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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House - Today's Q&A
Privy Council Flushed Away
Paulo Politico: Bill’s Calculated Gamble
Annual Inflation Rises 2.6%
Journalists Witness Destruction In IDF’s Wake
Feedback: Objectionable Content
Dirty Film Prompts Gratuitous Press Release
David Miller: Return Of The Son Of Dirty Harry
Amnesty Refocuses On Camp X-Ray
Government Welcomes Deaf Relay Service Finding
Pensioner Housing Protection Pleases Greens

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Step Into teacher Pay Dispute – Smith To PM
Who Bungled The Irwin Appointment, Mr Mallard?
We Are Committed To 65% At Age 65 – Nats
King Requests Auckland Mental Health Review
Locke To Campaign In Epsom
Tourism Ministry Launch

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Scoop Is In The House - Today's Q&A

– Today’s questions concerned: GE Moratorium & Free Trade Agreements – Alliance Break-Up (1) – PM’s Trip To US - Alliance Break-Up (2) – Changes On Tax Rates - Sentencing And Parole Reform Bill – Access To IT - Alliance Break-Up (3) – Sovereign Yacht Development – Art Controversy. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day –16 April [1] To sign up to receive the answers in your inbox as they are posted, FOR FREE, CLICK HERE [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00086.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/myscoop/index.html


Privy Council Flushed Away

- After discussions that began back in 2000 and following wide consultation with stakeholders the Government has decided to establish a new Supreme Court of New Zealand and end appeals to the Privy Council, the Attorney-General Margaret Wilson announced today. See... New Supreme Court Of New Zealand Planned [1] MORE: - NZ First - Labour Has No Mandate For 'Supreme' Court [2] - ACT - NZ Lose Access to Neutral Legal Umpires [3] - NZBR - Privy Council Debate Unchanged [4] - Republican Movement - Next Step A Republic [5] - CTU - Judicial System Comes Of Age [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00210.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00207.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00204.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00097.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00098.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00099.htm


Paulo Politico: Bill’s Calculated Gamble

- Faced with dire poll results, National leader Bill English chose the Sky City Casino complex in central Auckland to announce that he would campaign on a gamble… to deliver tax cuts for wealthy New Zealanders. See... Bill English’s Campaign – It’s A Bit Of A Flutter [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00085.htm


Annual Inflation Rises 2.6%

- The Consumers Price Index (CPI) rose by 0.6 percent in the March 2002 quarter, according to Statistics New Zealand. This follows rises of 0.6 percent in both the December 2001 and September 2001 quarters. See... CPI Rises 0.6 Percent [1] and Food Prices Rise In March [2] REACTION: - CTU - Short-Term CPI Rise Expected [3] - Deutsche Bank - Consumer Price Index (Q1 2002) [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0204/S00105.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0204/S00106.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0204/S00108.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0204/S00114.htm


Journalists Witness Destruction In IDF’s Wake

- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon declared this morning that he will withdraw troops from “some” Palestinian towns over the next few weeks. Meanwhile reports of mass killings, of war crime proportions, are filtering out of refugee camps as journalists wander through rubble that were once homes to thousands. See... Journalists View Slaughter - Withdrawal In A Week [1] MORE: - Amnesty - Delegates In Jenin [2] - Collective Punishment [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00084.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0204/S00064.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0204/S00062.htm


Feedback: Objectionable Content

- From reading reviews and summaries of "Visitor Q", it seems the screenplay author and director might almost have designed the film to test New Zealand's censorship legislation! See... Scoop Feedback: Objectionable Content [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00082.htm


Dirty Film Prompts Gratuitous Press Release

- The film "In the Realm of the Senses" has now replaced the French sex-violence film "Baise-Moi" (transl. "F`~~k Me") in Beck's Incredible Film Fest currently running in Auckland (and then later in Wellington). See… Dirty Film For Dirty Minds [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0204/S00034.htm


David Miller: Return Of The Son Of Dirty Harry

- In the mornings it is possible to catch an instalment of the German news channel DW-TV or the US diplomatic service both of which are recommended viewing to any mediaphile. See... David Miller: The Man Of The Hour [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00083.htm


Amnesty Refocuses On Camp X-Ray

- Despite repeated statements since 11 September that it remains committed to international law and standards, the US Government is failing to match its actions to this rhetoric following the attacks on New York and Washington last year, Amnesty International said. See... United States Undermines Human Rights [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0204/S00061.htm


Government Welcomes Deaf Relay Service Finding

- Disability Issues Minister Ruth Dyson and Communications Minister Paul Swain have welcomed the Human Rights Commission's finding that the telecommunications industry should provide a relay service for people who are Deaf, or who have hearing or speech impairments. See... Government Welcomes Deaf Relay Service Finding [1] MORE: - Liz Gordon [2] - Victoria Manning [3] - HRC [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00212.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00206.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00089.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00086.htm


Pensioner Housing Protection Pleases Greens

- Green Housing Spokesperson Sue Bradford today said she was delighted with a Government move to protect pensioner housing from sale by local councils without adequate consultation with the community. See... Greens Applaud Protection For Pensioner Housing [1] MORE: - EMA - Instant law to control council assets cynical [2] - ACT - Pensioner Housing Issue Aimed At Saving Alliance - Nats - So Much For "Partnership" [3] - Business NZ - Mockery Of Local Govt Bill [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00214.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0204/S00111.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00224.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00104.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Step Into teacher Pay Dispute – Smith To PM

- The Prime Minister must step into the bitter secondary teacher pay row which is being handled so ineptly by her Education Minister, says National's Education spokesperson, Nick Smith. See... PM Must Sort Teachers' Strike Shambles [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00226.htm


Who Bungled The Irwin Appointment, Mr Mallard?

- Education Minister, Trevor Mallard, needs to come clean with the public over the circumstances behind his sacking of Teachers Council head Kathie Irwin, says National MP, Murray McCully. See... Whose Bungle Was It Mr Mallard? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00217.htm


We Are Committed To 65% At Age 65 – Nats

- “Claims by Labour and unions about superannuation entitlements under National are about as credible as a Helen Clark painting,” says National's finance spokesman David Carter. See... Super Safe Under National [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00225.htm


King Requests Auckland Mental Health Review

- Health Minister Annette King has asked the Mental Health Commission to undertake a review of the care provided to those with mental illness by District Health Boards in the Auckland metropolitan area. See... Auckland Mental Health Services Review [1] and Govt Recognises Auckland Mental Health Crisis [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00220.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00103.htm


Locke To Campaign In Epsom

- Green MP Keith Locke was last night chosen as the party's candidate for the Epsom electorate. See... Locke Chosen As Green Candidate For Epsom [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00221.htm


Tourism Ministry Launch

- The new Ministry of Tourism will provide a strong voice for the sector within government. See... Launch Of The Ministry Of Tourism [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00223.htm


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