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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
Talking & Thinking About Air New Zealand
Jason Leopold: Nixon Would Be Proud
Upton-On-Line: Race Relations And Poetic Theology
Cartoon: Which One Of These Is Not Like The Other?
Letter From Elsewhere: Joris de Bres’s Big Speech
Stateside With Rosalea
Aziz Choudry Is Supporting His Comrades
Yet Another Venezuelan Coup Foiled By Popular Uprising
LV Cup: Alinghi And One World Chalk Up Victories
Countdown To War: Early Feedback Expected On Iraq Declaration
Countdown To War: Americans Mobilise Against The War
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Prime Minister Signs Up To Kyoto
Hobbs Welcomes Indonesia/AGM Ceasefire
Orions Too Clapped Out for Iraq
Coddington Septic Over Arts Funding
Tizard Regularly Briefed By Chair
Local Govt CEO Welcomes Bill
Dyson Cheers New Protective ACC Code
ACC’s Summer Safety Campaign
Winston Sours on Ethnic Issues Again
Carter Keeps “Paradise” From Developers
Labour’s PC Commissars Ditched says ACT
Maharey’s Pipe Plays Ruinous Tune
Parent’s Centre Pleased Section 59 “parked”
ACT Wastes Parliament’s Time -
Transport Bill’s Political Spinout
Hodgson Details Transmission Rights Policy
Cullen’s Director’s Dinner Speech

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Scoop Is In The House

– For today's questions for oral answer see... Questions For Oral Answer - 11 December 2002 [1] . For yesterday’s transcript of the Q&A see…Tuesday’s Q&A [2] . Come back at 5.30pm for today's uncorrected transcript of the answers.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00262.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00257.htm


Talking & Thinking About Air New Zealand

- The case for more deliberation, consultation and public say in the decision on whether Qantas should be allowed to acquire a shareholding in Air New Zealand. See... Debate AirNZ Report On Propose Qantas/Air NZ Deal [1] and the new website set up for you to register your support for a proper debate... http://www.debateairnz.org.nz.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0212/S00095.htm


Jason Leopold: Nixon Would Be Proud

- The dismissal of the General Accounting Office lawsuit against Vice President Dick Cheney is just another example of the veil of secrecy that permeates within the Bush administration and is a grim reminder of the dark days of former President Richard Nixon, who openly defied Congress during the investigation into Watergate. See... Shades Of Nixon In Cheney GAO Disclosure Decision [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00067.htm


Upton-On-Line: Race Relations And Poetic Theology

- In This Issue: The briefest of reflections on the talibanic outpourings of Race Relations Conciliator Joris de Bres, a note (by way of contrast) on the carefully considered conclusions of Judges McGechan and Goddard in the Bleakley case and some cultural and end-of-year therapy in the form of four poems from a recently published book, Spirit in a Strange Land: A Selection of New Zealand Spiritual Verse. See... Upton-on-line - Edition 11 December 2002 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00066.htm


Cartoon: Which One Of These Is Not Like The Other?

- Cartoon by John Chuckman... See... Scoop Cartoon: Saddam Is Not A Bit Out Of Place [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00065.htm


Letter From Elsewhere: Joris de Bres’s Big Speech

- Reading the available documents, in full, certainly helps. I wonder how many of the people who reacted so furiously to the speech by the Race Relations Commissioner to mark the International Day of Cultural Heritage have actually read the full text. See... Our Nation’s Story - Heritage Or Vandalism? [1] and the speech of the moment. Blowing Up The Bamiyan Buddhas – de Bres Speech [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00064.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0212/S00094.htm


Stateside With Rosalea

- December 8 marked the third anniversary of me and my luggage spilling on to the footpath outside one of the most expensive hotels in San Francisco. See... Stateside With Rosalea: Off with her head! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00062.htm


Aziz Choudry Is Supporting His Comrades

- Last month, in the Opera House in the small Vermont town of Plainfield, I attended a fundraising evening of drama and music for the legal costs of Institute For Social Ecology alumnus Camilo Viveiros. It was one of a number of fundraisers held to raise money for legal expenses. See... Trials and Tribulations: Supporting Our Comrades [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00061.htm


Yet Another Venezuelan Coup Foiled By Popular Uprising

- As in Eastern Europe 13 years ago, the final defeat of dictatorial power in Venezuela came last night at the doors of its “control rooms” – the TV stations. See... Venezuelans Take to Streets, Coup Plotters Hide [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00060.htm


LV Cup: Alinghi And One World Chalk Up Victories

- Alinghi won a crucial point on the first day of the semi-finals. See... The Wind Gods Speak To Alinghi [1] More News From Semi Finals: - Prada - Quote From Francesco De Angelis [2] - Prada - One World Usa 67 Beats Prada [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0212/S00051.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0212/S00050.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0212/S00048.htm


Countdown To War: Early Feedback Expected On Iraq Declaration

- The chief United Nations weapons inspector today predicted that an initial assessment by UN experts currently examining Iraq's declaration on its arms programme would be presented to the Security Council early next week. See... Initial analysis of Iraqi declaration next week [1] MORE: - More UN inspectors arrive in Iraq [2] - UNSC decides to release Iraqi declaration to some [3] - In BBC address, Annan says Iraq must fully comply [4] - UNMOVIC - Disarming Iraq - UNMOVIC Statements 8,9,10 Dec. [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0212/S00073.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0212/S00076.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0212/S00075.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0212/S00074.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0212/S00077.htm


