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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY:
Damien O’Connor: Why He Sent Girl (16) Back To Sri Lanka
Sir Paul Reeves: Biotech Cannot Be Left To Experts
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
UN Calls For Tougher Nuke Non-Proliferation Regime
STORY OF THE WEEK: Brian Easton Joins The Race Debate
Public Address's David Slack Presents His Treaty Pop Quiz

SCOOP COLUMNS:
St Molesworth's Top 10
MOTORNET: Too Good To Criticise
Martin Lefevre: Meditations On St Valentine's Day
Portfocus Gets To The Bottom Of "Purse" Fisheries Bust
John Kaminsky: America's Poor Dying For What?
Doctors Disagreeing With David Kelly's Cause Of Death
Dan Spillane Takes Issue With The Fed Chairman
Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Tamihere On Big-End Business Lobbyists
Govt Should Be Trying To Reduce Prison Population
Politicians Columns
NZ Supporting Food Effort For Starving North Koreans
Making E-Govt Better
Richard Worth Attacks Corngate BSA Appeal Judge
Margaret Wilson Wants To Know About Your Life Balance
Those Were The Days Of Our Select Committees
Building WOFs A Big Woof Says Smith
Three Strikes And US Wood Should Be Kept Out
New Arts Tzars

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Kiwi Men Challenged To Clean Up For Their Valentines

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Scoop Is In The House

– For Parliamentary Questions and Answers see... Oral Answers - Thursday, 12 February [1] - and - Oral Answers for Wednesday Feb 11 [2] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00214.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00179.htm


Damien O’Connor: Why He Sent Girl (16) Back To Sri Lanka

- Associate Immigration Minister Damien O’Connor yesterday authorised the New Zealand Immigration Service (NZIS) to repatriate a teenager and her grandmother to Sri Lanka. See... O'Connor On Repatriation of Sri Lankan pair [1] ALSO: - Greens - Another nail in 'compassionate society's' coffin [2] - Nats - Damien O'Connor's Double Standard [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00211.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00216.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00218.htm


Sir Paul Reeves: Biotech Cannot Be Left To Experts

- Decisions about biotechnology are too important to be left solely to government, business or science. Sir Paul Reeves, Chair of Toi te Taiao: the Bioethics Council said today. See... Biotechnology too important to leave to experts [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00085.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Imported roses passed off as Kiwi made [1]
  • New Benchmark For Two-Year Home Loans At 6.99% [2]
  • Proportion of huge student debts growing [3]
  • Fringe: Will You Be My Black Valentine? [4]
  • 2003 Roger Award Winner(S) To Be Announced [5]
  • Aussie Rugby World Cup Deal Seals NZ Super Yacht [6]
  • Sea Kayakers Gather For Coastbusters [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0402/S00156.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0402/S00159.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0402/S00031.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0402/S00150.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00081.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00121.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0402/S00146.htm


    UN Calls For Tougher Nuke Non-Proliferation Regime

    - The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency today called for the urgent strengthening of the world's non-proliferation regime to ensure that nuclear materials and even weapons are not acquired by terrorists. See... UN: Tougher Non-Proliferation Regime Called For [1] INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • Annan Deplores Deaths During Israeli Incursions [2]
  • UN Military Observer Killed In Dr Of Congo Ambush [3]
  • Indonesian Military Frees Red Cross GAM Hostages [4]
  • Need For Security To Enable UN Return To Iraq [5]
  • Brazil: Extra Judicial and Summary Executions, Amnesty Reports… [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00120.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00119.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00117.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00116.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00114.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00111.htm


    STORY OF THE WEEK: Brian Easton Joins The Race Debate

    - A transcript of an interview of economist Brian Easton by Carol Archie for Mana News broadcast on “Radio New Zealand”, 6.25am Tuesday 10 February 2004. See... Public Policy& the Maori and the Don Brash-eitis [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00102.htm


    Public Address's David Slack Presents His Treaty Pop Quiz

    - That tramping noise you hear is the sound of thousands of National party voters heading home. Their man has pushed the right button and they're saluting him. Shame it had to be THAT button. See... Public Address 13/02/04 - Pop Quiz! [1] To jump directly to the quiz CLICK HERE [2] MORE ON THE RACE DEBATE: - Marc Alexander - Marc My Words - Maori Rights and Wrongs [3] - ACT - One Law For All [4] - ACT - Two Sizes Two Laws [5] - National - Public ward segregation goes too far [6] Click For More Story Of The Week Coverage


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00105.htm
    [2] - http://speeches.com/treaty/index.aspx
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00220.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00209.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00206.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00204.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00104.htm
    MOTORNET: You Can't Touch This

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    St Molesworth's Top 10

    - Top 10 New Year resolutions in parliament See... St Molesworth: New Year Resolutions In Parliament [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00107.htm


    MOTORNET: Too Good To Criticise

    - As a motoring writer, I have a problem with Honda's new Accord Euro. I knew I had a problem a mere five minutes after getting behind the wheel. You see, it’s so impressive that my overwhelming tendency - rather than to write a considered, well researched piece - was to simply advise anyone even remotely in the market for a mid-size sedan to buy the Euro immediately. No questions asked. See... MOTORNET: Honda's Accord Euro Is That Good! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00104.htm


    Martin Lefevre: Meditations On St Valentine's Day

    - As the worldwide marketing blitz for Valentine's Day kicks into high gear, I propose taking a look at the universal, if typically temporary and tempestuous condition termed ''falling in love.'' See... Meditations: Falling in Love - Whatever That Is [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00103.htm


    Portfocus Gets To The Bottom Of "Purse" Fisheries Bust

    - Phil Heatley,MP for Whangarei and National Spokesperson for Fisheries today has said that he, "hopes the Ministry of Fisheries have done their homework. They just have to be totally diligent over this alleged incident since, of all the offences that undermine the management of NZ's fishery, misreporting is the worst". See... MP Hopes Fisheries Min. Has Homework Done On Bust [1] and 5 Accused Fishing Companies Named On Nelson Radio [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00094.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00095.htm


    John Kaminsky: America's Poor Dying For What?

