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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Bush Buddy Gets WorldCom Nod
Another Country, Another Campaign
New Offer For Secondary Teachers On Table
Fitzsimons Intimates Govt May Not Pass Go
Keith Rankin: Taxing Questions
P.O.V: ‘Right To Parent’ The Ultimate Narcissism
Guest Opinion: The Lottery Of GE Science
NZ Indymedia Channel Goes Live
Aziz Choudhry: Fight For Country
Moussaoui Wants To Tell Congress FBI Let 911 Happen
Rankin Comments On OCR Rise

CAMPAIGN 2002
Greens Launch Their Everything (Environment) Policy
Labour “Exploring The Feasibility” Of Health Tax
The Kyoto Police
Labour Releases Employment Relations Policy
$80m For Kiwibank Should’ve Gone Into Police
Prebble Talks Law & Order At The Scene Of The Crime
Labour Campaigning World-wide Too
Kids Buying Liquor Without ID
Haden Brown Case Shows Sentencing Laws Inadequate
Labour’s Industry Training Policy
Mixed Reaction To Painted Apple Moth Decision

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Bush Buddy Gets WorldCom Nod

- A former Securities and Exchange Commission chairman appointed court monitor of WorldCom Inc. on Wednesday was previously responsible for clearing U.S. President George W. Bush of insider trading concerning his involvement in Harken Energy during the lead up to the 1991 Gulf War. See... Investigator Who Cleared Bush Gets WorldCom Job [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0207/S00033.htm


Another Country, Another Campaign

- While government agencies thumb their noses at laws requiring accountability, we spend enormous amounts of time and energy providing the IRS with accurate and complete annual financial reports on ourselves. Is our Federal government not to be held accountable to the same standards or rigorous financial reporting requirements as we the taxpayers? See... Real Deal: Saving Tennessee [1] and Real Deal: Saving Tennessee - The Cartoon Series [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0207/S00031.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0207/S00032.htm


New Offer For Secondary Teachers On Table

- Education Minister Trevor Mallard today confirmed that the government has tabled an offer to PPTA members in response to the claim tabled on 21 June. See... Government Tables Offer To Secondary Teachers [1] and Offer Seems Below Teachers’ Expectations - PPTA [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00158.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0207/S00007.htm


Fitzsimons Intimates Govt May Not Pass Go

- Green co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said that post-election negotiations would focus on whether 'it would be more sensible not to let a government form in the first place.' See... Could You Imagine This Chaos In Government? [1] MORE: - Bill English - Labour And Greens All Wishy-Washy [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00121.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00123.htm


Keith Rankin: Taxing Questions

- In this election campaign, the tax cut bandwagon seems to have run out of steam. National realises that there are not many votes to be won by offering to cut the 33 and 39 percent top tax rates. Even Act is giving less emphasis to this issue. See... Keith Rankin: Taxing Questions [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0207/S00024.htm


P.O.V: ‘Right To Parent’ The Ultimate Narcissism

- So finally the sperm barrier has been breached with the opening last week of a British based service providing fresh sperm to anyone, but specifically lesbian couples, seeking a child. See... The Sperm Barrier [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0207/S00022.htm


Guest Opinion: The Lottery Of GE Science

- The science of GE is immature and the creation of new organisms is at best a lottery. See... Guest Opinion: The BAD Science of GE Food [1] TODAY'S GE NEWS & OPINION: - Sustainability Cn. - Five Times More Risky for NZ [2] - Guest Opinion - Can We Work It Out? [3] - i/v Transcript - Sir Peter Elworthy On RNZ [4] - Life Sciences - How independent is the Sustainability Council? [5] and Curious Contradictions [6] - Fonterra - Response To The Sustainability Council [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0207/S00030.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0207/S00060.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0207/S00058.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0207/S00029.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0207/S00057.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0207/S00047.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0207/S00049.htm


NZ Indymedia Channel Goes Live

- After many collaborative efforts behind the scene's, the Aotearoa Independent Media Centre is rapturous to announce the launch of the newly designed and upgraded website, to be found at www.indymedia.org.nz. See... Aotearoa Independent Media Centre Goes Live [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0207/S00045.htm


Aziz Choudhry: Fight For Country

- Nuclear terror is nothing new to the Mirrar people in the Kakadu region of Northern Australia, whose land sits on one of the world's richest deposits of uranium. One of the only things that lasts longer than the 40,000 years during which Indigenous Peoples have lived in Australia is the radioactive half-life of uranium ore. See... Fight For Country [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0207/S00023.htm


Moussaoui Wants To Tell Congress FBI Let 911 Happen

- The only man charged in connection with the 11 September attacks has asked to testify before the US Congress, the BBC reports. See... UQ Wire: Terrorist Seeks To Speak To Congress [1] MORE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS: - UQ Wire: Poem - Full Disclosure [2] - UQ Wire: A Controlled Burn [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0207/S00027.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0207/S00028.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0207/S00017.htm


