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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Hard News Is Here - Fright Club
Aucklanders Need To Work Fewer Hours
POV: Moving The Abortion Debate Beyond Morality
International Activists Join Nativity Siege
Motorsport News: Lets Get Ready To Rally
Waiau Fandango: Apocalypse Force 2
Feedback: Electoral Boundary Analysis Refuted
A Toke’n Gesture Against Dumb Drug Laws
20 Police In Riot Gear Overreact In Wellington
Correctives Promise Fashion Disaster Crackdown

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Expunge The Ghosts Of Goff & Lockwood
Ernst & Young Report On MTS Today
OECD Report On ACT’s Wavelength
More Stats For Student Politicians To Chew On
Grizzly Jim Stirs Up The Bear Pit
Be A Spook
Out Of The Shadows, Off To The Ball

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Hard News Is Here - Fright Club

- Who's for an early election, then? For the second week in a row, it appears that the entire Parliamentary Opposition is up for it - even if they'd clearly get the fright of their lives if it happened. See... HARD NEWS 03/05/02 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00020.htm


Aucklanders Need To Work Fewer Hours

- What makes living in Auckland so stressful is the fact that families have to work many more hours than in other places to pay the much higher mortgages. But why are house prices so high? It's partly because Aucklanders work too much. The problem is that, in the 1980s when some Aucklanders felt obliged to work longer hours, the rest of us had to follow suit. See... Keith Rankin: Feeding The Market [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00014.htm


POV: Moving The Abortion Debate Beyond Morality

- In a similar way to the economic upside that is now being attached to divorce – that it doubles the market – researchers are now redefining the economic and social consequences of abortion. Abortion used to be a purely moral issue with the debate surrounding termination cantered on the individuals right to choose. See... The Abortion Bonus [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00015.htm


International Activists Join Nativity Siege

- At about 6 p.m. today (ME time), a group of 24 international activists slipped past Israeli Defense Force roadblocks to enter Bethlehem's Manger Square. Running across the square, 11 were then able to enter the besieged Church of the Nativity through. See... 11 Internationals Join Trapped Palestinians [1] MORE: - George Sahhar - Diary of Jenin Refugee Camp [2] - Kristen Schurr - Gaza, 30 April, 2002 [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0205/S00007.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0205/S00005.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0205/S00002.htm


Motorsport News: Lets Get Ready To Rally

- With the start of the 2002 Parker Enzed National Rally Championship, its time for all New Zealand rally fans to dust off their winter woollies and stake a claim on their local vantage point in anticipation for some fierce action. - 2002 Rally Championship Preview [1] - Herbert Warms Up Subaru For 2002 [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00019.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00018.htm


Waiau Fandango: Apocalypse Force 2

- If conditions deteriorate further, we may reach "apocalypse force 2",in which an unstable weather pattern brings squally showers of Hail fire and blood. See... Waiau Fandango: Apocalypse Force 2 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00017.htm


Feedback: Electoral Boundary Analysis Refuted

- The April 30 article 'Labour Ahead in Boundary Allocations' by Paulo Politico shows a lack of understanding of MMP. It's true that the changes have created a number of safe Labour seats. The only relevant consideration, however, is the effect this will have on the party vote. See... Feedback – to Paulo Politico’s ‘Labour is Ahead' [1] and The Count Is On: Labour 44 – All Others 23 [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00016.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00160.htm


A Toke’n Gesture Against Dumb Drug Laws

- Cannabis law reform activists in over 180 cities around the world will join together on Saturday 4th May 2002 for the largest ever celebration of cannabis. See... J Day Sat 4 May 2002 [1] SEE ALSO: - Winston Peters - Stupid And Irresponsible [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00038.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00091.htm


20 Police In Riot Gear Overreact In Wellington

- Green Transport Spokesperson Sue Kedgley today said the deployment of 20 police in riot gear to arrest 10 people occupying a heritage building on the route of the controversial Wellington inner city 'bypass' was a massive overreaction. See... Bypass Arrests Over-Reaction - Kedgley [1] MORE: - Anti Motorway Protesters Arrested In Police Raid [2] - Transit The Real Criminals [3] - Mayday Victory In Poneke [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00076.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00027.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00029.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00021.htm


Correctives Promise Fashion Disaster Crackdown

- “Under our Zero Fashion Atrocity policy, flares, platform shoes, afros, mullet hair disasters, excessive bangles, ripped fishnet stockings, inversely worn lingerie, balloon pants, stonewashed jeans and grey zipup leather shoes will be declared objectionable on aesthetic grounds." Sister Malodora said today. See... Correctives: Zero Fashion Atrocity Policy!!! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00040.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Expunge The Ghosts Of Goff & Lockwood

- The youth and student wing of the Alliance, Staunch, is calling on young people to vote for free education, as they head into their national gathering this weekend. See... Staunch Calls On Young To Vote For Free Education [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00039.htm


Ernst & Young Report On MTS Today

- Finance Minister Michael Cullen and Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia were briefed today by Ernst and Young and the Maori Television Services Board on the legal and financial commitments entered into by MTS when John Davy was at the helm. See... Briefing From Ernst And Young And MTS Board [1] MORE: - Wayne Brown To Stay On MTS Board [2] - Scope Of Ernst And Young Inquiry Into MTS Widened [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00075.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00074.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00034.htm


OECD Report On ACT’s Wavelength

- The latest OECD report on New Zealand validates ACT's criticisms of the government's economic direction, and endorses ACT's positive solutions, ACT leader Richard Prebble says. See... OECD Report Endorses Act's Policies [1] MORE: - Michael Cullen - OECD Picks Solid Growth Path For NZ [2] - Nick Smith - OECD Report Highlight Failure Of Education Policy [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00085.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00079.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00083.htm


More Stats For Student Politicians To Chew On

- The Government has approved funding for the creation of new statistical information on the student loans scheme, Statistics Minister Laila Harré and Associate Education Minister Steve Maharey announced today. See... New Statistics On Student Loans [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00081.htm


Grizzly Jim Stirs Up The Bear Pit

- “Jim Anderton's personal attack is from a man who publicly said he was leaving politics as a protest against politics being a bear pit,” ACT Leader Richard Prebble said. See... Deputy PM's Personal Attacks Undignified [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00067.htm


Be A Spook

- Prime Minister and Minister in charge of the Security Intelligence Service, Helen Clark, said today that the Security Intelligence Service is advertising again for career intelligence officers. See... Advertisement For Career Intelligence Officers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00078.htm


Out Of The Shadows, Off To The Ball

- The development of geothermal power is part of New Zealand's technological expertise. Pioneering efforts at Wairakei during the 1950's followed by several decades of refinement and innovation gave rise to New Zealand's international reputation in this field. See... Shirley Speech: Geothermal Energy - The Cinderella [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00084.htm


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