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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Australia Clinches FTA Deal With United States
REACTION: Australia & USA’s FTA Tragic For NZ - Brash
For Justice Sake: Zaoui Case Needs Open Scrutiny
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Amnesty Calls For Investigation Into Guyana Death-Squads
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News On Waitangi Day
ZZZzzzzt Scoop Has Feedback
Hon. Simon Upton's Latest European Letter
Stateside: Regarding Women As Chattels
Alun Fosta On The Perils Of Political Transportation
John Roughan In Honiara: The Honeymoon Ends
Martin LeFevre: Reflections On Evil
Norma Sherry: Messages From On High
Uncommonly Thoughtful Weather Nightmares
Daniel Patrick Welch: The Wrong Side of History
Jay Shaft Interviews A US Troop Commander
UQ Wire: Whitewashing The White House & Questions For Condi
Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
WAITANGI '04: The Aftermath
WAITANGI '04: ACT Sees The Silver Lining In Racial Furore
WAITANGI '04: Speechifying
WAITANGI '04: Is Brash's Muddy Eye The First Step On A Road To Race Conflict?

Correctional Community Work Becoming A Sick Joke
Welfare Debts Disgraceful – Newman
National Suggests Contracting Out Health Admin. Work
Saving Schools From Network Review Via Postcards
Call For Ban On Pigs Eating Pigs
Ross Meurant Resignation Received - Winston

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LEAD STORY:
Australia Clinches FTA Deal With United States

- Australian Trade Minister Mark Vaile today concluded an agreed text for the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement with his US counterpart, Trade Representative Bob Zoellick. See... Free Trade Agreement with the United States [1] and Australia-United States FTA - Overview [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00064.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00065.htm


REACTION: Australia & USA’s FTA Tragic For NZ - Brash

- National Party Leader Don Brash says the free trade deal announced today between Australia and the United States is a tragedy for New Zealand. See… Free trade deal a tragedy for New Zealand says Brash [1] ALSO: - United Future - Dunne on Oz-US FTA [2] - ACT - CER Will Wither On The Vine [3] - Greens - Australia buys a lemon [4] - NZ-US Council - US-Australia free trade deal an opportunity for NZ [5] - Auckland Chamber - Case For NZ-US FTA Just Gets Stronger! [6] - ARENA - Sugar Helps Australia's Medicine Go Down [7] - Trade Libs - Australia/US FTA - Confirms TLN's Worst Fears [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00099.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00109.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00106.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00100.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00057.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0402/S00072.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00053.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0402/S00060.htm


For Justice Sake: Zaoui Case Needs Open Scrutiny

- Green MP Keith Locke says the SIS should come under the same scrutiny for the Zaoui case that its American and British counterparts are facing over the Iraq war. See... Zaoui Case Needs Iraq-Style Inquiry, says Locke [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00097.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • The secret (not glamorous) life of garment workers [1]
  • High Dollar Causes Fishing Industry Crisis [2]
  • Small rise in January vehicle registrations [3]
  • XTRA Jetstream Plans Include Flat-Rate Broadband [4]
  • Action, not spin, needed by SMEs [5]
  • Symantec’s Top 10 Malicious Threats For January 04 [6]
  • An Evening in Wellington with…. IVAN REBROFF [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00055.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00054.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0402/S00068.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0402/S00067.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0402/S00061.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0402/S00017.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0402/S00053.htm


    Amnesty Calls For Investigation Into Guyana Death-Squads

    - Amnesty International today urged the President of Guyana to open an immediate inquiry into allegations that a 'death squad' has tortured, "disappeared" and killed dozens of individuals since 2002. See… Guyana: death squad killings inquiry needed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00060.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • US WMDs Intelligence Commission - Fact Sheet [1]
  • Formation of Independent Commission On Iraq WMDs - Bush [2]
  • International Aid Needed For Indonesian Earthquake [3]
  • Deadly Terror Attack In Moscow Deplored [4]
  • Int. Development Committee Report on Palestine [5]
  • Splits Over Iraq Subside - UN Urges Joint Efforts [6]
  • Afghanistan's Drug Economy Is Fuelling Terrorism [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00063.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00062.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00049.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00053.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00056.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00052.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00051.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0402/S00052.htm
    FRINGE '04: After Kafka


