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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
PM Discusses UN Involvement In Iraq With Berlusconi
PM's Speeches In Malta & Cassino
Age Of Consent Will Not Be Changed - Phil Goff
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Stateside: Where Rosalea Takes A Trip On A Liberty Ship
Hard News Is There!
Agenda Talks To Winston And The Speaker
No Right Turn: The South Pacific
Kidd Millennium: History Reheated
Link: Abu Ghraib Cover-up Whistleblower Threatened

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
UN Report Criticises NZ For Handling Of Zaoui Case
Parliament Addresses It's History
Greens Want Parliament To Get More Relevant
FBT Interest Rate Rises
Budget 2004: Family Safety Teams
Budget 2004: A Trio Of Trade & Industry Support Announcements
Budget 2004: Budget Previews
Immigration Agents To Be Regulated
Politician's Columns: Muriel Newman, ACT's Letter & The Beehive
Jim Anderton Moves To Re-Classify 'E' And 'Speed'
Wellington's Mental Health Requires Urgent Attention
Goff Calls For Oath Views - Republicans Launch Campaign
Public Defenders Enter The NZ Legal Lexicon

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Italy:Clark Meets Berlusconi, Discusses Iraq

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LEAD STORY:
PM Discusses UN Involvement In Iraq With Berlusconi

- Italy, Rome -- Helen Clark and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi discussed in Rome yesterday a planned United Nations resolution that, if adopted, would see a multinational UN-led force in Iraq. See... Berlusconi And Clark Discuss UN Forces In Iraq [1] ALSO: Pope Blesses New Zealand And Her Peoples [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00226.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00227.htm


PM's Speeches In Malta & Cassino

- In my address I will speak about the state of the New Zealand economy and the strategies my government is pursuing for economic success in the 21st century. See… Malta Chamber of Commerce Speech - PM [1] MORE: - Helen Clark Speech - Malta Official PM's Dinner [2] - Helen Clark Speech - President's Luncheon Malta [3] - Battle of Cassino comemoration - PM Speech [4] For more coverage from the PM's trip to Italy CLICK HERE


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00498.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00499.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00497.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00496.htm


Age Of Consent Will Not Be Changed - Phil Goff

- The age of consent will remain at 16, with penalties of up to 10 years' imprisonment for sexual connection with a young person under that age, says Justice Minister Phil Goff. See... No change to age of consent [1] MORE: - National - Another child sex law needs fixing [2] - Tony Ryall (National) - Govt back down not far enough [3] and New age of consent laws should be scrapped [4] - United Future - Dunne: Govt Again Shows Anti-family Colours [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00475.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00488.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00483.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00481.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00506.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Urgent Rethink required for energy and fisheries [1]
  • Govt Bill’s Negative Impact on Children [2]
  • Canadian Commander visits New Zealand [3]
  • Suspension notices issued by IRD [4]
  • Union To Protest IRD Suspensions Of Strikers [5]
  • ERMA challenged over cavalier attitude to science [6]
  • Nurses Vote To Bargain Nationally for Fair Pay [7]
  • Ethical Superfund investment is not an option! [8]
  • Alliance Supports Tariana Turia In By-Election [9]
  • Auckland Chamber Poll Ranks Business Concerns [10]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00247.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00246.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00243.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00242.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00234.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00240.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00233.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00231.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00230.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0405/S00263.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Stateside: Where Rosalea Takes A Trip On A Liberty Ship

    - I've just been out playing with the biggest toy in town, the SS Jeremiah O'Brien, which you might remember is the restored WWII Liberty Ship I cruised to Stockton on last year. See... Stateside With Rosalea: Teaser [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00236.htm


    Hard News Is There!

    - The Crimes Amendment (No 2) Bill aims to clear up our updated and contradictory laws on s*xu*l offending. It introduces a new offence of drug r*pe, markedly toughens the area around predatory behaviour by adults towards children and aims to remove ... See... Public Address 24/05/04 - Facts Are Out Of Fashion [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00234.htm


    Agenda Talks To Winston And The Speaker

    - May 22nd - Uncorrected rush transcript of Winston Peters & Jonathan Hunt Interview by Simon Dallow for TVOne and Front Page Ltd's Agenda. See... Agenda: Winston Peters & Jonathan Hunt [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00230.htm


    No Right Turn: The South Pacific

    - Simon Upton's column on EU expansion has got me thinking on the subject of super-national organisation in the South Pacific. See... No Right Turn: Thoughts On Regional Unity [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00233.htm


    Kidd Millennium: History Reheated

    - Cartoon by kiddmillennium.com… See... Kidd Millennium Cartoon: History Reheating Itself [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00237.htm


    Link: Abu Ghraib Cover-up Whistleblower Threatened

    - A witness who told ABCNEWS he believed the military was covering up the extent of abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison was today stripped of his security clearance and told he may face prosecution because his comments were "not in the national interest." See... UQ Wire: Iraq Whistleblower Threatened By Feds [1] MORE: - Robert Rabbin: Donald's Spiritual Dysfunction [2] - William Rivers Pitt: Trickle-Down Morality [3] - Sam Smith: The Language Of Cruelty [4] SEE ALSO SCOOP FULL COVERAGE: - Full Coverage: Abu Ghraib Torture Scandal (4) [5] - Full Coverage: Abu Ghraib Torture Scandal (3) [6] - Full Coverage: Abu Ghraib Torture Scandal (2) [7] - Full Coverage: Abu Ghraib Torture Scandal (1) [8] - Full Coverage: Nicolas Berg Beheading [9]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00231.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00216.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00208.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00204.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00209.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0405/S00186.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00150.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00130.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00151.htm


