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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
Upton Online Reviews The PM's Visit To France
Tube Talk: All Good Things Come To An End
Media Critics Blast Mainstream War Coverage
A Pentagon Insider Talks About Depleted Uranium
Palestinian Peace Makers Under Fire
Thomas White Says Goodbye – Scoop Explains Why
Another Bush Administration Insider Bites The Dust
Recovered History: Two Down, But What About The Boss?
Scoop Satire: Dr Ruth Goes To The Beehive

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Swain Toes Hot Water With PPPs
Cullen Speaks Of No Surprises in Budget
Oh Lord No! Says Bill
Company Tax Cuts Encourage Investment: Brash
Well Done! 40 Hour Famine Raises $2 million
Youth Week In Focus
Bill English Cites Spin n PR
More Child Education Centres Announced
US Invasion Is Legal Cites Mapp
Clapped Out Cop Cars Condoned
When Things Go Very Bad
How Much? $30 Mil? Good Grief!
Hodgson Likes Windmills
Pacific Peoples Business Initiative Boost

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Scoop Is In The House

– For today’s questions for oral answer ee... Questions For Oral Answer Thursday, 08 May 2003 [1] - EARLIER Q&A - Tuesday [2] - Wednesday [3] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00169.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00131.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00168.htm


Upton Online Reviews The PM's Visit To France

- In this issue Some ruminations on military and trading battlefields in France in the wake of the Prime Minister's visit, Peter Walker's fascinating story of Ngatau Omahuru/William Fox and Elizabeth Rata's sternly Kantian retort to post-modernists run amuck in our teacher education colleges. See... Upton-on-line: Diaspora Edition [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00049.htm


Tube Talk: All Good Things Come To An End

- When I was 10, I turned down Saturday morning piano lessons because they would interfere with my morning cartoon-watching regime. Years later, I still can’t read music, but I can recall every episode of The Muppets and Fraggle Rock ever made. See... TUBE TALK: Everything comes to an end [1] (Scoop's Editors wish John T. Forde all the best on his OE. Kia Kaha John.)


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00046.htm


Media Critics Blast Mainstream War Coverage

- Two media critics have strongly criticised New Zealand and some global media coverage of the Anglo-American war on Iraq ‹ especially television ‹ describing it as biased and "failing spectacularly" to do its job. See... Media Critics Blast Iraq War Coverage [1] The Two Seminar Papers:- Scoop's Alastair Thompson - The Role Of Media In The Second Gulf War [2] - AUT's David Robie - The invasion of Iraq — and how the media war was won and lost [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00051.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00223.htm
[3] - http://www.asiapac.org.fj/cafepacific/resources/aspac/iraqwarmedia.pdf


A Pentagon Insider Talks About Depleted Uranium

- In three separate interviews a U.S. Special Operations Command Colonel admitted that the U.S. and Great Britain fired 500 tons of D.U. munitions into Iraq. See... US Colonel Admits 500 Tons of DU Were Used In Iraq [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00050.htm


Palestinian Peace Makers Under Fire

- On April 16, Army Chief of Staff, Lt. General Moshe Yaalon announced that he had given the order to "take the ISM out", claiming that we "injure [the] freedom of action" of his troops. See... Recent Developments Concerning the ISM [1] , Armed Settlers Attack Palestinian Farmers [2] and Reports from Palestine [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00072.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00071.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00070.htm


Thomas White Says Goodbye – Scoop Explains Why

It has been my distinct privilege to serve as your secretary these last two years; the absolute high point of my professional life. See... Thomas E White Farewell Message to the Army Family [1] and A Bush Administration Enron-doer Bites The Dust


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00078.htm


Another Bush Administration Insider Bites The Dust

- Well, well, well, Mitch Daniels may be the first Bush administration official to resign over allegations of insider trading. See... Why Did White House's Mitch Daniels Really Resign? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00052.htm


Recovered History: Two Down, But What About The Boss?