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News On Waitangi Day

    - Clearly, things got emotional at Waitangi this year, but we'd do well to remember that we have seen far more dramatic events in Waitangi Day's brief history as a national celebration. See... Public Address 09/02/04 - Rushes [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00057.htm


    ZZZzzzzt Scoop Has Feedback

    - See... Letters: House Disorder – Brash – Brash & Brash [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00056.htm


    Hon. Simon Upton's Latest European Letter

    - Alain Juppé stars as a martyr in his very own political drama, more on the veil, and three books reviewed from the burgeoning academic industry in analysing health reforms. See... Upton-on-line Diaspora Edition – Feb. 9th 2004 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00055.htm


    Stateside: Regarding Women As Chattels

    - Reaction to NZ Herald report of Don Brash's comments See... Stateside: Poem for the National Party [1] . See also more Rosalea Barker on Waitangi Day... Stateside: So Last Century [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00054.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00043.htm


    Alun Fosta On The Perils Of Political Transportation

    - Politicians the world over seem to share, among other things, an amazing ability to live ''high on the hog'' and bury their snouts ''deep in the public trough'' without, apparently, the least concern or consideration for those footing the bill. See... Public Servant or Political Profligate? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00058.htm


    John Roughan In Honiara: The Honeymoon Ends

    - The Solomon Islands/RAMSI honeymoon is definitely over! It's great that the mutual cooperation, sincere fondness and true thankfulness lasted more than 6 months but the honeymoon period is definitely over. See... John Roughan: The Honeymoon Is Over! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00053.htm


    Martin LeFevre: Reflections On Evil

    - Speaking of evil, there is a nice quote that goes: "the greatest achievement of the devil in the modern world is convincing people that he doesn't exist." See... Meditations (Spirituality): The Problem of Evil [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00044.htm


    Norma Sherry: Messages From On High

    - It would appear that the messages Pat Robertson has been hearing from God are not God at all, but a cruel, conniving imposter. See... Norma Sherry: . . . And God Said [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00052.htm


    Uncommonly Thoughtful Weather Nightmares

    - There is an interesting article in the February 9, 2004 edition of Fortune Magazine - CLIMATE COLLAPSE - The Pentagon's Weather Nightmare - by David Stipp. The Pentagon is apparently taking "climate change" seriously even if the White House is not. See... Environmental Collapse - Sooner Not Later [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00051.htm


    Daniel Patrick Welch: The Wrong Side of History

    - We were all lied to. We're used to it. If Westmoreland's body counts and Watergate and Iran Contra and the Savings and Loan and the first Gulf War didn't teach some of us, then I guess some of us were never meant to learn. See... Daniel Patrick Welch: The Wrong Side of History [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00050.htm


    Jay Shaft Interviews A US Troop Commander

    - The following interview was conducted with a US Army high level commander who has been back from Iraq less than two weeks. See... Sometimes It Is A Soldiers Duty To Tell The Truth [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00049.htm


    UQ Wire: Whitewashing The White House & Questions For Condi

    - While not defending President Clinton's unethical behavior, I feel compelled to point out that he was, as a sitting President, forced to testify under oath and in public in facing questions over sex at the conclusion of a 5 year investigation that consumed nearly $50 million. See... UQ Wire: Facing Up To A White House Whitewash [1] . See also… UQ Wire: Unanswered Questions For Condi Rice [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00048.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00047.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

    - This morning you have reviewed My Passion, the love story written with My Blood. You write stories with ink, but I have written Mine with My Blood. It was written: See... Katya Rivas: I Must Save Religious Souls [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00046.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00095.htm
    Governor General Dame Silvia Cartwright

