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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY:
Economy Not Cold Enough For Rate Cut – RBNZ
NEW ZEALAND NEWS HEADLINES:
China Advises UN To Back Off Korean Nuke Crisis
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES:
STORY OF THE WEEK - FRANKENCORN REVISITED - ERMA Not Up To The Job – Still

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Malcolm Evans On Why He Was Sacked
Hard News On The Trustworthiness Of Public Servants
Pan Maori Political Nirvana Or Pipe Dream?
Losing The PsyOps War In The Middle East
Dennis Hans: MI5 Knows What It's Told To Know
Green Left: The WTO & GWB's GM Time Bomb
Chuckman Cartoons: Another Side To The Commander In Chief
Harvey Wasserman: Dioxin Poisoning On Wall St
John Kaminski: How To See In A Darkened World
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Farmers Urged To Face Up To Fart Tax
Clayton Cosgrove Emerging World Leader
Parliamentarians Heading For Asia
Oceans Policy On Hold Till Beaches Issue Resolved
Granny Got It Wrong – Peter Dunne Replies To The Herald
They're Bringing Their Diseases Over Here!
Muriel Newman's Column: Social Welfare Fraud

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Scoop Is In The House

– For today's questions see... Questions for Oral Answer - Thursday, 4 September [1] . Also: Wednesday's Questions & Answers [2] and Tuesday's Questions and Answers.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00080.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00064.htm


LEAD STORY:
Economy Not Cold Enough For Rate Cut – RBNZ

- "Our latest assessment is that the economy is continuing to cool, although not as sharply as previously thought." See... Official Cash Rate unchanged [1] MORE: - NZ First - High Immigration Keeps Interest Rates Up [2] - EMA - High NZ interest rates disappointing [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0309/S00040.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00069.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0309/S00045.htm


NEW ZEALAND NEWS HEADLINES:

  • Fraudster behind mortgage finance scam [1]
  • Electricity Generation Down in June Quarter [2]
  • Information Sought On Missing Southland Man [3]
  • NZ's First Dual RW Compatible Home DVD Recorder [4]
  • Version Festival seeks electronic music performers [5]
  • Birth technology in HART Bill get it "spot on" [6]
  • Official Cash Rate unchanged [7]
  • New Media Journal Makes Debut In NZ [8]
  • Vegfed and the Fruitgrower Associations ‘Shaken’ Over China’s Garlic Trade [9]
  • Govt Releases Report Into Withheld Info Re Ahmed Zaoui Case [10]
  • More Than 40 New Volcanoes Discovered Near NZ [11]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0309/S00021.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0309/S00039.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0309/S00022.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0309/S00038.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0309/S00025.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0309/S00015.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0309/S00025.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0309/S00024.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0309/S00012.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00040.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0309/S00006.htm


    China Advises UN To Back Off Korean Nuke Crisis

    - China suggested on Sept. 2 that the United Nations Security Council take a cautious attitude toward getting involved in the Korean nuclear issue. See... Chinese FM spokesman on Beijing six-party talks [1] ALSO: Roh Praises Beijing's Role in Nuke Issue [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0309/S00050.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0309/S00051.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES:

    Middle East

  • Arafat: Israeli Aggression Killed Roadmap [1]
  • ‘Orr Panel’ Finds Decades Israeli Discrimination [2]
  • United States Of America
  • Bremer Hails Appointment Iraqi Cabinet Ministers [3]
  • Terrorism in Iraq a "Desperate" Effort [4]
  • United Nations
  • UN Radio: Peacekeepers TakeOver French in DR Congo [5]
  • Security handover to UN Mission in DR of Congo [6]
  • Efforts to ensure peace, stability in Liberia [7]
  • UN staff to be temporarily removed from Iraq [8]
  • Myanmar: UN 'deeply disturbed' by hunger strike [9]
  • Influx of Sudanese refugees into eastern Chad [10]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0309/S00049.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0309/S00048.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0309/S00047.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0309/S00046.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0309/S00045.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0309/S00044.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0309/S00043.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0309/S00042.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0309/S00041.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0309/S00040.htm


    STORY OF THE WEEK - FRANKENCORN REVISITED - ERMA Not Up To The Job – Still

    - The Government's so-called GE watchdog is still not up to the job, only 7.5 weeks before the moratorium is due to lift, Green Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said today. See... ERMA still not up to the job [1] MORE: - ACT - Zero Credibility For Labour's Zero Tolerance [2] For more coverage of this week's story of the week CLICK HERE. [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00081.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00062.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/index.html#msow

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Malcolm Evans On Why He Was Sacked

    - It has become apparent over recent days and weeks, that many critics of my work seem to misunderstand the role and responsibility of the political cartoonist. See... Issues regarding my dismissal from the NZ Herald [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0309/S00031.htm


    Hard News On The Trustworthiness Of Public Servants

    - I'm sorry, but this is getting silly. In Parliament yesterday Bill English accused all 35 chief executives of government departments - many of them appointed under the last National government - of corruption... See... Hard News 04/09/03 - War, Avalanche And Corruption [1] MORE: - Trevor Mallard - Desperate English makes cowardly attack [2] - PSA - Public servants to be proud of [3] - Govt - Govt Releases Report Into Withheld Info Re Ahmed Zaoui Case [4] - SSC - Wintringham Comments On Zaoui Info Report [5] - Nats - Report Relies on Amnesia in Unison - McCully [6]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0309/S00039.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00061.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0309/S00026.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00040.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0309/S00021.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00043.htm


    Pan Maori Political Nirvana Or Pipe Dream?

