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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
“No Evidence Of Viable Seed” At GE Corn Site
Cannabis Campaigner Labels NZ First MP Cretinous
Helen Clark’s Speech For Sustainability In Jo’burg
Scoop Is In The House
NZ Must Stand Up To US Over ICC - Amnesty
Israel May Legislate To Prosecute Peace Activists
Thursday Sept. 5 Is National Penis Day
Baise-Moi Back On trial
David Miller: Filthy Lucre & The Earth Summit
Decision On Admitting Californian Grapes Pending
Bush Announces Days Of Prayer For 911
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Maori Beneficiaries Still Missing Out On Entitlements
Pot Shots On The Mob From The Ivory Tower
Short Sentences For Animal Cruelty Sends Wrong Message
Dyson Looking Forward To Moving Barriers To Women
Kedgley Calls For Transparency On Drug Co. Gifts
Refusing To Be Winston’s Scapegoat
Varroa Mite Spread While Hobbs Called For Reports
Do What We Do Best Better – Sutton’s Growth Strategy
Investigations Into Plane & Train Incidents

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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“No Evidence Of Viable Seed” At GE Corn Site

- The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) and the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) today announced that they had completed their joint assessments of sites at Pukekohe and Gisborne where suspected unauthorised GM maize had been grown and harvested earlier in the year. See... GM Maize Fields' Assessment Completed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0209/S00012.htm


Cannabis Campaigner Labels NZ First MP Cretinous

- The Mild Greens say Parliament's conservative anti-cannabis MPs, such as NZ First's Craig McNair, are demonstrating pig-ignorance about criminalisation-related harm, and the legitimate case for cannabis law reform. See... NZ First MPs Anti-Tanczos Statements Cretinous [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0209/S00011.htm


Helen Clark’s Speech For Sustainability In Jo’burg

- The New Zealand delegation has come to this summit to lend its voice to the cause of sustainability. See... Helen Clark Address To Summit on Sustainable Dev. [1] MORE: - WSSD Statments: Uruguay, Vatican (Holy See) [2] - WSSD Statements: Korea, Macedonia [3] - WSSD Statements: Jordan, Qatar [4] - WSSD Statements: Kuwait, Sudan [5] - WSSD Statements: Malaysia, Iraq [6] - WSSD Statements: Malaysia, Iraq [7] -WSSD Statements: Nigeria, Zimbabwe [8] - WSSD Statements: Japan, Tuvalu [9] - WSSD Statements: Botswana, Bolivia [10] - WSSD Statements: Kenya, Morroco [11] - WSSD Statements: A. Bouteflika, Jaques Chirac [12] - WSSD Stratements: Gerhard Schröder, Tony Blair [13] - WSSD Statements: Thabo Mbecki, Romano Prodi [14] - Kofi Annan Address To World Summit On Sust. Dev. [15] - WSSD Summit Action Plan Enters Final Phase [16] - Oxfam - Little Hope For Southern Africans [17]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00027.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00030.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00029.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00028.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00027.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00026.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00025.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00024.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00023.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00022.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00021.htm
[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00020.htm
[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00019.htm
[14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00018.htm
[15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00016.htm
[16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00015.htm
[17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00014.htm


Scoop Is In The House

– Questions for oral answer. An uncorrected transcript of today’s question time will be published this evening. See... Questions For Oral Answer - 3 September 2002 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00028.htm


NZ Must Stand Up To US Over ICC - Amnesty

- Amnesty International today called on the Government to reject a US request that it sign an agreement to give US nationals impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. See... NZ Must Reject US Request For War Crimes Impunity [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00011.htm


Israel May Legislate To Prosecute Peace Activists

- Attorney General, Elyakim Rubinstein - after having been repeatedly pressured by the government to start procedures against Gush Shalom - was quoted as saying that he doesn't see any legal basis for such a step. See... A Special "Gush Shalom Law"? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00012.htm


Thursday Sept. 5 Is National Penis Day

- The New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) has declared September 5th National Penis Day as a fun way to promote a serious issue, men’s health particularly men’s sexual health AIDS Foundation Executive Director Kevin Hague said. See... AIDS Foundation Focuses On Men’s Health [1] and AIDS Foundation Strikes Problem with Billboard [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0209/S00009.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0209/S00008.htm


Baise-Moi Back On trial

- The matter of the classification of a film described as setting a “new benchmark in terms of sadistic sexual violence” comes again before the nine-member Film and Literature Board of Review. See... Film Board To Revisit “Baise-Moi” Classification [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0209/S00006.htm


