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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
Keith Abbott Not Guilty
Politicians Welcome Abbott Verdict
Sludge Report: This Mad Bad World
Homeland Insecurity & The Rise Of American Fascism
Tube Talk: Abortion
Kenya Bombing: Where Was New Zealand’s Warning?
East Timor Disturbance
Countdown To War: Wolfowitz Talks Turkey
Countdown To War: Kofi Annan Happy With UNMOVIC Progress
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Cullen’s Ever So Costly Punt On The Casino Economy
Loop Hole For Baby Shakers No Accident
NZ First Wants More Time To Read Local Govt. Bill
“Get Off de Bres’ Wagon” Winston Tells Radicals
No Referendum On MMP
Far North Treaty Settlement Progress
NZ First Doesn’t Like RMA Bill
Early Childhood Education For Pacific Peoples
Land Transport Bill Tabling Speech - Swain
Business Growth Grants Grow Businesses
Coddington On Track Purchase Proposal
Hide Spots Another Jobs Machine Story

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Scoop Is In The House

– For Today’s questions for oral answer see... Questions For Oral Answer - 5 December 2002 [1] . EARLIER: - Tuesday's Transcript [2] - See... Wednesday’s Q&A [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00126.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00084.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00121.htm


Keith Abbott Not Guilty

- A jury took just three hours yesterday aftenoon to find Senior Constable Keith Abbott not guilty of the murder of Waitara resident Steven Wallace. Abbott shot Wallace in the early hours of April 30th 2000. The jury accepted that in doing so he acted in self defence. EARLIER: - Abbott's Evidence - Sixty Four Seconds [1] and Constable Abbott Takes The Stand [2] - Day Six - Warning Shot, The Worst Thing [3] - Day Five - How Many Shots Were Fired? [4] - Day Four [5] - Day Three [6] - Day Two [7] - Day One [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00187.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00178.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00172.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00160.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00145.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00136.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00126.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00119.htm


Politicians Welcome Abbott Verdict

- Today’s verdict in the Stephen Wallace case should allow everyone involved to move on with their lives, Police Minister George Hawkins says. See... Verdict should allow all involved to move forward [1] MORE REACTION: - NZ First - . A Just Decision In The Abbott Trial, Says Mark [2] - National - Not guilty verdict welcomed [3] - Greens - Police can't set themselves above the law [4] - National - Rowan please give Wallace family their money back [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00113.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00114.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00108.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00134.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00128.htm


Sludge Report: This Mad Bad World

- Sludge is starting to seriously wonder about the state of things. The email inbox has become in recent weeks a sort of daily Pandora’s box of horrifying revelations. See... Sludge Report #145 - The Awakening [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00030.htm


Homeland Insecurity & The Rise Of American Fascism

- The concerns of civil libertarians about incursions on civil liberties under the U.S.A. PATRIOT Act or Homeland Security Act do not begin to make a dent on public awareness (or in Bush policy-making) because they do not consider the Cheney Plan ... See... UQ Wire: The Rise of the American Police State ( Part 3) [1] , Part Two [2] and Part One [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00035.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00027.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00017.htm


Tube Talk: Abortion

- Last week’s Inside New Zealandoffering, The Hardest Decision, was an unusually intelligent and well-balanced attempt to discuss the issue of abortion and its impact on New Zealand women. See... Tube Talk: Making the hardest decision [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00033.htm


Kenya Bombing: Where Was New Zealand’s Warning?

- The revelation that Australia knew of a possible terrorist attack in Kenya but didn't inform the New Zealand Government provides more evidence that the Prime Minister was wrong when she assured the country we are a member of the best intelligence club in the world, ACT Foreign Affairs and Defence Spokesman Ken Shirley said today. See... New Zealand is Outside the Intelligence Club [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00135.htm


East Timor Disturbance

- 4 December – United Nations peacekeepers and police were called in to restore order in Dili, Timor-Leste, today following a violent demonstration involving more than 600 people that left one student dead and a Timorese parliamentarian injured. See... Police called in to quell deadly melee in E. Timor [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0212/S00039.htm


Countdown To War: Wolfowitz Talks Turkey

It's great pleasure to be back in Turkey. Obviously there is a very full agenda of subjects to be discussed. See... Wolfowitz In Turkey - Various Statements [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0212/S00042.htm


