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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Acceptance Of Tampa Refugees Premature
Harre Responds To Lead Story In Today’s Dominion
This Is State Sanctioned Terrorism
Peace Vigil Outside Israeli Embassy Tonight
POV: Final Acts, Last Rites
Paulo Politico: The Power Of Simon
Chief Censor Has Some Scratching Their Heads
Big New: How Low Can Art Legally Go?
Babylon Express: Convenience Kitchens
David Miller: Peace Prospects Ever More Remote
Spanking Faction Returns Party To Core Values

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Decision Clears Way For Northland Prison
Release TVNZ Protocols – McCully
Crims Try To Silence ACT
Business Welfare No Good For Economy – Hide
Alliance Promise Hard Campaign For Wgtn Central


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Acceptance Of Tampa Refugees Premature

- The UNHCR's rejection of refugee status for most of the asylum seekers from Afghanistan raises questions about the process used by New Zealand which gave all but one refugee status, National Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Lockwood Smith said today. See... NZ Tampa Asylum Seeker Process Questioned [1] MORE: - Greens - NZ Should Take More Tampa Refugees [2] - ACT - ACT Calls For Review Of Process [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00112.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00113.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00107.htm


Harre Responds To Lead Story In Today’s Dominion

- “I am confident that we will be able to reach agreements that allow the Alliance to fulfil its parliamentary obligations and continue to serve in the Labour-Alliance Government,” Alliance minister Laila Harre said, in response to the suggestion she is about to challenge Jim Anderton for the leadership of the party. See... Minister clarifies position on Alliance caucus leadership


This Is State Sanctioned Terrorism

- Israel’s defence force is upping its public relations spin, a word façade, designed to appease the international contingent led by US secretary of state Colin Powell. Clearly, the situation is beyond words. This is state sanctioned terrorism. If these acts were orchestrated by any other nation – NATO would be massing troops. How much more can the Arab world endure? See... Bethlehem Burns - Israel Ups its Spin [1] . REACTION: Feedback (1) [2] - Feedback (2) [3] MORE: - Powell interview on on CBS's 60 Minutes II [4] - Powell With Jordanian Foreign Minister [5] - NZ Joins Call For West Bank Withdrawal [6] - IDF Buries People Alive in Jenin [7] - Hundreds of Israeli Soldiers Refuse To Fight [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00043.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00050.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00051.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0204/S00017.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0204/S00016.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00097.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00038.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00036.htm


Peace Vigil Outside Israeli Embassy Tonight

- Various Wellington peace groups are organising "A Peace Vigil" to take place outside the Israeli Embassy, 111 The Terrace, Wellington at 5:30pm, Tuesday April 9 2002. See... Peace Vigil Outside Israeli Embassy 5:30pm Tuesday [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00042.htm


POV: Final Acts, Last Rites

- We’re in the ambulance and the medic is asking my elderly mother-in-law a set of simple questions; her name and age, the day of the week, the season and the year. See... Final Acts, Last Rights [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00048.htm


Paulo Politico: The Power Of Simon

- National Party’s frontbench looks old and grey. The ‘Brat pack’ gang of ’90 – Bill English, Roger Sowry, Nick Smith, and Tony Ryall – are not the opposition attack dogs that we were promised. So who is the “man” of the future? Stand up Simon Power! See... The next National leader: Simon Power [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00049.htm


Chief Censor Has Some Scratching Their Heads

- The Chief Censor recently endorsed a Japanese film called Visitor Q on Auckland University student radio. It contains graphic depictions of necrophilia in association with human excrement, incest, sexual violation, drug taking, degrading and dehumanising acts and other gross obscenities, says the Society For Promotion Of Community Standards. See... Should The Chief Censor Be Sacked? [1] MORE: - NZ First - Censor Has Lost The Plot [2] - Correctives - Baste Me, Moaned the Saucy Turkey!!! [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00030.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00084.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00007.htm


Big New: How Low Can Art Legally Go?

- Break open your piggy banks because it is nearly film festival time, when the incredibly strange, wonderfully weird and R-rated sex films are shown to film buffs. But this year is a little different. See... Big News: You're Just Sick [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00045.htm


Babylon Express: Convenience Kitchens

- The discovery by a Mount Cook couple that their kitchen had become a Starmart convenience outlet overnight, employing their 17 year old daughter as a staff assistant, has increased calls for tougher control measures to address what Ministry of Consumption officials are describing as an "urban epidemic". See... Babylon Express: Starmarts Breeding Out Of Control [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00047.htm


David Miller: Peace Prospects Ever More Remote

- Although the US must tread carefully among its Arab allies as it prepares its battle plan for its Iraqi offensive, Mr. Sharon must be aware that the Arab opinion and muscle is fractious and lacking teeth. See... David Miller: The Dilemma of Ariel Sharon [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00046.htm


Spanking Faction Returns Party To Core Values

- “We've had enough of this ridiculous Holmesophilia, and as for appointing a Penguin as an electoral candidate, phahhh!!!” said Sister Ermintrude Sadista SM, returning from the dead to take back control of the Corrective Party. See... Correctives: Party Does The Splits!!! [1] and Correctives: Zombies Have a Right to Food [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00031.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00032.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Decision Clears Way For Northland Prison

- “I welcome the Environment Court decision announced today that the Northland regional prison can proceed.” says Corrections Minister Matt Robson. See... A Safer New Zealand: Northland Decision Released [1] REACTION: ACT [2] - Greens [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00108.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00116.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00117.htm


Release TVNZ Protocols – McCully

- National's SOE's spokesman, Murray McCully, has called on Television New Zealand to release immediately the proposed protocols for increased board involvement in programming. See... Release TVNZ Protocols - Mccully [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00111.htm


Crims Try To Silence ACT

- Cheeky thieves have stolen an ACT New Zealand billboard that called for zero tolerance on crime. See... Act Billboard Stolen! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00105.htm


Business Welfare No Good For Economy – Hide

- Jim's much touted "Jobs Machine" is spinning its wheels and the Deputy Prime Minister has proved no more adept at "picking winners" and laying his hands on the economy than politicians of the past. See… Hide Speech: Jim's Jobs Machine Spins Wheels [1] and Anderton Welcomes New Jobs [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00115.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00114.htm


Alliance Promise Hard Campaign For Wgtn Central

- “Loyal” Alliance members from Wellington Central selected senior Party and Trade Union activist, Robert Reid, as their candidate for this high profile seat. See... Robert Reid Selected As Alliance Candidate [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00104.htm

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