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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
NZ Govt Must Support Germany, France, Russia at United Nations Tomorrow
Peace Rally Parliament Wednesday: PMA Invites All
Dennis Hans: Instructions On How To Prevent War
Ralph Nader Talks About Iraq
All We Are Saying Is Give Peace A Chance
Peacemakers: Kofi Annan And Jacque Chirac
David Miller: United Nations - In Harm's Way
BIG NEWS INVESTIGATES ACC PART 2
Powell's Nuclear Iraq Myths Have Been Dispelled
Recovered History: How To Get Appointed To Bush's Judiciary
American Coup: Masters Of The US Voting Apparatus - Verbatim
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
United Future Re-Confirms Stance on Iraq
Adams Says Teen-Drunk Clampdown Needed
Whose Paying the Prof’s Airfare?
Inquiry Into Heart Deaths Needed: Nats
DHB Bosses Mean
Govt Goes Public on the Bill of Rights Bill
Holiday’s Bill Introduced to House
PM To Open International Union Conference
Govt Whips Business Again: Nats
PM Goofs Over Foreign Policy: ACT
Labour Needs More Lessons on Transport
Muriel Says More UE Stats Rubbish
Te Waka Toi Appointments
Teacher Training Needs a Shake-up: NZ First
Immigration Consultants Should Stop Serving Self-Interest
Pharmac Also Says Med-Ads Out of Control
Prostitutes Bill Before The House
Hackysac With the Pollies Anyone?
Can Hawkins Ensure Safety?
Police Deserve More Respect: ACT
Ed Assessment Tool World Leader: Mallard
Beneficiary With One Hour’s Work Not on the Dole?
Anderton’s Human Interface Techo-Speech
Burton Speech to PRINZ
CAANZ Wild at Medic Profs’ Ad-Ban

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Kofi Annan Speaks Volumes (Softly Softly)

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Scoop Is In The House

- For today's questions for oral answer by Ministers see… Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 18 February [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00303.htm


NZ Govt Must Support Germany, France, Russia at United Nations Tomorrow

- Auckland 18 February 2003: The New Zealand Ambassador’s speech to the UN General Assembly tomorrow must back a peaceful resolution to the crisis over Iraq – that means actively supporting the Governments of France, Germany and Russia. See... NZ Must Support France, Germany & Russia at UN [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00130.htm


Peace Rally Parliament Wednesday: PMA Invites All

- This message is in two parts: 1) a reminder of the rally at parliament tomorrow, Wednesday 19 February; and 2) reports and photos from the International Week of Action Against War. See... Reminder of the rally at parliament tomorrow [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00127.htm


Dennis Hans: Instructions On How To Prevent War

- Stop what you’re doing! I’ve got something far more important that you need to do this very instant. Here is your assignment, if you are. . . See... Dennis Hans: I'm Calling You Out [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00120.htm


Ralph Nader Talks About Iraq

- Interview with Ralph Nader, citizen activist and former Green Party presidential candidate, conducted by Melinda Tuhus of Between The Lines. See... BTL: Ralph Nader Speaks Out Against War With Iraq [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00122.htm


All We Are Saying Is Give Peace A Chance

- A million marched in Rome, 1.3 milion paraded in Barcelona, two million in Madrid, a half million in London, 250,000 in New York. From Canberra to Cape Town, from Karachi to Chicago, from Wellington to Warsaw, millions of stern, defiant, impassioned and vocal people turned out across the world on Saturday urging peace not war. Maree Howard writes. See... Howard's End: Peace Message Clear To World Govts [1] MORE: - Image -Scoop Image & Poem: United In Peace [2] - Scoop Editorial - Thousands March in Auckland Against USA War [3] - GPJA - Protest Insists Govt Must "Actively Oppose" US War [4] - SCOOP PROTEST PHOTOS - Auckland - 1 [5] - 2 [6] - 3 [7] - Wellington - 1 [8] 2 [9] - And Much Much More - Worldwide Peace Mobilisation - F15 Full Coverage [10]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00109.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00112.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00104.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00108.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00103.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00105.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00109.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00111.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00106.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00118.htm


Peacemakers: Kofi Annan And Jacque Chirac

- UN Secretary General whispers in French President Jacques Chirac's ear during a European Union Leaders Summit called overnight to discuss the Iraq crisis. See... Scoop Images: Kofi Annan Speaks Volumes (Softly) [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00117.htm


David Miller: United Nations - In Harm's Way

- Although the military offensive in Iraq has not yet been launched, the war has already started. In fact, it never actually ended because even though the hostilities on the battlefield may have subsided, the never-ending war of opinion has ground on at the United Nations for over a decade. See... Why the UN is in the Firing line over Iraq [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00115.htm


