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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Prosecution Claims Officer Pocketed Object
Bush Schmoozes NATO Hosts
OCR Remains Unchanged at 5.75%
Scoop Images: Protesting & Protecting Vivisection
Peacing It Together – World’s Longest Peace Message
Petrol Trickles Down
When A House Is Not A Home
Is Sue Bradford Right
Sam Neil Bare and Candid

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Scoop Was In The House
American Coup: American Green Tea Party Show The Way
Urgency Motion – The Text
Immigration Changes Show Government Panic
Local Government Bill Latest Opposition Target
Breast Is Best
Royal Belgians Arrive Saturday
Tertiary Governance Review
100 ICT Companies Selling Over $100m
Copeland On Securities Changes
Aucklands’ Fraying Blue Line
Foreigners Liking New Zealand & Spending Up
Arts And Transport Appointments
Jim’s One Stop Jobs Machine

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Prosecution Claims Officer Pocketed Object

- A prosecution witness in the murder trial of Senior Constable Keith Abbott claimed that another police officer, Constable Jason Dombroski, pocketed an object off the ground shortly after Steven Wallace was fatally shot by Abbott on Waitara’s main street. See... Abbott Murder Trial: Evidence Tampering Claims [1] EARLIER: Abbott Murder Trial: Police Used Excessive Force [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00126.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00119.htm


Bush Schmoozes NATO Hosts

- Q Mr. President, this week in Prague, NATO will invite seven countries to join the Alliance, but there are other topics on the agenda, and the future of NATO is one of them. What do you see NATO will be doing in the 21st century? What is its role? See... Interview of the President by Czech TV [1] EARLIER: Scoop Report: Controlling NATO: The Real Agenda at Prague PRAGUE LIVE: Webcam view of Prague


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00117.htm


OCR Remains Unchanged at 5.75%

- The Reserve Bank has decided to leave the Official Cash Rate unchanged at 5.75 per cent. In addition, the Bank's projections show no change in short-term interest rates over the period ahead - reflecting the Bank's sense that the risks for the future direction of the OCR are evenly balanced. See... OCR unchanged [1] , RBNZ MPS: Summary Of Economic Projections [2] and RBNZ MPS: Chapt One - Policy Assessment [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0211/S00151.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0211/S00160.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0211/S00159.htm


Scoop Images: Protesting & Protecting Vivisection

- Forty protesters greeted the delegates of the Bio-tech conference as they were bussed into the west wing for their dinner at the Auckland museum. There was a heavy police presence, equal if not more police than protesters, seven marked cars three paddy wagons. See... Images: Police Protect Animal Scientists In Auck. [1] See also.. Final Meal for Animal Abusers [2] for background.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00131.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00147.htm


Peacing It Together – World’s Longest Peace Message

- One thousand people joined a “Peacing It Together” Peace Day celebration in the city’s Tihiotonga Centennial Park on Sunday November 17, where a 1.8 km-long peace message made of coloured cut-out doves was displayed. See... World’s Longest Peace Message Displayed In NZ [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0211/S00026.htm


Petrol Trickles Down

- BP has dropped the price of petrol to below $1 a litre - the lowest it has been in eight months. See... Petrol prices tumble below $1 [1] ALSO: See... Shell leads market - takes petrol below a dollar! [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0211/S00155.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0211/S00157.htm


When A House Is Not A Home

- Featuring on the Chron's front page last Friday was a photo of San Francisco politician Nancy Pelosi resplendent in red, celebrating her historic win as "1st woman chosen House minority leader". Well, to paraphrase an old saw, you can paint a donkey lipstick-red. See... Stateside With Rosalea - A House is not a home [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00128.htm


Is Sue Bradford Right

- The recent living standards report from the Ministry of Social Development has indicated that beneficiaries and low income workers won’t necessarily have a higher standard of living if their benefit or salary is slightly increased. See... Big News: Higher wages or more disposable income [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00130.htm


Sam Neil Bare and Candid

- Movie actor Sam Neill will make a rare public speaking engagement at the Ashburton Art Gallery on December 4. See... Sam Neill to make rare public engagement [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0211/S00153.htm


Scoop Was In The House

- For Yesterday’s Questions and Answers, see... Questions Of The Day Transcript - 19 November [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00442.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: Homeland Security Sham

- The new version of the Homeland Security Bill is being loudly decried as an attack on civil, privacy & political rights. Says Senator Byrd. “The American people expect us to provide our best judgment and our best insight into such monumental decisions. This is a far, far cry from being our best. This is not our best. As a matter of fact, it is a mere shadow of our best.” See... Debate: The Homeland Security ACT of 2002 [1] . See also GWB’s view… US President Discusses Dept of Homeland Security [2] MORE ON THE HSB: - William Rivers Pitt - UQ Wire: Osama Is Under Your Bed [3] - Barbara O’Brien - Playing Politics With Our Lives [4] - American Doctors - Homeland Sec. Bill - Unlimited Smallpox Powers [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00114.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00115.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00122.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00123.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00079.htm


