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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
BREAKING NZ NEWS:
U.S. Rules Out Free Trade With New Zealand

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
Bush U.S. Will Not Relent in War Against Terrorism

COLUMNS:
Naked In Nuhaka
U.S. State Dept Pressured: A Former Military Officer Writes

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
NZ Govt Critical Of Indonesia’s Military Aceh Option
Kiwi De-Mining Soldiers Off To Iraq
Sutton Fronts On US Free Trade Barf
Kedgley Goes Wild Over Canadian Mad Cow Disease
Man With Da Plan: Anderton Announces Anti-Meth Crackdown
Whose Been Watering Down Da Booze?
Closing The Gaps (Opps Pay Gaps)
NZ First Welcomes Agent-Orange Inquiry
Govt Dragging ACC Chain
Pay Equity Labour-Style
United Claims It Turned Labour Around on Treaty Settlements
Questions Of The Day
Controversial Waitangi Tribunal Petroleum Report Released

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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BREAKING NZ NEWS:

U.S. Rules Out Free Trade With New Zealand - Washington File: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick has dismissed the idea of negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) with New Zealand any time soon. See... No U.S. New Zealand Free Trade Agreement Looming [1] ALSO: NZ Trade Minister Sutton Responds: U.S. New Zealand trade agreement [2] - Nats - Serious blow to New Zealand trade prospects [3] - ACT - Very Serious Trade Setback [4] - Business NZ - Zoellick reaffirms realities [5] - Auckland Chamber Of Commerce - NZ-US Free Trade Agreement – Still Achievable [6] - Trade Libs - Response to Zoellick Comments - Disappointing [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00213.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00566.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00568.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00565.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0305/S00264.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0305/S00263.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0305/S00262.htm


INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Washington File

  • Bush: Threats Require Missile Defenses Deployment [1]
  • Bush U.S. Will Not Relent in War Against Terrorism [2]
  • Bush to Travel to Poland, Russia and France G8 [3]
  • ALSO:
  • UN Must Deploy Reaction Force To Congo - See... Amnesty Internation [4]
  • New Yorkers Mobilise Against Philippine President - See... Philippine President to face NYC protest groups [5]
  • Israelis Storm Through Beit Hanoun Again - See... PMC Israel Re-invades Beit Hanoun [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00214.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00211.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00212.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00206.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00202.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00201.htm


    COLUMNS:

    Naked In Nuhaka - The arrangements for the Pakeha Electoral Option have now been decided. After the 2006 census, the process of redrawing electorate boundaries will begin with a four-month Pakeha Electoral Option. See... Naked in Nuhaka: The Pakeha Electoral Option [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00144.htm


    U.S. State Dept Pressured: A Former Military Officer Writes

    - There should be a shake-up in the manner Washington handles foreign policy. The first thing that should happen is official barring of Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz from commenting on matters other than defence in its most ... See... Pressures on the U.S. State Department [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00142.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    NZ Govt Critical Of Indonesia’s Military Aceh Option

    - Acting Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Jim Sutton today re-stated the Government's deep disappointment that peace talks between the Indonesian Government and the GAM (Free Aceh Movement) have broken down after talks in Japan last week failed. See... New Zealand on situation in Aceh [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00585.htm


    Kiwi De-Mining Soldiers Off To Iraq

    - Minister of Defence Mark Burton today announced the departure date of two New Zealand Defence Force de-mining specialists. See... De-mining specialists deploy to Iraq [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00563.htm


    Sutton Fronts On US Free Trade Barf

    - The New Zealand Government has always thought that achieving a trade agreement with the United States would be a challenge, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... United States-New Zealand trade agreement [1] ALSO:- English - Serious blow to New Zealand trade prospects [2] - Greens - Labour must abandon free trade fantasy [3] - Nats -Farmers will be hammered by trade blow [4] - United Future - Dunne: Rebuild US, Aussie relationships [5] - ACT - George Bush Snubs Helen Clark [6] - ACT - Very Serious Trade Setback [7]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00566.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00568.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00573.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00589.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00577.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00571.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00565.htm


    Kedgley Goes Wild Over Canadian Mad Cow Disease

    - New Zealand should introduce greater precautions in our own meat industry to keep ourselves BSE-free, following the Canadian mad cow disease case, Green MP Sue Kedgley said today. See… NZ needs stronger mad cow disease measures [1] ALSO:- Nats - BSE case a wake-up call on biosecurity [2] - Greens - Where's the (missing) beef? [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00567.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00582.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00578.htm


    Man With Da Plan: Anderton Announces Anti-Meth Crackdown

    - Life will get a lot tougher for people who manufacture and or supply methamphetamines in New Zealand. There will also be increased emphasis on helping victims of the drug. See... Government takes more action on Methamphetamines [1] ALSO:- Greens - Nandor welcomes 'real' action on methamphetamine [2] - Nats -Meth plan not focussed enough [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00575.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00579.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00587.htm


    Whose Been Watering Down Da Booze?

    - “The sudden reduction in the alcohol content of light spirits represents a step forward in addressing binge drinking by young people,” says Associate Health Minister Jim Anderton. See... Reduction in alcohol content a step forward [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00569.htm


    Closing The Gaps (Opps Pay Gaps)

    - Labour Minister Margaret Wilson today announced the establishment of a taskforce to progress pay and employment equity between women and men in the public service, in the public health sector and in the education sector. See... Closing the pay gap [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00574.htm


    NZ First Welcomes Agent-Orange Inquiry

    - “New Zealand First welcomes the Health Select Committee’s inquiry into the use of Agent Orange and the health effects on Vietnam veterans and their families,” said New Zealand First health spokesperson Pita Paraone. See... Agent Orange Investigation [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00583.htm


    Govt Dragging ACC Chain

    - "Despite best efforts by National and New Zealand First to hold an Inquiry into long term claimants on ACC, Labour and other parties have voted to postpone," says National's ACC spokesman Dr Paul Hutchison. See... Government stalls ACC inquiry [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00581.htm


    Pay Equity Labour-Style

    - Under the cover of the disastrous news about New Zealand's Free Trade deal with the US, the Labour Government's slipped another important announcement on to the agenda. See... Labour reveals agenda on pay equity [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00580.htm


    United Claims It Turned Labour Around on Treaty Settlements

    - The Government's turn-around on resolving Treaty of Waitangi grievances can to a large extent be attributed to United Future's influence, the party's treaty spokesman Murray Smith says. See... Smith: UF key to Treaty settlements turn-around [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00576.htm


    Questions Of The Day

    - 1. Hon PETER DUNNE to the Minister for Trade Negotiations: Is he optimistic about New Zealand’s chances of securing a free trade agreement with the United States in the near future, particularly in light of United States Trade Representative Robert ... See... Questions of the Day [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00570.htm


    Controversial Waitangi Tribunal Petroleum Report Released

    - The Waitangi Tribunal has upheld claims by Mâori that Mâori have an ongoing ‘Treaty interest’ in petroleum, but not that it is a taonga as argued by claimants. See... Waitangi Tribunal Petroleum Report Released [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0305/S00199.htm

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