    UN Report Criticises NZ For Handling Of Zaoui Case

    - In a report having clear implications for the Government' handling of the Ahmed Zaoui case, New Zealand has received a mixed report card this week from the UN committee overseeing the country's compliance with the Convention Against Torture. See... UN Committee Warns NZ On Human Rights [1] MORE: - United Nations - Legislation Regarding Zaoui Concerns UN [2] - Human Rights Foundation - UN Committee Against Torture Report [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00228.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00224.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00226.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Parliament Addresses It's History

    - Speech by the Prime Minister on the Occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the House of Representatives in New Zealand See... PM's Speech For 150th Anniversary Of House [1] MORE: - Order Paper - Order Paper - 150th Anniversary Of NZ Parliament [2] - United Future - Dunne demands constitutional reform [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00500.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00490.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00507.htm


    Greens Want Parliament To Get More Relevant

    - The Green Party is calling for civics education to be taught in schools to make parliament more relevant to young people. See... Make Parliament relevant, say Greens [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00508.htm


    FBT Interest Rate Rises

    - The prescribed rate used to calculate fringe benefit tax on low-interest, employment-related loans will rise from 7.30 per cent to 7.50 per cent from 1 July, Revenue Minister Michael Cullen announced today. See... FBT rate for low interest loans rises [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00505.htm


    Budget 2004: Family Safety Teams

    - A pilot scheme aimed at improving responses to family violence is being funded in Budget 2004, Justice Minister Phil Goff, Police Minister George Hawkins and Child, Youth and Family Services Minister Ruth Dyson announced today. See... Budget 2004: Safety Teams address family violence [1] Reaction: - United Future - Turner: Family teams sound suspiciously familiar [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00478.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00504.htm


    Budget 2004: A Trio Of Trade & Industry Support Announcements

    - Initiatives to build skills and assist in the transformation of the textile, clothing, footwear and carpet industry, will receive $2.3 million in Budget 2004, Minister for Economic Development Jim Anderton announced today. See... Budget 2004: Assistance for textiles industry [1] MORE: - Budget 2004: Managing for success [2] - Budget 2004: Supporting Sectors To Succeed [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00502.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00503.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00501.htm


    Budget 2004: Budget Previews

    - The Green Party is calling on the Government to respond in the Budget to the near-unanimous call from nurses for fair pay and safe staffing levels. See... Greens want Budget bail-out for struggling nurses [1] MORE: - National - Labour's welfare trap is set to become a prison [2] - CTU - A Budget for the Battlers [3] - Business NZ - The Budget - what business is looking for [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00491.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00474.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00244.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00235.htm


    Immigration Agents To Be Regulated

    - Immigration Minister, Paul Swain, today announced Cabinet’s agreement in principle to the statutory regulation of immigration agents. The proposal aims to provide greater protection to people who use agents' services. See... Immigration agents to be regulated [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00495.htm


    Politician's Columns: Muriel Newman, ACT's Letter & The Beehive

    - This week the Column looks at the problems with New Zealand’s current super scheme, and considers alternatives to allow Kiwis to retire comfortably without struggle. See... Muriel Newman: No Gold Left For Golden Years [1] MORE: - ACT's The Letter - It Is A Total Spill [2] - Beehive Bulletin - 21 May 2004 [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00494.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00493.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00492.htm


    Jim Anderton Moves To Re-Classify 'E' And 'Speed'

    - Associate Health Minister Jim Anderton said today that he has accepted the recommendations of the Expert Advisory Committee on Drugs to reclassify amphetamine, also known as "speed,” as a Class B1 controlled drug, a higher grade than its current Class. See... Anderton seeks to upgrade "Speed" classification [1] and Anderton seeks to upgrade "Ecstasy" classification [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00485.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00480.htm


    Wellington's Mental Health Requires Urgent Attention

    - Green MP Sue Bradford says the Minister of Health must take swift and immediate action to solve the staffing crisis at Wellington Hospital's mental health unit before another tragedy strikes. See... Wellington mental health crisis needs action now [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00484.htm


    Goff Calls For Oath Views - Republicans Launch Campaign

    - Over the next month, New Zealanders will have the chance to say whether or not they think the country’s oaths and affirmations should be updated. See... Op-ed: Public view to be sought in review of oaths [1] and Oaths discussion document released [2] MORE: - Republicans - Bring the Oaths into the 21st Century [3] - Monarchists - Monarchist League of New Zealand [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00477.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00476.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00238.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00237.htm


    Public Defenders Enter The NZ Legal Lexicon

    - Justice Minister Phil Goff today launched the Public Defence Service, which sees salaried lawyers working alongside private lawyers to provide duty solicitor and criminal legal aid services in the Auckland and Manukau Courts. See... Goff launches Public Defence Service [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00472.htm

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