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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
Countdown To War: Iraq Accepts Weapons Inspections
IRAQ DECISION REACTION:
United Future Flexes Its Freedom
Petrol Up Another 2 Cents – BP Cites Global Insecurity
Cullen And RBNZ’s New Inflation Agreement
UQ Wire: Bush Was Planning Iraq War Before He Was Elected!
UQ Wire - Washington Post On The Importantce Of Oil
Countdown To War: Latin American Update
Countdown To War: Murder For Profit
Countdown To War: UN’s Finest Hour
Remembering 911: American Values
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Prebble’s Letter – PM Now A World Leading Iraq Dove
Killer Hidden In Correspondence School
NZ Buildings Leak Lots – Report
Maori Select Committee Inquiries Have Green Support
Lambton Quay - The Australian Way
Pizza Delivery Teen Murder Sentences Too Light For Alexander
Whale Rider Success Pleases PM
Censorship Vacancy Row
Where Are Our SAS?
TOKM To Investigate Iwi Forum Ideas

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Scoop Is In The House

– Check back after 5.30pm for a transcript of today’s Questions of the day. For the questions see... Questions For Oral Answer - 17 September 2002 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00274.htm


Countdown To War: Iraq Accepts Weapons Inspections

- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has just announced that Iraq has written to him saying it is willing to accept the return of weapons inspectors unconditionally. See... NewsFlash: Iraq Accepts UN Weapons Inspectors [1] , UNSG press encounter with announcement on Iraq [2] and Iraq agrees to unconditional return of UN weapons [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00096.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00158.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00157.htm


IRAQ DECISION REACTION:

- National - Keep the pressure on Iraqi breakthrough [1] - ACT - US Stance Vindicated by Iraqi Backdown [2] - Green Party - Iraq's decision: victory for peaceful int pressure [3] - White House - White House Statement On Iraq Weapons Inspections [4] See also...COUNTDOWN TO WAR FEATURE PAGE [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00276.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00273.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00272.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00159.htm
[5] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=countdowniraq


United Future Flexes Its Freedom

- United Future New Zealand leader, Peter Dunne, today announced that the Parliamentary caucus has decided to oppose the Tertiary Education Reform Bill and the Television New Zealand Bill, currently being considered by Parliament. See... United Future to oppose two Govt Bills [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00278.htm


Petrol Up Another 2 Cents – BP Cites Global Insecurity

- The volatile world oil market has forced BP to lift its wholesale petrol and diesel price by two cents a litre at midnight tonight (Tuesday, 17 September). See... BP Raises Fuel Prices 2 Cents [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0209/S00107.htm


Cullen And RBNZ’s New Inflation Agreement

- The Finance Minister and the incoming Governor of the Reserve Bank today signed a new Policy Targets Agreement (PTA), which sets out specific targets for achieving and maintaining price stability. See... New Policy Targets Agreement - joint statement [1] and New Reserve Bank Policy Targets Agreement [2] REACTION: - ACT - ACT condemns new reserve bank target [3] - NZ First - One small step for Cullen and Bollard [4] - National - Tinkering will not boost economic growth - Brash [5] - NZBR - RBNZ Must Act Against Inflation Expectations [6] - CTU - PTA announcement a positive signal - CTU [7] - Business NZ - Inflation the test of Reserve Bank agreement [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00265.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0209/S00100.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00270.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00268.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00267.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0209/S00082.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0209/S00081.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0209/S00102.htm


UQ Wire: Bush Was Planning Iraq War Before He Was Elected!

- A SECRET blueprint for US global domination reveals that President Bush and his cabinet were planning a premeditated attack on Iraq to secure 'regime change' even before he took power in January 2001. See... UQ Wire: Secret Bush Iraq Regime Change Blueprint [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00101.htm


UQ Wire - Washington Post On The Importantce Of Oil

- A U.S.-led ouster of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein could open a bonanza for American oil companies long banished from Iraq, scuttling oil deals between Baghdad and Russia, France and other countries, and reshuffling world petroleum markets, according to industry officials and leaders of the Iraqi opposition. See... UQ Wire: US Drillers Eye Huge Iraqi Petroleum Pool [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00100.htm