    - Former Alliance party deputy leader and leader of Mana Motuhake, Willie Jackson, has called for the formation of a new ‘grand coalition’ Maori political party, claiming that Labour has let Maori down. He talks to Scoop's Malcolm Aitken about his plans. See... Interview: Willie Jackson Talks Pan-Maori Politics [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0309/S00038.htm


    Losing The PsyOps War In The Middle East

    - The aim of psyops/psywar is to influence foreigners to alter their usual way of thinking, be that independently reasoned or imposed or encouraged See... Washington's Failures In Psychological Warfare [1] by their own authorities.


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0309/S00037.htm


    Dennis Hans: MI5 Knows What It's Told To Know

    - What Brit spies “know” is determined by what foreign spooks tell them they are allowed to say they “know,” Hutton Inquiry reveals. See... Dennis Hans: British Intelligence Is an Oxymoron [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0309/S00036.htm


    Green Left: The WTO & GWB's GM Time Bomb

    - On August 7, the United States government formally demanded that the World Trade Organisation (WTO) set up a dispute settlement panel in order to legally challenge the European Union's five-year de facto ban on the new approval of genetically modified foods. See... Green Left: GM Food A `Biological Time Bomb' [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0309/S00035.htm


    Chuckman Cartoons: Another Side To The Commander In Chief

    - Four cartoons all by John Chuckman See... Chuckman Cartoons: Seeing The CIC In New Light [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0309/S00034.htm


    Harvey Wasserman: Dioxin Poisoning On Wall St

    - George W. Bush has officially told the people of New York City that as far as he's concerned, they can drop dead. And thanks to his lies, many of them will. See... Harvey Wasserman: Bush to New Yorkers: Drop Dead [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0309/S00033.htm


    John Kaminski: How To See In A Darkened World

    - An astronomy report I read recently said the universe is getting darker. Stars are winking out, and not being replaced fast enough by new stars being born. The universe getting darker. See... John Kaminski: Winking out [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0309/S00032.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas

    - The beginning and lifetime of human actions is the motion that I imprint on all creatures. See... Katya Rivas: I Inspire Perfect Work [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0309/S00030.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Farmers Urged To Face Up To Fart Tax

    - Farmers must face up to climate change and help find solutions to greenhouse gas emissions from their industry, says the Convenor of the Ministerial Group on Climate Change, Pete Hodgson. See... Farmers must face up to climate change [1] MORE: - ACT - Labour Should Beg For Farmers' Forgiveness [2] - National - Clark missing in action - again [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00083.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00082.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00072.htm


    Clayton Cosgrove Emerging World Leader

    - Clayton Cosgrove, Labour Member of Parliament for Waimakariri is today attending the World Economic Forum Global Leaders for Tomorrow (GLT) Summit in Geneva, Switzerland. The Summit continues until Saturday 6th September. See... Cosgrove In Geneva At Leaders For Tomorrow Summit [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00079.htm


    Parliamentarians Heading For Asia

    - The Speaker, Rt Hon Jonathan Hunt, will lead a multi party delegation of parliamentarians to China, Japan and Hong Kong during the recess of Parliament this month. See... Parl Delegation to visit China Japan Hong Kong [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00077.htm


    Oceans Policy On Hold Till Beaches Issue Resolved

    - The Maori Working Group has suspended its work with the Oceans Policy Secretariat until the foreshore and seabed issues have been resolved. The group notified the Fisheries Minister of their decision yesterday. See... Oceans Policy on hold until seabed issue resolved [1] MORE: - NZ First - ‘Public Domain’ Another Step On Path To Republicanism [2] - NZ First - Government Inaction Already Creating Division [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0309/S00022.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00075.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00076.htm


    Granny Got It Wrong – Peter Dunne Replies To The Herald

    - United Future leader, Peter Dunne, has corrected numerous errors in today's column by Garth George in the NZ Herald. See... Dunne corrects NZ Herald columnist errors [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00073.htm


    They're Bringing Their Diseases Over Here!

    - Rt Hon Winston Peters has called on the “successful and popular” Prime Minister to explain why an HIV positive Zimbabwean refugee has been allowed to stay here to commit violent crimes and infect women with the AIDS virus. See... Refugee Hiv Infection Outrageous Says Peters [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00070.htm


    Muriel Newman's Column: Social Welfare Fraud

    - Last week the Auditor-General, Social Services Minister, and the Chief Executive of the Social Development Ministry (MSD) fronted up to the Social Services Select Committee to answer questions regarding the recent $1.9 million MSD staff fraud. See... Muriel Newman: Labour Creates Fraud Opportunities [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00067.htm

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