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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House - Today's Q&A
Interest Rates Raised A Further 0.25 Percent
East Timor: First New Nation Of The Millennium
Images: NZ Soldiers Farewell Irish Comrade
Tube Talk: A Screenful Of British Pageantry
Clark’s Post-Painterly Exploits Don’t Wash
Israel Says No War Crimes - UN Issues 3 Demands
Howard’s End: The Original Sin
An Israeli Perspective On ‘The Occupation’
Firas Al-Atraqchi: Brand Israel A Terrorist State
Big News: Fair Trade Vs. Free Trade

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Write Thinking News & Gossip
Graduates Making Inroads On Their Loan Principal
Bill Needs A Working Over To Make An Impact
CD Cleaner Fantasies Rated Class B
Mark Burton Spotlighted Mental Health Inadequacies

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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

– Today’s questions concerned: Coalition Stability – Income Tax Cuts – PM’s Art Controversy (1)- Local Govt Bill And The Treaty – Zimbabwe - – PM’s Art Controversy (2) – Internet Support For Principals - Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill - Overseas Investment ... See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day –17 April [1] To sign up to receive the answers in your inbox as they are posted, for free, CLICK HERE [2] - Tuesday's Q&A [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00099.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/myscoop/index.html
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00086.htm


Interest Rates Raised A Further 0.25 Percent

- The Reserve Bank today raised the Official Cash Rate from 5.0 per cent to 5.25 per cent. See... Official Cash Rate Increased To 5.25 Per Cent [1] REACTION: - EMA - Rates rise will hurt investment [2] - Nats - Govt Policies Force Brash's Hand [3] - ACT - Low Growth Path [4] - Immigration [5] - NZ First - NZ First Will Repeal Reserve Bank Act [6] - Deutsche bank - RBNZ Raises Cash Rate To 5.25% [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0204/S00120.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0204/S00119.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00234.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00232.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00240.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00243.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0204/S00122.htm


East Timor: First New Nation Of The Millennium

- Peaceful Elections Favour Gusmao - East Timor is set to become the first country to come into existence in the new millennium when the UN's transitional authority hands over power on 20 May to a democratically elected government. See... East Timor To Become Millennium's First New Nation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00097.htm


Images: NZ Soldiers Farewell Irish Comrade

- A funeral service was held at the New Zealand Battalion headquarters in Suai yesterday afternoon to farewell Private Peadar Flaherty, an Irish soldier serving with the Battalion in East Timor. See... New Zealand Battalion Farewells Irish Comrade [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0204/S00078.htm


Tube Talk: A Screenful Of British Pageantry

- Like any good Catholic boy, I love funerals. The hats, the flowers, the clenched jaws, and the creeping realisation you’ll eventually die yourself ­ it’s all good. Add the fabulously dysfunctional Royal Family farewelling their gin-swilling queen bee, and you’ve got a grand old evening’s telly viewing. See... Tube Talk: Tally Ho, Old Trout [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00098.htm


Clark’s Post-Painterly Exploits Don’t Wash

- 'Paintergate' has become such an embarrassment for the Prime Minister she must do the honourable thing and resign her position as Minister of Arts and Culture, says National Party Leader Bill English. See... PM Must Resign As Minister Of Arts [1] SEE ALSO: Scoop Feedback: The Big "I AM" [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00248.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00096.htm


Israel Says No War Crimes - UN Issues 3 Demands

- The UN has issued three demands of Israel after UN relief workers entered Jenin refugee camp this morning with two truckloads of food and water. It was able to start distribution, but was prevented from completing it by the Israeli Defense Forces. See... Israel Says No War Crimes - UN Issues 3 Demands [1] Feedback on earlier coverage by Selwyn Manning: - Critical On Israel/Palestinian Coverage [2] - 0 factual delivery/0 objectivity [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00093.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00089.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00088.htm


Howard’s End: The Original Sin

- It is a catastrophe when evil triumphs, but it is an even greater catastrophe if it compels the just to resort to injustice in order to combat it. Time has never settled the Anglo-American differences over the major responsibility for the Middle East debacle. See... Howard's End: The Original Sin [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00095.htm


An Israeli Perspective On ‘The Occupation’

- When trying to analyze the middle-east conflict one encounters the same pictures and words over and over again. "Terrorism" cry the frustrated and frightened Israelis, "occupation" say angry Palestinians raising their clenched fists. See... The Truth About ‘The Occupation’ [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00090.htm


Firas Al-Atraqchi: Brand Israel A Terrorist State

- The current massacing of Palestinian civilians in the refugee camp of Jenin and the cities of the West Bank reminded me of a story my Serb teacher told me in high school more than twenty years ago. See... Firas Al-Atraqchi: Brand Israel A Terrorist State [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00092.htm


Big News: Fair Trade Vs. Free Trade

- This week Oxfam released a report accusing the rich world of robbing the poor world of $100 billion a year by abusing the rules governing world trade. See... Big News: The Great Trade Robbery [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00094.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Write Thinking News & Gossip

- Both the Alliance leader and deputy (Sandra Lee) have been sued by former employees. Aren’t the Alliance meant to be the party on the side of the workers though, rather than nasty employers? See... The New Write 17/4/2002 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00113.htm


Graduates Making Inroads On Their Loan Principal

- A scheme to ensure graduates reduce the principal on their student loan as well as repaying interest delivered real benefits in its first year of operation, Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey said today. See... Over 50,000 Graduates Benefit From Loan Reduction [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00245.htm


Bill Needs A Working Over To Make An Impact

- The Government's Sentencing and Parole Reform Bill won't deliver what this country needs to fight violent crime, without some major changes, says National's Justice spokesperson Wayne Mapp. See... National Wants Major Changes To Sentencing Bill [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00249.htm


CD Cleaner Fantasies Rated Class B

- Parliament passed an order to classify the Fantasy range of drugs as Class B1 under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975, Associate Health Minister Hon Tariana Turia announced. See... Class B1 For Fantasy - Order In Council Passed [1] and Speech [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00228.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00233.htm


Mark Burton Spotlighted Mental Health Inadequacies

- The sad case of the Burton family may have been avoided if there was not such an acute shortage of mental health beds and Mark Burton was not the subject of outdated mental health legislation, National Associate Health Spokesperson Dr Lynda Scott said. See... Not Enough Mental Health Beds In Auckland [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00238.htm

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