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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
SPCS: We Are Moral, We Are Not Perverts
Introducing National’s Election Review Team
PSA Says It Wasn’t Consulted Over RNZ Staff Cuts
2002 A Corker Year For Wellington Film Festival
Hutt Man Arrested In UK For Alleged Indecencies
Customs Readies Itself For Boat People
Retail sales Growth
Student Mag Stonewalled
BTL Q&A: Changing Crony Capitalism
Israeli Court Allows Punishment Of Bombers’ Families

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Hunt Sets Precedent For Every Dissident & His Tent
Cullen Meeting Tu Wylie’s Taua Big Mistake – Franks
Feds: Predators Are Kiwis’ Problem, Not Habitat
Locke Hosts Jailed Falung Gong Artist’s Exhibition
Modern Apprenticeships Exceeds Expectations – Maharey
Prove Art For Dole Isn’t A Welfare Trap, Newman Challenges
New High Commissioner in Kiribati
Why Can’t Taxpayer Dollars Fix A Collar Bone?
Owners Of Pampered Pooches Should Be Charged – Eckhoff

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SPCS: We Are Moral, We Are Not Perverts

- In an article entitled “Perverts and censors have a great deal in common”, Barbara Sumner-Burstyn expresses her disgust at the banning of the French sex-violence film “Baise-Moi” (Fu** Me”) from the Beck’s Incredible Film Festival as a result of the actions of the SPCS. See... Film Festivals, Perverts, “Baise-Moi” & Censorship [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0208/S00019.htm


Introducing National’s Election Review Team

- The National Party's Management Board today confirmed the appointment of a three-person Panel to review the Party's performance in the recent General Election. See... National Announces Campaign Review Team [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0208/S00020.htm


PSA Says It Wasn’t Consulted Over RNZ Staff Cuts

- The PSA has today lodged a Compliance Order with the Employment Relations Authority in a bid to require Radio New Zealand to comply with the consultative provisions of the Collective Agreement in place between the two organisations, PSA national secretary Richard Wagstaff said today. See... RNZ’s Refusal To Consult Over Staffing Cuts [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0208/S00048.htm


2002 A Corker Year For Wellington Film Festival

- The Wellington Film Festival has had another successful year attracting wide audiences from the Wellington region. 64,500 attendances have been recorded over the 17 days of the Film Festival, making an advance on last year. See... Large audiences for the Wellington Film Festival [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0208/S00011.htm


Hutt Man Arrested In UK For Alleged Indecencies

- New Zealander Alan Woodcock has been arrested on a provisional warrant in England by a member of the Extradition Squad of the Metropolitan Police based at New Scotland Yard. See... Alan Woodcock arrested in UK [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0208/S00012.htm


Customs Readies Itself For Boat People

- Key Government agencies are this week conducting further training to ensure they are well prepared to respond should a vessel carrying illegal migrants arrive in New Zealand waters. See... Training Continues [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0208/S00011.htm


Retail sales Growth

- Seasonally adjusted total retail sales increased 2.3 percent in the June 2002 quarter compared with the March 2002 quarter, according to Statistics New Zealand. See... Quarterly Retail Sales Growth Continues [1] . See also... July vehicle registration figures released [2] REACTION: - Deutsche Bank - Retail Sales - June and Q2 2002 [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0208/S00043.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0208/S00009.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0208/S00047.htm


Student Mag Stonewalled

- A surprise move by the Waikato Students Union (WSU) Executive has shocked both staff and students. The WSU executive have re-appointed themselves as the Board of Directors for Nexus Publications Limited, despite conflicts of interest. The first action of the self appointed board was to drive to Tauranga and check the content at the printers. See... Nexus Gagged [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0208/S00005.htm


BTL Q&A: Changing Crony Capitalism

- Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Counterpunch Co-editor Alexander Cockburn, who discusses the current travails of crony capitalism and opportunities which may now be open for progressive social movements to influence public policy. See... Time's Ripe for Progressives to Influence Public [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00031.htm


Israeli Court Allows Punishment Of Bombers’ Families

- Amnesty International condemned today's decision by the Israeli High Court of Justice that will allow demolition, without the right to judicial review, of homes belonging to families of people who are believed to have carried out attacks against Israelis. See... Israel/OT: Green Light For Collective Punishment [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0208/S00032.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Hunt Sets Precedent For Every Dissident & His Tent

- Ken Shirley, acting Leader of ACT New Zealand, today told Jonathan Hunt that allowing Ngai Tamanuhiri protesters to camp within Parliament grounds had undermined Mr Hunt's authority and created a dangerous precedent. See... Hunt's Backdown Sets Dangerous Precedent [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00033.htm


Cullen Meeting Tu Wylie’s Taua Big Mistake – Franks

- Michael Cullen incited future law-breaking by agreeing to meet Tu Wylie's taua today, ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks said. See... Minister's Meeting Fosters Intimidation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00032.htm


Feds: Predators Are Kiwis’ Problem, Not Habitat

- The attack on an excellent sustainable development initiative in South Taranaki is yet another example of Forest and Bird compromising their aims by failing to work proactively with private landowners, says Federated Farmer's board member John Aspinall. See... Forest And Bird Urged To Work With Landowners [1] and Landowners Better Environmental Stewards [2] SEE ALSO: - Forest & Bird - Kiwi habitat set to be rolled [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0208/S00023.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0208/S00022.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0208/S00017.htm


Locke Hosts Jailed Falung Gong Artist’s Exhibition

- Green MP Keith Locke will tomorrow (August 8) host an exhibition of traditional Chinese paintings in the ground floor Beehive Foyer. See... Locke To Host Exhibition By Artist Imprisoned [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00031.htm


Modern Apprenticeships Exceeds Expectations – Maharey

- The Government’s flagship Modern Apprenticeships programme has exceeded expectations, with new figures showing more than 3,000 young New Zealanders are now signed up under the scheme. See... Government exceeds Modern Apprenticeships target [1] and Steve Maharey Speech [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00029.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00030.htm


Prove Art For Dole Isn’t A Welfare Trap, Newman Challenges

- Employment Minister Steve Maharey is refusing to provide information that would show if the scheme that gives the dole to artists while they concentrate on their art has become a welfare trap, ACT Social Services and Employment Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said. See... Newman Challenges Maharey to Front Up with Facts [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00026.htm


New High Commissioner in Kiribati

- New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to the Republic of Kiribati will be John Goodman, Foreign Minister Phil Goff announced today. See... New High Commissioner in Kiribati [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00028.htm


Why Can’t Taxpayer Dollars Fix A Collar Bone?

- Libertarianz health deregulation spokesman Dr Richard McGrath today challenged supporters of the government's die-while-you-wait 'health' system to step up to the plate and defend Auckland Hospital's treatment of teenage patient Tony Chester, whose operation on a broken collar bone was repeatedly postponed until his father stepped in and had him treated at a private hospital. See... Broken Collar-bone in a Broken-Down Hospital [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0208/S00021.htm


Owners Of Pampered Pooches Should Be Charged – Eckhoff

- Accusations levelled at farmers with skinny dogs are akin to believing that marathon runners are half-starved, ACT Agriculture Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff said today. See... Skinny Dogs Are Just Misunderstood [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00027.htm


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