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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House - Today's Q&A
Paulo Politico: MMP Good For Maori
Israel Changes Tack, Let's UN In
US Group Takes On Conservative Jewish Lobby
Dismissal Of EU Trade Demands Labelled Cavalier
Feedback: What Happened To That Defence Report?
NZ Suicide Stats Improve, Still Too High
Govt’s Climate Change Path Out Of Step – EMA
David Miller: Losing Face, But Not Heart
East Timor Human Rights Violations Ignored
Ski Masks Strike Fear Into The Heart Of Business

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
One Of The Leaders Of The Alliance Is An Impostor
Nats Will Work-test Super – Maharey
Introducing The Paid Parental Leave Calculator
Prisoners Eating Better Than Ordinary NZers
Prebble’s Letter: Poll Reporting Distorts True Picture
TVNZ Can Still Be A CrOC – Hobbs

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

– Today’s questions concerned: Who Is The Alliance Leader? - Retirement Incomes - Sovereign Yachts - New Race Relations Commissioner – Alliance Break-Up - EU Trade Negotiating Stance - Rugby World Cup - Early School Numeracy - Ransom For Baby Kahu. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 23 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/S00131.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/myscoop/index.html


Paulo Politico: MMP Good For Maori

- National’s hope of winning support from Maoridom is not based on a credible track record of delivering from Maori. The party is overwhelmingly Anglo-Saxon and is regarded as unsympathetic to the plight of low-income Maori, particularly urban Maori. See... MMP is good for Maori [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00130.htm


Israel Changes Tack, Let's UN In

- Israel has decided to allow members of a United Nations fact finding team into the West Bank – changing its mind after first refusing a UN humanitarian team entry to both Israel and the Occupied Palestinian territories. See... Israel Changes Mind – Let’s UN Inside West Bank [1] EARLIER: Israel Refuses UN Access [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00125.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00120.htm


US Group Takes On Conservative Jewish Lobby

- Rabbi Michael Learner recently co-founded a new organization called the Tikkun Community with co-chair Harvard professor Cornel West, which will serve as a progressive alternative to conservative Jewish lobby groups that generally back Israel's aggressive policies. See... Jewish American Peace Group Speaks Up On Invasion [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00129.htm


Dismissal Of EU Trade Demands Labelled Cavalier

- GATT Watchdog says that Jim Sutton’s dismissal of a draft of European Union requests made of New Zealand and 28 other countries in the WTO services negotiations as a mere “wishlist” is consistent with the cavalier approach with which his government is engaging in the GATS negotiations. See... Sutton's Dismissal of EU Doc Misleading - Choudry [1] MORE: - Arena - Leaked WTO Doc Exposes Demands [2] - Greens - Free Trade Free-For-All Unmasked [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00123.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00117.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00316.htm


Feedback: What Happened To That Defence Report?

- One has to wonder about the content of the long delayed Carruthers Defence report on allegations of improper lobbying among defence circles. See... Feedback: Defence Report [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00128.htm


NZ Suicide Stats Improve, Still Too High

- The Ministry of Health says new figures released today showing a decline in suicide deaths in 1999 are encouraging but New Zealand's suicide rate is still too high. See... 1999 Suicide Statistics Lowest Since 1994 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00153.htm


Govt’s Climate Change Path Out Of Step – EMA

- The voting out of Dr Robert Watson from his position as head of the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a further indication New Zealand has been out of step with international thinking on remedies to climate change, the Employers & Manufacturers Association (Northern) says. See... International Climate Panel Votes For Change [1] MORE: - Govt - No Credible Alternative To Kyoto Protocol [2] - Business NZ - Alternatives To Kyoto Protocol [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00151.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00320.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00152.htm


David Miller: Losing Face, But Not Heart

- The IRB’s decision to award Australia sole hosting rights to the upcoming rugby World Cup has angered many New Zealanders, and the issue won't go away. There is a feeling that the decision has somehow brought shame on the country. See... David Miller: World Cup, Just Let The Game Begin [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00126.htm


East Timor Human Rights Violations Ignored

- The East Timor Action Network (ETAN) described Friday's UN Commission on Human Rights statement on East Timor as “a rotten birthday present for the soon-to-be independent nation.” See... Rotten Present for Millennium's First New Country [1] and UN's Human Rights Body Fails Victims In East Timor [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0204/S00100.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0204/S00099.htm


Ski Masks Strike Fear Into The Heart Of Business

- The recent attempt to ban ski masks and scarves in Quebec City during the Summit of the Americas provides a useful insight into the way anti-globalization movements are perceived by the powers-that-be. See... A Different Kind Of Devastating [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00124.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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One Of The Leaders Of The Alliance Is An Impostor

- The stitched-up electoral deal between Prime Minister, Helen Clark, Alliance Leader, Laile Harre, and de facto Alliance Leader, Jim Anderton, is making a ridiculous sham of the Electoral Integrity Act, says National Shadow Leader of the House, Gerry Brownlee. See... Confusion Reigns In Shoddy Electoral Deal [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00344.htm


Nats Will Work-test Super – Maharey

- A secret National party plan by to work-test superannuitants was revealed by Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey in Parliament this afternoon. See... National’s Secret Superannuation Plan Revealed [1] . See also… Information Campaign Around NZ Super Fund [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00342.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00335.htm


Introducing The Paid Parental Leave Calculator

- An innovative web-based entitlement calculator will improve access to detailed information on New Zealander’s rights and obligations regarding paid parental leave. See... Information On Paid Parental Leave [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00340.htm


Prisoners Eating Better Than Ordinary NZers

- ACT Corrections Spokesman Stephen Franks said today that if the Corrections Department is serious about reducing the cost of prison inmates' food a good start would be to end the practice at many prisons of supplying a cooked breakfast. See... End Cooked Breakfasts For Prisoners [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00337.htm


Prebble’s Letter: Poll Reporting Distorts True Picture

- TV3 told its viewers last Monday that Labour is at 56% support and its popularity has been rising all year. In fact, the TV3 poll found just 37% would vote Labour. Labour's support has been falling all year. Why the discrepancy? See... Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington 22/4/2002 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00332.htm


TVNZ Can Still Be A CrOC – Hobbs

- Broadcasting Minister Marian Hobbs says she is confident Parliament will pass the TVNZ Bill in time for the public broadcaster to become a Charter-focused crown owned company by July 1. See... Minister Confident TVNZ Bill Will Be Passed [1] and Select Committee Presents Report On TVNZ Bill [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00341.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00336.htm


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