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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY:
UN Says Chernobyl Victims Need International Help
NEW ZEALAND LEAD STORY:
HEADLINES:
Bush Details APEC Mission Goals
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
A Letter Peter Dunne Does Not Want Misinterpreted
Upton-On-Line (Diaspora Edition): Constitutional Matters
St Molesworth's Top 10
Stateside: Where Rosalea Examines Her Literary Heritage
Richard Ehrlich: Where George Goes Terror Follows
Hostility To America Is High? No Kidding
SRA Commentary: Is The Greenback's Gleam Beginning To Dull?
Daniel Patrick Welch: My Man Dennis
Jay Shaft: Talking To Iraq's Veterans (Part 3)
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
But Does George Mean What He Says?
Freeing Ahmed Zaoui – Or Not
McDonald's Wins Food Badvertising Award
Franks To Run Against BooBoo In Wellington Central
Eminent Visitor From Singapore
Air New Zealand To Report To Parliament's FEC
New Cop Cars
Mallard Off To Central Europe With Educators
Matt Robson's Take On Politics This Week
Advertisements For For Judges Concern Franks
Money To Research GMO Impact On Environment
Teachers To Receive Help To Pay Of Student Loans
Stupid Dog Law Still Stupid Says DOG

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Scoop Is In The House

– For today's questions see... Questions for Oral Answer - Thursday, 16 October [1] . For earlier Q&A see... Wednesday’s Questions & Answers For Oral Answer [2] and Tuesday’s Questions and Answers for Oral Answer [3] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00375.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00365.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00324.htm


LEAD STORY:
UN Says Chernobyl Victims Need International Help

- Seventeen years after the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power station the situation in the area remains "difficult' - as does the coordination of international relief efforts, according to a United Nations report issued today. Chernobyl Victims Need Coordinated International Help [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00158.htm


NEW ZEALAND LEAD STORY:

Cullen Under Attack From AA - The Automobile Association has sharply criticised the Minister of Finance for refusing to take road trauma seriously enough to properly fund the Minister of Transport’s innovative new safety engineering programme announced today. See... AA Accuses Finance Minister Of Mismanagement [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00135.htm


HEADLINES:

  • Govt Announces $29.2 million Per Year For New Cop Cars [1]
  • Franks’ I’m Standing For Wellington Central Speech “Quite Frankly…” [2]
  • World Wildlife: Habitat Restoration Groups Meet [3]
  • Govt Fails To Monitor Health Risks Of GE Foods [4]
  • Aucklanders Love The Inorganic Rubbish Collection [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00374.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00366.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0310/S00055.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0310/S00054.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0310/S00125.htm


    Bush Details APEC Mission Goals

    - Calling prosperity and security "inseparable," National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice told reporters that President Bush will stress the need to put security at the heart of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) mission and work to ... See... Bush to Focus at APEC on Free Trade, Security Coop [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00156.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

    From The United Nations

  • UN Radio: Security Council Plans Meeting on Iraq [1]
  • Secretary-General condemns attack on US diplomats [2]
  • Timor-Leste making good progress, more help needed [3]
  • United Kingdom
  • UK increases Iraq aid by £296m [4]
  • Middle East Violence Flares
  • Bomb Destroys U.S. Diplomatic Vehicle Three Killed [5]
  • Syria Resolution on Mideast Will Not Promote Peace [6]
  • US Vetoes Resolution Condemning Apartheid Wall [7]
  • Al Qedwa Disappointed of US Veto On Apartheid Wall [8]
  • One Killed By Israeli Troops in Hebron 14 Wounded [9]
  • IDF: Assigned Residence Orders to 15 Admin Detainees [10]
  • Israeli Commandos Storm Salah Al Jermi’s House [11]
  • Mohammed al-Dura's Father Denied Medical Care [12]
  • US Acquiescence Slaughters Palestinian Civilians [13]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00161.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00160.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00159.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00157.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00153.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00154.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00152.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00151.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00150.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00149.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00131.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00135.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00132.htm


    UN Says Chernobyl Victims Need International Help

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    A Letter Peter Dunne Does Not Want Misinterpreted

    - Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimmons was refused permission to table the following letter in Parliament today during question time. See... Peter Dunne's Letter From British American Tobacco [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00135.htm


    Upton-On-Line (Diaspora Edition): Constitutional Matters

    - Some thoughts about the proposed European Constitution; some further thoughts about the axing of appeals from New Zealand to the Privy Council; some even further reflections on referenda and whether minorities have the right to secede in the face of majority steam-rollers; and a cautionary tale of fiscal profligacy from France. See... Upton-On-Line: Issue On Constitution-Building [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00146.htm


    St Molesworth's Top 10

    - See... Top 10 Conditions To Be Imposed On Paul Holmes [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00145.htm


    Stateside: Where Rosalea Examines Her Literary Heritage

    - Besides Charles Dickens, two authors recommended to me as a child were Jack London and John Steinbeck. The recommender was me dad, who had emigrated to Canada in 1929 and worked in forestry and railroad camps before settling in the Canadian wheat belt where he worked the graveyard shift at a service station. See... Stateside: From Jack To John And Back [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00144.htm


    Richard Ehrlich: Where George Goes Terror Follows

    - U.S. President George Bush and 20 other leaders meet next week in this nervous "Land of Smiles" where Bangkok's pro-U.S. government is trying to mummify anti-American dissent, stop Islamic terrorists destroying airplanes and hotels, and get taxi drivers to watch for shoulder-fired rockets. See... Thai Terror Concerns Heightened As APEC Approaches [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00143.htm


    Hostility To America Is High? No Kidding

    - A study group chosen by the Bush administration has just spent the public’s tax dollars reaching a conclusion worthy of Rip Van Winkle: ''Hostility toward America has reached shocking levels.'' See... Can America ''Spin'' Away Anti-U.S. Hatred? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00141.htm


    SRA Commentary: Is The Greenback's Gleam Beginning To Dull?

