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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
Steven Wallace Murder Trial Begins
Aziz Choudry : Sweet and Dangerous Music
William Rivers Pitt: Osama Under The Bed
Just Why Is It We Want A FTA With This Nation?
US Elections: Constitutional Deconstruction Begins
Scoop Link: Don’t Give Me Culture, I’m Not Hearing You Rob
Korea May Have Nukes – But Does Not Have Food
American Coup: American Green Tea Party Show The Way

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
The PM’s Being Absurd!
Aged Care Needs Ignored
Anderton Blames Past Rightwing Govts For Poverty
United Likes Cullen’s Super Moves
The Costs of United’s Support
English Attacks Govt’s PC Policies
Today In Parliament: Questions of the Day
Wähi Tapu and Private Land Owners
Reduction to a Fringe Benefit Tax Rate
One News Poll Shows Peters Incites Racial Tensions
Bird Smuggling Lark Convicted
Health Elective Services Website Launched
Dean Appointed to TTSG
Centres of Research Excellence Push Boundaries
Anderton Speaks on Building on Current Growth
Animal Abusers Eat Un-pleasantries

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Scoop Is In The House

– For today’s questions see... Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 19 November [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00411.htm


Steven Wallace Murder Trial Begins

- The trial of Senior Constable Keith Abbott, who shot dead 23 year old Steven Wallace in Waitara on 30 April 2000, opened before Justice Chambers and a packed Courtroom 3 at the High Court in Wellington yesterday. See... Abbott Murder Trial: Police Used Excessive Force [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00119.htm


Aziz Choudry : Sweet and Dangerous Music

- Music has moved many of us to act, and inspires us in our work for justice and liberation. Close friends and comrades tell of how music has helped form, frame and inflame their political consciousness and hunger for justice. See... Soundtrack For A Secret Country [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00124.htm


William Rivers Pitt: Osama Under The Bed

It's been a nervous week. Every night before bed, I've taken a broom handle and thrust it under my bed. Each time, I'm waiting for the "Oof!" Osama is under there, I just know it. If the President says it, it must be true, right? See... UQ Wire: Osama Is Under Your Bed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00122.htm


Just Why Is It We Want A FTA With This Nation?

- The Bush administration is laying the groundwork for the resumption of nuclear testing and the development of new nuclear weapons, according to a memo obtained by Knight Ridder. See... Scoop Link: U.S. Considering Resuming Nuke Tests [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00121.htm


US Elections: Constitutional Deconstruction Begins

- Creation of the Homeland Security Department will be the biggest reorganization of government since the Defense Department was established in 1947. See... Barbara O’Brien: Playing Politics With Our Lives [1] MORE ANALYSIS: - BTL - Conservative DLC Biggest Loser in 2002 Election [2] - COHA - Midterm Elections Have Mixed Consequences [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00123.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00120.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00104.htm


Scoop Link: Don’t Give Me Culture, I’m Not Hearing You Rob

… a song featured on Radio New Zealand’s nine-to-noon show this morning, discovered via Google… The Knobz - Culture [1]


[1] - http://www.geocities.com/dagsyfm/culture.html


Korea May Have Nukes – But Does Not Have Food

- The top United Nations relief official in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) today warned that the country's food and humanitarian situation is rapidly becoming critical - a situation that could worsen as countries hold back pledges. See... DPR Of Korea Faces 'Dire' Food Shortage [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00109.htm


American Coup: American Green Tea Party Show The Way

- Poll watchers, election officials, even the Secretary of State are not allowed to examine the computer software, which is what determines how the votes are counted. This amounts to an illegal secret ballot count. See... Threat To Democracy [1] See also... See... SCOOP: AMERICAN COUP FULL COVERAGE [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00108.htm
[2] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=countdowniraq

LV Cup: Two More Teams Bow Out

– The French and British Louis Vuitton Cup teams have ended their challenges for the Americas Cup. See... Au Revoir To Le Defi Areva [1] , GBR Challenge Exits Louis Vuitton Cup 1/4rs [2] and Stars & Stripes Beats Britain 4-1 And Goes Forward [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0211/S00146.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0211/S00144.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0211/S00148.htm


Countdown To War: Kofi Annan’s Advice For Saddam

– As an advance team of United Nations arms inspectors arrived today in Iraq, Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged President Saddam Hussein to comply fully with Security Council demands, "for the sake of his people, regional stability and world order." See... UN Arms Inspectors Arrive In Iraq [1] and UNSG Urges Iraq's President To Comply [2] . See also Jack Straw... Saddam's 'final opportunity to comply' [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00106.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00107.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00101.htm


Countdown To War: The New Global Slavemaster

- The slave-master insists on bringing his ranch hands to search for the cotton under the slave's pillow, inside the slave women's braziers; wherever the ranch hands see fit. Slave fumes, but agrees. See... Firas Al-Atraqchi: When The Master Whips The Slave [1] See also COUNTDOWN TO WAR FEATURE PAGE [2] And... Terror Arrives Downunder - FULL COVERAGE [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00113.htm
[2] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=countdowniraq
[3] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=balibomb


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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The PM’s Being Absurd!

