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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY:
The Deaths Of Saliel Aplin & Olympia Jetson
Orewa State Highway NZ's First State Toll Road
NZ NEWS HEADLINES:
Two Injured In UN Compound Car Bomb Attack In Afghanistan
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Stateside: Where Rosalea Attends A Green Festival
The Girl With The Golden Voice - Hayley Westenra
Pacific Ecologist: Liberal Gene Tampering Laws Pose Risks
A Global Election In Which Only Americans Vote
Toni Solo: Tasmanian Parallels Seen In Central America
The Most Important Election Since The Depression
Tom Flocco On The Takedown Of Blackboxvoting.Org
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Waiting For Winston No More – Direct Democracy Proposed
Immigration Changes Made Today At Noon
Jobs For Residency Scam Worries Winston
Gloss Comes Off 24 Hour Supervision Of Sex Offenders
15-Year Old Drug Dealers Death
Calls For Inquiry Over Wellington Mental Health Death
Angry Parents In Upper Hutt Tackle Mallard
Ombudsman Decision Denies Right To Know What We Eat
Move To Save Dogs Who Kill Cats
Tamihere And Samuels Challenge Maoridom
Victoria Report Says Govt Health Reforms Positive

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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 - Wednesday, 12 November [1] . See also Questions & Answers - Tuesday November 11. [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00252.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00243.htm

LEAD STORY:

The Deaths Of Saliel Aplin & Olympia Jetson

- Child, Youth and Family today released the Chief Social Worker's review of CYF involvement with Olympia Jetson and Saliel Aplin. See... Deaths of Saliel Aplin & Olympia Jetson - Response [1] and for the full report see… Deaths Of Olympia Jetson & Saliel Aplin - Report [2] REACTION: - National - Action not lip service needed on reports [3] - National - Reports target Govt agencies over child deaths [4] - ACT - Children's Death Result Of Government Failure [5] - Greens - CYFS reform necessary for the sake of our children [6] - NZ First - Government Must Fix CYFS [7] - Family Help Trust - Long Awaited Howse Report Welcomed [8] EARLIER: - National - Govt moves to gag Children's Commissioner [9] - ACT - Numbers Highlight CYF Failure [10] - National - CYF failings further exposed [11]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00080.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00081.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00262.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00258.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00260.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00257.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00253.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00085.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00247.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00242.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00239.htm


Orewa State Highway NZ's First State Toll Road

- The building and funding of ALPURT will be the Trojan horse, with the Orewa to Puhoi state highway set to become New Zealand’s first toll road under the new Land Transport Management Act, Auckland City Mayor Hon John Banks said today. See… Banks: ALPURT set to be first toll road under new Act [1] REACTION: - ACT - Victory At Last For Northern Motorists [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0311/S00075.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00251.htm


NZ NEWS HEADLINES:

  • 87% of Students Opt For Car Travel To School & Uni [1]
  • Demonstration against NZ Defence Industry [2]
  • Be The First To Fly Record Breaking Flight To L.A. [3]
  • Varsity staff support polytechnic strike action [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0311/S00078.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00078.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0311/S00150.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0311/S00042.htm


    Two Injured In UN Compound Car Bomb Attack In Afghanistan

    - A car bomb exploded outside the United Nations compound in Kandahar in southern Afghanistan today, injuring two people. See... Two Injured in Blast at UN Afghanistan Compound [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00101.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • UN Radio Afghanistan Progress But Problems Remain [1]
  • Afghanistan at crucial stage of peace process [2]
  • 70th Anniversary Ukraine famine caused by Stalin [3]
  • Americas: Persecutions reach emergency proportions [4]
  • Hezbollah: We Will Not Change Swap Conditions [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00103.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00102.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00100.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00098.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00096.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0311/S00064.htm
    Cirkus Inferno Family Ticket Competition Now Closed
    Winner Is Angus from Auckland


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Stateside: Where Rosalea Attends A Green Festival

    - "Can you just call yourself Dom?" my companion asked as we squeezed our way through the crowds at San Francisco's huge Concourse Exhibition Center last Sunday. See... Stateside with Rosalea: This And That [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00090.htm


    The Girl With The Golden Voice - Hayley Westenra

    - When you're in the presence of beauty it's not something you have to think about. Whether it's aural or visual, or in Hayley Westenra's case both, you tingle with the feeling that your soul has been touched. See... Feature: Hayley Westenra - The Presence Of Beauty [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00089.htm


    Pacific Ecologist: Liberal Gene Tampering Laws Pose Risks

    - While other countries are banning inheritable genetic modification of humans, the New Zealand government is considering its options. See... Will NZ Be The Liberia Of Human Modification? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00088.htm


