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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
Clark Trying To Slug Dubya Both Ways
ANZ fined $7,500 for misleading MasterCard offer
New Zealand ought to say sorry to East Timorese
Scoop Investigation: Clinton’s Darkest Moment Revisited
Why We Don’t Like Bill – SPCS
Big News: 10 Teenage Killers Behind Bars In A Month
Countdown To War: Bush Endangering Inspectors
Countdown To War: Fighting Talk From GWB
Countdown To War: It’s All About Oil – Baghdad Says
Defending The Indefensible – US Position On ICC
Remembering 911: As Art?
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Baby Rich Arrives In Dunedin
MP May Be Straight, But Still Very Confused
Cullen Happy With His Figures – Govt. Accounts Released
Select Committee Inquiry Called Into Leaky Houses
Ngawha Prison Decision To Be Reviewed
Cullen’s PTA Advice Released
Kereru Murder In Upper Hutt
Michael Cullen Called Up On Scrubber Comments
New Pharmacy Contract System Not Working
More Teachers
Hamilton Casino Opens Tonight – Greens Not Playing
DPB Reform Legislation Passed
Student Loans Should Be Irrelevant To Banks

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Scoop Is In The House

– For a transcript of today’s Questions of the day check back at 5.30pm. For today's questions see.. Questions Of The Day Transcript - 18 September [1] - Tuesday's Q&A [2] - Wednesday's Q&A [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00316.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00287.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00320.htm


Clark Trying To Slug Dubya Both Ways

- Clark has been the most strident critic of the Bush administration yet now she is rushing to assist the weapon inspectors who are there only because of the US threats. See... Very Very Very Good Friends For A Very Short Time [1] Today Is Suffrage Day - Women have made great advances in workplace participation, but have not yet achieved a healthy balance between their work and their lives with their families and in their communities, Women’s Affairs Minister Ruth Dyson said today. See... Work/life balance key to women’s health [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00332.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00312.htm


ANZ fined $7,500 for misleading MasterCard offer

- ANZ Bank was fined $7,500 plus $1,130 costs in the Wellington District Court yesterday for breaching the Fair Trading Act in relation to a promotion offering nearly 10,000 of its existing customers an ANZ MasterCard with a pre-approved $5000 limit. See... ANZ fined $7,500 for misleading MasterCard offer [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0209/S00116.htm


New Zealand ought to say sorry to East Timorese

- Back in 1975 Indonesian dictator Suharto was given the green light to invade East Timor by US President Gerald Ford. What followed was 23 years of US sanctioned -Indonesian oppression of East Timorese. New Zealand sat silent. We ought to say sorry. See... New Zealand ought to say sorry to East Timorese [1] . See also ACT's Ken Shirley... PM Has Selective Amnesia Over Timor [2] and the PM... State Luncheon: East Timor President Xanana Gusmao [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00107.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00306.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00325.htm


Scoop Investigation: Clinton’s Darkest Moment Revisited

- On the evening of August 20, 1998, the Clinton administration conducted simultaneous missile strikes against two suspected terrorist facilities supposedly connected with the heralded, Saudi terrorist "mastermind" Osama bin Laden. See... Destruction Of The Al-Shifa Pharmaceutical Company [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00110.htm


Why We Don’t Like Bill – SPCS

- Chief Censor Bill Hastings has been responsible for approving for public screening and home video use, more degrading and sick films, DVDs and videos featuring sexual violence combined with explicit sex and graphic violence, than any other NZ Chief Censor. See... Bill Hastings, “Baise-Moi” and more Sick Films [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0209/S00100.htm


Big News: 10 Teenage Killers Behind Bars In A Month

- The recent sentencing of 17-year-old Daniel Luff for the murder of one police officer with a stolen gun and attempted murder of another while on bail on firearms charges is concerning enough without learning his self-indulgent mother was a drug addict, and in and out of prison for drug abuse. Luff never knew his drug addicted father, who left shortly after his son was born. See... Big News: When Will The Killings End? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00109.htm


Countdown To War: Bush Endangering Inspectors

- The safety and effectiveness of the UN weapons inspection team to Iraq is being jeopardized by President Bush's determination to unleash his military might on that country, Green Party Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Keith Locke warned today. See... Bush Bluster Puts Weapons Inspectors At Risk [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00318.htm


Countdown To War: Fighting Talk From GWB

- “We talked about the fact that Saddam Hussein has stiffed the United Nations for 11 long years, and that, once again, he said -- made some kind of statement, trying to take the pressure off of himself. This statement about unconditional inspections was something he's made in the past. He deceives, he delays, he denies. And the United States, and I'm convinced, the world community, aren't going to fall for that kind of rhetoric on -- by him again.” President Discusses Iraq with Congress Leaders [1] MORE US OFFICIAL COMMENT: - Rumsfeld - Media Stakeout Following Rumsfeld's HASC Testimony [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00185.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00184.htm


Countdown To War: It’s All About Oil – Baghdad Says

- "All weapons of mass destruction in Iraq have been completely destroyed. Even tools and buildings housing equipment have been destroyed." The Iraqi Foreign Minister also accused US President George W. Bush of "wanting to make Iraq a new Afghanistan." "The United States wants to control Iraqi oil (but) it will not be able to achieve that by installing a government in its pay." See... No excuse for war now, Iraq says [1] MORE: - President Saddam Hussein to send message to UN [2] - Foreign Minister meets Arab, foreign counterparts [3] - Aziz meets with French delegation [4] See also...COUNTDOWN TO WAR FEATURE PAGE [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00178.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00181.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00180.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00179.htm
[5] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=countdowniraq


Defending The Indefensible – US Position On ICC

- John R. Bolton, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Remarks at the Aspen Institute Berlin, Germany September 16, 2002 See... The US and the International Criminal Court [1] and Say "no" to US attack on international justice [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00182.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00175.htm


Remembering 911: As Art?