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    WAITANGI '04: The Aftermath

    - Race Relations Commissioners from throughout the World got a warts and all picture of New Zealand during their international conference in Auckland last week. See... Warts and All Picture of NZ For Intl Commissioners [1] MORE: - United Future - Smith: Brash's colonialism betrays his ignorance [2] - National - Highlighting Government double-speak [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00056.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00111.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00096.htm


    WAITANGI '04: ACT Sees The Silver Lining In Racial Furore

    - On Tuesday parliament reopens with Labour under pressure. The TV pictures from Waitangi showed the state of the country’s race relations. See... ACT's The Letter - Monday 9 February 2004 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00108.htm


    WAITANGI '04: Speechifying

    - Nga manuhiri tuarangi, nga rangatira ma, nga iwi o te motu, nga mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa. See... Dame Silvia Cartwright – Waitangi Day 2004 Address [1] MORE: - Jim Anderton Waitangi Day 2004 Address [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00093.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00094.htm


    WAITANGI '04: Is Brash's Muddy Eye The First Step On A Road To Race Conflict?

    - Former Race Relations Conciliator, Gregory Fortuin has today asked Don Brash to consider whether he has embarked on a path of Nation Building or a Dangerous Road to Conflict. “I am hearing alarm bells” Fortuin said. See... Brash – Nation Building or Road To Conflict [1] MORE WAITANGI NEWS & VIEWS: - Rosalea Barker - Stateside: So Last Century [2] - Christian Heritage - Waitangi Day is a time for Optimism [3] - AUS - Brash claims encourage racism say university staff [4] - Muriel Newman - Muriel Newman: Divided We Fall? [5] - Libertarianz - Libertarianz at Waitangi [6] - Peter Dunne - Dunne resubmits New Zealand Day Bill [7] - Govt . - Reducing inequalities monitoring reports progress [8] - ACT - ACT Happy To Say It Kanohi ki Kanohi [9] - Commonwealth Press Union - Waitangi Media Ban Breaks Promise [10] - EPMU - Treat journalists evenly - union [11]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00034.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00043.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00050.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00046.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00088.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00080.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00078.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00075.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00070.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00045.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00039.htm


    Correctional Community Work Becoming A Sick Joke

    - Labour's alternative to periodic detention, community work, is fast becoming a sick joke as offenders are given second and third chances to reoffend, says National's Police spokesman Tony Ryall. See... More evidence of Labour's soft-on-crims policies [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00110.htm


    Welfare Debts Disgraceful – Newman

    - ACT New Zealand Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today condemned the Labour Government's `easy come, easy go' attitude to taxpayer money, after new information revealed that the top five Domestic Purposes Benefit debt totals a shocking $638,401.41. See... DPB Debt Into The Next Century [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00107.htm


    National Suggests Contracting Out Health Admin. Work

    - Millions of health dollars are being wasted on administration work that would be better done by private companies, says National's Health spokeswoman Lynda Scott. See... Millions of health dollars wasted on admin. [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00105.htm


    Saving Schools From Network Review Via Postcards

    - Parents who are angry about school closures will get an opportunity to register their protest to the Government through the National post card campaign, says National's Education spokesman Bill English. See... National postcard campaign on school closures [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00104.htm


    Call For Ban On Pigs Eating Pigs

    - Green MP Sue Kedgley today called for an immediate ban on the feeding of pig meat to pigs, following evidence that the practice was likely to have been responsible for the outbreak of post-weaning multisystemic wasting syndrome (PWMS). See... MAF makes a meal of pig wasting disease [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00103.htm


    Ross Meurant Resignation Received - Winston

    - Rt Hon Winston Peters today confirmed that he had received the resignation of Ross Meurant. See... Peters Confirms Meurant's Resignation Received [1] and Peters Responds To TVNZ Allegations [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00098.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00068.htm

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