Countdown To War: Americans Mobilise Against The War

- On Tuesday, December 10, more than 100 communities in at least 35 states across the country will hold rallies, marches, teach-ins and protests to express their strong opposition to the White House's plans to invade Iraq at any cost. See... 100 Anti-War Protests In 35 States [1] See also COUNTDOWN TO WAR FEATURE PAGE [2] And... Terror Arrives Downunder - FULL COVERAGE [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0212/S00068.htm
[2] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=countdowniraq
[3] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=balibomb


Daily Katya Rivas

- Just as spring water, always clear and fresh, flows out of an open rock in the mountains, in like manner from My ever open Heart flows My Love for all mankind. Nevertheless, I have need of My children’s love… See... Katya Rivas: Love Is Not In The Books [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00063.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Prime Minister Signs Up To Kyoto

- Prime Minister Helen Clark today signed the document that effects New Zealand's ratification of the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. See... PM signs Kyoto Protocol ratification document [1] ALSO: Hodgson Speech: Entering the Kyoto era [2] - Federated Farmers - Farmers Remain Resolute against Kyoto [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00250.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00255.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0212/S00098.htm


Hobbs Welcomes Indonesia/AGM Ceasefire

- Acting Foreign Minister Marian Hobbs has welcomed the signing of a ceasefire agreement between the Indonesian Government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM). See... Ceasefire in Aceh [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00264.htm


Orions Too Clapped Out for Iraq

- The National Party's accusing the Government of being all talk no action in relation to its long awaited announcements on defence spending. See... Orions not up to scratch for Iraq [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00263.htm


Coddington Septic Over Arts Funding

- The Prime Minister's latest confetti toss of taxpayers' money is a blatant attempt to purchase more votes from the arty-farty literati, ACT New Zealand economic development spokesman Deborah Coddington said today. See... Helen Clark Award: Spending Other People's Money [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00265.htm


Tizard Regularly Briefed By Chair

- “I have been regularly briefed by the NZ Film Commission Board chairman on the Kahukura Productions Limited issue since it first became obvious that Kahukura was in financial difficulty,” said Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Judith Tizard. See... Kahukura Productions issue [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00249.htm


Local Govt CEO Welcomes Bill

- Chief Executive of Local Government New Zealand, Peter Winder, today welcomed the reporting back to Parliament of the Local Government Bill. See... LGNZ Welcomes Local Government Bill [1] ALSO: - Federated Farmers - Bill another Blow to the Rural Community [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0212/S00093.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0212/S00092.htm


Dyson Cheers New Protective ACC Code

- The rights of ACC claimants have been enshrined in a new code, approved by the government after extensive consultation, ACC Minister Ruth Dyson said today. See... New code protects ACC claimants’ rights [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00258.htm


ACC’s Summer Safety Campaign

- ACC is taking the safety message to children, road users, swimmers and boaties in its biggest-ever summer injury prevention campaign. See... ACC kicks off summer safety programme [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00266.htm


Winston Sours on Ethnic Issues Again

- New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters has warned that the Somali problems in Christchurch shows that New Zealand is heading down a dangerous path towards the ethnic strife experienced by Britain. See... Britain - Here We Come! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00260.htm


Carter Keeps “Paradise” From Developers

- An untouched slice of Northland's coast has been saved from developers and preserved as a new scenic reserve, Conservation Minister Chris Carter announced today. See... Coastal paradise saved from developers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00259.htm


Labour’s PC Commissars Ditched says ACT

- ACT New Zealand has this week saved the military from the Labour Government's strident PC brigade, Deputy Leader Ken Shirley said today. See... ACT Defeats Labour's PC Language Commissars [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00253.htm


Maharey’s Pipe Plays Ruinous Tune

- The Social Development Minister's announcement today, that Child, Youth and Family will receive a cash injection of more than $12 million dollars, raises serious questions about the Government's ability to lead on this issue," ACT New Zealand. See... Maharey Pied Piper On Road To Ruin [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00252.htm


Parent’s Centre Pleased Section 59 “parked”

- The government's decision to "park" the section fifty nine debate till next year has been met by an optimistic reaction from Parents Centre. See... Parents Centre Optimistic [1] ALSO: Patents Act Amendment Threatens Patent Enforcement [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0212/S00097.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0212/S00096.htm


ACT Wastes Parliament’s Time -

“A member’s bill to place a moratorium on the introduction of Level 2 of the NCEA for two years is a waste of Parliament’s time,” stated New Zealand First education spokesperson, Brian Donnelly. See... ACT Trying To Close NCEA Gate [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00251.htm


Transport Bill’s Political Spinout

- The Land Transport Bill is more about political spin than wheel spin and clearly shows it’s been hijacked by the Greens, says National’s Associate Transport spokesman, John Key. See... Land Transport Bill misses the mark [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00261.htm


Hodgson Details Transmission Rights Policy

- The government is requiring the electricity industry to make new arrangements to manage wholesale electricity price risk caused by transmission line congestion. See... Policy Statement on financial transmission rights [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00256.htm


Cullen’s Director’s Dinner Speech

- Thank you for your welcome, and may I also congratulate the recipients of the Distinguished Fellow Awards. It is true of business as of any other human endeavour that we stand on the shoulders of the giants, and that we often do not pay sufficient homage… See... Cullen Address to Inst of Directors Auckland [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00254.htm

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