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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Prof. Kelsey Speaks In Geneva On NZ/WTO Dirty Little Secrets
April-May Road Toll Lowest On Record
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
President Bush Remembers The Fallen On US Memorial Day
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
PM's Presser: Helen Says
Hard News And More Is There!
David Miller: Street Violence In Canterbury
William Rivers Pitt Decides Chalabi Really Is An Iranian Spy
Patricia Johnson: Medicare
Today (Monday in the US) Is US Memorial Day:

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Budget 2004: Steve Maharey Talks Families & Budgets
Budget 2004: Extra Money For Treaty Negotiations
Budget 2004: Money For Farm-Park Conversions
Peter Hodgson Opens A 155 Megawatt Insurance Policy
Winston Poors Scorn On ACT's 'NZ Idle' Leadership Race
New Arts Resources For Kiwi Kids
Goff's Off To The Pacific
7000 Laptops For Primary School Teachers
Drinking Water Quality Is The Next Step Says King
Student Gamblers Should Be Deported Pronto - Ron Mark

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LEAD STORY:
Prof. Kelsey Speaks In Geneva On NZ/WTO Dirty Little Secrets

- Speaking at a World Trade Organisation symposium in Geneva on Thursday 27th May, Professor Jane Kelsey from Auckland University and ARENA (Action, Research and Education Network of Aotearoa) condemned the torturous process of accession as ‘one of the WTO’s dirtiest little secrets’. See... Kelsey Attacks NZ's Role In Pacific WTO Accessions [1] . See also... Pacific Forum Economic Ministers Meeting, Rotorua [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00335.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00002.htm


April-May Road Toll Lowest On Record

- A record low number of deaths were recorded on New Zealand roads for the months of April and May, following the introduction of "anywhere anytime" speed cameras on April 7. See... Road deaths for April-May lowest on record [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00008.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Bioethics Council Concludes Human Gene Dialogue [1]
  • Greenpeace casts net over bottom trawlers [2]
  • Japanese Film Stars At Heron’s Flight Vineyard [3]
  • Nuclear Terrorism Within America a Certainty - Professor [4]
  • Wellington investigates wind-energy generation [5]
  • Australian Team for the Cocktail World Cup [6]
  • Electoral Roll For By-Election Closes Friday [7]
  • Suspended IRD Strikers Return To Talks [8]
  • Programme for People's Resistance 2004 June 4-6 [9]
  • Chinese PLA Security & Protection Delegation [10]
  • Change of Guard at Salvation Army [11]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0406/S00001.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0405/S00080.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0406/S00001.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0406/S00003.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0406/S00005.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0406/S00006.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00013.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00012.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00001.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00336.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00003.htm


    President Bush Remembers The Fallen On US Memorial Day

    - "Through our history, America has gone to war reluctantly, because we have known the costs of war. And the war on terror we're fighting today has brought great costs of its own. Since the hour this nation was attacked, we have seen the character of the men and women who wear our country's uniform." See... Bush At Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Day [1] and Bush National World War II Memorial Dedication [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00007.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00006.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • Maryland Bd of Elections Puts Itself Above The Law [1]
  • 2003 draunisalato award for worst company in Fiji [2]
  • Venezuela’s Most Challenging Moment Is Here [3]
  • FIJI: Three firms share 'worst company'award [4]
  • Writers in Prisons Recount Oppression [5]
  • Haiti: Aid Staff Struggle To Access Flood Zone [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00005.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00004.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00003.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00002.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00001.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00276.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0405/S00344.htm
    IMAGE: A New Boat With Wheels

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    PM's Presser: Helen Says

    - In this edition: - Saudi Arabia, terrorism and the safety of New Zealand citizens - Historical claims of patient abuse in NZ mental institutions - Dr Don Brash's Trip To The United States - Upcoming D-Day Commemorations - High oil prices - TV3 BSA decision & Budget publicity spend... See... PM's Presser: A Wide Ranging Discussion [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00005.htm


    Hard News And More Is There!

