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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY:
Govt and PSA Sign Super Deal
NZ Implicated In Attack On Commonwealth Official
NZ NEWS HEADLINES:
UN General Assembly Votes Overwhelmingly For USA TO End Cuba Embargo
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News Is There!
Meditations: Email Arrest Implications Cross The Pacific
Jesse Jackson's Thai Broadside At Condoleezza Rice
Bush Complains About Insufficiently Compliant Media
Stateside: Democrats Have A Bad Day
The Yes Man In New Zealand
Thailand Buys High Tech U.S. Missile Defence Systems
Democratic Party To Give Bush The Democratic Nomination
12 Steps to Recovery From Conservative Talk Radio
Scoop Images: Exploding Wellington
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Land Transport Bill Becomes An Act
Mother Earth Speaks On The LTMB Bill
Awatere-Huata Auditor General Report Released
McNair Concerned About Availability of Cannabis
Have You Been Spied On? SIS Records Policy Announced
Freelancing For The CIA To Be Made Illegal
NZ To Help French Not Kill Seabirds
Wellington Hospital Death Inquiry Off Again
Oil Exploration Permit Season Opens
Nats Seek To Save Wallaceville Research Centre
CYF Concerns Exercise Opposition
Employee Definitions And The Film Industry
The Fight On The Beaches Resumes
Microchipping Poochs Not The Answer
Professional Standards For Social Workers

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NIWA: Antarctic Ice Gives Clue to Climate Change

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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, 6 November [1] . See also... Questions And Answers For Oral Answer - Wednesday [2] and Questions & Answers for Oral Answer for Tuesday [3] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00102.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00097.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00061.htm


LEAD STORY:
Govt and PSA Sign Super Deal

- Prime Minister Helen Clark and the PSA President Ian Bamber today signed a new Partnership for Quality Agreement, reflecting a commitment by the government and the union to work together on public service issues. See... Government signs new agreement with PSA [1] - Prime Minister - PM Address to PSA's 90th Anniversary Dinner [2] - Greens - Super move, Mr Mallard! [3] - Progressives -Progressive step to enhance security in retirement [4] - Govt - State sector workers get retirement savings help [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00094.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00090.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00088.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00085.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00084.htm


NZ Implicated In Attack On Commonwealth Official

- A storm has broken out in England over disclosures in the Guardian newspaper that the New Zealand and British governments plotted to muzzle two staff from the Commonwealth Secretariat who were advising governments from poorer countries at the WTO ministerial meeting in Cancun. See.. NZ In Plot To Muzzle Staff At Commonwealth Sec. MORE: - Greens - Letter reveals MFAT hit-list [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00071.htm


NZ NEWS HEADLINES:

  • Police heading for record year for meth lab busts [1]
  • Clue to climate change in Antarctic ice [2]
  • Mercenary Activities Prohibition Bill Gets 1st Reading [3]
  • Dob-In An Anti-Virus Cracker: Microsoft Offers Reward [4]
  • Commerce Commission Orders Giltrap City Toyota To Pay $100,000 [5]
  • Anarchist Infoshop opening in Dunedin - NZ [6]
  • GE Free Canterbury To Target Labour Conference [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0311/S00038.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0311/S00022.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00095.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0311/S00021.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0311/S00052.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00039.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00038.htm


    UN General Assembly Votes Overwhelmingly For USA TO End Cuba Embargo

    - Special Audio Report: UN General Assembly Votes Overwhelmingly To End USA’s 40 Year Embargo On Cuba See... UN Radio: Vote Says USA Must End Cuba Embargo [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00048.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES:

  • UN: Countries Failing To Meet Terror Report Named [1]
  • Eritrea & Ethiopia pledge to stop shootings [2]
  • Bahamas: "Forgotten Detainees" need protection [3]
  • Thailand: duty to protect vulnerable groups [4]
  • Supachai calls for urgent pick up of trade talks [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00047.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00046.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00045.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00044.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00043.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00041.htm
    IMAGES: Wellington's Exploding Sky


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News Is There!