    A Global Election In Which Only Americans Vote

    - A year from now, on November 4, 2004, the world will hold its first global election. The problem is, only citizens of the United States will get to vote in it. See... Meditations (Politics): Bail Caesar Bush! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00087.htm


    Toni Solo: Tasmanian Parallels Seen In Central America

    - Twenty years ago a bitter environmental conflict over the Franklin dam in Tasmania ended with a victory for environmentalists concerned to prevent needless destruction of their country's ecosystem. See... Energy And Repressive Politics In Central America [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00086.htm


    The Most Important Election Since The Depression

    - Twelve months from now, the most important American presidential election since the Depression will take place. See... Handicapping the 2004 Race: Wazzup, Democrats? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00085.htm


    Tom Flocco On The Takedown Of Blackboxvoting.Org

    - "The results of Tuesday's California recall election should be challenged in the courts," said Beverly Harris, advocate of honest voting and owner of BlackBoxVoting.org, in a phone interview yesterday. See... Tom Flocco: Website Removed Before Recall Vote [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00084.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas

    - Take your small notebook. See... Katya Rivas: The Holy Sacrifice of the Altar [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00083.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00078.htm
    IMAGES: PAW Demonstration against NZ Defence Industry, Te Papa


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Waiting For Winston No More – Direct Democracy Proposed

    - New Zealand First has pledged to “enter a coalition with the people” by introducing binding Citizens Initiated Referenda and reducing the number of MPs to 99. See... Peters Pledges Coalition With The People [1] and Replacing Political Tyranny With Direct Democracy [2] REACTION: - ACT - Welcome, Winston [3] - United Future - Dunne on Peters: 'Can we trust him? No, we can't!' [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00255.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00254.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00264.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00259.htm


    Immigration Changes Made Today At Noon

    - The Interim General Skills Category (GSC) was closed today (12 November 2003) at noon (NZ time) as the first step towards implementing the new Skilled Migrant Category, Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel announced today. See... Interim General Skills Category closed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00256.htm


    Jobs For Residency Scam Worries Winston

    - New Zealand First has accused the Immigration Minister of allowing a jobs for residency scam to operate under her nose at the Immigration Service in New Zealand. See... Another Immigration Scam In Paradise [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00277.htm


    Gloss Comes Off 24 Hour Supervision Of Sex Offenders

    - National's Justice spokesman Richard Worth is labelling the Parole (Extended Supervision) and Sentencing Amendment Bill "completely unworkable and utterly unrealistic." See... Full supervision of sex offenders unrealistic [1] and Government Officials Back Down On Bill [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00272.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00266.htm


    15-Year Old Drug Dealers Death

    - “The headline is hard to miss ‘15-year-old killed running a drug house’ yet it seems that this Government is continually missing the point when it comes to New Zealand’s horrendous youth drug and crime statistics,” said youth affairs Spokesperson. See... How Many More Young Lives Must Be Lost? [1] and Jim Anderton… Drug-free development better than grievance [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00271.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00267.htm


    Calls For Inquiry Over Wellington Mental Health Death

    - United Future New Zealand Leader, Peter Dunne, today repeated his call last week for a wide-ranging, independent inquiry into apparently unnecessary deaths at Wellington Hospital. See... Dunne seeks probe of deaths at Wellington hospital [1] and Another Buckle tragedy just waiting to happen [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00268.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00265.htm


    Angry Parents In Upper Hutt Tackle Mallard

    - The draft proposal issued by the Ministry of Education in regard to Upper Hutt schools will increase rather than reduce government's costs, United Future MP, Murray Smith, told a meeting of over 300 parents at Upper Hutt last night. See... Smith challenges schools’ review [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00250.htm


    Ombudsman Decision Denies Right To Know What We Eat

    Decisions about what goes into New Zealanders' food and even what goes onto the label will continue to be made in secrecy as a result of an Ombudsman's ruling, Green MP Sue Kedgley revealed today. See... A (secret) recipe for disaster [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00245.htm


    Move To Save Dogs Who Kill Cats

    - ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks will today move an amendment to the proposed Dog Control Bill, to allow dog owners to rebut a presumption that a dog is dangerous just because it attacked a cat. See... Don't Kill Safe Family Pets [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00241.htm


    Tamihere And Samuels Challenge Maoridom

    - Maori MPs John Tamihere and Dover Samuels have issued a challenge to Maori to address child abuse, neglect, drug abuse and crime in their communities. See... Ministers lay down wero for Maori [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00261.htm


    Victoria Report Says Govt Health Reforms Positive

    - The Government's health reforms have received a tentative "thumbs up" in the first report from a major research project analysing the implementation of the new system over three years. See... Health reforms get positive report card [1] ALSO: ACT - DHBs: 'E' For Achievement [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0311/S00051.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00246.htm

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