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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY:
PM Farewells Aus. Troops Bound For The Solomons
Christian World Service: "But Where Is The War Zone?"
NZ-US Interest Margin Cut To 400 Points
MORE NZ NEWS HEADLINES:
U.S Kills Saddam’s Sons Uday and Qusay In Mosul
MORE INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES:
SCOOP COLUMNS:
STORY OF THE WEEK: Ambassador Wilson Responds To Attack On His Wife
Hard News Is There!
Soldiers Want Iraq To Stop Bringing It On
Chuckman Cartoons
Rohan Quinby Has Some Advice For The Govt. On The Fart Tax
Mapping The Real Deal: Backcasting A Brighter Future
INVESTIGATION: Oil And War Fraud Traced to the White House
Katya Daily

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Coalition That "Keeps On Killing" Condemned
Govt. Sharpens The Law On Securities Fraud
A Review Into Tertiary Fee Anomalies Announced
Local Government Propaganda Coup
NZ Helps Out World On Disability Issues
Aquaculture Rev Up And Speech
More Cops
Maori LG Representation Like Apartheid Says Peters
The Power Of The Net – The Fight For The Beaches
The Dressing Gown Bandit Strikes Again
Politicians Help Sell Drugs
GE Spruce Trees Spark Export Warning
My Fair City – Wellington

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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 - Thursday, 24 July 2003 [1] . See also... Tuesday's Q&A Transcript [2] , & Wednesday's [3] . Come back this evening for today's answers.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00435.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00396.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00431.htm

LEAD STORY - NZ AUSTRALIA INTERVENE IN SOLOMONS:

PM Farewells Aus. Troops Bound For The Solomons

- Your mission is an important one. At the request of the Solomon Islands Government, you will be helping to re-establish law and order so that the Solomon Islands can rebuild its government infrastructure and economy and improve the living standards of its people. Put simply, adequate law and order is a pre-requisite for successful development. See... PM Clark Farewells Solomon Islands Contingent [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00434.htm


Christian World Service: "But Where Is The War Zone?"

- "The soldiers are coming to bless us," said Chris Douglas aged 2. "Here they come, but where is the war zone? There is no war zone," was another reaction of Solomon Islanders at Henderson Airport, Honiara, early in the morning of 24 July as the first of eight or more planes bringing the Intervention Force touched down. See... NZers Witness Local Reaction To Australian Troops [1] MORE NEWS FROM SOLOMONS: - WSPA - Solomon Islands Dolphin Trade Confirmed As Illegal [2] - Amnesty - Solomons Is. Force Must Uphold Human Rights - NGOs [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00194.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00322.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00324.htm


NZ-US Interest Margin Cut To 400 Points

- The Reserve Bank today reduced the Official Cash Rate by 25 basis points to 5.0 per cent. See... OCR reduced to 5.0 per cent [1] MORE: - CTU - Interest Rate Cut is Too Modest [2] - EMA Northern - OCR adjustment reassuring for money movers [3] - Progressive Coalition - Rate Cut Right Decision For Job Creation [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0307/S00225.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0307/S00224.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0307/S00227.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0307/S00129.htm

MORE NZ NEWS HEADLINES:

  • When is a $50,000 bonus not enough? Welfare asks All Blacks [1]
  • New fast ferry arrives tomorrow in Wellington [2]
  • Population Growth Continues [3]
  • Child Pornography -Condemnation Of Weak Sentence [4]
  • Sharon Crosbie to Leave Radio New Zealand [5]
  • SPCA Orders Shock Collars Off [6]
  • Silver Ferns Welcome Home - John Banks Speech [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0307/S00132.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0307/S00232.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0307/S00228.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0307/S00125.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0307/S00123.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0307/S00122.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0307/S00111.htm


    U.S Kills Saddam’s Sons Uday and Qusay In Mosul

    - The U.S. Central Command reports that Saddam Hussein's sons, Uday and Qusay, died July 22 when forces of the 101st Airborne Division and Special Operations Forces mounted an operation against suspected regime figures in the northern Iraqi city ... See... U.S. Kills Saddam's Sons Uday and Qusay [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00307.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES:

    United Kingdom

  • PM takes questions from Chinese students [1]
  • United States
  • Powell IV with The Washington Times Editorial Bd. [2]
  • U.S. Military Seeks Influential Adult Recruits [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00310.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00323.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00309.htm


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    STORY OF THE WEEK: Ambassador Wilson Responds To Attack On His Wife

    - WASHINGTON - They were just 16 words in the State of the Union address - words that we now know were misleading. And this man, retired career diplomat Joe Wilson tried to warn the administration of just that nearly a year before the speech. See... Scoop Link: Is The Empire Striking Back? [1] . For video see original at Tom Brokaw MSNBC [2] . For MUCH more on this see... STORY OF THE WEEK [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00186.htm
    [2] - http://www.msnbc.com/news/942095.asp?0cv=CA01
    [3] - #sow


    Hard News Is There!

