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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
PM Announces Four Weeks Annual Leave From 2007
Overseas Land Ownership Review Ordered
NZ NEWS HEADLINES:
UN Applauds Publication of Draft Afghanistan Constitution
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Stateside: Hobson's Choice For America's Youth
Hard News & More Is There!
Scoop Review: Gilles Apap With The NZ Chamber Orchestra
A Libertarian Defence Of Gene Tampering
Culture Jam: Our Substantially Equivalent PM
Sam Smith: Dr Dean And The Confederacy
Kidd Millennium On A Slippery Slope
Senator Byrd: An Infinite Mirage and a Boundless Facade
A Defining Moment Speech From Al Gore
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Regarding ACT's Self-Confessed Credibility Deficit
Bill English Uncovers High Living At The NZQA
Maori Teaching On The Up & Up
Govt. Moves In The P War Too Slow
NZ, A Potential Organic Produce Superpower
Cullen Speaks To Labour's Faithful In Christchurch
Funding For Pacific Community Extended
Income Support And HNZ Working Together
Promoting A Nuclear Free Pacific

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Culture Jam: Modifying The PM's Office

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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PM Announces Four Weeks Annual Leave From 2007

- Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced that all workers will enjoy at least four weeks leave, taking effect in 2007, enabling families to spend more time together, and workers to have more rest and recreation. All workers to enjoy four weeks annual leave [1] ALSO: - National - Workers will have to pay for extra week's holiday [2] - ACT - Say It With Flowers [3] - Progressive Coalition - Final agreement on 4 weeks for all [4] and E-Postcard [5] - Greens - Four weeks leave - now! [6] - CTU - 4 Weeks Holiday a Huge Boost for Working Families [7] - Auckland Chamber of Commerce - Another Cost To Business [8] - Prime Minister - PM's Speech To Labour Conference [9] - Institute for Liberal Values - Clark Fudges Facts On 4 Weeks Leave [10]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00164.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00172.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00191.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00166.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00192.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00177.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00062.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0311/S00116.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00165.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00060.htm


Overseas Land Ownership Review Ordered

- The government is undertaking a ‘first principles’ review of the Overseas Investment Act to better reflect economic policy priorities while also providing greater protection to iconic sites of special historical, cultural or environmental significance. See... Overseas Investment Act First Principles Review [1] MORE: - ACT - Clamp Down On Foreign Ownership Bizarre [2] - Fed Farmers - Land Curbs Meddlesome [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00194.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00190.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0311/S00118.htm


NZ NEWS HEADLINES:

  • Population Increase for Cities High [1]
  • Business Numbers Grow in All Regions [2]
  • Auckland Property Market Continues Strong Run [3]
  • TrustPower Windfarm Expansion Makes Solid Progress [4]
  • Call for WWII veterans history project continues [5]
  • NZ called to respond to killings in West Papua [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0311/S00107.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0311/S00104.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0311/S00100.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0311/S00113.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00167.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00055.htm


    INTERNATIONAL LEAD STORY:

    UN Applauds Publication of Draft Afghanistan Constitution - Afghanistan has taken another step forward on the road to democracy with the publication of its draft constitution, the United Nations Mission (UNAMA) in the country announced today. See... UN: Afghanistan publishes draft constition [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00076.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • First rail trip between China and Mongolia [1]
  • Lower-Cost PharmaceuticalsTo Developing Countries [2]
  • "This is Sharonistan" - report anti-Wall events [3]
  • Balata: Medical Workers Under Attack [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00075.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00074.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00073.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00072.htm

    LEAD STORY:


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0311/S00033.htm
    IMAGE: Nigel Kennedy to perform two NZ concerts

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Stateside: Hobson's Choice For America's Youth

    - The Bush administration should institute the draft. Oh, I'm sorry - there already *is* one? Of course, silly me - it's called "unemployment". See... Stateside: Miss Feasance And Her Brother Mal [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00068.htm


    Hard News & More Is There!

    - Not such a great week for the Act Party, then. Indeed, let us count the ways in which things are turning pear-shaped for the party that formed to knock off Roger Douglas's unfinished business and got lost down the blind alley of populism... See... Hard News 10/11/03 – Sitting Ducks [1] and Hard News 07/11/03 - Twiggy in trouble [2] . For the latest from Public Address see... Public Address 10/11/03 - Monday Magic [3]


    [1] - http://publicaddress.net/default,813.sm#post813
    [2] - http://publicaddress.net/default,809.sm#post809
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00070.htm


    Scoop Review: Gilles Apap With The NZ Chamber Orchestra

    - Yehudi Menuhin called him the Violinist of the 21st Century, Gilles Apap is known for presenting the classics to world acclaim, and for morphing masterpieces like Mozart’s G Major Violin Concerto into styles of music taken from around the world. See... Soloist Gilles Apap With NZSO’s Chamber Orchestra [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00064.htm


