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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY:
Govt. Seabed & Foreshore Proposals Announced
CYFS Details Its Role Leading To Kelly Gush’s Death
NZ NEWS HEADLINES:
UN Radio Special Report: Annan Says Handing Iraq Back To Iraqis Is Urgent
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News & More Is There!
Stateside: The Real Story - Afghanistan
Saddam Capture: Evil Trying Evil
Saddam Rescue: The Man In The Hole
Saddam Capture: St Molesworth
10 More US States Using Uncertified BBV Software
Lynn Landes Attends A Voting Security Talkfest
The Crisis Papers: A Call For Intimigate Whistleblowers
Flashback: Where Saddam Got His WMDs From
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Big Budget Film Scheme Details Announced
Rules For Tertiary Ed. Sector Growth Finalised
Student Loan Tinkering A Cruel Joke
Why Trade Law Is Good For NZ
Road Transport Safety Law Changes
NZ Govt. Supports New WMD Commission
Small Businesses To Suffer From Holidays Bill
Broadband For Otago
Underage Stripping Legislation Welcomed
The Cardigan Brigade Supported Taleban Speech
ACT Continues To Flog A Dead Horse

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Scoop Is In The House

– For Tuesday’s questions and answers for oral answer (the final ones for the year) see... Questions & Answers For Oral Answer Tuesday [1] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00406.htm

LEAD STORY:
Govt. Seabed & Foreshore Proposals Announced

- Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that the government’s policy proposal for the foreshore and seabed was about acting in the best interests of all New Zealanders. See... Helen Clark - An exercise in relationship building [1] FULL ANNOUNCEMENT: - Foreshore & Seabed Announcement - Q & A [2] - Wilson - The role of the Maori Land Court [3] - Horomia - Consultation process to continue [4] - Cullen - Government proposals on foreshore-seabed [5] - Beehive Bulletin - Foreshore and Seabed [6] REACTION: - Progressives - Progressives affirm shared rights of all NZers [7] - ACT - Full, But Not Final [8] - Greens - The Government builds a sandcastle [9] - United Future backs foreshore & seabed proposals [10] - ACT - Proposals are a Mess [11] - Tamihere - Seabed and foreshore policy a great step forward [12] - NZ First - Foreshore And Seabed Policy – Mindless Mess [13] - LGNZ - Complex role for regional and unitary councils [14]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00419.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00423.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00422.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00421.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00420.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00430.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00424.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00427.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00426.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00418.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00412.htm
[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00411.htm
[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00410.htm
[14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00134.htm


CYFS Details Its Role Leading To Kelly Gush’s Death

- Child, Youth and Family had been involved with Kelly and her family over four time periods since 1993. Fifteen months before her death, the Department had assessed that its intervention was no longer required as there had been improvement in the family circumstances. See... CYFS Reviews Its Part In Kelly Gush's Death [1] MORE CYF ANNOUNCEMENTS: - CYF - Report Into Phone Call From Ron Burrows [2] - CYF - Review Into CYF Involvement With Tamati Pokaia [3] REACTION: - PSA - Child Youth and Family reviews [4] - National - CYF failures highlighted in tragic reports [5] - ACT - Labour Looking More Like Dictators Every Day [6] - ACT - Dyson Must Accept Blame For CYF's Failings [7] - National - Government delivers final insult in CYF deaths [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00128.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00133.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00132.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00131.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00415.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00414.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00413.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00405.htm


NZ NEWS HEADLINES:

  • Holidays Bill passes into law [1]
  • Law Change to Ban Underage Stripping Welcomed [2]
  • Population Growth Driving Development Outside Auckland [3]
  • New Protocol On Explosive War Debris [4]
  • 3 NZ artists awarded Wild Creations residencies [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00402.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00401.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00183.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00396.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0312/S00101.htm


    UN Radio Special Report: Annan Says Handing Iraq Back To Iraqis Is Urgent

    The task of restoring the effective exercise of sovereignty to Iraqis, in the form of a provisional government, is urgent. Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the Security Council Tuesday that while there may not be time to organize free, fair and credible elections for this purpose, it is essential that the process leading to the formation of a provisional government is fully inclusive and transparent. See... UN Radio Restoring Sovereignty to Iraqis is Urgent [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00110.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Security Council Clarity Sought On UN Role in Iraq [1]
  • Panel on Weapons Of Mass Destruction Established [2]
  • Hundreds of Iraqi Refugees Return From Iran [3]
  • Nigerian President Obasanjo Gets UN Food Award [4]
  • UN: Kosovo Asked To Aim For Normal Society [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00109.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00108.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00107.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00106.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00105.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News & More Is There!

    You can expect the respective judgements on the government's long-delayed proposal on the foreshore and seabed issue today to vary so widely as to create the impression that they being ventured on completely different documents... See... Public Address 17/12/03 - Approaching [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00155.htm


    Stateside: The Real Story - Afghanistan

    - The real story this week isn't the adoption by the US military of a meme from a fantasy movie - spider hole, indeed! - but the adoption by Afghanistan of a constitution. See... Stateside with Rosalea: An Important Choice [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00154.htm


    Saddam Capture: Evil Trying Evil

    - It was a hoot to watch the American media salivate over Saddam's capture. Acting as though their militarism and chauvinism have suddenly been vindicated, CNN, NBC, CBS, and ABC anchors could barely contain their macabre glee. See... Meditations (Politics): Evil Trying Evil [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00153.htm


