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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House- Today's Q&A
Sludge: Central Banking Conspiracy?
OCR Up Another 0.25 Percent
US Budget Deficit Hidden In Website Cubby-hole
An Alternative To The Cap-in-hand Routine
Big News: LLLets Get Ready To Moralise
Firas Al-Atraqchi: Tip-toeing Around Israel
5 Stars For Selwyn Manning’s Middle East Book
Feedback: Good Old Dairy Saves The Day
Laila Harre’s Mission Impossible
Campaign For Universal Student Allowance

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Peters Speech: Whose Country Is It Anyway?
PM Off The Hook With Securities Commission
We’re Gonna Run Cleaner
Venture Capital For Innovators
Boost In Budget For International Aid
Faster Than A Speeding Boy Racer
Ron Mark Gets An Unreserved Apology
Punish The Fathers For The Sins Of Their Sons

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

- Today’s questions concerned: Who Is The Alliance Leader? – Caregiver Support – PM’s Art Works – Jailing Truant Parents – Australian Relationships – Student Allowance Campaign – Sacking MPs – Teacher Screening – PMs Art Work Police Investigation. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day –15 May [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/HL0205/S00076.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/myscoop/index.html
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00067.htm


Sludge: Central Banking Conspiracy?

- New Zealanders might be forgiven for thinking they are subject to a central banking conspiracy of sorts. See... Sludge Report #136 – Serfs In Our Own Land [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00069.htm


OCR Up Another 0.25 Percent

- The Reserve Bank today increased the Official Cash Rate from 5.25 per cent to 5.5 per cent. - RBNZ MPS: Table One [1] - RBNZ MPS: OCR Increased To 5.5 Per Cent [2] - RBNZ MPS: Chapter 1: Policy Assessment [3] REACTION: - EMA - Expected Though Unwarranted [4] - CTU - Lower Growth Risk [5] - Deutsche Bank - hawkish tone [6] - Full Statement [7] - David Carter - Up, up and away? [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0205/S00116.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0205/S00115.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0205/S00114.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0205/S00120.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0205/S00119.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0205/S00117.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0205/S00134.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00299.htm


US Budget Deficit Hidden In Website Cubby-hole

- In a relative backwater of the US Treasury Website US Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill makes a startling admission concerning the size of the US Government’s fiscal deficit for the year 2001. See... US 2001 Govt Deficit US$515 Billion – Paul O’Neill [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00075.htm


An Alternative To The Cap-in-hand Routine

- Should Education Minister Trevor Mallard even be involved in teacher pay disputes? Nigel Kearney writes that there is another way to deliver appropriate pay rates to teachers. See... Are Teachers Worth More? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00072.htm


Big News: LLLets Get Ready To Moralise

- The top five Incredible Film Festival attractions have now been cut down to the hot three after Baise Moi, Bully –along with Visitor Q - were banned from the festival after complaints from the SPCS. See... Big News: David Lane V Ant Timpson [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00074.htm


Firas Al-Atraqchi: Tip-toeing Around Israel

- In recent weeks, the United Nations, the Presidency of the United States, the Arab nations and anyone who has the gall to call on Israel to end its brutal occupation of an entire people, have come under fire from several pro-Israeli apologists. See... Firas Al-Atraqchi: Cry Me A River, Why Don't You! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00073.htm


5 Stars For Selwyn Manning’s Middle East Book

- Hands Across The Desert by New Zealand journalist Selwyn Manning has received a Five Star ‘Highly Recommended” review from USA based e-book site www.cebooks.blogspot.com. See… Spectator E-Book Gets 5-Star Recommended Review


Feedback: Good Old Dairy Saves The Day

- Good economic growth at present has nothing to do with the government, rather it has lots to do with global dairy prices and the low NZD. Don't give Helen Clark the medal, ring John Roadley or Craig Norgate. They create the real jobs in this country. See... Feedback: Thank John Roadley, Not Helen Clark [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00071.htm


Laila Harre’s Mission Impossible

- I want to test a theory over the next few months. The theory is that it is possible to combine intellectual honesty, a principled policy programme on the left, a willingness to compromise, an unwillingness to capitulate, a messy leadership transition, and a highly motivated and creative campaign team, win one or two seats and make it over the 5% thresh-hold and back into Government. See... Laila Harre Speech to Press Club [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00295.htm


Campaign For Universal Student Allowance

- The New Zealand University Students’ Association (NZUSA) launched its nation-wide campaign today calling on the government to introduce a universal student allowance and warned if it ignores this issue it will get a bumpy ride to the polls from students. See... Allowances Number 1 Election Issue For Students [1] MORE: - OUSA - Universal Allowances Crucial for Dunedin [2] - Nandor Tanczos - Greens Fully Behind It [3] - Liz Gordon - Wholehearted Support [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0205/S00023.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0205/S00025.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00297.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00308.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Peters Speech: Whose Country Is It Anyway?

- In these times the issue of immigration is no longer simply an issue of economics, although it has deep economic consequences. It is no longer simply an issue of social cohesion, although there are also very grave problems with immigration on that count. See... Immigration In Perspective [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00305.htm


PM Off The Hook With Securities Commission

- The Securities Commission has declined a request, under section 17 of the Securities Amendment Act 1988, from Catharine Mary Franks, a shareholder in Air NZ. See... Air New Zealand - Section 17 Request Declined [1] REACTION: - ACT - Whose Side Does the Commission Take? [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0205/S00127.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00302.htm


We’re Gonna Run Cleaner

- New Zealanders will have access to higher quality petrol and diesel that is cleaner and more environmentally friendly as a result of changes agreed by the government, Associate Minister of Energy Paul Swain announced today. See... Consumers to get cleaner petrol and diesel [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00306.htm


Venture Capital For Innovators

- The selection of six venture capital fund managers to set up seed funds backed by the government’s New Zealand Venture Investment Fund is excellent news for New Zealand’s innovators, says Minister of Research, Science and Technology Pete Hodgson. See... Venture capital for New Zealand innovators [1] and Six Venture Capital Funds Ready [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00304.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0205/S00130.htm


Boost In Budget For International Aid

- An additional $4 million dollars will top up this years overseas aid budget, Development Minister Matt Robson announced today. See... $4 Million Extra For Overseas Aid [1] REACTION: - ACT - Overseas Aid Misallocated, Prebble Says [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00293.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00301.htm


Faster Than A Speeding Boy Racer

- MP Clayton Cosgrove’s Land Transport (Street and Illegal Drag Racing) Amendment Bill was introduced to the House as a government Bill today. See... Government moves on illegal street racing issue [1] MORE: - Libz - Stupidity Rules O.K. [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00290.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00163.htm


Ron Mark Gets An Unreserved Apology

- “I share CDF's concern that attitudes held by a small group of officers have caused disharmony within Army, and between the Services. That is absolutely unacceptable," said Defence Minister Mark Burton. See... Minister supports actions by CDF [1] . See also FULL TEXT OF REPORT... CR Carruthers Report Into An Army Generated Letter [2] FULL COVERAGE - NZ First - Accessing Of Papers Relating To Ron Mark MP [3] - ACT - New CDF Shows True Leadership [4] - ACT - Defence Report on ACT Party Web Site [5] - National - Defence report doesn't go far enough [6] - Green Party - Army Fighting Over Crumbs Under Nats [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00277.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00161.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00289.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00285.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00284.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00283.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00279.htm


Punish The Fathers For The Sins Of Their Sons

- The Government must copy Britain and jail parents of repeat truants, ACT Education Spokesman MP Donna Awatere Huata said today. See... Parents of Repeat Truants Must Be Jailed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00288.htm


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