    A Libertarian Defence Of Gene Tampering

    - Witch-hunts usually target people. But in recent years one of the most successful witch-hunts targeted an innocent technology. See... Lance Kennedy: GE Witch Hunts [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00059.htm


    Culture Jam: Our Substantially Equivalent PM

    - Culture jamming involves the modification of signage for, often political, purposes. See... Culture Jamming: Helen Clark's GE Friendly Office [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00069.htm


    Sam Smith: Dr Dean And The Confederacy

    - The continued controversy over confederate flags on pickup trucks is a reminder that one of the functions of political campaigns is to take our minds off our problems. See... Sam Smith: Pickups For Dean Cont'd, & So Forth [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00067.htm


    Kidd Millennium On A Slippery Slope

    - Cartoon by kiddmillennium.com… See... Kidd Millennium Cartoon: Over A Barrel [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00066.htm


    Senator Byrd: An Infinite Mirage and a Boundless Facade

    - Through its short-sighted actions, this Bush Administration perpetuates an infinite mirage and a boundless facade. This Administration hopes to fool the American people into swallowing its wrong-headed policies with no questions asked. See... Senator Robert Byrd: The GOP Energy Bill [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00070.htm


    A Defining Moment Speech From Al Gore

    – " … just three days ago, the White House asked the Republican leadership of the Senate to shut down the Intelligence Committee’s investigation of 9/11 based on a trivial political dispute. Apparently the President is anxious to keep the Congress from seeing what are said to have been clear, strong and explicit warnings directly to him a few weeks before 9/11 that terrorists were planning to hijack commercial airliners and use them to attack us." See... Freedom And Security - Speech By Al Gore Nov. 9th [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00068.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas

    - Away from the noise of the world you will be near Me. Near and not far, faithful and secure, good and not tasteless: these are the three stages that you must fulfill in order to possess Me much more than in the past… See... Katya Rivas: Away From The Noise Of The World [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00065.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00057.htm
    IMAGE: Army’s Biggest Exercise Explosive Success

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Regarding ACT's Self-Confessed Credibility Deficit

    - The Act Party’s admission that it has ‘never had economic credibility’ means NZ First and United Future should rule out working with an Act-National government, Progressive leader Jim Anderton says. See... Act leader admits ACT has no economic credibility [1] MORE: - ACT - ACT's Hard-Working Staff [2] - NZ Herald (LINKS) - Act MPs' opinions on rivals laid bare [3] & Voter apathy eats up frustrated centre-right [4] - Hard News (LINK)- Hard News 10/11/03 – Sitting Ducks [5]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00184.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00182.htm
    [3] - http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3533401&thesection=news&thesubsection=general
    [4] - http://publicaddress.net/default,813.sm#post813
    [5] - http://publicaddress.net/default,813.sm#post813


    Bill English Uncovers High Living At The NZQA

    - National Party Education spokesman Bill English has released figures that show staff at the NZQA have been spending large amounts of taxpayer money on travel and accommodation under Trevor Mallard's stewardship. See... NZQA spending blow-out on travel & accommodation [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00173.htm


    Maori Teaching On The Up & Up

    - Maori secondary teachers are set to improve the quality of their teaching by reducing workload stress according to Associate Education Minister Parekura Horomia. See... Maori secondary teachers set to improve quality [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00193.htm


    Govt. Moves In The P War Too Slow

    - A two-year backlog in methamphetamine lab testing is further proof this Government completely ignored early warning signs of the 'P' epidemic, says National's Police spokesman Tony Ryall. See... Government too slow to act on speed labs [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00189.htm


    NZ, A Potential Organic Produce Superpower

    - It seems everybody realises New Zealand's huge potential to become an organic produce superpower - except the Government, Green MP Ian Ewen-Street said today. See... Government remains blind to organic wisdom [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00188.htm


    Cullen Speaks To Labour's Faithful In Christchurch

    - We hold this conference at a time when we are close to celebrating the fourth anniversary of the election of a Labour-led government. During that time the top end of our line-up has remained remarkably stable. See... Michael Cullen Speech To Labour Conference [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00187.htm


    Funding For Pacific Community Extended

    - Aid Minister Marian Hobbs has announced a funding commitment of $18 million over the next three years to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, a regional agency that provides technical assistance to Pacific island countries. See... NZ commitment to key Pacific agency [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00186.htm


    Income Support And HNZ Working Together

    - People seeking housing and income support assistance can now get the help they need at one location in a new approach being tested in South Auckland, Housing and Social Development and Employment Minister Steve Maharey said today. See... New approach for social service delivery tested [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00183.htm


    Promoting A Nuclear Free Pacific

    - Progressive deputy leader Matt Robson today called for the Government to host a conference in Wellington to implement the Southern Hemisphere Nuclear Weapons Free Zone. See... Nuclear Weapons Free Zones Conference Called For [1] and Matt Robson Speech: Nuclear Weapons Free Zones [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00179.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00178.htm

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