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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Drink The Coffee And Then Get On Yer Bike Jim
Crime Family Cost Taxpayer $1.14M
Waiau Fandango: The Fonz Is Cool
TV Has Truly Been A Cornucopia Of Delights
Israeli Response Not Good Enough – Jack Straw
Firas Al-Atraqchi: Media Do Palestinians No Favours
NZ Should Stick To Jumping Off Bridges
Severino Antinori Treading On God’s Turf
Fraud A Threat To NZ Businesses
Delay Choosing Kyoto Course Encourages Business
Meatworkers Settle, Cancel Strike

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
The Legislation Or The Billboard
Kura Kaupapa Will Be Good For Seatoun
The Price Of Power Reform
Free Trade Necessarily Comes At A Cost
More Reason For Full Transend Audit
Retirement Savings For Teachers

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Drink The Coffee And Then Get On Yer Bike Jim

- Economic development minister Jim Anderton fully supports the purchase of a coffee machine for staff at the Ministry of Economic Development. “It says everything about Rodney Hide’s contempt for the good work of public servants that he begrudges a cup of coffee for them. He is opposed to the concept of public service.” See... Nothing Wrong With A Good Cup Of Coffee [1] Meanwhile… National Party Leader Bill English says the gloss has definitely gone off Jim Anderton as his credibility and integrity continues to fall. See... Deputy Prime Minister Cannot Stay [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00124.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00123.htm


Crime Family Cost Taxpayer $1.14M

- Justice Minister Phil Goff says he is dismayed that the Legal Aid bill to defend seven members of a family of burglars totalled $1.14 million. See... Legal Aid For Tukuafu Family [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00135.htm


Waiau Fandango: The Fonz Is Cool

- George Bush announced today that his mother, Barbara Bush will control the Presidential commission investigating why things aren't the way they used to be. "Mom knows what's best for us", he was reported as saying. See... Waiau Fandango: Project "Happy Days" [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00057.htm


TV Has Truly Been A Cornucopia Of Delights

- Royal funerals, Alliance party bitch-slapping, Rhys Morgan wearing denim in The Strip.... This week's TV has truly been a cornucopia of delights and did anyone else notice TV2's searingly well-timed screening of Fargo in the same week as the Mark Lundy verdict? For the uninitiated, Fargo is a black comedy about a dweeb salesman who has his wife abducted to collect insurance, but gets caught. See... Tube Talk With John T. Forde [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00056.htm


Israeli Response Not Good Enough – Jack Straw

- 'Israel's response to the demands of the international community for an early withdrawal from the Palestinian areas is not good enough. See… Britain Demands Israeli Withdrawal Without Delay


Firas Al-Atraqchi: Media Do Palestinians No Favours

- Unfortunately, last Saturday, CNN's Reliable Sources segment proved that laughter is a bitter chalice of poison. See... Does American Media Favour The Palestinians? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00058.htm


NZ Should Stick To Jumping Off Bridges

- The feedback on Scoop’s Middle East coverage keeps flowing and it is a mixture of positive and negative. - Hatemail on Israel Coverage [1] - Taking Hypocrisy To A New High [2] - Sharon Is A Monsterous Butcher [3] - The Arab Part Of The Saudi Peace Proposal [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00055.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00054.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00051.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00050.htm


Severino Antinori Treading On God’s Turf

- Party Leader Graham Capill has condemned the actions of the Italian fertility specialist who claims to have successfully used cloning technology to bring about a pregnancy. See... Cloning News [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00039.htm


Fraud A Threat To NZ Businesses

- Fraud is an increasing problem for Australian and New Zealand business according to KPMG’s Fraud Survey 2002. See... Fraud An Increasing Problem For Businesses [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0204/S00063.htm


Delay Choosing Kyoto Course Encourages Business

- Government has delayed the release of its preferred approach to ratifying the Kyoto Protocol says the Employers & Manufacturers Association (Northern). See... Preferred Kyoto plan on hold [1] SEE ALSO: Spiritual Side Of Global Warming


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0204/S00062.htm


Meatworkers Settle, Cancel Strike

- A strike by tradespeople at six South Island meatworks has been called off. A confidential settlement was reached late yesterday during mediation between executives from PPCS and the workers’ union, the EPMU. See... Meatworks Strike Off [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00037.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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The Legislation Or The Billboard

- ACT leader Richard Prebble, responding to Corrections Minister Matt Robson's call for ACT to remove its 'Truth in Sentencing' billboards, said the party would do so if the Labour/Alliance government dropped the Sentencing and Parole Reform Bill. See... ACT Billboards Will Stay [1] and Take Down Your Billboards [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00134.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00130.htm


Kura Kaupapa Will Be Good For Seatoun

- Minister of Maori Affairs, Hon Parekura Horomia, said Seatoun residents will benefit from the kura kaupapa moving from Newtown to their area as it will provide the community with access to an alternative education resource and would reflect the cultural diversity. See... Minister Supports Seatoun Kura Kaupapa Site [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00131.htm


The Price Of Power Reform

- Mr Bradford’s time as Minister of Energy was not a happy one, either for the industry or the public. He took a series of decisions that had two characteristics. The first is that they were irreversible, or mostly irreversible. The second is that they were wrong, or mostly wrong. See... Hodgson Speech: Address To Grey Power AGM [1] SEE ALSO: Business NZ


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00133.htm


Free Trade Necessarily Comes At A Cost

- New Zealand could be forced to allow unlimited sales of land to overseas owners, as part of a free trade deal, Green co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said today. See... No such thing as a "free" trade deal [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00132.htm


More Reason For Full Transend Audit

- Fresh leaks of NZ Post correspondence show that over a year ago deputy chairman Syd Bradley attempted to air the exact same concerns over NZ Post's performance in South Africa that National MP Murray McCully and ACT Finance Spokesman Rodney Hide are now raising before parliament. See... Fresh NZ Post Leaks Confirm Concerns [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00122.htm


Retirement Savings For Teachers

- The Global Retirement Trust will be the initial provider for a retirement savings system for teachers and principals that includes a government contribution. See... Progress On Retirement Savings For Teachers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00136.htm


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