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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
Curious George The Deserter Visits A Carrier, Meets The Tellytubbies, ...
... and Equates Himself With God!!!
Hard News Is There!
The Iraqis Will Have To Learn Democracy Someplace Else
Between The Lines: Opposition In Iraq Intensifies
Parental Warning: Do You Remember The Hitler Youth?
Stateside: Rosalea Sets Out On The 2004 Campaign Trail
Katya Rivas's Crusade Of Love

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Nats Say PM Should Commit Peacekeeping Troops Now
Ministers Convey Sadness At Possum’s Death
Home Detention Needs Reviewing
Nats Back Leader’s No-Maori-Seat Policy
Minister Misleading Or Not Up With The Issues?
Air Alert!
Pakistan’s No Nuke Offer Ought To Be Supported
Sentencing Act Needs Fixing and Now! -
Bold Biotech Report Gets Backing
CTU: Labour Market Not Responding To Skills Shortage
MAF Spraying Kids Wrong
DIA Spin Unhelpful
Young Nats Deliver New Write
UN Climate Change Head Coming To NZ
Student Debt Cycle Worsens
PM Sporting Scholarships Announced
Best Practice Teaching Programme Gets Boost
Margaret Wilson H&S Speech

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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 - Tuesday, 06 May 2003 [1] . Come back at 5.30pm for the uncorrected transcript of the answers.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00112.htm


Curious George The Deserter Visits A Carrier, Meets The Tellytubbies, ...

(See... Captions: The Mother Of All Photo Opportunities [1] )... and Equates Himself With God!!! - We are talking about a man who wears masks for the sake of political opportunism, and to survive moments when he has to address himself in the bathroom mirror. Does this newest mask have George W. Bush taking on the mantle of Jesus Christ, Savior and Redeemer? See... William Rivers Pitt: George W. Christ? [2] . See also GWB's speech aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln…. Bush Announces Combat Operations in Iraq Ended [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00024.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00033.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00017.htm


Hard News Is There!

- Really, it's bad enough that we in Auckland have to endure John Banks without him being inflicted on Wellingtonians. His foray into the debate over the Lord of the Rings world premiere - suggesting that Auckland should host it instead - was more about his desperate need for attention than anything else. See... Hard News 06/05/03 - Desperate need for attention [1] . See also Hard News 06/05/03 - Impressions [2]


[1] - http://publicaddress.net/default,hardnews.sm#post414
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00038.htm


The Iraqis Will Have To Learn Democracy Someplace Else

- Tired of killing Muslims, we are now trying to teach their survivors some democracy. There are a number of practical problems with this, among them being that the curriculum is in the hands of the most authoritarian, deceitful, anti-democratic, and constitution-wrecking administration we've ever had. See... Sam Smith: The Coalition of the Shilling [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00037.htm


Between The Lines: Opposition In Iraq Intensifies

- As the Bush administration works to pacify and restructure post-war Iraq, continuing violence and power struggles between various factions are creating an unstable and dangerous situation. Interview with Mansour Farhang, professor of political science at Bennington College, Vt. conducted by Scott Harris See... Opposition to Occupation Threatens Bush Agenda [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00036.htm


Parental Warning: Do You Remember The Hitler Youth?

- This is a note to parents. You could consider it a warning, but it's really just a congratulatory note, reminding you what you have done to your children, by not paying sufficient attention to the world around you. See... John Kaminski: Horror In Your Own Home [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00035.htm


Stateside: Rosalea Sets Out On The 2004 Campaign Trail

- 2004 Presidential Election - I surrender. You just looked too, too good, Mr Prez, in your flying suit. Where do I get a job as the presidential strap-tightener? And when's the AWOL George action figure coming out, so I can put it with my GI Joe? See... Stateside: Lifeless dummies on a closed course [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00023.htm


Katya Rivas's Crusade Of Love

- The soul is incited to love Me when I show it the beauty of the object of its search. It is necessary that I build a refuge for each one of you where you can find Me and recognize Me. See... Katya Rivas: Take Part in All of My Life [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00034.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Nats Say PM Should Commit Peacekeeping Troops Now

- Helen Clark should stop procrastinating and commit peace troops to the reconstruction of Iraq without special preconditions, National Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Wayne Mapp says. See... NZ should commit peace troops immediately [1] ALSO: - ACT - Too Little Too Late [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00109.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00105.htm


Ministers Convey Sadness At Possum’s Death

- Transport Minister Paul Swain and Associate Transport Ministers Harry Duynhoven and Judith Tizard expressed sadness at the death of Possum Bourne and offered condolences to his family. See... Possum will be missed – Swain, Duynhoven & Tizard [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00110.htm


