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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY:
Hard News Analysis Of Prostitution Reform(**MUST READ**)
Prostitution Reform Bill Heads Towards The Wire
NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
SCOOP COLUMNS:
Stateside: Watching The Whale Watchers
Inside Iraq With James Addis: The Palace Of The Poor
Saving Air NZ: Air New Zealand Repeats Itself JUST LOUDER.
Chris Sanders: Leading From The Rear
John Chuckman: The Real Clash Of Civilizations
Scoop Link: Translating The Real America
US Attacked "Saddam Convoy" Inside Syria!
Katya Daily

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Tranz Rail's Permanent Profit Scheme Clarified
Let’s Talk about It In The Morning
BERL Confirms Govt’s Vision Lacking
ANZAC Talks On Again
Govt Tightens Pawnshop Laws, Don’t Fence Me In
Police Trainees Get Ministerial Visit
Improving Hazardous Workplaces
Dunne’s Pro-Tobacco Stance Would Ail Thousands
NZ First: What’s Next On Govt’s Looney List?
Sherry Tax Gone Sour
Copyright Act Amendments To Include Digital Technology
Govt Ought To Back Off Over Smokefree Rights

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Scoop Is In The House

– For today’s questions for oral answer see... Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 25 June 200 [1] . Come this evening for the uncorrected transcript of the answers. - EARLIER Q&A - Tuesday's Transcript [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00462.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00450.htm

LEAD STORY:

Hard News Analysis Of Prostitution Reform(**MUST READ**)

- Sometimes, it takes a showdown to make us think about an issue - and this certainly appears to be one of those time. As the vote behind Tim Barnett's Prostitution reform Bill teeters, suddenly we're having the debate. See... Hard News 25/06/03: The Late Debate [1]


[1] - http://publicaddress.net/default,hardnews.sm#post505


Prostitution Reform Bill Heads Towards The Wire

- Two MPs have called for a cross-party inquiry into prostitution if the Prostitution Reform Bill is defeated in Parliament tonight. See... Post-bill cross-party prostitution probe call [1] The Latest From The Debate – Russell Brown's Hard News - Hard News 24/06/03 - Moral Imperatives [2] . - Maxim Institute Backgrounder - Brothel bill "pill" will have nasty side-effects [3] - New Zealand First - Prostitution Bill : Firmly Against [4] - YWCA - Should all women be entitled to human rights? [5] - CTU - Sex Workers Need Protection Under the Law [6] - Humanitas Fellowship - On NZ Prostitution Bill [7] - Tim Barnett MP - Proposer Of The Bill - Prostitution Bill "win-win" for Parliament [8] For more links and access to research resources see... STORY OF THE WEEK [9]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00454.htm
[2] - http://publicaddress.net/default,hardnews.sm#post499
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0306/S00162.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00448.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0306/S00159.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0306/S00153.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0306/S00156.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00433.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/index.html#SOW

NEW ZEALAND NEWS:

  • Tranz Rail's Permanent Profit Scheme Clarified [1]
  • YWCA Asks Is It Just Good Women Who Deserve Rights? [2]
  • Are policing fears likely to sink sex-worker bill? [3]
  • Dog Owners Group Slams Bill [4]
  • European Population to Remain Steady [5]
  • BERL: “Strong economy stalling for lack of direction" [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00469.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0306/S00159.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0306/S00157.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0306/S00158.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0306/S00261.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0306/S00258.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

    U.S. Crosses Syrian Border During Fire-Fight - U.S. military forces crossed into Syria and engaged in a shooting match with border guards last Wednesday after destroying a caravan that was suspected of carrying Saddam Hussein or members of his family, Defense officials said Monday. See... Link: US Attacked Convoy In Syria – USA Today [1] Iraq

  • US military radiation expert backs Greenpeace Nuke Inquiry Call [2]
  • UN: help Palestinians, Syrians and Kurds in Iraq [3]
  • European Union
  • Europeans Say “Yes!” to a strong Europe in Space [4]
  • United Nations
  • UN Radio: Reconstructing Iraq – Palestinian Plight [5]
  • UN meeting: global anti-doping treaty for athletes [6]
  • Middle East
  • Israeli Detentions, Assassinations Killing Roadmap [7]
  • PLO: Israeli ‘Bloody Provocation’ Sabotages Talks [8]
  • Freedom Summer Palestine is less than 2 weeks away [9]
  • Africa
  • Security Council mission headed to West Africa [10]
  • Kenya: UN concerned about violence in refugee camp [11]
  • Powell: Freeing a Nation From a Tyrant's Grip [12]
  • Liberian refugees caught between two conflicts [13]
  • United States
  • Bush Welcomes President Musharraf to Camp David [14]
  • Supporting Human Rights And Democracy: Q&A [15]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00177.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00355.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00369.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00366.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00372.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00370.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00363.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00362.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00365.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00368.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00367.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00358.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00356.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00361.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00360.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Stateside: Watching The Whale Watchers

    - Saturday 21 June was First Nations Day up the road in Canada, so it seemed like the right time to go and see Whale Rider, which had opened at local theatres the previous day, in time for the school holidays. See... Stateside with Rosalea: Whale watcher watching [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00178.htm


    Inside Iraq With James Addis: The Palace Of The Poor

    - When Amjad Mutar’s family was kicked out of their modest home they ended up living in the grounds of one of Suddam Hussein's palaces. Here is Amjad's story. See... Inside Iraq: Palace of the Poor: Mosul [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00174.htm


    Saving Air NZ: Air New Zealand Repeats Itself JUST LOUDER.