    - So, a week of departures: some mourned, some emphatically not. The death under fire of Uday and Qusay Hussein comes, ironically, as the ogre of another age, Idi Amin , slips away in a Saudi hospital... See... Hard News 24/07/03 - Joys And Frustrations [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00193.htm


    Soldiers Want Iraq To Stop Bringing It On

    - Fallujah, Iraq -- Contradicting President Bush's invitation to Iraqi resistance fighters to attack U.S occupation forces, many soldiers say they would much prefer that Iraqis lay down their weapons and begin the complicated work of rebuilding their country. See... US Troops Ready For Iraqis To Quit Bringing It On [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00191.htm


    Chuckman Cartoons

    Welcome to Israel, and a Napoleonic gift from the new emperor, cartoon images by John Chuckman. See... Chuckman Cartoons: Welcome To Israel – Bliar's Gift [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00190.htm


    Rohan Quinby Has Some Advice For The Govt. On The Fart Tax

    - During my time in politics, I learned two important principles. The first one is: why kick ‘em when they’re standing? The second is: share the pain, when you can get away with it. This second principle I would now recommend to Pete Hodgson. See... Rohan Quinby: Hodgson - Share The Pain [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00189.htm


    Mapping The Real Deal: Backcasting A Brighter Future

    - The following presentation is a “back casting.” It is a fictionalized story set in the future that envisions the success of one of the first solaris – Fillmore Solari in San Francisco, California in the United States. See... Mapping The Real Deal: Solari [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00181.htm


    INVESTIGATION: Oil And War Fraud Traced to the White House

    - This story begins with the California energy crisis, which started in 2000 and continued through the early months of 2001, when electricity prices spiked to their highest levels. Prices went from $12 per megawatt hour in 1998 to $200 in December 2000 to $250 in January 2001, and at times a megawatt cost $1,000. See... Oil And War Fraud Traced to the White House [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00184.htm


    Katya Daily

    - The day is announced with the first rays of sunshine at daybreak, and the whole of creation comes into light; an awakening in the luminosity of Heaven is produced in all creatures. See... Katya Rivas: Are You Not Glad about My Invitation? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00188.htm



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    IMAGE: Sydney Dancers Feature In Auckland Art Festival


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Coalition That "Keeps On Killing" Condemned

    - The New Zealand Government must speak out against alleged widespread human rights abuses committed by the US-led occupation force in Iraq, Green MP Keith Locke said today. See... Speak out against coalition that keeps on killing [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00437.htm


    Govt. Sharpens The Law On Securities Fraud

    - Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel today announced proposals to strengthen New Zealand’s securities trading law. See... Strengthened securities trading law [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00455.htm


    A Review Into Tertiary Fee Anomalies Announced

    - A review of the costs involved of running some tertiary education courses has been announced by Steve Maharey, Minister responsible for the Tertiary Education Commission. See... Review to look at anomalies in tertiary ed. costs [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00454.htm


    Local Government Propaganda Coup

    - The National Party has forced the Government into an embarrassing back down on misleading pamphlets designed to inform the public about the new Local Government Act. See... National forces Govt into back-down on pamphlets [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00453.htm


    NZ Helps Out World On Disability Issues

    - A New Zealand delegation has made a significant contribution to the development of a convention on the rights of people with disabilities, after attending a meeting at the United Nations last month. See... NZ delegation promotes UN disability convention [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00452.htm


    Aquaculture Rev Up And Speech

    - The Labour Government's dithering over the beaches and seabed issue is condemning the lucrative aquaculture industry to further uncertainty. See... Govt dithering spreads uncertainty to aquaculture [1] MORE:


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00450.htm


    More Cops

    The Wellington policing district will gain three new Constables following today’s graduation of Wing 211 from the Royal New Zealand Police College. See... Three new Constables for Wellington [1] , Auckland City receives 13 new Constables [2] , Counties-Manukau [3] , Auckland (All) [4] and North Shore-Waitakere [5]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00446.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00445.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00444.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00443.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00442.htm


    Maori LG Representation Like Apartheid Says Peters

    - New Zealand First has described the introduction of two separate Maori seats on the Bay of Plenty Regional Council as another step on the road towards apartheid in this country. See... Apartheid Introduced In Bay Of Plenty [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00441.htm


    The Power Of The Net – The Fight For The Beaches

    - The National Party is stunned by the response to its http://www.beachesforall.co.nz website since it was launched three days ago. See... Staggering Response To 'Beaches For All' Petition [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00438.htm


    The Dressing Gown Bandit Strikes Again

    - It seems that mothers driving their children to school, who forget to put their driver's licence into their dressing gown pockets, pose more of a risk to the community than real criminals. See... Public Enemy #1: Mum In A Dressing Gown [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00423.htm


    Politicians Help Sell Drugs

    - "History teaches us that wherever there is a great demand for a product and whenever government makes it illegal, then inevitably a black market will appear to supply the demand. " See... Political Parties Chasing the Gang Vote [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0307/S00130.htm


    GE Spruce Trees Spark Export Warning

    - Revelations that experimental GE Spruce trees were planted out 2 weeks ago near Rotorua, have prompted warnings that the project could undermine certification of timber exports from New Zealand. See... Planting of GE Trees Prompts Export Warning [1] and GE Tree Planting Unacceptable Under Intl. Standard [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0307/S00099.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0307/S00105.htm


    My Fair City – Wellington

    - Crossways cnr Brougham & Elizabeth Street Mount Victroria 2 PM Saturday, Saturday 26th of July 2003 Organised by Wellington People's Forum See... Towards a Fairer City Council - Forum this Weekend [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0307/S00126.htm

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