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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY:
The FrankenCorn Debate Is Resumed
… Meanwhile GE Baby Food Scare
NEW ZEALAND NEWS HEADLINES:
North Korea Demands Non-Aggression Pact From U.S.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES:
STORY OF THE WEEK - THE FIGHT ON THE BEACHES: Transparency Challenge On Beach Debate

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Streets Of London: Remembering A Bali Victim With A Big Heart
Streets Of London At The Hutton Inquiry
ZZZZZzzzzt: Scoop Has Feedback On Beaches And GE
UQ Wire: Must Read Article On 911
UQ Wire: John Kaminsky On Why War Is A Bit Like Divorce
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Hodgson Outlines How To Avoid A Fart Tax
Who's Racist? The Debate Continues
ACT Seeks To Steel Labour's Pharmacy Reformers
Business Confidence Rosy – Cullen Says
New Building Bill
Digital TV Take XXIII
Shared Parenting Gets Govt. Cold Shoulder
New 15% SSCWT Rate For Low Income Earners

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Mars Closest To Earth In 73,000 Years

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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, 28 August 20 [1] . ALSO: Oral Questions & Answers for Wednesday [2] and Oral Questions & Answers for Tuesday [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00547.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00535.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00501.htm


LEAD STORY:
The FrankenCorn Debate Is Resumed

- Media coverage of the Corngate select committee inquiry continues to fascinate - and to offer the Opposition a priceless platform from which to embarrass the government. In Parliament yesterday National's Nick Smith yesterday tabled a December 2000 memo ... Hard News: Surging Across The Spectrum Of News [1] or Hard News 28/08/03 - Full Spectrum Coverage [2] MORE GE NEWS: - Nick Smith - Smoking gun on 'Corngate' cover-up [3] - Bill English - PM's integrity questioned after Corngate memos [4] - NZ First - GE Moratorium Should Stay On Foodstuffs Says Peter [5]


[1] - http://publicaddress.net/default,hardnews.sm#post640
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00214.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00526.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00553.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00548.htm


… Meanwhile GE Baby Food Scare

- Green MP Sue Kedgley is accusing the Minister for Food Safety of suppressing the names of four soy based infant formula that were found to be contaminated with GE ingredients in an audit by the New Zealand Food Safety Agency. See... From Min. of Food Safety to Min. of Food Secrets [1] MORE: - MADGE - Mothers Call For Boycott Of All Infant Soy Formula [2] - Greens - Government must reveal contaminated baby food [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00554.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0308/S00101.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00518.htm


NEW ZEALAND NEWS HEADLINES:

  • MetService Weather Observing Sites Survived Shake [1]
  • Joint Statement Concerning Special Education Case [2]
  • Way forward on digital television outlined [3]
  • Waitakere City Adds Up Economic and social impact of Whenuapai Base closure [4]
  • Shell Urges Motorists to Fill Up at Current Prices [5]
  • TSB Bank Workers Settle With Employer [6]
  • SAAD Promotes Will To Live Contracts [7]
  • GNU/Linux Summit 2004 Call For Papers [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0308/S00102.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00539.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00545.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0308/S00134.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0308/S00247.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0308/S00246.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0308/S00151.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0308/S00100.htm


    North Korea Demands Non-Aggression Pact From U.S.

    -BEIJING - Difficult negotiations aimed at resolving the most pressing security concern in Northeast Asia; North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons, began Wednesday morning with the head delegates from six nations unveiling their positions with keynote speeches at Fang Fei Garden. See... NK Calls for Nonaggression Pact With US [1] ALSO: People’s Republic Of China: China's stance on Korean nuclear issue [2] and Talks can offer peaceful end to Korean nuke issue [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00329.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00330.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00331.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES:

    Out There...

  • Mars Closest To Earth In 73,000 Years [1]
  • Middle East
  • Elderly Killed In Failed Israeli Assassination [2]
  • Jordan: Halt the Death Penalty [3]
  • United Nations
  • UN Radio: UN Staff March For Slain Colleagues [4]
  • UN staff worldwide march in silent memorial [5]
  • Annan backs protecting UN workers conflict zones [6]
  • Security Council calls protection of UN workers [7]
  • Africa
  • UN Liberia: situation in countryside 'precarious' [8]
  • Congo: Security Cl authorizes multinational force [9]
  • United States Of America
  • White House Briefing [10]
  • U.S. State Department Noon Briefing [11]
  • Bush: Total Victory Only Option in War on Terror [12]
  • United Kingdom
  • UK Foreign Secretary condemns India bomb attacks [13]
  • Asia Pacific
  • Viet Nam: Sentence reduced for cyber dissident [14]
  • India: Attacks on civilians unacceptable [15]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00205.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00338.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00322.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00337.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00336.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00335.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00333.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00334.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00332.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00328.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00327.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00326.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00325.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00324.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00323.htm


