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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
Howard's End: The War For Water And WWIII
Team NZ's Cup Runneth Over
Hard News Is There!
The President Who Would Be Chosen
More On Why The USA Is Like Mike Tyson
Don't Tell Us Poppy, Tell Your Dim Son!
Upcoming Peace Protests In Godzone – All You Need To Know
NZ Keeps Highest Interest Rates In The OECD
Ari Fleischer Receives A Curly One
Colin Powell Accuses Saddam Of Trying To Split The West
Annan Concerned At Escalation In Holy Land Conflict
Auckland Delighted At Having Wasted Thousands On Ike's Signs
Daily Katya Rivas's Passion

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Child Porn Sentence Review Has Many Fans, But Not Libz
Budget Date Set – May 15
Jim Anderton's Piece De Resistance – 4 Weeks Leave
Jim's Happy With MMP
Maori Names For Businesses A Powhiri Too Far
How New Kiwis Become Kiwis – Study Released
Sexual Predator's Guilty Verdict Welcomed
Teacher Pay Taskforce Meets
A Bill To Halt The Taniwha
Prison Law Reform
Tackling Obesity – Strategy Launch
Don Brash Opines On Things Economical
What NZ's Armed Forces Are Doing In The Middle East
Columbus Academy Investigation

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Scoop Is In The House

- For today's questions for oral answer see... Questions Of Oral Answer - Thursday, 06 March 2003 [1] - Earlier Q&A - Tuesday's Q&A Transcript [2] - Wednesday's Q&A Transcript [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00085.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00037.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00072.htm


Howard's End: The War For Water And WWIII

As the US-British coalition stands toe to toe with the French-German-Russia tri-axis at the UN Security Council and each waits for the other guy to blink first, resentments continue building over an Iraqi war another complicating factor has arisen - the war for water. Maree Howard writes. See... Howard's End: WWIII Threat Faces Security Council [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00033.htm


Team NZ's Cup Runneth Over

- The Government will commit an initial $5.625 million as part of a new marketing agreement with Team New Zealand for the 2007 America’s Cup in Europe, Minister for the America’s Cup Trevor Mallard announced today. See... Government commits initial $5.6 million to Team NZ [1] MORE: - Greens - Government runneth away with cup [2] - United Future - Dunne backs Govt support for Team NZ [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00075.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00082.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00077.htm


Hard News Is There!

- My occasional correspondent Neil Morrison has been back in touch: "I'm not sure why you have adopted the Listener's penchant for disparaging 'pro-war lefties," he says. "It seems that the intolerance bug is spreading. HARD NEWS 05/03/02 - The Bosnian connection . Meanwhile there is lots to read this week if you haven't visited Public Address - and even if you have, I've made a couple of interesting updates to the Bosnian post in Hard News. See... HARD NEWS 06/03/02 - Blog Crazy! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00030.htm


The President Who Would Be Chosen

- How dare any politician, including the President, even implicitly suggest that God is a kind of mascot for the nation. Affirmation of a particular faith tradition must never be made a litmus test for measuring patriotism. See... President Plays the Christian Trump Card [1] See also... A Primer For GWB On The Ten Commandments [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00032.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00022.htm


More On Why The USA Is Like Mike Tyson

- Over the weekend at the beginning of the month, Sanders Research crossed a sort of threshold, receiving its first death threat. "We will destroy you" was sent on one of our internal e-mail addresses through an American ISP. At least someone reads us. See... Chris Sanders: Clueless in Frogville [1] and Muscle Bound, Broke, And Spoiling For A Fight [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00031.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00021.htm


Don't Tell Us Poppy, Tell Your Dim Son!

- Former President George Bush predicted in 1996 that if the United States were to engage in another war with Iraq, one aimed at overthrowing Saddam Hussein, the “entire Arab world would turn against us” and the U.S. would alienate its allies in the international community. See... Jason Leopold: When Poppy Bush Said It How It Is [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00029.htm


Peace Protests In Godzone – All You Need To Know

- These are the corrected times for events this weekend. See... Corrected Protest Against Howard Times: March 8-9 [1] MORE: - Greenpeace Cyberaction - Urgent New Security Council Action on Iraq [2] - GPJA - Global Peace And Justice Auckland Newsletter #25 [3] - IWD - International Women's Day 2003 - March 8 Saturday [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00032.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00031.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00029.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00025.htm


NZ Keeps Highest Interest Rates In The OECD

- The Reserve Bank has decided to leave the Official Cash Rate at 5.75 per cent. See... RBNZ leaves OCR unchanged [1] , Overview and policy assessment [2] and MPS: Summary of economic projections [3] MORE: - BNZ - No Interest Rate Yet - Laymans Guide To MPS [4] - EMA - Reserve bank leaves interest rate run late [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0303/S00036.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0303/S00037.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0303/S00043.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0303/S00038.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0303/S00046.htm


Ari Fleischer Receives A Curly One

- Q Ari, you have said in the past that every step will be taken to protect innocent and civilian life in Iraq. During the first Gulf War, the United States intentionally bombed water storage facilities and sewage treatment plants. This led to the deaths of an estimated half million civilian Iraqis from cholera, hepatitis, and typhoid. In what sense is that protecting civilian and innocent life? See... Press Briefing by Ari Fleischer - March 5, 2003 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00084.htm