Countdown To War: Kofi Annan Happy With UNMOVIC Progress

– Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the fact that United Nations weapons inspectors in Iraq are successfully exercising their authority. See... Annan welcomes effective use of authority [1] MORE: - UN weapons inspectors visit presidential site [2] - UN team inspects former chemical weapons facility [3] See also COUNTDOWN TO WAR FEATURE PAGE [4] And... Terror Arrives Downunder - FULL COVERAGE [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0212/S00037.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0212/S00038.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0212/S00035.htm
[4] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=countdowniraq
[5] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=balibomb


Daily Katya Rivas

- Beloved daughter, be calm, feel My Peace...That is it, stay quiet. Do you love Me? (Not only do I love you, God, I adore you.) See... Katya Rivas: What is the Word without Works? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00034.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Cullen’s Ever So Costly Punt On The Casino Economy

- The Green Party has slammed the performance of the Government Superannuation Authority in managing to lose almost $400 million in overseas sharemarket speculation. See... Global gamble costs super fund $5000 per member [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00115.htm


Loop Hole For Baby Shakers No Accident

- "The legal loophole which let off a 16 year old burglar from Christchurch who shook his three-week old son into a brain injury and broken leg, was no unexpected discovery. See... Baby Shaker "Loop Hole" was Deliberate [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00127.htm


NZ First Wants More Time To Read Local Govt. Bill

- New Zealand First is calling for the Local Government Bill to be given full consideration by Parliament. “This is a 400 page document and not all parties have been given time to consider all possible impacts on councils and rate payers. See... Local Government Bill Needs Full Consideration [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00124.htm


“Get Off de Bres’ Wagon” Winston Tells Radicals

- New Zealand First leader Rt Hon Winston Peters has suggested that Maori radicals, now jumping on the De Bres Taleban bandwagon, take a look at themselves in the nearest mirror. See... Get Off The Bandwagon [1] MORE: - NZ’s Maori Cultural Heritage Is ‘The New Frontier’ [2] - NZ First - Conciliator Not Fit For The Job [3] - National - Race Relations Commissioner should resign [4] - ACT - Prebble Supports Commissioner [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00123.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0212/S00032.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00091.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00090.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00099.htm


No Referendum On MMP

- The Government has denied Kiwis the chance to determine their own electoral destiny by opposing the Electoral Options Referenda Bill in the house tonight. See... Labour Government stymies democracy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00116.htm


Far North Treaty Settlement Progress

- Te Rarawa, the largest of the five iwi in the Far North, and the Crown will sign Terms of Negotiation on Thursday, 5 December. See... Te Rarawa and Crown sign Terms of Negotiation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00133.htm


NZ First Doesn’t Like RMA Bill

- “The present bill is a mish-mash of 1990’s thinking,’ said Local Government spokesperson, Jim Peters. See... Resource Management Amendment Bill [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00132.htm


Early Childhood Education For Pacific Peoples

- New government funding will see another 240 places for Pacific children in early childhood education centres, Pacific Island Affairs Minister Mark Gosche said today. See... More Pacific Kids To Get Early Childhood Education [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00131.htm


Land Transport Bill Tabling Speech - Swain

- As you’ll be aware there’s been a lot happening in the transport sector recently. On Tuesday the government released the New Zealand Transport Strategy as well as tabling the Land Transport Management Bill in Parliament. See... Swain Speech on the Land Transport Management Bill [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00130.htm


Business Growth Grants Grow Businesses

- The first companies to have received Industry New Zealand Business Growth Grants have doubled their staff numbers and increased sales by 46 per cent in the year since their grants were approved Jim Anderton announced today. See... Business Growth Grants successful [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00129.htm


Coddington On Track Purchase Proposal

- The Government's proposal to purchase Tranz Rail tracks for millions of dollars is absurd, ACT Commerce Spokesman Deborah Coddington said today. See... Nationalise This, Helen [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00110.htm


Hide Spots Another Jobs Machine Story

- Industry New Zealand granted $100,000 of taxpayer's money to a company that pulled off a deal that Dover Samuels called a "scam", and then went into receivership five months after pocketing the cash, ACT New Zealand Finance Spokesman Rodney Hide revealed today. See... Another Jim Anderton "Triumph"? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00109.htm

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