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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Howard’s End: Lets Get The Law Right
More Workers, Less Unemployed
ALAC Counts The Cost Of Lowered Drinking Age
Tube Talk: Orwell’s Commercial Potential Tapped
Funding Boost For Housing
Perigo Mourns Death Of Kindred Spirit
Jim Anderton Plots The Waka’s Course
Black Caps Head Home After Horror Blast
Blue-Tiled Madrassehs, Minarets, And A Spade?
Feedback: Spin Cycle – State Education Charade
No Justification For Targeting Civilians

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
US Farm Bill Pushes GE
Fears Teachers May Reclaim Evenings & Weekends
Free Census Stats Online
Robson Grasping At Kaumatuas
Predominantly Positive Report For RNZ
Moth Programme Loses Its Head

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Howard’s End: Lets Get The Law Right

- The 89-page discussion document published yesterday by the Law Commission identifies a real mess over fairness and access to justice in our courts. See... Howard's End: Courts Need Fixing Urgently [1] MORE: - Margaret Wilson - Landmark review [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00041.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00184.htm


More Workers, Less Unemployed

- Higher numbers of people were recorded as employed, while the number of people recorded as unemployed decreased. This led to a decrease in the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate to 5.3 percent. See... Household Labour Force Survey: March 2002 Quarter [1] - Govt - Impressive Job Growth Reflects Success [2] MORE STATS: Overseas Merchandise Trade [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00100.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00202.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0205/S00065.htm


ALAC Counts The Cost Of Lowered Drinking Age

- An estimated 16 alcohol related deaths of 18 and 19 year olds in the year 2000, at a cost of $41.940 million. See... Impact Of Drinking Laws On The Young [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00096.htm


Tube Talk: Orwell’s Commercial Potential Tapped

- Why do we watch reality TV? For the same reason that dogs lick their balls - because we can. See... Tube Talk: Watch Or Be Watched [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00042.htm


Funding Boost For Housing

- Nearly $187 million in extra funding for housing low income people and those at risk was announced by Housing Ministers Mark Gosche and Tariana Turia today. - Extra $186.8 Million For Housing [1] - Extra Housing Help For Community Groups [2] - Tackling Substandard Housing [3] - More State Houses For Low Income Families [4] Reaction: - ACT - Feeding The Dependency Trap [5] - Nats - Housing Funding Won't Ease Pressure [6] - United Future - Policy Misses The Point [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00187.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00190.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00189.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00188.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00201.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00197.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00204.htm


Perigo Mourns Death Of Kindred Spirit

- Mr Fortuyn was likened to France's neo-fascist Jean-Marie Le Pen, who recently made headlines with his strong showing in the French presidential election. "Far Right," both men were called. Such a label in Mr Fortuyn's case would appear to be woefully wide of the mark - typical media knee-jerk ignorance. See... Lindsay Perigo: The Death Of Pim Fortuyn [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00103.htm


Jim Anderton Plots The Waka’s Course

- Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton has announced he will not stand under the Alliance banner at the next election. In this commentary he answers criticism over his position. See... Keeping The Waka Stable [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00208.htm


Black Caps Head Home After Horror Blast

- Following the explosion of a bomb outside the TelstraClear Black Caps team hotel New Zealand Cricket has decided to bring the team home from Pakistan. See... NZ Cricket brings Black Caps home [1] and PCB Confirms Cancellation [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0205/S00021.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0205/S00022.htm


Blue-Tiled Madrassehs, Minarets, And A Spade?

- Sick of your computer monitor? Tired of Internet news sites? Got a spare $8,000? Then why not join the USCAP field team on archaeological excavations in a long forgotten and fascinating corner of Asia, then take a trip through the colourful mysteries of the ancient Silk Road cities. The blue-tiled madrassehs, minarets and mausolea of Samarkand, Bukhara etc... See... Volunteers Needed For Central Asian Dig! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0205/S00014.htm


Feedback: Spin Cycle – State Education Charade

- Some politicians and bureaucrats have a saying, 'it's not what is right - it's what works'. This allows for greater manipulation and interpretation without acknowledging honesty. See... Feedback: 'Spinning the Integrity of a Nation' [1] and Feedback: Pity The School Teachers [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00043.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00044.htm


No Justification For Targeting Civilians

- Amnesty International strongly condemned the bomb attack that killed 16 people and wounded 50 others in the town of Rishon Letzion. Hamas has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack. See... AI condemns bombing in Rishon Letzion [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0205/S00019.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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US Farm Bill Pushes GE

- Not only does the United States Farm Bill introduce a $400 billion, 10 year subsidy programme for US farmers, it also sets aside NZ$180 million to convince overseas markets to accept genetically engineered crops and food, Green Agriculture Spokesperson Ian Ewen-Street MP said today. See... US Farm Bill Contains Huge GE Propaganda Programme [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00207.htm


Fears Teachers May Reclaim Evenings & Weekends

- Moves by secondary teachers to pull out of extra-curricular activities over their pay dispute will spell disaster for many school teams and clubs, says National's Education spokesperson, Nick Smith. See... Extra-Curricular Ban May Do Lasting Damage [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00200.htm


Free Census Stats Online

- From late May detailed 2001 Census results will be available free of charge on the Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) website, Statistics Minister Laila Harré announced today. See... Access To Census Results To Be Free Of Charge [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00186.htm


Robson Grasping At Kaumatuas

- Corrections Minister Matt Robson must be desperate for publicity for his new PC Party, given his re-announcement of a policy for kaumatua in prisons, says National's Justice spokesperson Wayne Mapp. See... Robson Desperate For Publicity [1] and Kaumatua Visits Another Example Of Soft On Crime [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00206.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00196.htm


Predominantly Positive Report For RNZ

- We consider RNZ received a good assessment from the Audit Office for its financial and service performance management. See... Select Committee Reports On RNZ Review [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00203.htm


Moth Programme Loses Its Head

- Green Biosecurity Spokesperson Ian Ewen-Street today said the unexpected resignation of the head of the Painted Apple Moth spray programme in Auckland showed the operation was in crisis. See... Moth Programme Falling To Pieces As Head Resigns [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00199.htm

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