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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Senior Cops To Investigate Rape Claims Against Assistant Police Commissioner
Secret CTU Document Sparks Employment Law Furore
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
UN Elections Team To Travel To Iraq
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News & Keri Hulme Are There!
Stateside: Where Rosalea Elects Not To Attend Rallies
David Miller: Blair's Kelly Stain Remains
Thom Hartmann: Europe Wakes Up To Global Cooling Risk
How Howard Dean Got Done
Uri Avnery: Apartheid In the Holy Land Contextualised
Jay Shaft Interviews Gulf Veterans At Christmas
David Miller: Gutting Access To UK Official Information
Daniel Patrick Welch: Defeating The Shrub
Guest Opinion: Why Defeat The Shrub
Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Richard Prebble's Grand Political Overview
Don't Get Post Natal Depression Waitemata
Mallard's Axe Continues To Fall On Rural Schools
Tamihere & Others Are Connecting In Auckland
Time To Move Zaoui To Mangere– Greens
Used Car Dealers Rolling On In
Matt Robson On The Eating Of ACT
Don't Nuke Our Fruit Kedgley Tells Turner & Growers
Nat's Go North To Discuss Policy & Strategy
Czech Botanist's Legal Aid A Joke Says Mark
Double Dealing The Cause Of Black Friday Strike – Roy

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LEAD STORY:
Senior Cops To Investigate Rape Claims Against Assistant Police Commissioner

- The Police Commissioner has directed Deputy Commissioner Long to bring together a group of senior investigators to assemble all the files that are held in relation to rape complaints made by Mrs Nicholas against Assistant Commissioner Clint Rickards and others… See... Police Issue 'Clarifying Statement' on Rape Claims [1] ALSO: ACT - Independent Inquiry Needed On Police Complaint [2] Greens - Greens want rape-claim inquiry widened [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00007.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00001.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00004.htm


Secret CTU Document Sparks Employment Law Furore

- Labour Minister Margaret Wilson must explain why so many aspects of her Employment Relations Law Reform Bill match the requests made by the Council of Trade Union (CTU) in a previously secret document, ACT Leader Richard Prebble said today. See... New Labour Law Dictated by Unions [1] MORE: - Business Roundtable - Union Influence On Labour Law Questioned [2] - EMA - Strokes For Folks On Employ. Law Lacks Good Faith [3] - Business NZ - Workplace freedoms on the line [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00011.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0402/S00014.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0402/S00013.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0402/S00008.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Corrupt logging company profits from rights abuses [1]
  • Transcript of Cullen and Costello's Conference [2]
  • Crackdown call on perilous poultry products [3]
  • GLOBAL Peace Festival - Aotearoa Saturday 14 Feb [4]
  • Don McGlashan: performing live at Auckland Zoo [5]
  • Telecom Mobile now offers texting to US [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00006.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00006.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00005.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00001.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0402/S00001.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0402/S00003.htm


    UN Elections Team To Travel To Iraq

    - An electoral team from the United Nations should be heading to Iraq in a few days to assess the feasibility of holding elections before the transfer of sovereignty at the end of June, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today. See... UN Electoral Team Set To Travel To Iraq [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00013.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • Bird Flu: UN Agency Calls For Mass Cullings [1]
  • Venezuela: International Observation Of Voting [2]
  • Declaration On Small Island Developing States [3]
  • UN Sanctions Tighten Against Taliban And Al-Qaida [4]
  • Mexico: March on Ciudad Juárez [5]
  • Iran: Amnesty Calls Halt Child Offender Executions [6]
  • Israel tour of the Jerusalem Stranglehold [7]
  • Imprisoned For Mobilizing Nonviolent Resistance [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00015.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00012.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00007.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00006.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00005.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00004.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00002.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00001.htm


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News & Keri Hulme Are There!

    - OK, it's an odd little place. Ka Tiritiriotemoana - also known as the Southern Alps - are the eastward backdrop: there are swathes of bush in a thousand shades of green & bronze sweeping down to the settlement, and wide stoney ironsand beaches and ... See... Public Address 02/02/04 -Storms [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00011.htm


    Stateside: Where Rosalea Elects Not To Attend Rallies

    - Howard Dean has written to me! To me!! Next thing, I'll be getting letters saying I'm pre-approved for a credit card. See... Stateside: Steering Clear Of Political Rallies [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00009.htm


    David Miller: Blair's Kelly Stain Remains

    The Hutton report gave an immediate political victory to the Blair government. But the all-embracing nature of the whitewash means that a spectre is haunting the Blair government. See... Hutton Whitewash Leaves Blair In Dock [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00007.htm


    Thom Hartmann: Europe Wakes Up To Global Cooling Risk

    - While global warming is being officially ignored by the political arm of the Bush administration, and Al Gore's recent conference on the topic during one of the coldest days of recent years provided joke fodder for conservative talk show hosts, the citizens of Europe and the Pentagon are taking a new look at the greatest danger such climate change could produce for the northern hemisphere - a sudden shift into a new ice age. What they're finding is not at all comforting. See... How Global Warming May Cause the Next Ice Age... [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00003.htm