- With Bush Cabinet Members Thomas White and Mitch Daniels gone from their posts, seemingly due to insider trading, perhaps it is time to bring back the spotlight onto U.S. President George W Bush's own piece of Insider Action. See.. Harken Energy Chronology MORE:- Is Harken Energy Bush's Watergate? - Harken Energy - Bush’s No Good Trade- Harken Energy - George W's Perfect Storm


Scoop Satire: Dr Ruth Goes To The Beehive

- Got a problem? Need an official answer? Ask the Minister, for the official Government answer to your problem... See... Babylon Express: Ask The Minister... [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00044.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Swain Toes Hot Water With PPPs

- Transport Minister Paul Swain said that public private partnerships (PPPs) would have an important role to play in helping New Zealand tackle its transport infrastructure deficit. Speaking at a conference on PPPs in Auckland this morning, Mr Swain said ... See... PPP's govt taking cautious approach [1] ALSO: - Swain Speech - See... Swain Speech: Public Private Partnerships [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00182.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00183.htm


Cullen Speaks Of No Surprises in Budget

- In a week’s time I will be presenting my fourth Budget. Once again, there will be no great surprises. Government Budgets are important milestones in the annual calendar of any economy. It is precisely because they are important that they should not be See... Cullen Speech: Canterbury Manufacturers’ Assn [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00178.htm


Oh Lord No! Says Bill

- "Lord Cooke is wrong. The last thing New Zealand needs is a Supreme Court with a licence to regard the Treaty of Waitangi as a living document, creating special rights for Maori that no one else has," according to National Party Leader Bill .English.. See... Lord Cooke is wrong [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00170.htm


Company Tax Cuts Encourage Investment: Brash

- Encouraging business investment by cutting the company tax rate is a key factor in lifting New Zealand's economic growth rate, says National's Finance spokesman, Don Brash. See... Tax cuts can boost investment and lift growth [1] ALSO: - Brash Speech - Brash - Address to PricewaterhouseCoopers [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00181.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00184.htm


Well Done! 40 Hour Famine Raises $2 million

- World Vision's 40-Hour Famine income for this year has hit the two million dollar mark. Already bringing in 24% more than at the same time last year, this year's Famine looks set to hit the $2.7 million mark when the funds have all been deposited. See... Famine income tops $2million [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0305/S00086.htm


Youth Week In Focus

- As you are no doubt already aware, this week is Youth Week, a week that celebrates what it means to be young. Youth Week encourages people to focus on the positive aspects of being young, and encourages them to speak out and participate in our society. ... See... Govt supporting youth in Youth Week [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00164.htm


Bill English Cites Spin n PR

- "The Government's self-proclaimed 'smart growth day' on Friday is an elaborate PR exercise paid for by the taxpayer," says National Party Leader Bill English. See... Government declares 'Day Of Spin' [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00180.htm


More Child Education Centres Announced

- Education Minister Trevor Mallard announced today a new early childhood education initiative that will create six Centres of Innovation, which will be used to build a strong research base to inform and develop models of best teaching practice. See... New early childhood ed centres of innovation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00179.htm


US Invasion Is Legal Cites Mapp

- National has revealed the Prime Minister was advised that military action against Iraq by the United States was legal, despite her stand that a further United Nations resolution was needed. See... Clark ignored advice that military action legal [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00177.htm


Clapped Out Cop Cars Condoned

- New Zealand First law and order spokesperson Ron Mark says that the case of the Wellington police officer acquitted of charges for careless driving due to a defective patrol car raises serious questions about police resources. See... Minister Condones Clapped Out Cars [1] ALSO:- Nats - Government neglect puts lives at risk [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00176.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00165.htm


When Things Go Very Bad

- New Zealand First law and order spokesperson Ron Mark says that the case of yet another Asian extortion ring in Auckland should act as a serious wake-up call for the Government to deal with imported crime. See... Lords Of The Extortion Rings [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00175.htm


How Much? $30 Mil? Good Grief!

- Green MP Mike Ward said the Government's $30 million pledge to another America's Cup campaign would knock the wind out of many sport organisations in New Zealand. See... $30 million? Say it ain't so! [1] ALSO: - Nats - 'Please Explain' Over Cup Funding [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00174.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00167.htm


Hodgson Likes Windmills

- [Remarks at public announcement of Meridian Energy's Project Te Apiti wind farm (55 turbines, total capacity 82 -96 megawatts), Woodville, Wairarapa] See... Pete Hodgson Speech: New renewable energy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00172.htm


Pacific Peoples Business Initiative Boost

- Pacific peoples are to get more help starting or developing their own businesses with an extra $1.504 million over the next four years, Acting Pacific Island Affairs Minister Chris Carter announced today. See... Budget 2003 Pacific Business Boost [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00166.htm

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