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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY:
ACT Votes To Expel Awatere Huata From Parliament
Police Say Bain Appeal Dismissal Brings Closure To Murder
NZ NEWS HEADLINES:
U.S. Says Saddam Receiving Geneva Convention Protections
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Listening To The Sound Of Silence In Nauru
Saddam Capture: William Rivers Pitt
Saddam Capture: Link & Cartoon
Saddam Capture: Where The WMDs Went
Poll Watch: Dr Don's Dead Cat Poll Bounce
UQ Wire: Meet The Master Bomber's Florida Girlfriend
The Latest From Public Address
Big News: Recognising Gay & Lesbian Relationships
Global AIDS Pandemic Spreading at Alarming Rate
AxisOfLogic Link: Analysis Of Bush Military Strategy
Is Uncle Sam Getting Management Tips From Mr Burns?
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Seabed And Foreshore Announcement Imminent
EU Butter Moves Disappoint
Molesworth Station Being Stolen By DOC
Human Rights Commissioners Not Immune From Selves
Greens Support P Ingredient Moves
DOC Pest Control Budgeting Criticised
Public Servants Strong & Stable - Survey
Lake Taupo Commitment From Booboo
Labour Court Moves To Justice Ministry
An Effort To Raise The Tone In The House
New Public Service Chiefs For Women & Transport

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Scoop Is In The House

– For today’s questions for oral answer (the final ones for the year) see... Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 16 December [1] . Come back this evening for the uncorrected transcript of the answers.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00386.htm

LEAD STORY:
ACT Votes To Expel Awatere Huata From Parliament

- ACT New Zealand Leader Richard Prebble today announced that the ACT Caucus has voted by more than 75 percent to expel Donna Awatere Huata from Parliament. See... ACT Caucus Votes To Expel Donna Awatere Huata [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00382.htm


Police Say Bain Appeal Dismissal Brings Closure To Murder

Case - Police are pleased with the Court of Appeal’s decision to dismiss the appeal against the conviction of David Bain said Detective Superintendent Malcolm Burgess. See... Police Say Dismissal of Bain Appeal Brings Closure [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0312/S00120.htm


NZ NEWS HEADLINES:

  • Goff names new Consul-General for Timor-Leste [1]
  • West Coast polytech doubles in size – record year [2]
  • Contact Plan To Abolish Board Retirement Payments [3]
  • Controls for location and signage of Chch brothels [4]
  • Kiwi Men Prove Super Smooth In Facial Hair Survey [5]
  • Local Authority Revenue Rises [6]
  • Santa Survey: What Kiwis Want This Christmas [7]
  • Post People Rally Together For Their Communities [8]
  • Direct Action Training Camp Against GE [9]
  • Police warn of dangers of inhaling aerosols [10]
  • “Excellent” audit report for Greater Wellington [11]
  • Spectacular Regatta for Takapuna in 2005 [12]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00381.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0312/S00065.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00175.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0312/S00122.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00174.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00167.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00165.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00121.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00120.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0312/S00121.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0312/S00119.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0312/S00118.htm


    U.S. Says Saddam Receiving Geneva Convention Protections

    - WASHINGTON - Coalition forces are ensuring that former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's Geneva Conventions rights are protected while he is in custody and that he receives "all of the privileges of a prisoner of war," according to the commander ... See... Saddam Receiving Geneva Conventions Protections [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00097.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES:

    Amnesty Int. Concerned At Execution Of Four In Thailand - Amnesty International expressed grave concern at the execution of four men in Thailand, in the country's first use of lethal injection as a method of execution. See... Thailand: Resuming executions backstep [1] MORE HEADLINES:

  • Progress' made at EU enlargement talks: Blair [2]
  • Sierra Leone border patrols against infiltration [3]
  • Woman elected to Afghanistan's tribal council [4]
  • UN: China & Africa have much to offer one another [5]
  • Powell Undergoing Surgery for Prostate Cancer [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00089.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00088.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00095.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00094.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00091.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00090.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Listening To The Sound Of Silence In Nauru

    - There is silence. Long ago a ''Dome of Silence'' was lowered over the cage on Nauru Island. The residents of Topside Camp are quiet. Normal activities have stopped. The men on the hunger strike are lying quietly too. See... Guest Opinion: A Dome Of Silence On Nauru [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00133.htm


    Saddam Capture: William Rivers Pitt

    - Saddam Hussein, former employee of the American federal government, was captured near a farmhouse in Tikrit in a raid performed by other employees of the American federal government. See... UQ Wire: We Caught The Wrong Guy [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00137.htm


    Saddam Capture: Link & Cartoon

    - Saddam was asked whether Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. “No, of course not,” he replied, according to the official, “the U.S. dreamed them up itself to have a reason to go to war with us.” See... Scoop Link: TIME: Notes from Saddam in Custody [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00145.htm


    Saddam Capture: Where The WMDs Went

    - Details of the former dictator's arrest reveal that in the final moments before a raid on his hideout, Saddam Hussein likely disposed of valuable evidence that would have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he possessed weapons of mass destruction. See... Saddam Flushed WMD Stash Down Toilet [1] MORE SADDAM CAPTURE COMMENT: - Firas Al-Atraqchi: Saddam Must be Tried in Iraq [2] - Public Address 15/12/03 - History Pivots [3] - Stateside with Rosalea: I Really Think So [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00142.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00130.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00132.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00129.htm


