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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Flying Kangaroo And Koru To Become One
National Vows To Fight Qantas Announcement
Winds Of Change Blow Through Ecuador
We Have Reached Spiritual Death
Howard’s End: A Natural Justice Primer
Julz Seeks Love On The Net
Tube Talk: Kath & Kim
Arthur Andersen’s Global Legacy Through GATS
Bernard Weiner: Hellacious Times Ahead
The Homeland Insecurity Bill
Bollard Explains Why Interest Rates Remain So High
Israel Shoots Two Foreign Peacemakers In Jenin
Scoop Says Thanks!
Police Evidence Concludes First Week Of Abbott Trial

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Hawkins Heat Heads For Boiling Point
Dr Don Urged To Be More Brash
Dunne Urged To Be “Sensible” About Cannabis
A Letter & Speech From Richard – On Immigration
New Prison For Milburn, Otago
Maharey’s Shockwave Cyberlaunch For Worksite
Deborah On Jim On Jim
More For Education
The Downside Of Harry Potter & Frodo Mania
Under Urgency: New Trade Marks Act
The Truth About NZ & The OECD

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Flying Kangaroo And Koru To Become One

- The government today received a proposal for Air New Zealand to enter a strategic alliance with Qantas under which Qantas would take a minority stake in Air New Zealand. See... Government response to Air-NZ Qantas proposal [1] MORE ON THE ANNOUNCEMENT: - Air New Zealand - Air NZ and Qantas To Form Major Airline Grouping [2] - Fact Sheet - Air NZ Strategic Alliance With Qantas - Fact Sheet [3] - Comparison Chart - Air New Zealand & Qantas - Facts At A Glance [4] - Govt. Timeline - Timeline for consideration of the Air NZ Qantas [5] - Qantas - Qantas Alliance With Air New Zealand [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00571.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0211/S00206.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0211/S00208.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0211/S00207.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00572.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0211/S00209.htm


National Vows To Fight Qantas Announcement

- Australia has just achieved its biggest win over New Zealand. We have been done over and it is a very dark day for travellers, exporters and tourism groups, National Party leader, Bill English, said today in reaction to the Air New Zealand/Qantas announcement... See... Kangaroo tramples over Koru [1] MORE REACTION: - ACT - Qantas Has Its Cake And Eats It [2] - EMA (Northern) - Business offers qualified support on Air NZ deal [3] - ACT - Qantas Deal Anti-Competitive [4] - More From National – Passengers lose choice in Air New Zealand deal [5] & Earlier…. National wants to clip the wings on airline deal [6] - United Future - Dunne: welcome to the future, it looks like NAC [7] - Greens - Greens oppose Air NZ sell-out [8] - EPMU - Air NZ/Qantas deal welcome, says union [9] - CTU - . CTU to Convene Meeting of Air New Zealand Unions [10]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00564.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00563.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00181.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00569.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00568.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00560.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00567.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00565.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00184.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00182.htm


Winds Of Change Blow Through Ecuador

- With 61.56 of the votes now counted, Colonel Lucio already has 56.51 percent (tallies emitted by the Supreme Electoral Court)… Thus, it’s a done deal, kind readers. The people have chosen the new president of Ecuador. The winds of change have arrived ... See... News Flash: Lucio Gutiérrez Wins in Ecuador [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00158.htm


We Have Reached Spiritual Death

- "The Americans are forcing even their friends into becoming their enemies. It is curious that the Americans, who calculate so carefully on the possibilities of military victory, do not realize that in the process they are incurring deep psychological and political defeat. The image of America will never again be the image of revolution, freedom and democracy, but the image of violence and militarism." Rev. Martin Luther King - 4 April 1967. See... UQ Wire: : A Time to Break Silence – Rev. King [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00157.htm


Howard’s End: A Natural Justice Primer

- A Scoop reader was talking to correspondent Maree Howard and said; "You've written a lot about natural justice and ACC and although I am not on ACC, what is natural justice?" Maree is not a lawyer but Scoop thought the question was important to all our readers, so she set out on the path to find justice by talking to some lawyers. This is her report but please remember this is not legal advice. It's best to pay a lawyer for that. See... Howard's End: What Is Natural Justice? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00154.htm


