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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
United Future’s Payday - Families Commission Launched
Having Fun With Credit Cards At NZ Post
David Miller Surveys Cheriegate
John Kaminsky: Fighting Back Online
White House Changes Tune On Venezuela
A Trio Of Views Of The Home Of The Brave
ZZZZZZzzzzzt Scoop Has Feedback
Air New Zealand Chooses Not To Debate Its Plans
Kiwi Starting To Fly
Changing Our Courts – Your Chance To Have A Say
LV Cup: Alinghi Through Prada Approaches D-Day (D for Departure)
Countdown To War: Making The Case Against War
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Prison Out-Mates Raise Questions
Legislating Against Terror
Slowing Down Speed
Poverty In New Zealand
Snubbing Pansy
PPTA Win Battle Over G3 Teachers
Thousands Sign Their Opposition To English Tests
Libz Like Ike
Hoki Certification Appeal


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Scoop Is In The House

– For Today’s questions for oral answer see…. Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 17 December [1] . Come back at 5.30pm for the uncorrected transcript of the answers.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00387.htm


United Future’s Payday - Families Commission Launched

–The Families Commission announced today recognises the vital role of parenting to the future of New Zealand, says Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey. See... Commission recognises vital role of parenting [1] , Commission honours post-election agreement [2] and Q&A on the Families Commission [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00401.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00400.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00396.htm


Having Fun With Credit Cards At NZ Post

- National MP Murray McCully and Act’s Rodney Hide are making a joint call for the resignations of NZ Post CEO Elmar Toime along with SOE Minister Mark Burton following the release of the Auditor-General’s report into Transend. See... Burton and Toime Can’t Duck Responsibility [1] MORE: - Govt - Transend report outlines spending, governance [2] - NZ Post - NZ Post Welcomes AG's Report On Transend [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00377.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00360.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0212/S00134.htm


David Miller Surveys Cheriegate

- For a government that is based upon spin as much as anything else, it is ironic that Tony Blair’s team at Downing Street has failed to handle the controversy surrounding his wife with more skill. See... David Miller: Spinning the Wrong Way At No. 10 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00100.htm


John Kaminsky: Fighting Back Online

- Fingers of frost creep across our December windows as we fire up our computers long before dawn to check the latest atrocity from Washington, the latest affront to the honesty and dignity of the human race. See... John Kaminski: The New Resistance [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00099.htm


White House Changes Tune On Venezuela

- Friday’s desperate maneuver by U.S. President George W. Bush – his cynical call for early elections in Venezuela, a country that has had six national elections in the past four years – has backfired after it was revealed as unconstitutional. See... White House Venezuela Error Backfires [1] EARLIER: - U.S. Calls for Early Elections in Venezuela [2] - Scoop Link: CIA Linked To Venezuelan Coup Plans [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00098.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0212/S00086.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00078.htm


A Trio Of Views Of The Home Of The Brave

- Three Cartoons by John Chuckman... See... Scoop Cartoons: Trent Lott & US Strategic Policy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00097.htm


ZZZZZZzzzzzt Scoop Has Feedback

- In This Edition: Objectivity - Waahi-Tapu - Whether The Bible Is Mythology - Decriminalisation Of Prostitution - It Is Not "Feminist" To Oppose Prostitution Law Reform - Cannabis And Mental Health - Air New Zealand / Qantas - Don't Legalise Prostitution ... See... Scoop Feedback: Much Ado About Scoop [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00095.htm


Air New Zealand Chooses Not To Debate Its Plans

- Air New Zealand managing director Ralph Norris has declined an invitation to appear at a public debate in Wellington tomorrow to defend the proposed Qantas-Air New Zealand deal. Ministers Michael Cullen and Paul Swain have not replied to their invitations. See... Ralph Norris Declines To Debate Air NZ/Qantas Plan [1] MORE: - National - Last ditch bid for Govt to rethink Air NZ sale [2] - UF - United Future backs Debate Air New Zealand [3] - Debate Air NZ - Debate AirNZ Report On Propose Qantas/Air NZ Deal [4] and http://www.debateairnz.org.nz


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0212/S00144.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00349.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00288.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0212/S00095.htm


Kiwi Starting To Fly

- News of the week has to be the rise in the NZD to over US 51 cents and almost 91 cents against the Australian dollar. First, why has the NZD been rising since early this year and second, why this most recent push upward? See... NZD Finally Gets Comfortable Over 50 Cents [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0212/S00137.htm


