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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Hard News Is Here
Keith Rankin: Super A Deserved Dividend
Howard’s End: Less Is More In Law
$47.5m One-Off To Maori Leasehold Landowners
Cancer Death Rates Worse Here Than Australia
Complex Man Done Injustice By Soundbite Culture
Satire: Utterly Reasonable
Assignment Kyoto Programme Biased – Business NZ
Opinion: ANZACs Fought For This?
What Do You Do With All That Military Might?

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Commercial Information Security Questioned
ACT Pushes Violent Crime To The Forefront
Pacific Island Students Hardest Hit By Loans
International Student Tax Opposed
They Shall Be The Biotechnology Taskforce
Digital Hitchhikers Get Green Thumbs Up
These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees

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Hard News Is Here

- So, a bad week for the international far right, then. One shot in the Netherlands, another disabused of his dreams of victory in France. See... HARD NEWS - Unfortunately The President Is A Chimp [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00050.htm


Keith Rankin: Super A Deserved Dividend

- Last month, the authors of a Treasury working paper floated the idea of further raising the age of entitlement for New Zealand Superannuation. Although the paper was reasonably wide-ranging, the Treasury's main interest in this topic would appear to be to manage (if not minimise) the "cost" of our universal public pension. See... Keith Rankin: Growth Dividends to Senior Citizens [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00046.htm


Howard’s End: Less Is More In Law

- A few years ago the Law Commission made recommendations about what it considered were rough and ready laws which Parliament produced and nothing much changed. So will the politicians now take any notice of the latest Law Commission report over fairness and access to justice in our courts? See... Howard's End: Too Much Bad Law [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00049.htm


$47.5m One-Off To Maori Leasehold Landowners

- Finance Minister Michael Cullen, Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia and Organisation of Maori Authorities chair Paul Morgan today announced an agreement to a one-off $47.5 million payment to Maori leasehold landowners in recognition of the losses ... See... Agreement Negotiated With Maori Landowners [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00216.htm


Cancer Death Rates Worse Here Than Australia

- A new study has shown New Zealand is lagging behind Australia in reducing the number of deaths due to cancer. - Cancer Society - Need For Control Strategy Confirmed [1] -MOH - Cancer Research Valuable Tool [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00121.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00123.htm


Complex Man Done Injustice By Soundbite Culture

- Pim Fortuyn was quoted saying that he feels Islam is a "backward culture" for ridiculing homosexuality and proclaiming homosexuals as "lower than pigs". Pim was openly gay. See... The Truth About Pim Fortuyn [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00048.htm


Satire: Utterly Reasonable

- "We are totally devoted to reason, and we will fight until we find a reason to stop. There is only duty, compromise and cheerfulness. We have total discipline in moderation." See... Waiau Fandango: Extreme Reason [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00047.htm


Assignment Kyoto Programme Biased – Business NZ

- Business NZ is preparing a complaint to the Broadcasting Standards Authority over last night's 'Assignment' programme on global warming on TV One. See... Broadcasting Complaint Over Lack Of Balance [1] MORE KYOTO PROTOCOL NEWS: - Nats - Canada's Rejection Of Kyoto Signals Warning Bells [2] - Federated Farmers - Disgusted [3] - Waikato Farmers Unconvinced [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0205/S00084.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00214.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00116.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00122.htm


Opinion: ANZACs Fought For This?

- Hitler would applaud our politicians. The evil that was Hitler's regime has won the battle for the minds of the majority of New Zealanders. Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini would all approve of the socialist, fascist and racist politics that are practised here in New Zealand. See... Opinion: Thoughts On The Importance Of ANZAC Day [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00125.htm


What Do You Do With All That Military Might?

- The U.S. now has the preponderant military power in history -- eight times, if you buy Paul Kennedy's figures, eight times larger than the next, or larger than the next eight militaries put together, what does the U.S. do with this power? See... Wolfowitz Interview With Los Angeles Times [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0205/S00025.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Commercial Information Security Questioned

- Jim Anderton must reassure businesses from New Zealand and abroad that commercially sensitive information provided to his Ministry of Economic Development is secure, ACT Finance Spokesman MP Rodney Hide said today. See... Is Commercial Information Secure In Ministry? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00219.htm


ACT Pushes Violent Crime To The Forefront

- The ACT Party is calling on voters to make the list vote a referendum on violent crime. See... Make List Vote A Referendum On Crime [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00218.htm


Pacific Island Students Hardest Hit By Loans

- Pacific Island graduates have the longest student loan repayment times of any ethnic group, according to new figures released today by the New Zealand University Students Association (NZUSA). See... Loans Scheme Hardest On Pacific Graduates [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00133.htm


International Student Tax Opposed

- Submissions to the Education and Science Select Committee today revealed that educators believe the new tax on international students being proposed by the government is ill-advised, hasty and unnecessary, said Dr Muriel Newman. See... New Student Tax Meets With Strong Opposition [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00213.htm


They Shall Be The Biotechnology Taskforce

- Ten top biotechnology entrepreneurs, academics and business leaders have been appointed to the Government’s new Biotechnology Taskforce. See... Biotechnology Taskforce Named [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00222.htm


Digital Hitchhikers Get Green Thumbs Up

- An Internet-age hitchhike scheme with benefits for Dunedin’s environment, council and students was given an official thumbs-up by Energy Minister Pete Hodgson and Dunedin Mayor Sukhi Turner today. See... Internet-Age Hitchhike Scheme Has Host Of Benefits [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00223.htm


These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees

- Committee meetings There were 11 committee meetings. Three were outside Wellington and the others were all in the parliamentary complex. See... Select Committee Business 3 April to 10 April [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00221.htm


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