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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Will Howard’s Grand Pacific Alliance Gain Momentum?
Scoop Is In The House
NEW ZEALAND NEWS HEADLINES:
South Pacific Forum Press Releases
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES:
SCOOP COLUMNS:
E-Voting Issues Discussed On Democracy Now (Radio/TV)
Bali Bomber Happy To Be Martyred
Auckland: Public Called To Vigil For West Papua People
Solomon's Feared Rebel Commander Surrenders
South Pacific Moves To Save The Whales
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Step Up Science Scholarships Warmly Welcomed
Nandor Tanczos Vs Peter Dunne Round XIII
Crime Statistics Read Many Different Ways
Buy-Back Housing Schemes Dealt With In Law Change
Is Your Express Class Neighbour A Convict?
Seabird Deaths Need Urgent Law Change
NZ Super Investment Plan Reaction
Running Away Should Not Be Part Of Defence Plan
Knowledge Wave Riders Pandering To PM
Complaints About Judges To Be Legislated For
Call To Ban Smoking In Cars With Kids
Bids Sought For Plan To Save The World
Collecting Unpaid Fines

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Scoop Is At The South Pacific Forum

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Will Howard’s Grand Pacific Alliance Gain Momentum?

- Australia is poised to press ahead with its plan for an Australasian push across the South Pacific and is determined to gain support for a grand Australian alliance spanning the Pacific Ocean expanse. Will it succeed? See... Will The Advance Australian Pacific Vision Proceed [1] FOR MORE: See... South Pacific Forum – Full Coverage…


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00101.htm


Scoop Is In The House

– For today’s questions for oral answer see... Questions for Oral Answer - Thursday, 14 August [1] . See also answers... Questions & Answers for Tuesday [2] and Wednesday's Questions And Answers [3] . Come back this evening for the uncorrected transcript of today's answers.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00272.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00254.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00271.htm


NEW ZEALAND NEWS HEADLINES:

  • Application From ANZ To Acquire National Bank [1]
  • Decrease In New W32.Blaster.Worm Infections Seen [2]
  • NZ Super Fund Background Q&A [3]
  • Superannuation Fund Announces Asset Allocations [4]
  • National Bank: Groundswell Of Support For Nz Bid [5]
  • No 'black and white' case against magpies [6]
  • Berried Treasure Benefits [7]
  • Gene Patents - profiteers must carry liability too [8]
  • Samoa seeks help to save its rugby from plunder [9]
  • Small earthquake patterns point to the ‘big one’ [10]
  • ChildFlight To Cease Operations [11]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0308/S00136.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0308/S00046.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0308/S00130.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0308/S00129.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0308/S00128.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0308/S00045.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0308/S00044.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0308/S00043.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0308/S00045.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0308/S00042.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0308/S00039.htm


    South Pacific Forum Press Releases

    - Auckland, 14 August 2003: In a blatant attempt to weaken the Pacific's resolve to stop nuclear shipments, New Zealand officials at the Pacific Islands Forum have pushed to have legal and political steps to protect the region from nuclear shipments dropped. See... NZ Sacrifices Pacific On Nuclear Shipments [1] MORE: - Greens - Locke: Don't leave West Papua off Forum agenda [2] - Pacific News Bulletin Banned from 34th PI Forum [3] - Human rights the answer to the Pacific's challenge [4] - West Papua Press Briefing: A Struggle For Survival [5] - Progressive Coalition - Dollaroo told to hop it [6] - GREENPEACE: Pacific 'Forum Nius' Issue 3 [7] - Vigils for the people of West Papua, Thursday [8] - GREENPEACE: Forum Nius Issue 2 [9]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00156.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00275.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00130.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00154.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00151.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00266.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0308/S00078.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0308/S00075.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0308/S00074.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES:

    North Korea

  • U.S. Urged to Make Switchover in Its Korea Policy [1]
  • U.S. Hit for Nuclear Threat to DPRK [2]
  • United States
  • US Greens Affirm Presidential Plans for 2004 [3]
  • Greens Condemn Democrat Nominee for FEC [4]
  • Greens Challenge D's R's: Ensure Fair Elections [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00153.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00152.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00134.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00133.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00132.htm


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    E-Voting Issues Discussed On Democracy Now (RADIO/TV)

    - Could the Next Election Could Be Stolen at the Ballot Box? A Look at the Electronic Voting Machine Controversy. Video and Audio links. See... Link: Could the Next US Election Could Be Stolen? [1] . For MUCH MUCH MORE see... SCOOP'S FEATURE PAGE... "A Very American Coup" [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00099.htm
    [2] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=usacoup


    Bali Bomber Happy To Be Martyred

    - JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Accused Bali bomber Imam Samudra welcomed prosecution demands for his death claiming it would bring him "near to God," amid an international debate about whether or not executing terrorists makes them martyrs. See... Bali Bomber Imam Samudra Welcomed Death Call [1] and Indonesian Prosecutors Seek 15 Years For Bashir [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00100.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00087.htm


    Auckland: Public Called To Vigil For West Papua People

    - Vigil for West Papua as the Pacific heads of government arrive for the opening ceremony of the Pacific Island Forum, to remind them of their responsibility to work for justice and freedom for West Papua; 5-45 pm, outside the Sheraton Hotel Symonds Street, City. See…Vigils for the people of West Papua, Today: Thursday 5-45 pm [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0308/S00075.htm