Changing Our Courts – Your Chance To Have A Say

- Wide-ranging changes to the ways in which our court system operates are floated in an options paper released today by the Law Commission. See... Making The Courts Work Better For People [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0212/S00132.htm


LV Cup: Alinghi Through Prada Approaches D-Day (D for Departure)

- Team Alinghi swept the Semi-Finals, vaulting directly into the Finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup. Alinghi nailed the start, seized the advantage, and defeated Oracle BMW Racing by 48 seconds. Alinghi Vaults Into LV Cup Finals [1] MORE: - Prada - Quote From Matteo Plazzi [2] - Prada – Oneworld Usa 67 (3) Luna Rossa Ita 74 (1) [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0212/S00083.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0212/S00086.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0212/S00082.htm


Countdown To War: Making The Case Against War

- U.N.-Iraq Weapons Inspection Process Provides an Opportunity for Anti-War Groups to Make Their Case to the U.S. Public See... BTL: Call for Anti-War Groups to Make Their Case [1] See also COUNTDOWN TO WAR FEATURE PAGE [2] And... Terror Arrives Downunder - FULL COVERAGE [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00096.htm
[2] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=countdowniraq
[3] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=balibomb


Daily Katya Rivas

- This morning you have reviewed My Passion, the love story written with My Blood. You write stories with ink, but I have written Mine with My Blood. See... Katya Rivas: I Must Save Religious Souls [1]


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

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Prison Out-Mates Raise Questions

- The escape of fifteen inmates from New Zealand prisons since July raises serious questions about prison processes and officer-inmate ratios, ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks said today. See... Inmates, Not Out-mates [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00395.htm


Legislating Against Terror

- The Government introduced legislation today which will create new terrorism offences and penalties and sees New Zealand further implement United Nations Conventions on terrorism, said Justice Minister Phil Goff. See... Government continues fight against terrorism [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00390.htm


Slowing Down Speed

- Cabinet has approved the reclassification of methamphetamine to class A from class B and the classification of four similar drugs. See... Government to reclassify Meth as class A [1] , Background to methamphetamine reclassification [2] and Green Party reaction... Government fails to slow speed, says Nandor [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00388.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00384.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00399.htm


Poverty In New Zealand

- Low income families face a Christmas of fast, not feast said Green Social Services Spokesperson Sue Bradford. See... Its feast or fast this Christmas [1] MORE: - NZCSS - Low Income Leads To Poverty Trap [2] - ACT - A Christmas feast fit for ... prison inmates [3] - National - Social Services Minister’s electorate worst [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00386.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0212/S00141.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00379.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00375.htm


Snubbing Pansy

- National Party Leader Bill English says the Labour Government has snubbed the country’s only Chinese-born MP - again. See... Wong snubbed by Government Again [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00385.htm


PPTA Win Battle Over G3 Teachers

- Education Minister Trevor Mallard is hoping for a positive start to the 2003 secondary school year by offering to go back to the Alternative Disputes Resolution Panel with the PPTA over the issue of non-degree teachers accessing a new top pay rate. See... Minister hopes for positive start to 2003 year [1] MORE: - PPTA- Government capitulates – panel to reconvene [2] - Sept. 20 Committee - Uturn On One Of Labour’s Broken Promises [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00382.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0212/S00032.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0212/S00030.htm


Thousands Sign Their Opposition To English Tests

- The first batch of petitions calling for a Parliamentary inquiry into the recently announced change to the English language test for immigrants is due to be presented to National MP Pansy Wong today (1310 December 17, 2002). See... Immigrant English Test Petitions Reach Parliament [1] MORE: - ACT - Petition Presented Against Racist Language Test [2] - ACT - 1000s Oppose Labour's Language Requirement Change [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00381.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00394.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00393.htm


Libz Like Ike

- "The Libertarianz support Ike Finau's erecting of signs on his own property," says Libertarianz spokesman Stephen Berry today. See... We Like Ike (This Time) [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0212/S00143.htm


Hoki Certification Appeal

- The Forest and Bird Protection Society said it was stunned that the Marine Stewardship Council has upheld the certification of the New Zealand hoki fishery despite acknowledging that the originally the fishery did not meet the sustainability criteria. See... Hoki Fishery Should Never Have Been Certified [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0212/S00136.htm

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