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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Upton Online: Saving Ourselves From The Ockers
Big News Is Back!
Refugee Policy On Track After 9 Years Of Neglect
Nats Electioneering On Tougher Sentencing
The Tiz’ Dresses Down The Water Pressure Group
Feedback: Asking The Questions Of Enron
David Miller: Stag Nite Strategies
Call For Disclosure On Suharto Interests
NEWSLINKS: New York Venue For WEF-Anticapitalist Showdown This Friday NZT - (31st Jan EST)
Katya Rivas

AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE
VisionTV: Problematic 911 Timelines
NZ$30 Million To Combat bin Laden Threat
Afghan Aid Conference Failed – Analysts
THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL UN, US & UK COMMENTS

OTHER NEWS
Mixed Blessings Seen In End To Nurse’s Strike
Minimum Wage Up $1 An Hour For 16-17 Year Olds
De-Facto Law Change Deadline Fast Approaching
English Decile Funding Comment Receives A Swift Repost
Annette King Becomes Minister Of Food
Foreign Land Sale Law Changes Insufficient
Young Nats Blame Spiraling Student Debt On Labour

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Upton Online: Saving Ourselves From The Ockers

- We open the year with a round of hostilities on a familiar battlefront involving Carl Stead, there is the (inevitable) meditation on the arrival of the Euro in people’s pockets and (strictly serious stuff) a call for further comment on the need for a Trans-Tasman Foundation to help save Australians and New Zealanders from one another, writes Simon Upton from Paris.See... Upton-on-line - Diaspora Edition 31/1/2002 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0201/S00054.htm


Big News Is Back!

- Last weekend, up to 23,000 people gathered for a four-day music festival in Matamata. It is the biggest festival of its kind in the world, outside the US. As these festivals have been running in some shape or form for more the 10 years it is the oldest festival and the biggest long-running festival in the country. Punters came to see artists, DJs and speakers from around the world performing on at least six stages. Most stages ran simultaneously. See... Big News: Parachute Festival or Parish Hoot? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0201/S00055.htm


Refugee Policy On Track After 9 Years Of Neglect

- Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel said the coalition government has done more in two years than the previous government had in nine years to address refugee resettlement issues. See... Refugee Resettlement A Focus For Government Action [1] MORE: - Greens - Increase Quota Now [2] - Gov't should express concern [3] - United Future - Two Sides Of Same Coin [4] - ACT - NZ's Refugee Policy Needs a Re-Think, Prebble Says [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0201/S00206.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0201/S00198.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0201/S00187.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0201/S00197.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0201/S00196.htm


Nats Electioneering On Tougher Sentencing

- A life sentence will mean life for the worst offenders under a National Government, Opposition Leader Bill English announced today. See... Life will mean Life under National [1] MORE: - Govt - Crackdown on murder while Nats spout slogans [2] - ACT - ACT Party Press Conference on Law and Order [3] - ACT - 'Life Means Life' Is the Easy Part [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0201/S00201.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0201/S00209.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0201/S00208.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0201/S00220.htm


The Tiz’ Dresses Down The Water Pressure Group

- The right have slammed us for court costs, for our audacity in challenging the corporate privatisation agenda via public-private- partnerships - now the 'left'! For the same reason???? See... The 'Tiz Fizz'! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0201/S00044.htm


Feedback: Asking The Questions Of Enron

- In This Edition: Enrongate - OK, Let's Play 20 Questions....- Times They Are A Changing - Travel Agents Perks - Civilian Casualties Are Not News - The Die Has Been Cast. See... Scoop Feedback: OK, Let's Play 20 Questions... [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0201/S00051.htm


David Miller: Stag Nite Strategies

- An ideal stag night for me would actually involve about 4 or 5 of them and take place in Surfers Paradise. If the budget will not stretch to that, and let us be honest it won’t, then there is always the “load the car with beer and head to the cricket” option. See... David Miller Online: Planning That Ideal Night [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0201/S00048.htm


Call For Disclosure On Suharto Interests

- In the light of this latest development we would like to ask if there have been any further government inquiries into the possibility that Tommy Suharto still retains a financial interest in the property. See... Lilybank [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0201/S00042.htm


NEWSLINKS: New York Venue For WEF-Anticapitalist Showdown This Friday NZT - (31st Jan EST)

- Activists insist World Economic Forum protests will be Peaceful [1] - (Boston Globe Business) NY Readies for Forum Protests [2] (LA Times) NYC Girds For World Leaders [3] (CBS:America ) SCOOP COVERAGE: BTL Q&A: Activists Organizing WEF Protests in NYC [4] Activists To Denounce Fat Cat-Politician Hugfest [5]


[1] - http://www.boston.com/dailynews/029/economy/Activists_insist_World_Economi:.shtml&e=922
[2] - http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-012902davos.story%3Fcoll%3Dla%252Dhome%252Dtodays%252Dtimes&e=922
[3] - http://www.cbsnews.com/now/story/0,1597,325781-412,00.shtml&e=922
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0201/S00034.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0201/S00065.htm