    - Do you remember how many U.S. soldiers died in the first Gulf War? On television at the time, they told you it was around 64. Later, as news agencies recalculated the total from a variety of sources, it became 146. But now, some 13 years later, ... See... John Kaminski: Uncle Sam Wants You ... Dead! [1] MORE ON US CASUALTIES: - Les Blough: At What Price the Bush Wars? [2] - Jay Shaft: A Letter From A Soldier's Mother [3] - Jay Shaft: A US Soldier Writes From Iraq [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00106.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00100.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00099.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00088.htm


    Doctors Disagreeing With David Kelly's Cause Of Death

    - No fewer than SIX MEDICAL SPECIALISTS wrote to the Guardian today (see letter in full below), contending that the medical evidence, as presented at the Hutton Inquiry, does not support the cause of death cited by forensic pathologist, Dr Nicholas Hunt. ... See... Letter: Medical Evidence Does Not Support Suicide [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00101.htm


    Dan Spillane Takes Issue With The Fed Chairman

    - Alan Greenspan says a continuing worry is that the Fed policy could become ''improperly calibrated'' to economic developments. Indeed -- ''fedspeak'' -- what does he mean? See... Dan Spillane: Fed Speaks, But Can't Call Jobs Home [1] and Dan Spillane: Fed's Main Economic Yardstick Broken [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00098.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00097.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

    - Always have your hearts open for great hope: the advent of the Kingdom of God in your souls, in the souls of others, and of the whole world. Learn to fall passionately in the arms of the Merciful Love. See... Katya Rivas: A New Kingdom Is Being Prepared [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00096.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0402/S00084.htm
    Commonwealth War Graves Inspector Visits NZ Cemeteries

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Tamihere On Big-End Business Lobbyists

    - " Those guys are good at doing what they do - which is speak for the big end of town, and, it must be said, for the far-right parties. I'm actually getting a bit tired of hearing their knee-jerk responses and a tendency to view everything by way of victimhood, with the Government to blame. "See... Inciting and exciting small business success [1] REACTION: - Business Roundtable –Play the Ball, Minister [2] - Business NZ - Small Business Charm Offensive Back Firing [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00230.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0402/S00151.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0402/S00150.htm


    Govt Should Be Trying To Reduce Prison Population

    - Green MP Nandor Tanczos today called on the government to back off its plans to increase the prison population by 20 per cent, saying the goal should be to keep people out of prison. See... Nandor: Government's prison priorities wrong [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00229.htm


    Politicians Columns

    - I have a huge amount of sympathy for CYF social workers who get to pick up the pieces of failed welfare policies and the break down of families. See... Judith Collins - Celebrating Families 13 Feb 2004 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00228.htm


    NZ Supporting Food Effort For Starving North Koreans

    - Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that New Zealand would contribute around $370,000 (US$250,000) to the United Nations World Food Programme’s operations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. See... NZ supports North Korean food programme [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00225.htm


    Making E-Govt Better

    - Public sector websites will become much more accessible with the adoption of an approved set of web guidelines across the public sector, State Services Minister Trevor Mallard announced today. See... Public sector websites to be more accessible [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00224.htm


    Richard Worth Attacks Corngate BSA Appeal Judge

    - National Party Justice spokesman Richard Worth says the High Court Judge who eventually backed Helen Clark's case against TV 3 must declare his political colours. See... Corngate Judge Must Declare His Political Colours [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00223.htm


    Margaret Wilson Wants To Know About Your Life Balance

    - The Government's work-life balance project has begun public consultation on an issue that touches all New Zealanders lives. See... Have your say on work-life balance [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00222.htm


    Those Were The Days Of Our Select Committees

    - Eighteen committee meetings were held this week, all in the parliamentary complex. There was one site visit. See... Select Committee Business From 5 Feb to 13 Feb [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00221.htm


    Building WOFs A Big Woof Says Smith

    - A Building Industry Federation call for compulsory warrants of fitness for houses needs to be slapped down, United Future's Murray Smith said today. See... Smith again rejects WOFs for houses [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00217.htm


    Three Strikes And US Wood Should Be Kept Out

    - Green MP Ian Ewen-Street has endorsed MAF's decision to declare the United States off limits to pine imports, saying he hoped MAF would apply the same diligence to other imports that threatened New Zealand's biosecurity. See... Three strikes for pine pitch canker [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00202.htm


    New Arts Tzars

    - Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Judith Tizard has announced appointments and re-appointment of members to the Council of Creative New Zealand. See... Appointments to the Council of Creative NZ [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00231.htm

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