    - On the 9th of October, the United States introduced a new $20 bill to replace the series 2001 bill of the same denomination. The pretty new bill has peach and blue tones, the first ever to depart from the green and black. See... SRA Commentary: Pleasant Fictions [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00140.htm


    Daniel Patrick Welch: My Man Dennis

    - Dennis Kucinich may be the only guy who can win this [US Presidential] election. Sounds far-fetched, right? What the Brits would call Loony Left delusional thinking. See... Daniel Patrick Welch: The Fire This Time [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00139.htm


    Jay Shaft: Talking To Iraq's Veterans (Part 3)

    - This interview is written in his own words and I have tried to leave it as intact as possible so that his pain and anger can come through to you the reader. I will warn you that the language is very rough and the grammar is not always correct. See... US Soldiers to America: Bring Us Home Now (Pt. 3) [1] . See also… (Pt. 2) [2] and (Pt. 1) [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00142.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00116.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00105.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas

    - Think, My daughter, if at times passivity is not harmful, especially if it deals with someone who has responsibilities. See... Katya Rivas: I Want You to Be Absolutely Like Me [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00138.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    But Does George Mean What He Says?

    In desperation, Labour is reading too much into US President George Bush's off-the-cuff comments before the APEC summit. See... President Bush Downplays Tensions [1] . See also... Goff, Sutton to APEC Ministerial Meeting [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00388.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00356.htm


    Freeing Ahmed Zaoui – Or Not

    - The request by Ahmed Zaoui's lawyer's to the High Court for sensitive security information, no doubt on legal aid, is fundamentally flawed, says National Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Dr Wayne Mapp. See... Information on Zaoui must remain classified [1] MORE: - Amnesty - NZ Government Must Respect Zaoui's Human Rights [2] - Churches - Churches’ Urge Fair Treatment For Ahmed Zaoui [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00384.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00136.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00130.htm


    McDonald's Wins Food Badvertising Award

    McDonald's has been singled out by parents for the worst advertising of food or drink that's aimed at children in the first ever New Zealand Children's Food Awards, held at Parliament's Grand Hall today. See... Schools Should Remain Advertising-Free Zones [1] , Kiwi Parents Vote For Best And Worst Food [2] and 2003 Children's Food Awards Winners [3] , MORE: - Dietetic Association -Good Food for Children Requires a Common Sense [4] - Nutrition Foundation - Children's Food Awards - Where's the Science? [5]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00381.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00382.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00380.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00139.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00138.htm


    Franks To Run Against BooBoo In Wellington Central

    - Last year, as we headed into an early election, some of you asked me why I was standing again. Good friends wanted to know whether I had come to my senses. Had the mid-life crisis that lifted me from my comfortable berth in legal practice run its course? See... Franks For Wellington Central [1] , Wellington Central, Quite Frankly [2] and Franks To Run Again -- Catherine Judd [3] . See also United Future response…Dunne: ACT holds guns to Nats' head [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00362.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00366.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00373.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00383.htm


    Eminent Visitor From Singapore

    - Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, will come to New Zealand as a guest of the New Zealand government from 23 to 27 November, Acting Prime Minister Michael Cullen announced today. Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister to Visit NZ [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00379.htm


    Air New Zealand To Report To Parliament's FEC

    - “Air New Zealand will be required to appear before the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee for an annual financial review under proposed new accountability procedures,” Finance Minister Michael Cullen said. See... Increased Parliamentary scrutiny for Air NZ [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00378.htm


    New Cop Cars

    - The police vehicle purchase programme will increase to up to $29.2m for each of the next three financial years, Police Minister George Hawkins says. See... Changes to police vehicle purchase programme [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00374.htm


    Mallard Off To Central Europe With Educators

    - Education Minister Trevor Mallard will leave tomorrow on an education mission to central Europe, accompanied by a delegation of education sector representatives. See... Education mission to central Europe [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00369.htm


    Matt Robson's Take On Politics This Week

    - An early edition of robson-on-politics this week as this afternoon I go to Rimutaka prison for the opening of the new Faith-Based Unit, a joint venture between Corrections and Prison Fellowship New Zealand. See... robson-on-politics Thu 16 Oct [1] MORE COLUMNS - ACT - Muriel Newman’s The Column [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00363.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00361.htm


    Advertisements For For Judges Concern Franks

    - Attorney-General Margaret Wilson's advertisements for new judges fit with her rejection of any mechanism to ensure they are appointed without political bias, ACT New Zealand Justice spokesman Stephen Franks said today. See... Appointment Process Already Contaminated [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00389.htm


    Money To Research GMO Impact On Environment

    - The Government is now funding over $7 million of research into the impacts of genetically modified organisms and biotechnology, as part of its commitment to implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification. See... Govt funding thorough research into GM impacts [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00387.htm


    Teachers To Receive Help To Pay Of Student Loans

    - Student loan help totalling an extra $4.7 million over four years will be available for new secondary teachers in subjects where more teachers are needed, Education Minister Trevor Mallard announced today. See... Student loan help to attract more teachers [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00386.htm


    Stupid Dog Law Still Stupid Says DOG

    - A delegation from DOG (Dog Owners Group) representing 600 Auckland dog owners have been lobbying against the proposed Local Government Law Reform Bill (no 2), saying it would penalise responsible owners. See... Select Committee Changes Don't go Far Enough [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00137.htm

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    Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

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    Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

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