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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY:
Sludge Report: Conscience Career Moves?
Hard News: Drama And Democracy
NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
SCOOP COLUMNS:
Prostitution Bill Passes By Thinnest Majority
Inside Iraq: With James Addis Divide and dispossess
Howard's End: Did Pakeha Conquer The Beaches?
Leopold: Wolfowitz's Pre-emptive Strike Against Hans Blix
Dennis Hans: Pundits Too Quick To Give Bush Benefit Of Doubt
Defending The Politically Incorrect - A Hard Ask
Stateside: Watching The Whale Watchers
Katya Daily

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Weaned On Meth & Labours Gone Soft
Prostitution: Baldock Insists There’s More Work To Do
Govt Highlights Plunket’s Positives
Free Books For Mangere Kids
CMR: Snuggling Up To Aussie Defence Forces
Ello… Bobbies Bound For Auckland Beat
Family Support Increases Good Says United
Ill and Off The List: NZ Health Woes
Nuclear Family: Thing Of The Past?
Creating a Seamless Qualifications Framework
Preventing Injury in NZ
Govt’s Reflex In Bas Faith
Guidelines On How To Save Lives
Our Question Mr Speaker: Is ACT Squeaky Clean?
Govt Must Manage Economy: Peters
Being Kiwi According To Chris

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Scoop Is In The House

Scoop Is In The House – For today’s questions for oral answer see... Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 26 June 2003 [1] . Come back this evening for the uncorrected transcript of the answers. - EARLIER Q&A - Tuesday's Transcript [2] - Wednesday's Transcript [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00492.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00450.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00478.htm

LEAD STORY:

Sludge Report: Conscience Career Moves? - Listener Political Editor Jane Clifton this afternoon on 95BFm essentially confirmed observations made by Judith Collins MP concerning Prime Ministerial pressure and influence over Ashraf Choudry MP – NZ's first Muslim MP – and Winnie Laban MP , a Pacific Islander and Christian – on the Prostitution Reform Bill. See... Sludge #153 - Was Ashraf Pushed Or Did He Fall [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00199.htm

Hard News: Drama And Democracy - We should have more conscience votes. The perception that our elected representatives were actually testing their own beliefs last night - and that the outcome was not the usual foregone conclusion - was bracing. See... Hard News 26/06/03 - New Day [2]


[2] - http://publicaddress.net/default,hardnews.sm#post508


Prostitution Bill Passes By Thinnest Majority

- Parliament last night passed law changes after MP’s used their conscience to vote 60-59 in favour of decriminalising prostitution. See... Prostitution Bill passes by one vote [1] REACTION TO THE BILL PASSING: - Judith Collins MP - Clark strong arms MPs over prostitution law [2] - United Future - The aftermath of the Prostitution Reform Bill [3] - Tim Barnett MP - A Great Win For A Fair Society! [4] - NZUSA - Students applaud prostitution law reform [5] - NZ First - Social Engineers - Economic Mismanagers! [6] - Green - One giant leap forward for New Zealand [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00192.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00488.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00496.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00494.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0306/S00168.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00486.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00483.htm

NEW ZEALAND NEWS:

  • Current Account Deficit Falls [1]
  • Sale To Fairfax Near Completion [2]
  • INL To Hold Extraordinary General Meeting 30 June [3]
  • Fonterra Shareholders' Council Welcomes CEO Announcement [4]
  • Monarchists Angered Over Senior Counsel Replacing Queen's Counsel [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0306/S00275.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0306/S00276.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0306/S00274.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0306/S00271.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0306/S00166.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

    Rumsfeld Questioned On US Forces Inside Syria - Q: Mr. Secretary, General Myers spoke of aggressive operations to put down opposition in Iraq, and he spoke of the raid last week upon the convoy. Has the United States authorized U.S. forces to move into Syria in hot pursuit of suspected former officials? See... DoD News Briefing 24/6 - Rumsfeld and Gen. Myers [1]
    Iraq

  • UN: Iraqis must make decisions that affect them [2]
  • Powell Interview on Al-Jazeera Television [3]
  • Palestinian Refugees Face New Nakba in Iraq [4]

  • Middle East
  • Israeli Raids, Killings Draw Palestinian Anger [5]
  • 5 Arab Israelis Indicted with Solidarity Intifada [6]
  • The Face of Brian Avery and other reports..... [7]
  • ISM Defends Against Slander - Call for Action [8]

  • Asia Pacific
  • American Journalist With Aceh Rebels 'Surrenders' [9]