    Solomon's Feared Rebel Commander Surrenders

    - Harold Keke, described by Australia as a ‘renegade militant’ and warlord Wednesday surrendered to the Australian-led intervention force. Two of Keke’s commanders and members of his family are also in custody on the Australian vessel HMAS Manoora. See... Solomons Harold Keke Surrenders To Australia Force [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00096.htm


    South Pacific Moves To Save The Whales

    - Eleven Pacific Nations have sealed a pact creating a 28,520,000 square kilometre whale sanctuary in the Pacific. The unprecedented move delivers a substantial blow to pro-whaling nations like Japan and Iceland. See... Eleven Nations Create Huge Pacific Whale Sanctuary [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00095.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas

    - Do My beloved souls wish to listen to their Master’s words? Open your ears and at the same time do as Mary did at My feet. See... Katya Rivas: Once There Was A Man [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00097.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Step Up Science Scholarships Warmly Welcomed

    - Around 500 students will be eligible next year for new Step Up tertiary scholarships as part of the government's moves to improve participation by low income people in tertiary education and the retention of skilled graduates in New Zealand. See... Government launches Step Up scholarships [1] - Dentists - Step Up Scholarships Welcomed By NZDA [2] - Doctors - NZMA Welcomes Step Up Scholarships [3] - Nurses - Step In the Right Direction On Nurses Student Debt [4] - Students - Students welcome science students scholarships [5] - Progressive Coalition - More opportunities for low income students [6]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00274.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0308/S00052.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0308/S00051.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0308/S00050.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0308/S00048.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00296.htm


    Nandor Tanczos Vs Peter Dunne Round XIII

    - Green MP Nandor Tanczos today repeated his invitation to Peter Dunne to publicly debate cannabis law reform, saying he would organise a panel discussion in Ohariu-Belmont on the issue and leave a chair empty if Mr Dunne didn't front. See... Dunne running from the facts [1] , Dunne: Dope lifts teens' schizophrenia rate 600% [2] and Nandor challenges Dunne [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00285.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00268.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00265.htm


    Crime Statistics Read Many Different Ways

    - “Crime statistics released today by the New Zealand Police show that crime has risen yet again, this only confirms what New Zealand First has always said we must double the size of the police force,” said law and order spokesperson Ron Mark. See... Serious Crime On The Rise [1] MORE: - Govt - Crime stats show drop in murder numbers [2] - National - Street crime out of control [3] - Progressive Coalition - Robson calls for stronger early intervention push [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00303.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00289.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00294.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00301.htm


    Buy-Back Housing Schemes Dealt With In Law Change

    - The second reading of the Consumer Credit Bill today introduced a significant amendment dealing with housing buy-back schemes, said Consumer Affairs Minister Judith Tizard. See... Amendment to deal with ‘buy-back’ schemes [1] and Judith Tizard: Consumer Credit Bill 2nd Reading [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00302.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00304.htm


    Is Your Express Class Neighbour A Convict?

    - Violent prison inmates are being transported around the country sitting near unsuspecting passengers on regular commercial flights. While the prisoners must be escorted by guards they are not handcuffed nor restrained in any way. See... Marc My Words: How Safe, And Fair, Is Con Air? [1] and Alexander: Unwitting Kiwis Travel Con Air [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00300.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00288.htm


    Seabird Deaths Need Urgent Law Change

    - The Government should urgently introduce mandatory penalties, including early closure of fisheries, for fishers that continue to slaughter seabirds, such as endangered albatrosses, Green Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said today. See... Government should take urgency on seabird deaths [1] and Govt… Plan of action to reduce seabird deaths [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00299.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00281.htm


    NZ Super Investment Plan Reaction

    - The Greens are labelling as "crazy" the decision to risk more than half of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund on offshore stockmarkets. See... Our money, their gamble, our loss [1] MORE: - Govt - Cullen on NZSF investment strategy [2] - Progressive Coalition - Greens' Soft-On-Savings Stance Bad For Pensions [3] - NZ First - Invest More In NZ Says New Zealand First [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00283.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00270.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00298.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00295.htm


    Running Away Should Not Be Part Of Defence Plan

    - The National Party is appalled by Government support for a defence policy of 'trying to get away' if our engineers run into trouble while working in Iraq. See... Is running away really defence force policy? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00293.htm


    Knowledge Wave Riders Pandering To PM

    - National's Finance spokesman, Don Brash, says the new group attempting to 'swell' the Knowledge Wave is just pandering to the Prime Minister after her harsh criticism of this year's Knowledge Wave Conference. See... Splinter business group pandering to PM [1] and Wave goodbye to another talkfest [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00292.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00261.htm


    Complaints About Judges To Be Legislated For

    - The Judicial Matters Bill introduced today establishes a statutory process for the receipt of complaints about Judges’ conduct and for the investigation of complaints that raise a question of removing a Judge from office. See... Judicial Matters Bill introduced [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00284.htm


    Call To Ban Smoking In Cars With Kids

    - United Future's Larry Baldock last night called for support for an amendment to the Smokefree Environment Amendment Bill that would make it illegal to smoke in cars while driving young children. See... Baldock: Ban smoking with kids in cars [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00277.htm


    Bids Sought For Plan To Save The World

    - The Government is looking for proposals from businesses, organisations and individuals for projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. See... 1st Tender Round for Projects to Reduce Emission [1] and Projects to Reduce Emissions - Q&A [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0308/S00135.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0308/S00134.htm


    Collecting Unpaid Fines

    - The government was working harder than ever to ensure outstanding fines and reparations were being paid to the victims of crime, Courts Minister Rick Barker said today. See... Courts takes millionth step in collections [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00305.htm

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