Home Detention Needs Reviewing

- New Zealand First law and order spokesperson Ron Mark is demanding a review of the Government’s home detention policy after being alerted to a case where an offender on home detention has been able to re-offend, causing severe distress to his victim ... See... Offenders On Home Detention Free To Re-Offend [1] ALSO: - Corrections - Parole Fact Sheet (October 2002) Introduction [2] and Home Detention Fact Sheet (November 2002) [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00116.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0305/S00050.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0305/S00049.htm


Nats Back Leader’s No-Maori-Seat Policy

- The National Party is formally adopting a policy promoted by Leader Bill English, which would bring an end to the Maori seats in Parliament. See... National Party Caucus votes to end Maori seats [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00115.htm


Minister Misleading Or Not Up With The Issues?

- Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey is guilty of one of two things - he either misled Parliament, or is simply not on top of his own portfolio, ACT New Zealand Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today. See... Minister Caught Out [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00119.htm


Air Alert!

- Mark Burton, Minister of Defence, announced today that an RNZAF P3 Orion will depart from Whenuapai for the Gulf of Oman on 11 May (see text of his media release below). See... Alert! NZ Orion deploys to the Gulf [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0305/S00048.htm


Pakistan’s No Nuke Offer Ought To Be Supported

- "New Zealand should vigorously encourage India to accept today's offer by Pakistan to begin a process leading to mutual abolition of nuclear weapons," said Progressive Deputy Leader Matt Robson. See... Pakistan's “denuclearisation” offer to India [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00117.htm


Sentencing Act Needs Fixing and Now! -

ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks today demanded that Justice Minister Phil Goff get off his chuff and fix the Sentencing Act, in light of reports that an armed robber is now at large after being freed to apply for Home Detention. See... Escaped Crim? Surprise, Surprise, Surprise [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00114.htm


Bold Biotech Report Gets Backing

- The Biotechnology Taskforce has delivered a high-quality report with bold recommendations for accelerating the growth of the sector, says Minister of Research, Science and Technology Pete Hodgson. See... Developing biotech – an investment in the future [1] ALSO: - Bio Taskforce - The Biotechnology Taskforce Today [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00111.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0305/S00053.htm


CTU: Labour Market Not Responding To Skills Shortage

- “The labour market does not appear to be responding in any significant way to labour and skill shortages,” said Council of Trade Unions secretary Paul Goulter, today. See... Labour Market Not Responding to Shortages [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0305/S00056.htm


MAF Spraying Kids Wrong

- Comments made by MAF's Painted Apple Moth Project Director Ian Gear on TV1's Sunday programme, have incensed community representatives, parents and teachers involved in the controversial aerial spray campaign in Auckland. See... 'Sacrificing' children to spray condemned [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0305/S00055.htm


DIA Spin Unhelpful

- New Zealand’s largest gaming society says the Department of Internal Affairs’ attempt to ‘spin’ themselves around a recent High Court decision was both unhelpful and confusing to the non-casino gaming machine sector. See... Internal Affairs ‘Spin’ Unhelpful [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0305/S00054.htm


Young Nats Deliver New Write

- A change of tack this week as I turn my eye closer to home. Race relations are always a tricky issue and have become more so as cringing political correctness makes it nearly impossible to question anything without being labeled a racist. See... The New Write [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0305/S00052.htm


UN Climate Change Head Coming To NZ

- Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Dr Rajendra K Pachauri will give a public seminar this Friday, 9 May 2003, in the Michael Fowler Centre from 12.00-2pm, on climate change and how the world could move towards a more sustainable ... See... UN's Intergovt Panel On Climate Chair to Visit NZ [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0305/S00051.htm


Student Debt Cycle Worsens

- The latest overdue student loan figures show that students are being caught in an ever-worsening cycle of debt, Green MP Nandor Tanczos said today. See... Students stifled by overdue loans [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00108.htm


PM Sporting Scholarships Announced

- More than 53 talented athletes from Otago and Southland have received the Prime Minister’s sporting scholarships to help them reach their sporting and educational goals, Prime Minister Helen Clark and Sport and Recreation Minister Trevor Mallard announced today. ... See... Top young athletes win sport scholarships [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00107.htm


Best Practice Teaching Programme Gets Boost

- The Government is to fund a work programme to develop and support effective and best practice teaching that caters for students of all backgrounds, Education Minister Trevor Mallard announced today. See... Budget 2003: Best teaching practices to develop [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00106.htm


Margaret Wilson H&S Speech

- Taranaki Health and Safety in Employment Workshop and Expo Room 1, Yarrow Stadium, Maratahu Street See... Margaret Wilson Speech: Taranaki Health and Safety [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00118.htm

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