    - Another little defeat for free speech in the US, with the extraordinary cowardice of CBS's dumping of The Reagans in response to conservative pressure. My impression is that while The Reagans might not be very good - it's a made-for-TV movie, for goodness sake - it is not terribly inaccurate. See… Hard News 06/11/03 - Less than free [1]


    [1] - http://publicaddress.net/default,805.sm#post805


    Meditations: Email Arrest Implications Cross The Pacific

    - The charges brought against activist Bruce Hubbard in New Zealand, who was arrested for making "offensive" comments to the US Embassy in Auckland, have import well beyond North and South Islands. See... Martin LeFevre: What Happened, Helen Clark? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00050.htm


    Jesse Jackson's Thai Broadside At Condoleezza Rice

    - U.S. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice does not represent the black community and is being used by a White House which "carefully manipulated images of race" Rev. Jesse L. Jackson said Tuesday (Nov. 4). See... Condoleezza Being Used By White House - J. Jackson [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00049.htm


    Bush Complains About Insufficiently Compliant Media

    - In case you haven’t been following the news of the news lately, President Bush recently finished a PR/campaign fundraising tour, courtesy of the American Taxpayers, in which he complained in key red and swing state radio and TV markets that he wasn’t getting a fair shake from the big media news outlets on the Iraqi, ahem, reconstruction. See... Bill Grigsby: What Almost Rhymes With Iraqi? Happy [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00048.htm


    Stateside: Democrats Have A Bad Day

    - It was a bad election day for the Democrats in some parts of California yesterday: what with President Bush stumping around in the ashes of San Diego county's wildfires and a member of the Green Party elbowing his way into the run-off for San Francisco's Mayor. See... Stateside with Rosalea: Ssssmokin'! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00047.htm


    The Yes Man In New Zealand

    - It's my first time seriously asking anyone, "So what's your real name." But it seems only appropriate to ask Andy Bichlbaum, aka Granwyth Halutberi, aka Hank Hardy Unruh. And I have to admit I feel slightly uneasy when, in a quiet American accent, he says ... See... Sándor Lau: The Man Who Shut Down the WTO [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00046.htm


    Thailand Buys High Tech U.S. Missile Defence Systems

    - The U.S. is supplying Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) to Thailand because of "an imminent threat" posed by Russian rockets offered to China and Malaysia, according to weapons monitors. See... US Selling High Tech Missiles To Thailand [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00045.htm


    Democratic Party To Give Bush The Democratic Nomination

    - Washington, D.C.-- The Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), the conservative wing of the Democratic Party, has decided that the best person to run against President George W. Bush in the 2004 election is…George W. Bush. See... Satire: DLC Says Only Bush Can Defeat Bush In 2004 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00044.htm


    12 Steps to Recovery From Conservative Talk Radio

    - Step 1: Admit that you were under the sway of right-wing, anti-democracy radicals. See... Free Yourself from Conservative Talk Radio [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00043.htm


    Scoop Images: Exploding Wellington

    - Images by Alastair Thompson… See... Scoop Images: Guy Fawkes Over Wellington Harbour [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00041.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas

    - He lives always honored and exalted in the Most Holy Trinity. Christ, Son of God, Son of Man, and His exaltation is this: the Word, having taken a human nature, was subject to it, not installed in the honor that would have been proper for Him as ... See... Katya Rivas: Our Ministry Is Not Well Understood [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00042.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00077.htm
    IMAGE: Not Saving The Whales


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Land Transport Bill Becomes An Act

    - The Transport Minister Paul Swain says the passage of the Land Transport Management Bill through Parliament this afternoon signals a new era for the planning and operation of the country's transport infrastructure. See... Land Transport Management Bill Passed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00120.htm


    Mother Earth Speaks On The LTMB Bill

    - "All major oil companies now recognise that world oil production has peaked or is close to peaking. Estimates of when the decline begins – and that is when price begins to rise steeply – vary from 5 to 20 years. What we do know is that we are currently finding 1 barrel of oil for every four we burn. " See... LTMB - Third Reading – Jeanette Fitsimmons Speech [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00121.htm