    How Howard Dean Got Done

    - From the beginning of Howard Dean's insurgent rise to the top of the Dem pack in the summer the lurking question was: was the media going to destroy Howard Dean like they destroyed Al Gore. See... Dunning Dean - Did The Doctor Get Gored? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00010.htm


    Uri Avnery: Apartheid In the Holy Land Contextualised

    - An Eskimo comes to town and sees a piece of glass for the first time in his life. The glass looks to him like ice. Ice is transparent, and so is glass. Ice can be chewed. So the Eskimo puts the glass in his mouth and starts to chew. See... Uri Avnery: An Eskimo in Bantustan [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00008.htm


    Jay Shaft Interviews Gulf Veterans At Christmas

    - Over the Christmas holidays I managed to find two US soldiers who were back from Iraq. They were both somewhat willing to be interviewed and describe their time in Iraq in their own words. See... When Will We Stop Dying Senselessly? – US Soldiers [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00006.htm


    David Miller: Gutting Access To UK Official Information

    - The report of the Phillis committee sounds the death knell government information as a public service. Its main recommendation is the abolition of the Government Information and Communication Service… See... The End Of UK Public Service Information Signalled [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00005.htm


    Daniel Patrick Welch: Defeating The Shrub

    - The king is dead--long live the king! Okay, so the old lefty saw about it-doesn't-matter-who-gets-elected-they're-all-the-same-anyway might have less punch this time around. See... Daniel P. Welch: With All Deliberate Stupidity [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00004.htm


    Guest Opinion: Why Defeat The Shrub

    - Many things in our country are bent and breaking, if not already broken, and I don't like it. The simple truth is that I am pissed off. Millions of people are suffering, hungry, and hopeless, living in mean and fearful places where people should not live. See... Robert Rabbin: Voting Our Values [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00002.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

    - My beloved One: Christmas ended a short time ago, it has been less than a month that the new year began, and with it surely everyone has renewed the desire to be a better person. See... Katya Rivas: You Are My Family (2) [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00001.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Richard Prebble's Grand Political Overview

    - In 2004 the US election will dominate world politics and its outcome will have a significant impact on New Zealand. I visited America in November. See... Richard Prebble: State of the Nation 2004 [1] and ACT's The Letter - The State Of The Nation [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00017.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00013.htm


    Don't Get Post Natal Depression Waitemata

    - In The Chief Executive Officer of Waitemata DHB has admitted there are no psychiatric services available for post-natal women, says National's Associate Health spokesman Dr Paul Hutchison. See... Women Still Missing Out On Post-Natal Care [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00015.htm


    Mallard's Axe Continues To Fall On Rural Schools

    - Another 23 schools in the North Island have been axed by Trevor Mallard, says National's education spokesman Bill English. See... Mallard sneaks in more school closures [1] MORE: - ACT - Mallard's Axe, A Cruel Blow For Wairoa [2] - Govt. Announcement - Proposal new school network for Matakaoa [3] , Proposal announced for Taihape school network [4] and Proposal Announced For Taranaki Schools [5] - Govt. Q&A - Questions and answers on school network reviews [6]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00014.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00002.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00301.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00300.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00299.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00302.htm


    Tamihere & Others Are Connecting In Auckland

    - A team of MPs and ministers will be visiting Auckland businesses this week as part of the Government's programme of connecting with small businesses. See... Auckland MPs connecting with small business [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00012.htm


    Time To Move Zaoui To Mangere– Greens

    - Green MP Keith Locke rejects the Immigration Minister's assertion today that Ahmed Zaoui cannot be moved to the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre. See... Minister has key to cage door, says Locke [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00010.htm


    Used Car Dealers Rolling On In

    - Applications for the new Motor Vehicle Traders Register are rolling in, says Consumer Affairs Minister Judith Tizard. See... Motor Vehicle Traders registering in droves [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00009.htm


    Matt Robson On The Eating Of ACT

    - Don Brash's decision to surrender to 'the politics of division' suggests National now aims to cannabilize ACT's vote in next year's election, Progressive MP Matt Robson says. See... Prebble doesn't get it! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00008.htm


    Don't Nuke Our Fruit Kedgley Tells Turner & Growers

    Green MP Sue Kedgley is appealing to New Zealand's biggest produce company Turners & Growers' to drop their plans to continue building a food irradiation plant in Queensland despite the collapse of their American partners Surebeam. See... Kedgley Blasts Turner & Growers' Nuked Fruit Plans [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00007.htm


    Nat's Go North To Discuss Policy & Strategy

    - All 27 National MPs are gathering in Whangarei this week for the annual three-day Caucus meeting. See... National MPs gather for three-day Caucus [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00003.htm


    Czech Botanist's Legal Aid A Joke Says Mark

    - New Zealand First law and order spokesperson Ron Mark is appalled that the Legal Services Agency has granted a top academic and a noted botanist legal aid. See... Legal Aid For Czechs A Joke - Mark [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00305.htm


    Double Dealing The Cause Of Black Friday Strike – Roy

    Once again, Health Minister Annette King's double-dealings with nurses and District Health Boards have come back to haunt her, with 4,000 lower North Island nurses preparing to strike on February 13, ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman Heather Roy said today. See... Déjà Vu Over Nurses' Strike [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00303.htm

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