Julz Seeks Love On The Net

- “Flying Elephants and Orange Caterpillars I’m a happy kiwi girl living in Genève who wants to meet a guy who loves travelling, cinema, meals out, hiking and the mountains. (I’m a hopeless skier but I love sliding down mountains on garbage bags!) I also love photography, writing and chocolate. Jerks who only want a one-night stand need not apply.” See... Inside Internet Dating... Genève-Style! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00153.htm


Tube Talk: Kath & Kim

- Like most Wellingtonian emigrés, I’m only one or two steps up the evolutionary ladder from small town white trash. Despite my snazzily-cut trousers from Mandatory and a daily trim soy latte, I, too, once drank Ribena out of plastic mugs, danced to Kylie at school discos and endured 80s polyester-cotton leisurewear. See... TUBE TALK With John T. Forde: White Trash Paradise [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00152.htm


Arthur Andersen’s Global Legacy Through GATS

- How Australia is being drawn into the global deregulation of services that has triggered a legal and ethical crisis in the US. Alan Griffiths reports from across the ditch. See... Australia Plays Accountants Anonymous [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00156.htm


Bernard Weiner: Hellacious Times Ahead

- It's tempting to get totally disheartened by the recent midterm elections. I certainly did. But don't despair: Things are going to get much worse before they get worse. Then they'll get even worse, and then things will start to get better. See... Bernard Weiner: Shining Light on the Shadow Forces [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00155.htm


The Homeland Insecurity Bill

- The Senate's passage of the ludicrously misnamed Homeland Security bill is easily the biggest bad joke in American history, because in declaring war on all peoples of the world — including its own citizens — it presages a new Dark Age in world history, one in which the United States may annihilate any other country for any reason it concocts, or for no reason at all. The bill is ludicrously misnamed because nothing in this nation's history has ever jeopardized its citizens' security to this degree. See... No One Is Safe From America's Killer President [1] MORE:- Senator Byrd - Debate: The Homeland Security ACT of 2002 [2] - George Bush - US President Discusses Dept of Homeland Security [3] - William Rivers Pitt - UQ Wire: Osama Is Under Your Bed [4] - Barbara O’Brien - Playing Politics With Our Lives [5] - American Doctors - Homeland Sec. Bill - Unlimited Smallpox Powers [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00150.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00114.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00115.htm
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[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00123.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00079.htm


Bollard Explains Why Interest Rates Remain So High

- Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard says the Reserve Bank has a mandate for monetary policy to be "a little more flexible". See... Monetary policy "a little more flexible" [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00183.htm


Israel Shoots Two Foreign Peacemakers In Jenin

- Caoimhe (“Quiva”) Butterly, an Irish volunteer human shield worker who already for months stays in Jenin has today been shot, as reported to us, and was taken to hospital. See... International Volunteer Shot in Jenin [1] and IDF Explain Shooting Of United Nations Official [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00130.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00134.htm


Scoop Says Thanks!

- As it came down to the line Rupert Murdoch’s News Ltd, Tony O’Reilly’s Granny Herald, The Government’s TVNZ, and the portal of the near monopolist mega-corporations Telecom & Microsoft were the competition. And as Scoop.co.nz was announced as a fellow finalist in the “best news service” category a cheer went up from the 400 strong crowd. See... Scoop Update #11 – Award Recognition Thankyou [1]


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


Police Evidence Concludes First Week Of Abbott Trial

- The jury in the murder trial of Senior Constable Keith Abbott heard evidence from three more prosecution witnesses yesterday, all police personnel. See... Abbott Murder Trial: Further Police Evidence [1] EARLIER: - Day Three - Wallace Possessed - Constable [2] - Day Two - Evidence Tampering Claims [3] - Day One - Police Used Excessive Force [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00145.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00136.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00126.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00119.htm

Countdown To War: NATO Backs United Nations

- Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has said that NATO had reached 'a unanimous statement agreed in respect of Iraq, giving full backing to the United Nations and to resolution 1441'. See... Unanimous support for Iraq resolution at NATO [1] - UK Government - NATO Summit 21-22 November - Fact Sheet Q&A [2] - DoD - Rumsfeld Joint Press Conference in Bratislava [3] , NATO Backgrounder from Prague, Czech Republic [4] - George Bush - Interview of the President by Czech TV [5] - Scoop - Controlling NATO: The Real Agenda at Prague Countdown To War: Te Kaha Off To Arabian Gulf Tomorrow - HMNZS Te Kaha sails from Stirling, Western Australia on Tuesday November 26 at 3.00pm (NZDT) to undertake its mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. See... ANZAC Frigate Sails For Arabian Gulf [6]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00125.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00126.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00133.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00131.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00117.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00124.htm