    Awatere-Huata Auditor General Report Released

    - State Services Minister Trevor Mallard today welcomed the release of the Auditor General’s report into the public funding of organisations associated with Act MP Donna Awatere Huata. See... Comment on Awatere Huata report [1] MORE: - ACT - Awatere Huata Must Resign [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00118.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00122.htm


    McNair Concerned About Availability of Cannabis

    - New Zealand First is renewing calls for an apolitical and cooperative approach to dealing with young people and drug abuse in light of the arrest of a 14-year-old Rotorua schoolgirl during a tinny house raid. See... Accessibility Of Cannabis Distressing [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00111.htm


    Have You Been Spied On? SIS Records Policy Announced

    - The Prime Minister and Minister in Charge of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service, Helen Clark, said today that the NZSIS has developed an archives policy for its records. See... Archives policy for SIS [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00110.htm


    Freelancing For The CIA To Be Made Illegal

    - I move that the Mercenary Activities (Prohibition) Bill be now read a first time. I propose that the Bill be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee. See... Mercenary Activities Prohibition Bill 1st reading [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00095.htm


    NZ To Help French Not Kill Seabirds

    - A New Zealand skipper is to work with French fishers in the Southern Ocean to help them reduce the accidental death of seabirds, Foreign Minister Phil Goff and Conservation Minister Chris Carter said today. See... NZ to help reduce Southern Ocean bird by-catch [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00126.htm


    Wellington Hospital Death Inquiry Off Again

    - No further investigation would be held into the deaths of two patients earlier this year on the Capital and Coast District Health Board cardiac waiting lists, Associate Health Minister Damien O'Connor said today. See... O'Connor Says Further Investigation Not Needed [1] and earlier... Dunne wins Govt pledge to probe hospital deaths [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00125.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00078.htm


    Oil Exploration Permit Season Opens

    - The Associate Minister of Energy, Hon Harry Duynhoven, today announced his intention to begin preparation for a competitive Petroleum Exploration Permit Bidding Round over an area offshore Northland Basin. See... Northland Basin Bidding Round/Data Package [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00124.htm


    Nats Seek To Save Wallaceville Research Centre

    - The Science Minister must face the fact that the planned closure of the Wallaceville Animal Research Centre is illogical, says National's Science spokesman, Dr Paul Hutchison. See... Wallaceville team must stay together - here [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00123.htm


    CYF Concerns Exercise Opposition

    - National Party Welfare spokeswoman Katherine Rich is appalled by revelations at a select committee today that the unallocated case list at CYF is far worse than anyone imagined. See... CYF Swamped By Unallocated Cases [1] MORE: - National - Failing families increase under Labour [2] - ACT - Addressing the CYF Problem [3] - ACT - Addressing the Problems: The 5-Point Plan [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00114.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00119.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00103.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00096.htm


    Employee Definitions And The Film Industry

    - "Margaret Wilson's decision to ignore warnings about changes to the definition of employee and contractor in 2000 have come back to haunt her," according to National Party Industrial Relations spokesman Roger Sowry. See... Film Industry Braced For Employment Law Fallout [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00113.htm


    The Fight On The Beaches Resumes

    - The Labour Government is poised again to shut the wider public out of proper consultation on its foreshore and seabed proposals, says National Party Constitutional and Treaty of Waitangi Issues spokesman Wayne Mapp. See... Labour shuts public out of beaches debate - again [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00107.htm


    Microchipping Poochs Not The Answer

    - National MP, Dr Paul Hutchison, says compulsory microchipping of dogs may be something for the future, but it's not the key now to preventing dog attacks. See... Microchips not the answer to dog attacks [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00106.htm


    Professional Standards For Social Workers

    - The Social Workers Registration Board, formally launched at Parliament this evening, will play a critical role in setting the bar for acceptable social work standards, says Social Development and Employment Minister Steve Maharey. See... Setting professional standards for social work practice [1] and Raising the status and standards of social workers [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00091.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00092.htm

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