Countdown To War: The White House Spin In Bullet Points

- President Bush has been successful in bringing multilateral organizations from every region of the globe into the war against terrorism. Fact Sheet: News About the War Against Terror [1] See also COUNTDOWN TO WAR FEATURE PAGE [2] And... Terror Arrives Downunder - FULL COVERAGE [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00116.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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Urgency Motion – The Text

- The House is presently sitting under urgency and dealing with a backlog of legislation. For the list of items covered by the urgency motion see... Urgency Motion Adopted 19 November 2002 [1] . For reaction to the decision to go into urgency see… Government Avoids Gay Immigration Questions [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00465.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00459.htm


Immigration Changes Show Government Panic

- The Government's overnight changes to immigration criteria appear to be a panic reaction to Winston Peters' inflammatory remarks, ACT Leader Richard Prebble said today. See... Minister of Immigration Has Panicked [1] MORE IMMIGRATION REACTION: - ACT - PPTA Gets In Bed With Populist Politicians [2] - National - Signs of Panic Behind Immigration Announcement. [3] - NZ First - Immigration Changes Meaningless Says Peters [4] GOVT. ANNOUNCEMENT: - Changes to help migrants settle in NZ [5] - Immigration Policy Changes At A Glance [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00467.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00453.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00445.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00443.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00435.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00436.htm


Local Government Bill Latest Opposition Target

- Acting Local Government Minister Judith Tizard today ridiculed suggestions by the National Party leader Bill English that local government legislation was being rushed. See... National rushes to yet another blunder [1] and Read Bill, English tells Tizard [2] . Earlier From Tizard… National completely wrong on Local Government Bill [3] MORE: - NZ First - . Debate On Maori Representation Is Hypocritical [4] - United Future - United Future supports call for Treaty inquiry [5] - National - "Partnerships" Come at a Price [6] , Local Government Bill the focus of public meetings [7] & National Launches Campaign on Local Govt. Bill [8] - LG Forum - Business applauds calls for delay [9] - Business NZ - Local Government Bill dangers starting to sink in [10]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00464.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00446.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00438.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00460.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00457.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00456.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00455.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00454.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00151.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00429.htm


Breast Is Best

- Health Minister Annette King and Health Select Committee Chair Steve Chadwick say today’s launch of a plan to improve breastfeeding rates focuses on the health of our future generations. See... King, Chadwick focus on breastfeeding rates [1] and Chadwick launches plan to improve breastfeeding [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00470.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00458.htm


Royal Belgians Arrive Saturday

- Prime Minister Helen Clark announced today that the Crown Prince of Belgium, Prince Philippe, and Princess Mathilde, arrive in Auckland on Saturday for a four-day visit. See... Belgian royal couple to visit New Zealand [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00469.htm


Tertiary Governance Review

- The government’s independent review of the governance of tertiary education institutions will be conducted by Professor Meredith Edwards, Director of the National Institute for Governance at the University of Canberra. See... Governance arrangements for tertiary institutions [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00468.htm


100 ICT Companies Selling Over $100m

Minister of Communications and Information Technology Paul Swain welcomed the release of the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Taskforce’s report today. See... Swain Welcomes ICT Taskforce Report [1] See also the Taskforce release... 100 additional companies each selling over $100m [2] and ITANZ says ICT Task Force goals achievable [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00466.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0211/S00040.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0211/S00039.htm


Copeland On Securities Changes

- United Future finance spokesman, Gordon Copeland, comments on the Securities Markets and Institutions Bill, now being considered by Parliament, and the need for New Zealand to re-establish its reputation for ethical business practices. See... Copeland Comments on Securities Markets Bill [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00463.htm


Aucklands’ Fraying Blue Line

- The Auckland policing crisis is getting worse, with latest figures showing only a handful of extra officers expected on the streets before Christmas, says National's Police spokesman Tony Ryall. See... Crisis deepens for Auckland’s thin blue line [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00462.htm


Foreigners Liking New Zealand & Spending Up

- Minister of Tourism Mark Burton has just released the International Visitors Survey to September 2002, and the figures are looking good. See... Overseas visitors spending more and loving it [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00451.htm


Arts And Transport Appointments

- See... Re-appointments to culture and arts boards [1] and Swain Announces Transport Appointments [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00449.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00447.htm


Jim’s One Stop Jobs Machine

Another Progressive Cornerstone election commitment was achieved today with the formation of one agency to assist business development. See... One stop business agency Progressive commitment [1] , Board For New Integrated Agency Appointed [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00434.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00431.htm

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