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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
BUDGET DAY
Greens Dig Their Heels In Over GE
George Monbiot: FBI Hangs Up On Anthrax Inquiry
Peters Launches Attack Over Party Donations
Where Is Poverty On The Election Year Agenda?
Feature: IV With A Japanese Buddhist Monk
PPTA Stands By Process, Wildcat Strikes Continue
NZ & UK “Concerned” At Whale Meat For Sale
SPCS Spreads Moral Indignation Across The Tasman


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BUDGET DAY

- Finance Minister MIchael Cullen delivers the budget at 2pm today. Scoop's Alastair Thompson will report from the media lock-up. We'll post budget announcements and reaction as it come to hand, and email a Budget Special to Top Scoops subscribers.


Greens Dig Their Heels In Over GE

- The Green Party caucus will recommend to the Green Party conference next week that the release of genetically engineered organisms into New Zealand's environment will be a bottom line for its support of another Labour-led Government. See... GE Bottom Line For Support [1] REACTION: - Nick Smith - Debacle Labour's Own Making [2] - Laila Harré - Alliance Urges Reason All Round [3] - Life Sciences - Green Position No Surprise [4] - Marian Hobbs - Minister condemns Greens [5] - Brian Donnelly - Greens' Ball & They’re Going Home [6] - Richard Prebble - Greens On Strike On Full Pay [7] - Winston Peters - Things To Come? [8] - Keep Greens Out [9] - Peter Dunne - Clark Right To Shun Greens [10] - Penny Webster - PM Needs To Stop Relying On Insults [11]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00471.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00485.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00484.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0205/S00224.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00480.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00478.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00472.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00470.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0205/S00481.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00477.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00487.htm


George Monbiot: FBI Hangs Up On Anthrax Inquiry

- All the evidence points to government labs. Is this why the FBI has failed to solve the anthrax case? See... George Monbiot: Riddle of the Spores [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00120.htm


Peters Launches Attack Over Party Donations

- “Today the National Party is at the lowest ebb it has ever been. It takes money from crooks, it takes money from people who are proven to be corrupt, and it has sought to defend that and has placed in its political wing certain operatives from those businesses,” NZ First Leader Winston Peters said. See... Hansard Transcript Of Peters Speech [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00469.htm


Where Is Poverty On The Election Year Agenda?

- Something a little odd is happening in election year in New Zealand. There is an issue that is not supposed to be talked about. The astonishing thing is that the banned subject is not something radical and outrageous. See... Opinion: The Unspoken Issue [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00122.htm


Feature: IV With A Japanese Buddhist Monk

- Doesn’t sound quite as cool as “Interview with a Vampire” does it? However, unlike vampires, this interview definitely doesn’t suck. If you’ve ever wondered why Buddhist monks are bald or what Buddhist monk actually does, read on. See... Feature: IV With A Japanese Buddhist Monk [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00121.htm


PPTA Stands By Process, Wildcat Strikes Continue

- The Post Primary Teachers’ Association stands by its position to take a proposed collective agreement settlement package to its members. See... PPTA Stands By Its Democratic Processes [1] MORE: - CTU - Observe Process [2] - ACT - Wilson Should Butt Out of Teacher Negotiations [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0205/S00037.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00221.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00479.htm


NZ & UK “Concerned” At Whale Meat For Sale

- New Zealand's commissioner to the International Whaling Commission, Hon Jim McLay, has expressed concern over the sale in some Japanese shops of meat labeled as 'Greenland whale' and has offered Japan technical assistance in identifying the origin of the meat. See... NZ Offers To Help Japan Source Whale Meat [1] MORE: - UK Govt - Serious Concerns Raised [2] - NZ Govt - NZ reaffirms commitment to IWC [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00476.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0205/S00122.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00475.htm


SPCS Spreads Moral Indignation Across The Tasman

- SPCS enclosed a copy of part of a transcript of a very revealing radio interview with Mr Bill Hastings, Chief Censor, in a letter to the Australian Prime Minister, John Howard. See... ‘Baise Moi’ NZ Ban interests Aussie P.M. [1] YOU'RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME, DAVID LANE: - Anthony Timpson - Response [2] - Clarification - Scott Wilson - Why Are Films Different From Real Life? [3] - Libz - Freedom Of Speech Policy [4] SACK THE CENSOR: - NZ First - Minister Refuses To Dismiss Censor [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00218.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00216.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00222.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00211.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00468.htm


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