Countdown To War: Latin American Update

- These days the attention of the world is on the Middle East and the imminent invasion of Iraq. This is understandable if only because it is such good theatre. President Bush’s speech to United Nations was a symbolic event redolent with meaning. See... SRA Commentary: The War on Terror in Latin America [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00099.htm


Countdown To War: Murder For Profit

- Some will tell you that the sudden, seemingly inexplicable rush to war with Iraq is nothing more or less than a ruse to get economic scandals off the front pages and out of the nightly news cycles. July was a catastrophically bad month for the Bush administration. Every time George spoke on camera, the Dow Jones would melt through the floorboards. See... William Rivers Pitt: Murder for Profit [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00097.htm


Countdown To War: UN’s Finest Hour

- Over the past decade there have been serious questions raised as to the effectiveness of the United Nations when it comes to dealing with conflict. See... Could Iraq be the United Nations’ Finest Hour? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00094.htm


Remembering 911: American Values

- Americans gathered together in small towns and large cities across the nation on Sept. 11 to remember and mourn the enormous loss of life and destruction wrought by last year's terrorist assaults on New York City and Washington, D.C. See... A Teachable Moment in Debate Over American Values [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00098.htm


Daily Katya Rivas

- My children, I want to help you, but I also want you to cooperate in your healing. See... Katya Rivas: You Do Not Know Me [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00095.htm



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IMAGES: A Break In The Weather - And Freedom!

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Prebble’s Letter – PM Now A World Leading Iraq Dove

- Helen Clark is now among the world’s leading critics of President Bush’s call for action against Iraq. See... Richard Prebble's Letter From Wellington [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00260.htm


Killer Hidden In Correspondence School

- ACT Education Spokesman Donna Awatere Huata today reiterated her call for the Government to allow the development of high-quality alternative education providers. See... Bailey Junior was Hidden by Education Minister [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00277.htm


NZ Buildings Leak Lots – Report

- Today’s report on the weathertightness of building was ‘sobering’ but contained positive recommendations for the future, Internal Affairs Minister George Hawkins says. See... Building report ‘sobering’ says Minister [1] and Leaky Building Weathertightness Report Released [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00275.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0209/S00036.htm


Maori Select Committee Inquiries Have Green Support

- The Green caucus agreed today that two select committee inquiries into the Crown Forestry Rentals Trust and the Waitangi Fisheries Commission should proceed. See... Greens agree inquiries should proceed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00271.htm


Lambton Quay - The Australian Way

- Green 'Buy Local' Spokesperson Mike Ward today said he was surprised to learn that large chunks of Lambton Quay were being repaved with bricks imported from Australia. See... What's next - sheep from Australia? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00269.htm


Pizza Delivery Teen Murder Sentences Too Light For Alexander

- United Future New Zealand’s law and order spokesman, Marc Alexander, said today he was deeply disturbed at the light sentences handed down to the teenage killers of pizza delivery man, Michael Choy. See... Alexander disturbed at young killer sentences [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00266.htm


Whale Rider Success Pleases PM

- Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Helen Clark today said that the success of the New Zealand film Whale Rider at the Toronto Film Festival was a wonderful boost for the local film industry. See... Whale Rider wins at Toronto Film Festival [1] and Stellar Year For Festival Wraps With Awards


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00264.htm


Censorship Vacancy Row

- Internal Affairs Minister, George Hawkins, today announced the appointment of Nicola McCully as the new Deputy Chief Censor at the Office of Film and Literature Classification. See... New Deputy Chief Censor Appointed [1] and High Court action: Minister and Vacant Censor [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00263.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0209/S00078.htm


Where Are Our SAS?

- The Prime Minister’s stubborn insistence to down play the role of the SAS is an embarrassment to New Zealand and its defence forces, says National Defence spokesperson Richard Worth. See... SAS activity should be disclosed [1] and Web Site Data Undermines NZ’s Secret War [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00262.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00240.htm


TOKM To Investigate Iwi Forum Ideas

- The Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission said today it would take the time to assess the suggestions put forward by the group of Iwi calling itself the Iwi Forum. See... Fisheries Commission to assess suggestions [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0209/S00034.htm

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