    - As round two of the Commerce Commission review of the Air New Zealand-Qantas Alliance gets underway, Air New Zealand has reminded everyone that its initiative is bold, smart, innovative and commercially necessary. Without actually providing any evidence to support any of these assertions. See... Saving Air NZ: Everyone Heads For The Courts [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00176.htm


    Chris Sanders: Leading From The Rear

    - Last week's collapse in international bond prices was a warning, if any were needed, about the fragility of the markets. It was followed late in the week by a drop in the US equity market, which most observers attributed to disappointment with US economic news. This is unlikely. See... SRA Commentary: Post-National Depression [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00182.htm


    John Chuckman: The Real Clash Of Civilizations

    - There is a real clash of civilizations in the world, but one that has little to do with East and West. It is found in the advanced world and consists in the values of traditional liberalism being attacked by the right wing. Nowhere is this battle noisier and of more consequence to the world's peoples than in America where victory for the right appears all but certain. See... John Chuckman: Liberals Versus The Crypto-Nazis [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00181.htm


    Scoop Link: Translating The Real America

    - This project grew from a particular article written in both English and Spanish by Daniel Welch, a writer, activist, linguist and musician who wanted to spread the word more broadly that there is an organized and active resistance in the U.S. A small ad in a translator's forum led to over 30 responses literally overnight. See... Danielpwelch.com – Real America In Many Languages [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00180.htm


    US Attacked "Saddam Convoy" Inside Syria!

    - U.S. military forces crossed into Syria and engaged in a shooting match with border guards last Wednesday after destroying a caravan that was suspected of carrying Saddam Hussein or members of his family, Defense officials said Monday. See... Link: US Attacked Convoy In Syria – USA Today [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00177.htm


    Katya Daily

    - I want you all to work on this medal (*) that has come to your hands through an angel and not as a heirloom, and that Monsignor (**) has so kindly proposed that it be the Medal of the Congress… See... Katya Rivas: The Salvation of the World [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00179.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00174.htm
    Images: Inside Iraq: The Palace Of The Poor

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Tranz Rail's Permanent Profit Scheme Clarified

    - The following is a simplified description of how Tranz Rail’s access charge would be set if Tranz Rail shareholders accept the Crown offer. It is pitched at the level of retail investors and is not a full technical description. See... Crown Tranz Rail Proposal [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00469.htm


    Let’s Talk about It In The Morning

    - Two MPs have called for a cross-party inquiry into prostitution if the Prostitution Reform Bill is defeated in Parliament tonight. See... Post-bill cross-party prostitution probe call [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00454.htm


    BERL Confirms Govt’s Vision Lacking

    - National's Finance spokesman, Don Brash, says BERL's attack on the Government's economic management is what National has known for months - Labour is bereft of any vision for growth. See... Growth forecast proves Government lacks vision [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00463.htm


    ANZAC Talks On Again

    - Minister of Defence Mark Burton left for Australia today for the Australia/New Zealand Defence Committee—the annual meeting with his Australian counterpart, Senator Robert Hill. See… NZ/Australia to Discuss Closer Defence Relations [1] ALSO: Nats - Real results needed from Australian defence talks [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00452.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00460.htm


    Govt Tightens Pawnshop Laws, Don’t Fence Me In

    - The Secondhand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Bill, part of a government package to combat property crime, had its first reading in Parliament this evening. See... First reading for Secondhand Dealers Bill [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00451.htm


    Police Trainees Get Ministerial Visit

    - Media are advised Police Minister George Hawkins will tomorrow attend the graduation of young police trainees from Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) School of Foundation Studies course. See... Police Minister at police trainees/UK cops grad. [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00458.htm


    Improving Hazardous Workplaces

    - The government has released a plan to reduce the cost of complying with the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act without compromising safety and the environment. See... Strategy to improve hazardous substances work [1] ALSO: Government responding to hazardous substances rep. [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00459.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00457.htm


    Dunne’s Pro-Tobacco Stance Would Ail Thousands

    - It is astonishing that United Future, a party that brands itself as pro-family, is attempting to undermine the Smokefree environments bill in a way that would threaten the health of thousands of families, Green MP Sue Kedgley said today. See... Dunne's Pro-Tobacco Line "Anti-Family" [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00456.htm


    NZ First: What’s Next On Govt’s Looney List?

    - Rt Hon Winston Peters has again warned that New Zealand faces many decades of divisive arguments over Maori claims for environmental resources. See... Radio Waves, Oil & Gas, Foreshore, Seabed... [1] ALSO: United: Seabed ownership row 'dangerous' for NZers [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00455.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00453.htm


    Sherry Tax Gone Sour

    - The argument presented by the Government when ramming through the new 'sherry tax' is on increasingly thin ground, according to National Party Clevedon MP Judith Collins. See... Sherry tax argument falls flat [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00465.htm


    Copyright Act Amendments To Include Digital Technology

    - Associate Commerce Minister Judith Tizard today announced proposals to amend the Copyright Act 1994 following a review of how digital technology impacts on copyright law. See... Amendments proposed for Copyright Act [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00464.htm


    Govt Ought To Back Off Over Smokefree Rights

    - ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman Heather Roy today renewed her attack on the Labour Government for trying to drive the Smokefree Bill nail into the coffin of New Zealanders' personal freedom and property rights. See... Butt Out, Labour [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00461.htm

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