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Hawkins Heat Heads For Boiling Point

- The National Party’s pushing for Internal Affairs Minister George Hawkins to be called to give evidence at the select committee hearing on the leaky buildings crisis. See... Heat on Hawkins to front up on leaky buildings [1] MORE: - Prendos - BIA’s Involvement In The Leaky Building Issue [2] - BIA - BIA strongly rejects reported allegations [3] - George Hawkins - If ‘everyone knew’ why didn’t Bill speak sooner? [4] - Bill English - The Right Talk - Hawkins Must Go [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00561.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00180.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00175.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00548.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00543.htm


Dr Don Urged To Be More Brash

- Libertarianz Employment Deregulation Spokesman Warwick Malone cautiously congratulated Don Brash today for the former Reserve Bank Governor’s conclusions that so-called 'equal pay for equal work’ will be the next barrier to growth. See... Brash Not Brash Enough! [1] and Brash’s release… ‘Equal pay for equal work’ next barrier to growth [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00185.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00559.htm


Dunne Urged To Be “Sensible” About Cannabis

Green MP Nandor Tanczos is endorsing calls for a more sensible policy on cannabis by the co-author of a major medical report. See... Nandor challenges Dunne to listen to the experts [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00574.htm


A Letter & Speech From Richard – On Immigration

- One law firm has told The Letter that three property deals fell over on Friday because of the latest U-turn on immigration. The Auckland Chamber of Commerce estimates that the changes will have a $2 billion negative impact. See... Richard Prebble’s Letter From Wellington [1] , Richard Prebble Speech Auckland (South) Conference [2] and UPDATED Extract from Richard Prebble's Speech [3] More On Immigration Changes: - ACT - So Why Did Mallard Go to Asia? [4] - NZ First Speech - The Lightning Rod For Immigration Changes [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00573.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00556.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00550.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00554.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00552.htm


New Prison For Milburn, Otago

- The government is to seek planning approvals for a corrections facility at Milburn, South Otago, Corrections Minister Mark Gosche announced today. See... Planning Approval Sought For Otago Prison [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00570.htm


Maharey’s Shockwave Cyberlaunch For Worksite

- In today’s fiercely competitive world gaining attention for your product isn’t always easy. But Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey reckons he’s found the answer to grab audience attention when launching a new government internet site. See... ‘e’-Maharey e-launches new internet work site [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00566.htm


Deborah On Jim On Jim

- We hear a lot about Jim Anderton - usually from Jim Anderton, about his Jobs Machine.... See... Coddington Speech: Hold the Canapés... [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00562.htm


More For Education

- Education Minister Trevor Mallard today announced two new initiatives to get more teachers into secondary schools to accommodate predicted roll growth, and to help schools fill the additional 373 teacher positions announced earlier this year. See... New initiatives to get more teachers into schools [1] and Government boosts teaching & learning research [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00557.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00558.htm


The Downside Of Harry Potter & Frodo Mania

- Something very weird is happening in New Zealand. Increasingly superstition, fantasy, fiction and fable are creeping into our legal frameworks displacing fact, reality and reasoning. See... Ken Shirley Speech: The Death of Reasoning [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00551.htm


Under Urgency: New Trade Marks Act

- A new Trade Marks Act was passed by Parliament today, substantially updating New Zealand’s trade marks legislation. See... Trade Marks Legislation Passed [1] and Trade Marks Bill stupid [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00547.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00524.htm


The Truth About NZ & The OECD

- The country should know the truth about the OECD overview for New Zealand - which is substantially different from the spin being created by Finance Minister Dr Cullen, ACT Commerce Spokesman Deborah Coddington said today. See... Spin from Dr Cullen on OECD Growth [1] ALSO: - Govt - OECD forecasts place NZ in top 6 for growth [2] National - National warns against complacency on growth [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00544.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00518.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00533.htm


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