  • UK-Europe
  • 10 Downing St - Press Briefing [10]
  • European Union Midday Express [11]

  • United Nations
  • UN Radio: World Economic Recovery Stalls [12]
  • In London: Annan holds talks with Blair [13]

  • Africa
  • UN resumes work in Kenyan refugee camp [14]
  • Liberia: Annan condemns fresh violence in Monrovia [15]
  • USA/Malawi: Unlawful transfer to US custody? [16]

  • USA
  • The Future of U.S.-UN Relations - Kim R. Holmes [17]
  • Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, June 23-25 [18]
  • African Growth and Opportunity Act [19]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00383.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00390.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00384.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00396.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00398.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00397.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00382.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00381.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00385.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00395.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00399.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00394.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00391.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00393.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00389.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00380.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00388.htm
    [18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00387.htm
    [19] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00386.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    COLUMNS:

    Inside Iraq: With James Addis Divide and dispossess - Fathi Mutar is an Arab; Othman Pasim is a Kurd but both have much in common. They live within 200 metres of each other and are victims of an “arabisation” policy, which left each of their large families homeless and impoverished. See... Inside Iraq: Divide and dispossess [1] see also... Inside Iraq: Palace of the Poor: Mosul [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00198.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00174.htm


    Howard's End: Did Pakeha Conquer The Beaches?

    - As the debate rages across the country over Maori customary use of the sea-bed and foreshore it is well to remember that the basis our land laws is a fiction which started over nine hundred years ago when William the Conqueror stood on a hill in England and declared that he now owned all the land by right of conquest. Maree Howard writes. See... Maori Customary Rights & William The Conqueror [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00197.htm


    Leopold: Wolfowitz's Pre-emptive Strike Against Hans Blix

    - Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy secretary of defense, was so eager to see the United States launch a preemptive strike against Iraq in early 2002, that he ordered the CIA to investigate the past work of Hans Blix, the chief United Nations weapons inspector, who in February 2002, was asked to lead a team of U.N. weapons inspectors into Iraq to search for weapons of mass destruction, in an attempt to undermine the scientist. See... Jason Leopold: Wolfowitz Sought To Undermine Blix [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00195.htm


    Dennis Hans: Pundits Too Quick To Give Bush Benefit Of Doubt

    - Here’s the problem with all the euphemisms mainstream commentators use in their strenuous efforts not to brand President George W. Bush a liar: He’s not entitled to a single one. See... Dennis Hans: Lily Gilder Or Liar? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00193.htm


    Defending The Politically Incorrect - A Hard Ask

    - I have become known for taking hopeless cases involving the politically incorrect. Used to be, there weren’t that many, but it has turned into a flood today. I can’t even keep track of all that crop up these days. See... Edgar J. Steele: Injustice For All [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00186.htm


    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


    Katya Daily

    - My daughter, you ask Me to invalidate your will. No, My little one, not that. You are to keep your will because I want you to be the one who voluntarily chooses to live at My side or depart from Me, the one who accepts to suffer for My Love. See... Katya Rivas: Surrender Your Will [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00191.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Weaned On Meth & Labours Gone Soft

    - ACT New Zealand Police Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today renewed her attack on the Labour Government's soft-on-crime approach to methamphetamines, in the wake of reports that babies are now being born to meth-using mothers. See... Labour Lets Meth Hit Next Generation [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00479.htm


    Prostitution: Baldock Insists There’s More Work To Do

    - In renewing his call for a cross-party look at prostitution after the Prostitution Reform Bill, United Future MP Larry Baldock today likened last night's vote to "watching John Eales kick a penalty in extra time at the end of a Bledisloe Cup match". See... Baldock: More to do on prostitution [1] MORE: The aftermath of the Prostitution Reform Bill [2] - A Great Win For A Fair Society! [3] - Clark strong arms MPs over prostitution law [4] - One giant leap forward for New Zealand [5]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00505.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00496.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00494.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00488.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00483.htm


    Govt Highlights Plunket’s Positives

    - The founders of the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society would find many of the issues that led to its formation ninety-sex years ago still present in New Zealand society today, according to Social Development and Employment Minister Steve Maharey. See... Plunket needed today as much as it was in 1907 [1] ALSO: Steve Maharey Speech: Valuing connection [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00504.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00503.htm


    Free Books For Mangere Kids

    - Labour MP for Mangere, Hon Taito Phillip Field, is pleased that the Government is funding free books to schools in Mangere as part of the Books in Homes Programme. See... Schools in Mangere to get free books [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00502.htm