    - Last year, I actually convinced myself that John Mitchell's apparent inability to speak in sentences was simply a defensive ruse. The All Black coach, I reasoned, must simply be baffling the pundits and critics on his players' behalf... See... Public Address 01/05/04 - Redemption [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00003.htm


    David Miller: Street Violence In Canterbury

    - Whether one attributes the level of violence and abuse that occurred in Christchurch following the Super 12 final earlier this month to the result or not, there can be no denying the fact that this city has a serious problem with alcohol and its related problems such as binge drinking, procurement by those under the age of 18 and violent behaviour. See... Miller: A Return to Christchurch’s Violent Streets [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00002.htm


    William Rivers Pitt Decides Chalabi Really Is An Iranian Spy

    - My article from last week, ' The Iranian Spy in the House of Bush,' which took a close look at accusations leveled at the White House's favorite Iraqi Ahmad Chalabi, generated a number of interesting responses from truthout readers. See... UQ Wire: The Deep Game [1] & UQ Wire: The Iranian Spy in the House of Bush [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00007.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00266.htm


    Patricia Johnson: Medicare

    - How much do you really know about Medicare? Most people assume that at age 65 they are automatically covered by Medicare Part A [Hospital] and if they want Medicare Part B [Doctor] coverage they pay a small premium each month. See... Patricia Johnson: Medicare Rising [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00006.htm


    Today (Monday in the US) Is US Memorial Day:

    Dissent = Disloyalty / Caution = Cowardice / Criticism = Treason - As Americans celebrate their most somber Memorial Day in a generation, consider that while true patriots like Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Don Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Douglas Feith, Stephen Cambone, Richard Perle, Eliot Abrams, and Ahmad Chalabi boldly and wisely worked to rush the country to war, tentative fools like Eric Shinseki and Thomas White urged needless caution. See... Douglas O'Rourke: Of Patriots And Fools [1] MORE MEMORIAL DAY VIEWS: - Stateside with Rosalea: Seaman's Memorial Photos [2] - Sonia Nettnin: Iraq War Memorial Day [3] - Terry Baum - Guest Opinion: Count The Dead [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00001.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00297.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00292.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00281.htm



    Finance Minister Michael Cullen Addresses The Media
    http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=budget2004
    Click for FULL COVERAGE BUDGET 2004

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    Budget 2004: Steve Maharey Talks Families & Budgets

    - Both financial and practical support for families to bring up their children was provided in last Thursday’s Budget, Social Development and Employment Minister Steve Maharey said today. See... Budget delivers for families [1] and Why families are better off with a Labour-led Govt [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00009.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00012.htm


    Budget 2004: Extra Money For Treaty Negotiations

    - A further $1.2 million a year will be put into Treaty settlement negotiations. See... Increased funding for Treaty negotiations [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00014.htm


    Budget 2004: Money For Farm-Park Conversions

    - A $79m package to fund the evolution of a new network of conservation parks and reserves from Crown pastoral leases in the South Island High Country has been announced by Conservation Minister Chris Carter. See... Capacity package for High Country tenure review [1] ALSO: - Govt - Strategic purchase for conservation park [2] - DOC - Public access benefits for the high country [3] - Forest & Bird - Farmers commended for Clent Hills protection [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00010.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00008.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00014.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00011.htm


    Peter Hodgson Opens A 155 Megawatt Insurance Policy

    - Two weeks ago today I pushed a couple of keys on a laptop to start 55 new wind turbines turning. See... "This power station is an insurance policy ..." [1] and Whirinaki power plant adds to electricity supply [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00013.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00001.htm


    Winston Poors Scorn On ACT's 'NZ Idle' Leadership Race

    - Act’s absurd leadership show is really aimed at creating New Zealand’s political “idle” and is developing into a sideshow according to Rt Hon Winston Peters. See... Act Leadership Show For NZ 'Idle' [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00011.htm


    New Arts Resources For Kiwi Kids

    - A range of up-to-the-minute Arts resources designed for New Zealand schools was launched today by Education Minister Trevor Mallard. See... Government supports Arts learning [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00007.htm


    Goff's Off To The Pacific

    - Foreign Minister Phil Goff will lead a delegation of MPs, NGOs, academics, media, business people and officials on a week-long visit to Palau, the Marshall Islands and the Solomon Islands on Wednesday. See... Goff leads delegation on Pacific trip [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00004.htm


    7000 Laptops For Primary School Teachers

    - Additional government funding of $12 million will see some 7000 primary school teachers benefit from a further extension of the Laptops for Teachers scheme, Education Minister Trevor Mallard announced today. See... Seven thousand primary teachers to receive laptops [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00003.htm


    Drinking Water Quality Is The Next Step Says King

    - Ensuring councils get the right information about their catchments' water quality is the next step towards better quality drinking water, according to Environment Minister Marian Hobbs and Health Minister Annette King. See... Proposed standard for drinking water source [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00016.htm


    Student Gamblers Should Be Deported Pronto - Ron Mark

    - New Zealand First law and order spokesperson Ron Mark today called for the Chinese students involved with the illegal Cuba Street casino to be given heavy fines and sent home on the next plane. See... Deport Organised Criminals? Don't Hold Your Breath [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00015.htm

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