG Kofi Annan [2] . See also Amnesty International Speech... Peace and Human Rights: The Unbreakable Bond [3] and 1st International Human Rights Day of the 21st C. [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00093.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00092.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00099.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00097.htm


THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL UN, US & UK COMMENTS

- Senate Testimony On The Future Of Afghanistan [1] - DoD News Briefing 10/12 - Wolfowitz & Stufflebeem [2] - Wolfowitz Media Stakeout at ABC [3] - Wolfowitz IV with Middle East Broadcasting Center [4] - UN: Brahimi heads to Kabul - Aid Routes Opened [5] - Powell On Tour: EU And Uzbekistan [6] - Powell On Tour: Russia [7] - Assist Sec. Speech to US-Pakistan Business Council [8] - State Dept. Briefing on Afghanistan Agreement [9] - State Dept. Daily Press Briefing December 7, 2001 [10]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00100.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00098.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00096.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00095.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00094.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00089.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00088.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00087.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00086.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00084.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Wellingtonians Want Their Tracks Back

- An opinion poll undertaken for the Wellington Regional Council has shown that two thirds of the public support the Council’s proposals to purchase Wellington’s passenger rail services from Tranz Rail. See... Two Thirds of Public Support WRC Rail Proposals [1] and Green’s response…Wellington mayors should follow public on rail [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0112/S00014.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00198.htm


Closing The Gaps In Disarray

- The government's Closing the Gaps policy is in total disarray, ACT leader Richard Prebble says. See... Policy in Disarray -- Richard Prebble [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00196.htm


Sutton Intervenes To Eradicate Moth

- The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Waitakere City Council have agreed the minister should step in as a solution to enable the eradication of the Painted Apple Moth, Biosecurity Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... Waitakere Intervention "Unavoidable" [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00195.htm


Embassy Theatre Gets LOTR Boost

- A $100,000 lottery grant will help fund the Embassy Theatre restoration, the first stage of which is due for completion in time for the December 19 New Zealand premiere of The Lord of The Rings. See... $100,000 for Embassy Theatre restoration [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00193.htm


Educating Our Clever Kids

- A report released today will benefit the Government’s work in designing an education system better able to meet the needs of a diverse range of students, Education Minister Trevor Mallard said. See... The way forward for gifted and talented students [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00192.htm


US Free Traders Not Very Free

- Green Co-leader Rod Donald today said calls for import tariffs on steel by the US International Trade Commission showed that a free trade deal with the United States was a mirage. See... Call For Steel Tariffs Show US Free Trade A Mirage [1] and the NZ Government’s view… United States steel moves "disappointing" [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00187.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00177.htm


Big Man Of SOE’s Receives Big Pay Packet

- TVNZ and NZ Post Chairman Ross Armstrong is being paid SOE directors fees totalling over $200,000 - almost as much as the Prime Ministers salary, according to National spokesperson for State Owned Enterprises Murray McCully. See... Armstrong Rivals PM's Pay Packet [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00184.htm

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