Katya Rivas

- My Father wants you to be attentive so that you can familiarize yourself more with Me. I always communicate My life to you and you are always ready to receive Me. See... Katya Rivas: My Love Has Fought and Defeated You [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0201/S00053.htm

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AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE

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VisionTV: Problematic 911 Timelines

- As you’ve heard in the panel discussion, a common explanation as to why no U.S. military interceptors took to the skies on September 11th until it was too late, is that it was “simple incompetence.” See... Transcript: VisionTV - The Great Deception Part 2 [1] and Transcript: VisionTV On The Great 911 Deception [2] . See also... TENC.NET: Guilty For 9-11 (3) - Bush In The Open [3] the third part in The Emperor's “Guilty” series on 911.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0201/S00052.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0201/S00049.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0201/S00050.htm


NZ$30 Million To Combat bin Laden Threat

- The government has decided to increase funding for counter terrorism activities, Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced today. See... Extra Funding For Counter Terrorism Efforts [1] FULL PRESS KIT - Customs Gets Extra $3m Per Annum To Counter Terror [2] - Responding To Chemical And Biological Terrorism [3] - Strong Police Response Planned To Combat Terrorism [4] - Boost In Immigration Efforts Against Terrorism [5] RESPONSE: - Green Party - New terrorism spend ignores real threats [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0201/S00214.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0201/S00213.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0201/S00212.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0201/S00211.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0201/S00210.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0201/S00219.htm


Afghan Aid Conference Failed – Analysts

-“The Tokyo conference fell short of U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan's goal of raising USD 10 billion over the next 5 years. The 61 donor nations and the World Bank pledged USD 1.8 billion in fiscal 2002 as part of a USD 4.5 billion commitment over the next five years. Aside from being insufficient the current pledges may not all turn into actual contribution from experiences and examples elsewhere.” Says the Institute For Afghan Studies. See... Afghanistan Donor Conference A Failure [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0201/S00084.htm


THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL UN, US & UK COMMENTS

- State Dept. Daily Press Briefing January 28, 2002 [1] - DoD ASD Clarke Call with Regional Media - 29 Jan [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0201/S00086.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0201/S00085.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Mixed Blessings Seen In End To Nurse’s Strike

- The news that Canterbury nurses have called off their strike is welcome but the government must be worried by the Canterbury District Health Board's statement that it has increased its debt so it can make a more generous pay offer, ACT leader Richard Prebble says. See... Extra $400m Health Spending Will Go On Salaries [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0201/S00216.htm


Minimum Wage Up $1 An Hour For 16-17 Year Olds

- The new youth minimum wage rates announced today have been heralded by Hon Laila Harré, Minister of Youth Affairs and Associate Minister of Labour, as a win for young people and as a further achievement for the Alliance in government. See... Minimum Wage Review brings welcome boost - Harre [1] and Margaret Wilson Minimum wage to increase – fairer deal for lowpaid [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0201/S00222.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0201/S00221.htm


De-Facto Law Change Deadline Fast Approaching

- Family lawyers have a duty to advise many clients to break up otherwise stable and happy de facto relationships before Friday 1 February, says ACT Justice spokesman Stephen Franks. See... Today's Agonising Dilemma for Family Lawyers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0201/S00226.htm


English Decile Funding Comment Receives A Swift Repost

- NZ First’s Education spokesperson, Brian Donnelly, is urging Bill English to get some decent advice before throwing out the decile funding system for schools. See... Don’t Throw Out School-Funding Baby With Bathwater [1] and Bill English has a Short Memory on Decile Funding [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0201/S00225.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0201/S00223.htm


Annette King Becomes Minister Of Food

- Prime Minister Helen Clark announced today that Annette King has been appointed Minister-designate for Food Safety, in addition to her existing health and racing portfolios. See... Minister-Designate For Food Safety [1] MORE: - National - Export industry must be authority's focus [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0201/S00218.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0201/S00224.htm


Foreign Land Sale Law Changes Insufficient

- Green co-leader Rod Donald today welcomed new rules which will stop key parcels of land being sold to foreigners on the sly, but said foreign ownership rules were still far too lax. Foreign ownership rules still too lax - Greens [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0201/S00205.htm


Young Nats Blame Spiraling Student Debt On Labour

- Young Nationals Chair Grant Tyrrell today laid the blame for the out of control student debt levels squarely at the door of the Labour government. See... Vote Buying Cause Of Out Of Control Student Debt [1] MORE: - ACT - Lower Taxes Will Ease Student Debt Burden [2] - ACTivists - Research "Last ditch attempt" - ACTivists [3] - NZUSA - New research shows more debt for more students [4] - Government Should Dump Student Loan Scheme [5] - AUS - Resourcing Of Tertiary Ed Must Be Addressed [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0201/S00041.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0201/S00194.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0201/S00040.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0201/S00009.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0201/S00007.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0201/S00008.htm

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