- One year after the tragic event one of the leading and most famous postmodern artists, Damien Hirst, of dissected cow fame, has said 9/11 was art. See... 9/11 Wicked But A Work Of Art, Says Damien Hirst [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0209/S00053.htm


Daily Katya Rivas

- Beloved one, I have been watching over your sleep and I am always at your side, even when you become impatient. Here I am, watching over you. Let us see, lean on My shoulder; speak to Me or be quiet, without any thoughts at all, with total emptiness. You see? ... See... Katya Rivas: Listen to the Whisper of My Spirit [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00108.htm


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IMAGE: Stupid White Men?

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Baby Rich Arrives In Dunedin

- Dunedin-based National MP Katherine Rich last night gave birth to a healthy baby girl at Queen Mary Maternity Hospital, a sister for Jonathan, Daniel and Emma. See... New baby for MP [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00331.htm


MP May Be Straight, But Still Very Confused

- "If Phil Heatley can't tell the difference between a joint and a pair of jeans what on earth is he doing in parliament?" asked Nandor. See... Nats can't tell between jeans and a joint [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00329.htm


Happy With His Figures – Govt. Accounts Released

- “The government’s fiscal discipline continues to be rewarded with strong Crown accounts,” Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today. See... Fiscal discipline rewarded - Cullen [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00328.htm


Select Committee Inquiry Called Into Leaky Houses

- George Hawkins has obviously seen the error of his ways in ruling out an inquiry into the Weathertightness of Buildings in New Zealand, ACT Commerce Spokesman Deborah Coddington said today. See… Minister Does U-turn on Housing Inquiry [1] - NZ First - George's Claytons Inquiry [2] - National - Full inquiry into housing crisis still needed [3] EARLIER: - Select Com Must Examine Leaky Building Crisis [4] - National - Government can’t ignore building crisis [5] - National - Government should come clean over housing scandal [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00327.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00324.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00322.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00299.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00297.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00292.htm


Ngawha Prison Decision To Be Reviewed

- Green Justice Spokesperson Nandor Tanczos today welcomed the decision by new Corrections Minister Mark Gosche to review the controversial proposed new prison at Ngawha, saying that Mr Gosche had a difficult task to clean up the mess left by the previous Minister. See... Gosche left to clean up Ngawha mess - Nandor [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00326.htm


Cullen’s PTA Advice Released

The Treasury and Reserve Bank today released papers provided to the Minister of Finance on the new Policy Targets Agreement (PTA). See... Treasury releases PTA papers [1] , Treasury Advice On RBNZ Policy Targets Agreement [2] and RBNZ Releases Policy Targets Agreement Papers [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0209/S00099.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0209/S00121.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0209/S00122.htm


Kereru Murder In Upper Hutt

- Conservation Minister, Chris Carter, has expressed dismay at the discovery of two more dead kereru near Upper Hutt today. See... Dismay at Kereru killings [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00310.htm


Michael Cullen Called Up On Scrubber Comments

- Labour Deputy Leader Michael Cullen’s comments on women on the DPB are offensive and demeaning, says National MP Judith Collins. See... Women are not scrubbers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00309.htm


New Pharmacy Contract System Not Working

- Health Minister Annette King must sort out the bureaucratic mess that has developed around pharmacy contracts because the system she set up is simply not working, says Dr Lynda Scott. See... Pharmacies pay for bureaucratic delays [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00317.htm


More Teachers

- Most secondary schools will receive extra teachers for the start of the 2003 school year – an important step in plans to boost teacher numbers by close to four thousand over the next four years, Education Minister Trevor Mallard announced today. See... Secondary Schools To Get More Teachers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00315.htm


Hamilton Casino Opens Tonight – Greens Not Playing

- The Green Party Spokesperson on Gambling, Sue Bradford has turned down an invitation to the opening of the new Hamilton casino today. See... Greens won't play the pokies [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00314.htm


DPB Reform Legislation Passed

- Welfare legislation passed this evening by Parliament evening will significantly increase the support available for sole-parent and widows beneficiaries to raise their families and move into work when family responsibilities allow. See... New welfare legislation good for families [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00313.htm


Student Loans Should Be Irrelevant To Banks

- Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education) Steve Maharey is supporting a call by a national students’ organisation for banks to stop taking into account the size of a persons’ student loan when considering their application for a mortgage. See... Maharey backs students’ call to banks [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00311.htm

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