    Saddam Rescue: The Man In The Hole

    - Tikrit-- Eight months after the search for missing Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein began, US Administrator Paul Bremer said the latest "well baby" has been found alive. See... World Sighs With Relief As Saddam Is Rescued [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00151.htm


    Saddam Capture: St Molesworth

    - Top 10 comments made by Saddam Hussein after his capture See... Top 10 Comments Made By Saddam On Capture [1] MORE SADDAM CAPTURE COMMENT: - UQ Wire: We Caught The Wrong Guy [2] - Scoop Link: TIME: Notes from Saddam in Custody [3] - Saddam Flushed WMD Stash Down Toilet [4] - Firas Al-Atraqchi: Saddam Must be Tried in Iraq [5] - Public Address 15/12/03 - History Pivots [6] - Stateside with Rosalea: I Really Think So [7]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00152.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00137.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00145.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00142.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00130.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00132.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00129.htm


    10 More US States Using Uncertified BBV Software

    - Bev Harris, author of Black Box Voting , and Andy Stephenson, Democratic candidate for Washington Secretary of State, have uncovered information that brings concerns about electronic voting to a new level. See... Felons, Drug Dealers & Uncertified BBV Systems [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00156.htm


    Lynn Landes Attends A Voting Security Talkfest

    - The conference was crawling with scientists. But, the scientific method was a no-show at last week's First NIST (National Institute for Science and Technology) Symposium on Building Trust and Confidence in Voting Systems in Gaithersburg, Maryland last week. See... NIST Ignores Scientific Method for Voting Tech. [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00150.htm


    The Crisis Papers: A Call For Intimigate Whistleblowers

    - Journalists do not reveal sources. It's what gives the Fourth Estate some of its clout: Officials, and lower-level whistleblowers, trust us to receive sensitive information and not get them in trouble by ratting on them. See... It's Time for Plame-Case Reporters to Out Leakers [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00149.htm


    Flashback: Where Saddam Got His WMDs From

    - On August 18, 2002, the New York Times carried a front-page story headlined, "Officers say U.S. aided Iraq despite the use of gas". See... How The US Armed Saddam Hussein With Chemicals [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00148.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas

    - Beloved flower of My Passion, I promise you that no soul will read these Messages without feeling better and closer to My Divine Heart. In this way I wish to satiate your thirst for souls. See... Katya Rivas: The World's Peace [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00147.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Big Budget Film Scheme Details Announced

    - The Labour Progressive coalition government has today confirmed the final details of its screen production development package with the release of the criteria for the Large Budget Screen Production Grant scheme. See... Criteria for Screen Production Rebates confirmed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00416.htm


    Rules For Tertiary Ed. Sector Growth Finalised

    - Rules have been finalised to manage growth in tertiary student numbers from 2004, Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey said today. See... Flexible management approach tertiary ed growth [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00409.htm


    Student Loan Tinkering A Cruel Joke

    - Tertiary Education Minister Steve Maharey's announcement that the income thresholds for student loan repayments and interest write-offs will be raised by $208 and $131 respectively is nothing to boast about, said Green MP Nandor Tanczos today. See... Maharey's 'gift' a cruel joke on students [1] and Income thresholds for student loan repayments [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00403.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00392.htm


    Why Trade Law Is Good For NZ

    - Trade Negotiations and Biosecurity Minister Jim Sutton today launched "Balance in Trade", a new publication about the World Trade Organisation rules on plant and animal health measures and why they are important to New Zealand. See... WTO trade rules important for New Zealand [1] and speech.. Sutton Speech: Balance of Trade Publication Launch [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00397.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00398.htm


    Road Transport Safety Law Changes

    - Speeding drivers and those who repeatedly drive drunk are targeted in a new package of measures as part of the government's efforts to reduce the road toll. See... Crackdown on speeding and drink driving [1] MORE: - National - Road safety package a backdown, not a crackdown [2] - ACT - Better Roads = Lower Road Toll [3] - United Future - Baldock: Drink, drug targeting spot on [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00395.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00393.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00428.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00391.htm


    NZ Govt. Supports New WMD Commission

    - The government very much welcomes the launch of the Independent Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction, Disarmament and Arms Control Minister, Marian Hobbs said today. See... NZ supports new Commission on WMDs [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00429.htm


    Small Businesses To Suffer From Holidays Bill

    - It is the thousands of small business owners who will suffer first from the Government's Holidays Act, says National's Small Business spokesman Lindsay Tisch. See... Small business first to suffer from Holidays Act [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00425.htm


    Broadband For Otago

    - New Zealand-wide coverage of high speed internet moves a step further today with the selection of a preferred supplier for Otago. See... High speed internet to roll out in Otago [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00417.htm


    Underage Stripping Legislation Welcomed

    - Nelson MP, Nick Smith, is welcoming new legislation that will make it unlawful to employ any person under the age of 18 as a stripper. See... Law Change to Ban Underage Stripping Welcomed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00401.htm


    The Cardigan Brigade Supported Taleban Speech

    - National MP Murray McCully is accusing senior public servants of complicity in the "Taleban" speech made by Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres, which is at the centre of the MP's Court and Tribunal battle with the Commissioner. See... Public servants aided de Bres Taleban speech [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00400.htm


    ACT Continues To Flog A Dead Horse

    - ACT Leader Richard Prebble said he believes it is wrong that Donna Awatere-Huata can go on collecting her pay as a Member of Parliament purely because of a court injunction. See... Mrs Huata Must Resign [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00399.htm

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