David Miller: Filthy Lucre & The Earth Summit

- It is unfortunate, but not surprising, that a dark cloud is hanging over the World Summit on Sustainable Development taking place in Johannesburg, even as the World’s leaders arrive there. See... David Miller: What Will the Earth Summit Deliver? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00010.htm


Decision On Admitting Californian Grapes Pending

- Ministry of Health chief technical officer Sally Gilbert said that apart from permanently suspending trade, there was no way to guarantee spiders would not enter New Zealand via table grapes. See… Exotic Spider Risk Assessment Outcomes Due Sept. [1] MORE: - Greens - Keep Ban On Californian Grapes [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0209/S00004.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00018.htm


Bush Announces Days Of Prayer For 911

- As we remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and the thousands of innocent lives lost on that day, we recall as well the outpouring of compassion and faith that swept our Nation in the face of the evil done that day. See... National Days of 911 Prayer and Remembrance [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00013.htm


Daily Katya Rivas

- Love of My wounds, be calm, think of My suffering on the terrible night of Gethsemane. Then I was alone, apparently, nobody was there beside Me. See... Katya Rivas: Those Suffering Today Join My Passion [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00011.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Maiden Speech: Don Brash Reveals His Heart & Brain

- As I got to understand more of the world my views changed. As Winston Churchill once said "If a man is not a socialist by the time he is 20, he has no heart. If he is not a conservative by the time he is 40, he has no brain." See... Maiden Speech - Don Brash [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00033.htm


Maori Beneficiaries Still Missing Out On Entitlements

- Green Social Services Spokesperson Sue Bradford today said it was totally unacceptable that after nearly three years of Labour Government there are still huge disparities in how special benefits are delivered. See... Ongoing Benefit Disparities A Disgrace - Bradford [1] - Anti-DPB Campaigners - Greens Get It Wrong Again [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00024.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0209/S00013.htm


Pot Shots On The Mob From The Ivory Tower

- “ACT Justice spokesman Stephen Franks called for criminologist Dr John Pratt to publicly debate his “tougher sentences don't work” theories. See... Will this Criminologist Debate the Issues? [1] MORE: - John Pratt - Punitive punishment questioned [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00021.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0209/S00002.htm


Short Sentences For Animal Cruelty Sends Wrong Message

- The Royal New Zealand SPCA wants pressure put on judges to take a tougher line in animal cruelty cases. See... Cruelty Sentences A Sick Joke [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0209/S00010.htm


Dyson Looking Forward To Moving Barriers To Women

- Women are finding it increasingly difficult to achieve economic independence while meeting society’s expectations that they carry the major responsibility for unpaid work, Women’s Affairs Minister Ruth Dyson said today. See... Women’s Affairs Briefing Paper Released [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00029.htm


Kedgley Calls For Transparency On Drug Co. Gifts

- Green MP Sue Kedgley today called on the Minister of Health to introduce regulations requiring drug companies to disclose all gifts and cash payments to doctors, hospitals and health providers. See... Call For Full Disclosure Of Drug Company Gifts [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00026.htm


Refusing To Be Winston’s Scapegoat

- Ethnic communities are tired of being the targets of racist attacks and political opportunism, said National MP Pansy Wong today, speaking at the March against Racism in Wellington. See... Standing Up To Racism And Political Scapegoating [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00025.htm


Varroa Mite Spread While Hobbs Called For Reports

- Slack decision-making by former Biosecurity Minister, Marian Hobbs is the reason the Wellington region is now permanently infested with the varroa bee-mite, says National's Agriculture spokesman, David Carter. See... Minister To Blame For Bee-Mite Spread [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00023.htm


Do What We Do Best Better – Sutton’s Growth Strategy

- The full potential of our economy will only be realised if we build on our sources of natural advantage and deepen the competencies that are associated with them. That means working with the primary production sector in agriculture, horticulture, and forestry. See... Sutton speech to Maori farming and forestry conf. [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00022.htm


Investigations Into Plane & Train Incidents

- Minister of Transport Paul Swain has had assurances from the relevant safety and accident agencies that an investigation into Friday night’s incident, in which an Air New Zealand plane lost a portion of wing flap soon after take-off, is underway. See... Air NZ Incident Investigation Underway [1] and Rail Investigations Underway [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00019.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00020.htm


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