BIG NEWS INVESTIGATES

- ACC case managers are arranging to have claimants assessed on the pretence of providing rehabilitation, but in reality the aim in many cases is to save the corporation money. In some cases the case manager is colluding with the assessor to reduce entitlements before the claimant is actually reassessed. See... ACC case manager and assessor collude [1] MORE: - Part 1 - ACC staff knowingly flout ACC legislation [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00114.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00108.htm


Powell's Nuclear Iraq Myths Have Been Dispelled

- Much to the chagrin of President Bush and Colin Powell, the nuclear inspection chief's findings not only cleared the smoke from the imagined "smoking gun," but also dissipated the smog of misinformation with which the American government, hungry for war, has surrounded this issue. See... Imad Khadduri: The Demise Of The Nuclear Bomb Hoax [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00121.htm


Recovered History: How To Get Appointed To Bush's Judiciary

- One of the White House aides who unlawfully intervened in the BNL prosecution was a certain factotum named Jay S. ByBee. Last week, said factotum was nominated by the current warmer of the Oval Office seat, George W. Bush, to a place on the federal appeals court--a lifetime sinecure of perks and power. Well done, thou good and faithful servant! See... Recovered History: BCCI, BNL, GW Bush and Iraq [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00119.htm


American Coup: Masters Of The US Voting Apparatus - Verbatim

- Transcripts of the interviews conducted in the course of Bev Harris Georgia/Diebold voting machine investigation. See... Georgia/Diebold Voting Machine Investigation IVs [1] MORE: - Georgia's Last Minute 2002 Election Machine Fix [2] - Scoop Link: American Coup Makes The Guardian [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00111.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00095.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00101.htm


Daily Katya Rivas

- Take your small notebook. Christ ascended into Heaven and comes back to earth in a different aspect. Having risen in Glory, He returns dressed as a victim at the hands of His priests. See... Katya Rivas: Live in Unison the Holy Sacrifice [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00116.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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United Future Re-Confirms Stance on Iraq

- United Future leader, Peter Dunne, today reaffirmed the party's complete opposition to an invasion of Iraq. See... United Future reaffirms Iraq stance [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00296.htm


Adams Says Teen-Drunk Clampdown Needed

- United Future youth affairs spokesman Paul Adams today challenged the Government to clamp down on the "pocket-money alcohol" that has fuelled many drunken teenage rampages. See... Adams: Clamp down on 'pocket-money' booze [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00318.htm


Whose Paying the Prof’s Airfare?

- New Zealand First wants to know who is paying for gay immigrant advocate Professor Richard Florida to come to this country for the so-called Knowledge Wave conference. See... Gays And Immigrants? You Must Be Joking: Peters [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00317.htm


Inquiry Into Heart Deaths Needed: Nats

- National is calling for an inquiry into why eight heart patients died while waiting for surgery when Wellington Hospital had funding available for heart patients. See... National calls for inquiry on heart patient deaths [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00316.htm


DHB Bosses Mean

- “South Canterbury health bosses are mean spirited in their treatment of their senior doctors,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, today. Mr Powell was responding to the revelation today that the amount ... See... “South Canterbury Health Bosses Mean Spirited” [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00123.htm


Govt Goes Public on the Bill of Rights Bill

- Attorney-General Margaret Wilson has decided Bill of Rights vets of Bills introduced to Parliament will be made public in future. See... Minister goes public on Bill of Rights vets [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00315.htm


Holiday’s Bill Introduced to House

- A new Holidays Bill has been introduced to the House in line with the key policy decisions announced by the Government in February last year, Labour Minister Margaret Wilson said today. See... Holidays Bill introduced to House [1] MORE: CTU Holiday’s Bill Benefits Workers - “The new Holidays Bill is a huge step forward from the existing Act which dates back to the 1940s,” said Council of Trade Unions president Ross Wilson today. See... New Holidays Bill Will Benefit Workers and Employ [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00314.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00129.htm


PM To Open International Union Conference

- Over 500 women are in Melbourne this week for the 8th World Women’s Conference of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU). See... PM Opens Int. Trade Union Conference [1] ALSO: - Eighth Women’s Conference of the ICFTU - PM [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00124.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00307.htm


Govt Whips Business Again: Nats

- The National Party says the union friendly Labour Government is poised again to use business as its political whipping boy after the tabling of the Holidays Bill in Parliament today. See... Employers to wear new costs in Holidays Bill [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00313.htm


PM Goofs Over Foreign Policy: ACT

- ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader Ken Shirley today strongly criticised the Prime Minister for involving herself in domestic Australian politics, and for delivering a frightening message that New Zealand does not stand alongside our traditional allies. See... Helen Clark Makes Major Mistake in Australia [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00312.htm