Colin Powell Accuses Saddam Of Trying To Split The West

- Iraq's too little, too late gestures are meant not just to deceive and delay action by the international community, he has as one of his major goals to divide the international community, to split us into arguing factions. See... Iraq: Still Failing to Disarm [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00083.htm


Annan Concerned At Escalation In Holy Land Conflict

- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced grave and increasing concern for the steady escalation in violence between Israelis and Palestinians, urging both sides to take urgent steps to step back from such confrontations. See... Middle East Violence: Annan voices grave concern [1] . See also... Devastated Palestinian Economy [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00078.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00077.htm


Auckland Delighted At Having Wasted Thousands On Ike's Signs

- Auckland City Council today welcomes Judge Joyce’s decision to stay the committal order for Ekenasio Finau’s prison warrant. See... Council welcomes Finau decision [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0303/S00028.htm


Katya Rivas's Passion - Daily

- Permission is granted to reproduce this book as a whole in its entirety with no changes or additions and as long as the reproduction and distribution is done solely on a non-profit basis. See... Katya Rivas: Permission [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00028.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Child Porn Sentence Review Has Many Fans, But Not Libz

- United Future law and order spokesman Marc Alexander has thrown his full support behind the planned introduction of harsher sentences for child porn offenders. See... Alexander applauds tougher line on child porn [1] MORE REACTION: - National calls for 'grooming' laws in pornography [2] - Libertarianz - Nats “crime of conversation and meeting” fascist [3] - Libertarianz -Child porn laws should reflect criminal laws [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00079.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00067.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00026.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00023.htm


Budget Date Set – May 15

- Finance Minister Michael Cullen will present his fourth budget – Budget 2003 – on Thursday, May 15. See... Budget 2003 to be delivered on May 15 [1] and Hon Jim Anderton Budget Policy Statement [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00068.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00061.htm


Jim Anderton's Piece De Resistance – 4 Weeks Leave

Like other members of this house I spend a lot of time in airports, often late at night. And I often see people – usually women, in fact usually Pacific Island women, -- who clean those airports late at night. See... Statement on four weeks leave - Anderton [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00071.htm


Jim's Happy With MMP

- The Mixed Member Proportional representation electoral system is working very well at the moment, reflecting good fiscal and political management by the minority Labour-Progressive coalition government, Economic Development Minister, Jim Anderton, said today. See... MMP is working [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00063.htm


Maori Names For Businesses A Powhiri Too Far

- The National Party's taking aim at the Race Relations Commissioner after suggesting private businesses should adopt Maori names. See... Joris de Bres takes PC to new extremes [1] and Race Relations Commissioner in La-La Land again [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00086.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00081.htm


How New Kiwis Become Kiwis – Study Released

- Research which showed how migrants settle and contribute to New Zealand was launched by Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel at a major research seminar today. See... Immigration Seminar Highlights Migrant Experiences [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00084.htm


Sexual Predator's Guilty Verdict Welcomed

- National Ethnic Affairs Spokesperson Pansy Wong has welcomed the guilty verdict of Pourshad Marco Arvand for drugging women, stealing their money and the sexual violation of three Asian women. See... Wong welcomes guilty verdict [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00083.htm


Teacher Pay Taskforce Meets

- The Ministerial Taskforce on Secondary Teacher Remuneration is meeting for the first time today to examine issues relating to remuneration for secondary teachers, Education Minister Trevor Mallard said today. See... Ministerial taskforce holds first meeting today [1] and Ministerial Taskforce On Teacher Remuneration [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00089.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00090.htm


A Bill To Halt The Taniwha

- A Bill to protect New Zealanders' shaky grip on their private property was today entered into Parliament's Members' Bill ballot system. See... Strengthening grip on their patch of Godzone [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00088.htm


Prison Law Reform

- Legislation governing prisons is to be overhauled as part of the government’s efforts to reform the criminal justice system. See... Overhaul Of Prison Legislation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00087.htm


Tackling Obesity – Strategy Launch

- Health Minister Annette King is today launching a national strategy to curb the rising numbers of New Zealanders dying prematurely and becoming sick from obesity-related illness, physical inactivity and poor nutrition. See... King launches strategy to tackle obesity [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00080.htm


Don Brash Opines On Things Economical

- New Zealand's economy is about to slow down according to most observers, including the Prime Minister. See... Economic growth - the Prime Minister backs down [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00078.htm


What NZ's Armed Forces Are Doing In The Middle East

- On 11 November 2002 the Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Mark Burton, announced Cabinet’s decision to deploy a New Zealand Frigate and P3 Orion to join the OEF Maritime Interdiction Operation (MIO). See... NZDF involvement in Operation Enduring Freedom [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00076.htm


Columbus Academy Investigation

- Education Minister Trevor Mallard said today the multi-agency investigation into issues linked to the safety and welfare of the young Japanese nationals living at Columbus Academy is progressing. See... Update on multi-agency investigation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00073.htm

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