    CMR: Snuggling Up To Aussie Defence Forces

    - A new statement on Closer Defence Relations between Australia and New Zealand was released today following the annual meeting between Defence Ministers in Canberra. See... New Closer Defence Relations statement released [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00501.htm


    Ello… Bobbies Bound For Auckland Beat

    - The former United Kingdom officers graduating today from an accelerated Police College course are all bound for Auckland, Police Minister George Hawkins says. See... UK cops graduate from Police College [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00500.htm


    Family Support Increases Good Says United

    - United Future finance spokesperson Gordon Copeland today expressed his delight with the increases to family support, child's tax credit and parental tax credit income thresholds included in the Taxation Bill, now introduced into Parliament. See... United Future welcomes family support increases [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00499.htm


    Ill and Off The List: NZ Health Woes

    - A report that the Government is letting many New Zealanders fall off surgery waiting lists, confirms that the Health Minister is misleading the public over our run down health services, National Health Spokesperson Dr Lynda Scott says. See... Report confirms Health Minister misleads public [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00498.htm


    Nuclear Family: Thing Of The Past?

    - Social Development and Employment Minister Steve Maharey today challenged the notion that public policy should focus on the traditional nuclear family and ignore the wide variety of family types that now exist in New Zealand. See... Public policy should support all family types [1] ALSO: Supporting New Zealand families - Steve Maharey [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00495.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00491.htm


    Creating a Seamless Qualifications Framework

    - Education Minister Trevor Mallard today commended the merger of two Industry Training Organisations, which he said will help provide a seamless qualifications framework for the civil engineering and related industries. See... Pro-active approach in industry training [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00481.htm


    Preventing Injury in NZ

    - The New Zealand Injury Prevention Strategy provides a framework to make New Zealand a safer place, ACC Minister Ruth Dyson said today. See... New strategy will help prevent injuries [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00493.htm


    Govt’s Reflex In Bas Faith

    - The Green Party is accusing the Government of acting in bad faith over its knee-jerk decision to legislate against Maori customary ownership and use of the seabed and foreshore. See... Greens urge Government to listen to Maori [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00490.htm


    Guidelines On How To Save Lives

    - Associate Health Minister Jim Anderton says new suicide guidelines for emergency health workers will help save lives. See... Suicide prevention guidelines for health workers [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00489.htm


    Our Question Mr Speaker: Is ACT Squeaky Clean?

    - This letter outlines for you, in your capacity as Speaker of the House of Representatives and Chair of the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC), my decisions regarding recent requests that I conduct an inquiry into certain electorate and out-of-Parliament ... See... Act Parliamentary Out-Of-Parliament Offices [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00487.htm


    Govt Must Manage Economy: Peters

    - New Zealand First has called on the Government to provide more economic leadership and to focus less on its politically correct social engineering agenda. See... Social Engineers - Economic Mismanagers! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00486.htm


    Being Kiwi According To Chris

    - I have just greeted you in only a few of the scores of languages that are spoken daily in New Zealand in 2003. See... Carter Speech : 'We Are All New Zealanders' [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00485.htm

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    Joeseph Cederwall: Progress On Open Government, Finally

    The Open Government Partnership features an Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) with an independent reviewer assessing each Government’s performance in order to keep them honest. The IRM for New Zealand has just released the latest draft report on New Zealand. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: On The Selling Out Of The Kurds

    Kurdish lives were expended to serve US – not Kurdish – military and diplomatic goals, in the belief that the US and European powers the Kurds had served so steadfastly in the battle against IS terrorism would be rewarded, afterwards. Instead, there is every indication the Kurds are being sold out once again. More>>

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    Gordon Campbell: on the inquiry into the abuse of children in care

    Apparently, PM Jacinda Ardern has chosen to exclude faith-based institutions from the government’s promised inquiry into the abuse of children in state care. Any role for religious institutions – eg the Catholic Church – would be only to observe and to learn from any revelations that arise from the inquiry’s self-limiting focus on state-run institutions… More >>

    Summer Reading:

    Charlotte Graham: I OIA'd Every Council In NZ...

    A “no surprises” mindset and training and advice that has taught public servants to see any media interaction as a “gotcha” exercise perpetrated by unscrupulous and scurrilous reporters has led to a polarised and often unproductive OIA process. More>>

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    Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

    A Scoop Foundation Investigation The South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>

    Charlotte Graham: Empowering Communities To Act In A Disaster
    The year of record-breaking natural disasters means that in the US, as in New Zealand, there’s a conversation happening about how best to run the emergency management sector... More>>

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