Rankin Comments On OCR Rise

- The Acting Governor of the Reserve Bank, while once again raising the Official Cash Rate as an act of further tightening monetary policy, notes that ongoing increases are less likely than he had expected in May. See... Keith Rankin On Interest Rake hike [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0207/S00025.htm


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Greens Launch Their Everything (Environment) Policy

- Green co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons today released the Green Party's policy on the environment, saying the policy aimed to put New Zealand's industry, environment and economy on a sustainable footing. See... Greens Launch Policy On Environment [1] SEE ALSO: - ECO - Environmental Gauntlet Thrown Down [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00139.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0207/S00056.htm


Labour “Exploring The Feasibility” Of Health Tax

- “Labour has made no commitment to introduce a dedicated health tax. We have committed ourselves only to exploring the feasibility of the idea,” Revenue Minister Michael Cullen said today. See... Setting The Record Straight On Health [1] OPPOSITION TAX ATTACK: - ACT - Whip Lets Secret Tax Bombshell Out of the bag [2] - ACT - Labour Must Deny Secret Health Tax Plans [3] - ACT - Health Tax Would Be Crippling For Workers [4] - Nats - Voters Warned About Labour's New Taxes [5] - Nats - Labour's Tax Increase Agenda Revealed [6] - Nats - Govt Breaks Pledge With Another Tax Grab [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00151.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00146.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00145.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00144.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00135.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00161.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00159.htm


The Kyoto Police

- “As Labour continues with its head-long rush into ratifying the Kyoto Protocol farmers face the prospect of having inspectors roaming the countryside counting sheep and cattle,” says National's Agriculture spokesman Gavan Herlihy. See... Labour to unleash Kyoto police on farmers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00155.htm


Labour Releases Employment Relations Policy

- Employment relations policy will continue on the current path of returning good faith and productivity to New Zealand workplaces, Labour Minister Margaret Wilson says. See... Labour committed to balance and safety at work [1] and Labour On Employment Relations [2] REACTION: - CTU - Commitment Welcomed [3] - Alliance - Push Labour On Industrial Relations [4] - Nats - Labour Shows True Anti-Business Colours [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00153.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00154.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0207/S00045.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00164.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00163.htm


$80m For Kiwibank Should’ve Gone Into Police

- The second Kiwibank armed robbery is a matter of grave concern, ACT Finance Spokesman MP Rodney Hide said today. See... Second Kiwibank Armed Robbery - Grave Concern [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00152.htm


Prebble Talks Law & Order At The Scene Of The Crime

- I've come here today to the pizza parlour where Marcus Doig was brutally murdered. I've come to register the country's outrage, not just at the senseless crime but also the fact that the man who did this evil act will receive no punishment. See... Do One Crime and Get the Second for Free [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00140.htm


Labour Campaigning World-wide Too

- The Labour Party is sending one of its second term MPs to promote the Labour message to the estimated 100,000 New Zealanders in London entitled to enrol and vote in the July 27 General Election. See... New Zealand Labour Campaign To Hit London [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00138.htm


Kids Buying Liquor Without ID

- “It is quite unacceptable for young people to be able to buy alcohol without producing ID,” said Tariana Turia, Associate Minister for Health. See... Alcohol sales to young people must be checked [1] and Alcohol Survey Results In ‘Wake Up Call’ [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00137.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00143.htm


Haden Brown Case Shows Sentencing Laws Inadequate

- MP for Tauranga and Leader of New Zealand First, Rt Hon Winston Peters, today said “the case of Haden Brown who brutally bashed his mothers head in with a hammer, highlights the hopeless inadequacy of Labour’s new sentencing laws”. See... Sentencing Rules Highlighted As Hopeless [1] MORE: - Phil Goff - Whangarei Sentencing [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00133.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00142.htm


Labour’s Industry Training Policy

- A skilled workforce is one of the drivers of growth and innovation. We will enable people to enhance their skills throughout their lifetime so that our country can become more prosperous and confident. See... Labour On Industry Training [1] MORE: - Labour On Industry Training [2] - Labour commits to 250,000 in industry training [3] - Education and Training Leaving Age [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00127.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00126.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00128.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00129.htm


Mixed Reaction To Painted Apple Moth Decision

- Forest and Bird welcomed today's Cabinet decision to continue with targeted aerial spraying of painted apple moth in Auckland. Forest and Bird is advocating for painted apple moth eradication because of the threat it poses to native forests. See... Forest & Birds Welcomes Moth Decision [1] MORE: - Re: Moth Pest Spray Date Announced [2] - Painted Apple Moth Aerial Spraying [3] - Painted Apple Moth [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0207/S00059.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0207/S00055.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0207/S00053.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0207/S00052.htm


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