    Poll Watch: Dr Don's Dead Cat Poll Bounce

    - Labour- 45% National - 28% NZF - 11% ACT - 6% Greens - 4% United Future - 2% Preferred Prime Minister Helen Clark up two points to 38%. Don Brash down two points to 13% Winston Peters 13%. See... Poll Watch: TV1 - No New Year High For National [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00135.htm


    UQ Wire: Meet The Master Bomber's Florida Girlfriend

    - FBI agents harassed and intimidated witnesses to the 9/11 terrorist conspiracy’s activities in Florida, issuing warnings to avoid talking with reporters, say current and former residents in Venice, Florida. See... UQ Wire: 911 ''Coverup in Progress'' In Florida [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00144.htm


    The Latest From Public Address

    - This week, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (or LOTR:ROTK as fans refer to it) opens to the public worldwide, but here in Wellington we've been catching tantalising glimpses of it for quite a while... See... Public Address 16/12/03 - Reports [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00143.htm


    Big News: Recognising Gay & Lesbian Relationships

    - The Government plans to introduce legislation to recognise same sex relationships in a few months. Two bills are to be introduced and will extend to same sex and opposite sex couples. See... Would You Choose To Live In A Same Sex Family? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00138.htm


    Global AIDS Pandemic Spreading at Alarming Rate

    - While Bush Administration Impedes Access to Life-Saving Treatment - Interview with Salih Booker, executive director of Africa Action, conducted by Melinda Tuhus See... Bush Impedes Aid for Global AIDS Pandemic [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00141.htm


    AxisOfLogic Link: Analysis Of Bush Military Strategy

    - Read this unprecedented, penetrating analysis of the failures of U.S. Military Strategy the reasons for those failures. See... Scoop Link: Bush Misunderstood Military Doctrine [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00140.htm


    Is Uncle Sam Getting Management Tips From Mr Burns?

    - After two years of imprisoning more than 600 alleged enemy combatants without charge or counsel in a Cuban prison camp, the Administration announced earlier this month that two detainees -- one a U.S. citizen -- would be permitted limited access to an attorney. See... Guantanamo Prison: Outside the Rule of Law [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00139.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas

    - Beloved children, my maternal love makes me implore the Almighty to give me the time within time and the next hour to find my little children and gather them around my Immaculate Heart. See... Katya Rivas: Houses of the Restoring Rosary [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00136.htm


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    Petra Bagust Sexiest Woman On NZ TV

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Seabed And Foreshore Announcement Imminent

    - With the Government's announcement on the foreshore and seabed just days away, the Prime Minister is showing herself to be a typical fair weather friend, according to National Party Maori Affairs spokeswoman Georgina te Heuheu. See... PM is a typical fair weather friend [1] MORE: - Tariana Turia Speech - Sharing and partnership [2] - Don Brash - Clark must reject Tariana Turia's demands [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00375.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00357.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00367.htm


    EU Butter Moves Disappoint

    - New European Union restrictions on New Zealand butter exports are extremely disappointing, Trade Negotiations and Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... NZ Disappointed At EU Butter Rules Changes [1] MORE: - Fonterra - New EU Regulation Changes Terms Of Butter Quota [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00371.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00173.htm


    Molesworth Station Being Stolen By DOC

    - The National Party is attacking the Government's plan to put the Department of Conservation in charge of New Zealand's largest farm - Molesworth Station. See... Molesworth a steal for the Government [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00389.htm


    Human Rights Commissioners Not Immune From Selves

    - National MP Murray McCully is calling for the resignations of the Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres and the chairperson of the Human Rights Commission Roslyn Noonan, following a High Court decision today ruling that Mr de Bres cannot claim immunity from the Human Rights Act. See... Court victory sparks call for resignations [1] and Commission accepts High Court decision [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00377.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00122.htm


    Greens Support P Ingredient Moves

    - The Green Party today welcomed a report from the Health Select Committee backing a Government Notice of Motion to classify ephedrine and pseudoephedrine. These two substances are precursors used in the manufacture of crystal methamphetamine (P). See... Greens back Government moves against P [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00388.htm


    DOC Pest Control Budgeting Criticised

    - New Zealand First conservation spokesperson Edwin Perry has called on the Department of Conservation to urgently review its priorities. See... Pest Control Savings Irresponsible [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00387.htm


    Public Servants Strong & Stable - Survey

    - The latest public service employment survey shows New Zealand has a strong and stable public service, said State Services Minister Trevor Mallard. See... Public service remains a stable work environment [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00385.htm


    Lake Taupo Commitment From Booboo

    - Government commits to Lake Taupo Environment Minister Marian Hobbs has announced a significant government commitment to preserving Lake Taupo for the future. See... Government commits to Lake Taupo [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00384.htm


    Labour Court Moves To Justice Ministry

    - Labour Minister Margaret Wilson and Courts Minister Rick Barker announced today the Government's decision to transfer administration of the Employment Court from the Labour Department to the Justice Ministry. See... New administration for the Employment Court [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00383.htm


    An Effort To Raise The Tone In The House

    - Green MP Sue Kedgley is calling for an end to the intolerant and abusive behaviour that is increasingly bringing Parliament into disrepute. See... Kedgley calls for climate change in the House [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00379.htm


    New Public Service Chiefs For Women & Transport

    - Appointment Of Chief Executives For The Ministry Of Transport And The Ministry Of Women's Affairs See... Transport & Women's Affairs CEOs Announced [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00119.htm

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