- Prime Minister Helen Clark's claim that ACT and National do not want a free trade agreement for party political reasons is absurd and not an appropriate comment for a prime minister to make, ACT New Zealand Leader Richard Prebble said today. See... Clark's Comments On FTA: Absurd And Inappropriate [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00407.htm


Aged Care Needs Ignored

- Shortage of care for elderly as Govt closes rest homes The Government is continuing to ignore the running down of aged care services, forcing the closure of aged care facilities and the failure of care for our weakest and most vulnerable, says National. See... Shortage Of Care As Govt Closes Rest Homes [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00415.htm


Anderton Blames Past Rightwing Govts For Poverty

- A UNICEF report showing children were the main victims of New Zealand's successive New Right governments is right, Progressive leader Jim Anderton said today. See... UNICEF child poverty report welcomed [1] ALSO: Greens challenge Govt. over child poverty [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00418.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00413.htm


United Likes Cullen’s Super Moves

- United Future leader, Peter Dunne, and the party's finance spokesman, Gordon Copeland, have welcomed the invitation from Finance Minister, Dr Michael Cullen, for all political parties to sign up to the Government's superannuation scheme. See... United Future Welcomes Cullen Superannuation Move [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00419.htm


The Costs of United’s Support

- United Future New Zealand's Parliamentary caucus today announced details of the changes the party will be seeking in the controversial Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Bill, currently before Parliament. See... UF seeks significant changes in workplace law [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00414.htm


English Attacks Govt’s PC Policies

- National Party leader Bill English has launched a wide ranging attack on the Government's politically correct initiatives and outlined his Party's principles at a breakfast meeting in Wellington. See... National defines principles over breakfast [1] ALSO: English Dresses Down Business Leaders - On election night, an occasion I have good reason to remember, I spoke about the heritage of the National Party, how my party has represented the best of our national character. The question I have heard most often since then is this. See... Bill English Speech to NZ Institute of Directors [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00416.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00405.htm


Today In Parliament: Questions of the Day

- Question 1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by the statement in the Speech from the Throne in December 1999 that Article Three of the Treaty of Waitangi implies equality in the rights of citizenship; if so, why? See... Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 19 November [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00411.htm


Wähi Tapu and Private Land Owners

- Private land owners in Welcome Bay whose properties have been made wähi tapu by the Historic Places Trust should not have their rights overridden, ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks said today. See... What About Property Owners' Rights? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00408.htm


Reduction to a Fringe Benefit Tax Rate

- The prescribed rate to calculate fringe benefit tax for low-interest, employment-related loans has dropped from 7.98 percent to 7.83 percent, Revenue Minister Michael Cullen announced today. See... FBT for low-interest loans down [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00406.htm


One News Poll Shows Peters Incites Racial Tensions

- “The One Network News poll on immigration tonight shows that most people think Winston Peter’s claims are inciting problems between different ethnic groups,” says National’s Ethnic Affairs Spokesperson Pansy Wong. See... Poll writes off extreme claims on immigration [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00404.htm


Bird Smuggling Lark Convicted

- Bird smuggling or trafficking in endangered species is an abhorrent practice that not only threatens New Zealands native bird populations but is also cruel and inhumane. See... Positive outcome to bird smuggling trial [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00148.htm


Health Elective Services Website Launched

- INFORMATION on elective services will be more up to date and easily available with the launch of a new website http://www.electiveservices.org.nz, Ministry of Health spokesperson Brenda Bromell said today. See... New Elective Services Website [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00146.htm


Dean Appointed to TTSG

- State Services Minister Trevor Mallard today welcomed the announcement of the appointment of Professor Allan Fels as foundation dean of the new Australia and New Zealand School of Government. See... Dean appointed to trans-tasman School of Govt [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00410.htm


Centres of Research Excellence Push Boundaries

- A further two Centres of Research Excellence were announced today – bringing to seven the number of world-class research centres the government hopes will make a major contribution to New Zealand’s future economic and social development. See... Centres of Research Excellence push boundaries [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00409.htm


Anderton Speaks on Building on Current Growth

- 5:15 pm Monday, 18 November 2002 Building Industry Federation Construction Marketing Services at the Victoria Park Market Auckland CBD It is always good for the government to be constructively engaged with representative groups from important industry sectors ... See... Building on current growth - Anderton Speech [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00412.htm


Animal Abusers Eat Un-pleasantries

- Delegates of the Eighth Pacific Rim Biotechnology Conference will be holding a dinner tonight, November 19, at the Auckland Museum, and animal rights protesters will be present outside, from 7pm, ensuring that it is an incredible unpleasant meal. See... Final Meal for Animal Abusers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00147.htm

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