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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House - Today's Q&A
PPTA Reaches Agreement With Govt
Howard’s End: No Subaru Will Be Safe!
Nats Pledge $2000 For B Bursaries
Babylon Express: You’re Not A Hurricane!
Tube Talk: Is The West Wing Losing Its Sheen?
Link: Oil Quake
Tom In Taranaki
Security Substandard, Despite Nicholls Finding
Australia’s Terror Budget
My Coup Legit, Speight’s Reprehensible - Rabuka
ASB Shocked & Saddened By Fatal Shooting

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Agreement In Principle With Nga Rauru
Mallard Sees No Evil
Inconsistency In Fraud Investigations
Spotlight Back On LAV IIIs
Ministers Responsible For Davy Appointment
Peters Pushing The Pim Fortuyn Buttons

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

- Today’s questions concerned: Drug Education – Corrections Emergency Response Unit – Jim’s New Party – Youth Offending – Party Hopping Bill – Venture Investment Fund – Local Body Election Donations - MidCentral Health Cancer Treatment – Petrol And Diesel Quality – Mental Health Problems – Disabled Employment – Bursary Costs. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day –16 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] - Wednesday's Q&A [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00082.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/myscoop/index.html
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00067.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00076.htm


PPTA Reaches Agreement With Govt

- An agreement between the Post Primary Teachers’ Association and the government was reached today on the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement. See... PPTA And Ministry Of Education Reach Agreement [1] and Minister Welcomes Settlement [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0205/S00028.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00339.htm


Howard’s End: No Subaru Will Be Safe!

- In a typical knee-jerk reaction to the problem of street racers, both local and central government politicians are all jumping on the bandwagon wanting to introduce yet another law, this time to be called the Land Transport (Street and Illegal Drag Racing) Amendment Bill. See... Howard's End: Raising Revenue From Boy Racers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00081.htm


Nats Pledge $2000 For B Bursaries

- A robust system of school qualifications is needed to raise the educational standards that every young New Zealander deserves, says National Party Leader Bill English. See... Relevant, Reliable School Qualifications [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00332.htm


Babylon Express: You’re Not A Hurricane!

- A Petone man with no sporting ability was arrested this morning after entering the Starship Troopers Children’s Hospital in Wellington and attempting to comfort children in the Leukaemia ward. See... Babylon Express: Comforting With Intent [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00080.htm


Tube Talk: Is The West Wing Losing Its Sheen?

- Praise the Lord and pass the broccoli, “The West Wing” has returned! Grandiose, witty and slightly pretentious, “West Wing” follows the workings of the staff of the Oval Office, home of the American President. See... Tube Talk: Is The West Wing Losing Its Sheen? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00079.htm


Link: Oil Quake

- This paper is about Peak Oil. It truly is a turning point for Mankind, which will affect everyone, although some more than others. Those countries, which plan and prepare, will survive better than those that do not. See... Scoop Link: Mbendi.co.za - Crude Oil Now Declining [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00078.htm


Tom In Taranaki

- The announcement of the filming of part of the Hollywood feature film The Last Samurai in Taranaki is the culmination of 12 months' activity by Film New Zealand, Investment New Zealand, and regional film promotion organisations. See... Hollywood To Taranaki [1] and Major Hollywood Movie To Shoot In New Zealand [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0205/S00028.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00335.htm


Security Substandard, Despite Nicholls Finding

- HONIARA (Pacnews): Serious lapses in security for New Zealand High Commission staff working in the Solomon Islands have been uncovered in a Ministry of Foreign Affairs report. See... Report Criticises NZ High Commission Security [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0205/S00065.htm


Australia’s Terror Budget

- The Howard Government has committed $524 million to support Australia's involvement in the international coalition against terrorism. See... Australian Defence Budget Suite Of Releases [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0205/S00063.htm


My Coup Legit, Speight’s Reprehensible - Rabuka

- SUVA (Pasifik Nius): Former Fiji coup maker and prime minister Sitiveni Rabuka says he does not deserve to be punished for his actions in 1987 as his coup succeeded, the Daily Post reports. See... Speight Pardon Not On But Mine Ok, Says Rabuka [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0205/S00064.htm


ASB Shocked & Saddened By Fatal Shooting

- We regret to confirm that wounds suffered by John Vaughan, our staff member shot in the armed robbery at the Mangere Bridge branch, have proved fatal. John died in hospital just before 8 p.m. this evening. See... ASB Bank Confirms Fatality In Armed Robbery [1] POLITICAL REACTION: - ACT - Killer Almost Certainly A Repeat Offender [2] - Ron Mark - Cabinet Should Make Special Appropriation [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0205/S00141.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00337.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00321.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Agreement In Principle With Nga Rauru

- Minister in Charge of Treaty Negotiations Hon Margaret Wilson has welcomed today’s signing of an “Agreement in Principle” by Nga Rauru and the Crown as a significant milestone for both the south Taranaki iwi and the government. See... Signing Of A Significant Settlement Milestone [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00336.htm


Mallard Sees No Evil

- The Education Minister is deliberately allowing schools to break the law and mislead parents, ACT Education Spokesman MP Donna Awatere Huata said today. See... Mallard Helps Schools Break The Law [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00329.htm


Inconsistency In Fraud Investigations

- “The Government's duplicitous procedures were exposed today in Parliament by my question to the Minister of Police,” said ACT's Police Spokesman Ken Shirley. See... Procedural Duplicity [1] MORE: - Winston Peters - Me Thinks They Doth Protest Too Much [2] - Rod Donald - Investigate Donations To National [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00318.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00331.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00338.htm


Spotlight Back On LAV IIIs

- “The release of the Carruthers Report and the strong conclusions drawn by the Chief of Defence Force Air Marshal Ferguson can only call into question the decisions made by the Government in 2000 to disband the air combat force and order 105 LAVs”, says National's Defence spokesperson Max Bradford. See... Report conclusions warrant defence purchase review [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00317.htm


Ministers Responsible For Davy Appointment

- Reports due to be released tomorrow into the appointment of the recently sacked Chief Executive of Maori Television will be nothing more than a whitewash, says National's Maori Affairs Spokesperson Georgina te Heuheu. See... te Heuheu says reports will be a whitewash [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00316.htm


Peters Pushing The Pim Fortuyn Buttons

- United Future leader, Hon Peter Dunne, says Winston Peters' attack on Muslim immigration shows he wants to be New Zealand's Pim Fortuyn. See... Peters Wants To Be New Zealand's Pim Fortuyn [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00322.htm


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