Labour Needs More Lessons on Transport

- The National Party says it's time for Labour to go back to the drawing board with its solution to the country's transport woes. See... Labour Must Face Facts - Transport Plan Is A Dog [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00311.htm


Muriel Says More UE Stats Rubbish

- Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey is correcting more misinformation about unemployment statistics contained in a media release issued by Act MP Muriel Newman yesterday. See... More misinformation over unemployment statistics [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00310.htm


Te Waka Toi Appointments

- Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Hon Judith Tizard, has announced four new appointments to Te Waka Toi, the Mâori Arts Board of Creative New Zealand. See... Appointments to Te Waka Toi [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00308.htm


Teacher Training Needs a Shake-up: NZ First

- “Criticisms by principals of the skills of some teacher training graduates come as no surprise,” says New Zealand First education spokesperson, Brian Donnelly. See... Teacher Training Overhaul Long Overdue [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00306.htm


Immigration Consultants Should Stop Serving Self-Interest

- New Zealand First says immigration consultants should stop complaining about residency issues and place the interests of their country ahead of their wallets. See... Consultants Should Think Of NZ First, Says Peters [1] MORE: New Zealand First wants to know who is paying for gay immigrant advocate Professor Richard Florida to come to this country for the so-called Knowledge Wave conference. See... Gays And Immigrants? You Must Be Joking! [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00305.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00304.htm


Questions of the Day

- 1. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: In light of the weekend protests by thousands of New Zealanders against the “war talk” of President George W Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair, will New Zealand’s United Nations ambassador ... See... Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 18 February [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00303.htm


Pharmac Also Says Med-Ads Out of Control

- Direct to consumer advertising of prescription medicines has contributed to a $10.7 million blowout of Pharmac's budget, Green Party Health Spokesperson Sue Kedgley said today. See... Pharmac itself says medicines ads out of control [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00301.htm


Prostitutes Bill Before The House

- The view of Aucklanders supporting an end to the Victorian practice of treating prostitutes like criminals gets an airing today, when Sue Bradford presents a petition to Parliament. See... Prostitution Petition Presented to Parliament [1] ALSO: Baptists Against Prostitutes Bill - The National Leader of the country’s 42-thousand strong Baptist community says the denomination is totally opposed to the Prostitution Bill currently before Parliament. See... Baptists Oppose Prostitution Bill [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00300.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00125.htm


Hackysac With the Pollies Anyone?

- Labour & Green MPs Hacky with the World’s Best Minister of Youth Affairs, John Tamihere, and Green MP Nandor Tanczos will play hacky sack on the steps of Parliament with the double world-champion footbag player at 9.30am on Wednesday 19 February… See... Labour & Green MPs Hacky with the World's Best [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00299.htm


Can Hawkins Ensure Safety?

- ACT New Zealand Police Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today demanded an assurance from Police Minister George Hawkins that the secondment of 100 police officers to America's Cup duties would not be detrimental to police districts throughout the country. See... Can Minister Ensure Safety? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00298.htm


Police Deserve More Respect: ACT

- Recently released figures showing that frontline police are being attacked more often are a clear indictment of the Labour Government's soft approach to crime, ACT New Zealand Police Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today. See... Return Respect To Police [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00297.htm


Ed Assessment Tool World Leader: Mallard

- Education Minister Trevor Mallard today announced the national roll-out of a world-leading assessment tool that is aimed at significantly boosting the literacy and numeracy skills of primary school students around the country. See... World-leading development in boosting education [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00295.htm


Beneficiary With One Hour’s Work Not on the Dole?

- Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey's reiteration that a person on the dole, who works one hour, is not unemployed, reveals that he has succumbed to his own officialese, ACT New Zealand Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman ... See... Maharey On Shaky Ground [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00294.htm


Anderton’s Human Interface Techo-Speech

- Jim Anderton Speech: 4:30 pm Monday, 17 February 2003 Opening of Hitlab Old Maths Building, University of Canterbury, Christchurch See... Anderton: Speech Human Interface Technology Lab [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00293.htm


Burton Speech to PRINZ

- Good morning, and welcome to you all, particularly our international guests from the Global Alliance. A special welcome to Dr Horta, Foreign Minister of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste. See... PRINZ National Conference 2003 - Mark Burton Spch [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00309.htm


CAANZ Wild at Medic Profs’ Ad-Ban

- The Communication Agencies Association of New Zealand (CAANZ) is frustrated at the attempts by a group of academic medical professors to secure a ban on the advertising of direct to consumer pharmaceuticals. See... CAANZ Supports DTC Advertising [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00126.htm

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