    STORY OF THE WEEK - THE FIGHT ON THE BEACHES: Transparency Challenge On Beach Debate

    - National Party Leader Bill English is challenging the Government to extend and expand the consultation around its foreshore and seabed proposal so more New Zealanders can take part. See... Transparency needed over beaches debate [1] For more Story Of The Week coverage... Click Here [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00525.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/index.html#msow

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Streets Of London: Remembering A Bali Victim With A Big Heart

    - Mark Parker was a friend of mine. He was not a close friend. He was one of those people that you always were grateful to see propped up at the bar. He had a lovely friendly face and a ready laugh. See... Streets Of London: Mark Parker Memorial Weekend [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00210.htm


    Streets Of London At The Hutton Inquiry

    - Witnesses called today, amongst others, were Wing Commander John Clark and Geoff Hoon, Secretary of State for Defence. See... SOL: The Hutton Inquiry - Week 3 Day 2 [1] SOL WEEK THREE: Week 3 Day 1 [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00209.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00199.htm


    ZZZZZzzzzt: Scoop Has Feedback On Beaches And GE

    - The ongoing sorry saga of the $55 million dollar Maori Television Service (and the doomed $4 million dollar Aotearoa TV before it) is yet another example of ideological wishful thinking absent of any wisdom, prudence, or common sense. See... Scoop Feedback: Maori TV, Seabed and Foreshore [1] and Why Should We Keep The GE Moratorium In Place? [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00207.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00206.htm


    UQ Wire: Must Read Article On 911

    - In mid-June, F.B.I. director Robert Mueller III and several senior agents in the bureau received a group of about 20 visitors in a briefing room of the J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C. See... UQ Wire: NY Observer - Four 9/11 Moms Battle Bush [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00213.htm


    UQ Wire: John Kaminsky On Why War Is A Bit Like Divorce

    - Sometimes, what is obvious to some remains invisible to others. Why this is so usually involves matters of preconceived beliefs. See... UQ Wire: Why Faith And Government Don't Mix [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00211.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas

    - Tired from the journey, I sat near the well where Jacob used to draw water for himself and for his flocks and, while waiting for the return of My disciples, a Samaritan woman came to draw water. See... Katya Rivas: Today You Forget Me [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00208.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Hodgson Outlines How To Avoid A Fart Tax

    - Voluntary funding from the agriculture sector for research into agricultural greenhouse gas emissions remains the Government's first preference, says the Convenor of the Ministerial Group on Climate Change, Pete Hodgson. See... Voluntary funding 1st choice for emission research [1] MORE: - ACT - Govt In Full Retreat Over Fart Tax [2] - ACT - Kyoto Rorts And Scams [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00550.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00530.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00529.htm


    Who's Racist? The Debate Continues

    - National Party MP Dr Lynda Scott says Michael Cullen must apologise to Marlborough Mayor Tom Harrison for calling him a 'racist'. See... Cullen must apologise for 'racist' remark [1] MORE:


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00556.htm


    ACT Seeks To Steel Labour's Pharmacy Reformers

    - Labour MPs are being urged to ignore the special pleading of chemists and to put the health of their constituents first when they vote in Parliament on ACT MP Rodney Hide's SOP to end the chemists' monopoly on owning chemist shops. See... Labour Must Vote For Consumers On Pharmacies [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00552.htm


    Business Confidence Rosy – Cullen Says

    - The latest National Bank Business Outlook showing a third consecutive increase in headline confidence and a rebound to net 26 per cent positive in the own activity indicator is reassuring, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today. See... Confidence data encouraging – Cullen [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00551.htm


    New Building Bill

    - Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel said that this marked an important milestone in the development of a balanced regulatory framework for the building industry that both industry and consumers have been seeking. See... A Bill to revamp the Building Act 1991 is tabled [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00557.htm


    Digital TV Take XXIII

    - The government is to invite industry to establish a group to plan for the roll-out of digital television in New Zealand, Broadcasting Minister Steve Maharey and Associate Minister of Communications David Cunliffe said today. See... Way forward on digital television outlined [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00545.htm


    Shared Parenting Gets Govt. Cold Shoulder

    - In Parliament today the Labour Government confirmed that it had no intention of supporting an amendment to the Care of Children Bill to introduce Shared Parenting, ACT New Zealand Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today. See... Labour Refuses To Support Shared Parenting [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00536.htm


    New 15% SSCWT Rate For Low Income Earners

    - Employees earning less than $9,500 a year and belonging to an employment based super scheme may have the employer payments to their funds taxed at just 15 per cent under changes proposed to the taxation bill now before Parliament. See... Progressive Employer Super Contributions Tax Rates [1] REACTION: Greens win super change [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00544.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00543.htm

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