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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: NZ March Qtr. GDP Growth Tops The OECD
Hard News Addresses The Civl Union Debate
Same-Sex Civil Unions A Step Closer After Conscience Vote
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Iraq SNAFU - Colin Powell BBC Interview
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Estimations With Scoop's Kevin List
Charles Shaw: Four Generations Of Fascist Bushes
John Chuckman: Americans' Right To Know
Genevieve Cora Fraser: Violent Storms Strike Palestine
Sonia Nettnin At The Chicago Palestine Film Festival
Torture Memos: Bush Reaps What Kennedy Sowed
Dennis Hans: How The New York Times Helped Cheney Lie To America

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
The Manse Street Bus Company Controversy
Backpackers' Are Not Prison Release Hostels - Franks
Politicians Columns: Marc My Words
Community Groups Get Money To Understand RMA
Xenical Not A Magic Pill
Those Were The Days Of Our Select Committees
Watercare Services Gets Carbon Credits
Overseas Investment Law Changes Introduced
Parole Review Not Enough
Scoop Was In The House

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
NZ March Qtr. GDP Growth Tops The OECD

- “The latest quarterly gross domestic product results are at the top end of market expectations and point to the continuing resilience of the New Zealand economy,” Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today. See... Growth stronger than expected - Cullen [1] MORE: - Statistics - Household Spending Fuels Strong Economic Growth [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00412.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0406/S00318.htm


Hard News Addresses The Civl Union Debate

- The speeches on the first reading of the Civil Unions Bill were as interesting as they always are on a conscience vote. Our elected members are obliged at these times to depart from the script and speak their minds... Public Address 25/06/04 - Taking Flight


Same-Sex Civil Unions A Step Closer After Conscience Vote

- The Civil Union Bill will be referred for Select Committee scrutiny after passing its first reading by a majority of six votes. 66 members voted for the Civil Union Bill's introduction whilst 50 members opposed the Bill. There were no abstentions. See... Civil Union Bill Passes First Hurdle [1] MORE: - Judith Collins - Ashraf Choudhary MIA (again) [2] - Maxim - Maxim Institute - real issues - No. 116 [3] - Young Labour - Young Labour Says Support Civil Unions [4] - Princes St Branch - Small Step Toward Tolerance [5] - SPCS - SPCS Response to NZ Young Labour re Civil Unions [6] - Aaron Bhatnagar -Choudhary disgrace [7] MORE STORY OF THE WEEK COVERAGE [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00223.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00409.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00253.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00239.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00251.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00261.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00254.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0406/S00232.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Filipino Human Rights Activist To Tour NZ In Oct. [1]
  • A Lifetime In Politics: The Memoirs of Warren Free [2]
  • Tribute to Pat Kelly [3]
  • Two major Auckland transport projects approved [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00260.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00259.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00257.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00248.htm


    Iraq SNAFU - Colin Powell BBC Interview

    - MR. LEYNE: Mr. Secretary, it's just under a week till the handover of power in Iraq. Another terrible day of violence. Is this the shape of things to come? See... Powell Interview on BBC Television with Jon Leyne [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00306.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • UQ Wire: Farenheit 9/11 - Summer Of Truth ALERT! [1]
  • World Vision ready to enter Sudan hell [2]
  • Al Gore: Democracy Itself is in Grave Danger [3]
  • Int. Criminal Court Begins DR Congo Investigations [4]
  • Washington's Anti-Aristide Game Plan for Haiti [5]
  • Ban Continues on Military Assistance for Indonesia [6]
  • Food Supply In Afghanistan Remains Unreliable [7]
  • Egypt Supports Planned Israeli Pullout From Gaza [8]
  • US uses Colombia as 'Israel' of Latin America [9]
  • Statement by P10K founder in Tel Aviv court [10]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00305.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00304.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00303.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00301.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00300.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00299.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00298.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00297.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00294.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00293.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0406/S00171.htm
    Mt Ruapehu Opens For 2004

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Estimations With Scoop's Kevin List

    - Vote Defence - The Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee had the opportunity to put Defence Minister Mark Burton on the spot over various Defence related issues at the Vote Defence Estimates hearing of evidence yesterday. See... Estimations: Vote Defence [1] - Vote Customs - The Minister of Customs, Rick Barker, faced a moderate grilling during the hearing of evidence for the Customs Estimates. Taking the floor early on, Barker stressed that border security was the priority issue for Customs. See... Estimations: Vote Customs [2] Earlier Estimations: - Estimations: Department Of Corrections [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00231.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00230.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00218.htm


    Charles Shaw: Four Generations Of Fascist Bushes

    - How four generations of arms, oil, fascism, and US Govt. defiance made America's First Family. See... Charles Shaw: Critical Analysis - The Bush Empire [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00226.htm


    John Chuckman: Americans' Right To Know

    - In a number of states and in the American Congress, legislation is being advanced, usually under the deliberately misleading heading of the ''consumer's right to know,'' to restrict the ability of companies and government agencies to use call centers ... See... John Chuckman: Americans' Right To Know [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00225.htm


    Genevieve Cora Fraser: Violent Storms Strike Palestine

    - An ill wind blew : From Washington : To Tel Aviv today : Bringing power : Lines down : In lock-step : Collapsed : Universal : Rights : To Return See... Poem: Israeli Violent Storms Strike Palestine [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00224.htm


    Sonia Nettnin At The Chicago Palestine Film Festival

    - “I lost the will to live when I lost my friend,” the boy said. “But Kiftah will always be in my heart…I will never forget him.” A STONE’S THROW AWAY is a documentary about life under military occupation and the Palestinian youth who suffer from it. See... Sonia Nettnin: Film Review - A Stone's Throw Away [1] More Palestine Film Reviews: Sonia Nettnin: Film Review - Siege [2] - Sonia Nettnin Review: Freedom I Have Lost [3] . - Sonia Nettnin: Film Review - Keys [4] - Review: Elias Chacour - Prophet in His Own Country [5] - Sonia Nettnin: To Create Something Out of Nothing [6]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00228.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00210.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00200.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00184.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00171.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00170.htm


    Torture Memos: Bush Reaps What Kennedy Sowed

    - New photos of American soldiers raping and killing Iraqis will likely emerge in the coming days, as Secretary Rumsfeld obliquely warned us weeks ago. See... Steve Weissman: Bush Reaps What Kennedy Sowed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00227.htm


    Dennis Hans: How The New York Times Helped Cheney Lie To America

    - How our newspaper of record and the vice president, with an assist from NBC’s Tim Russert, teamed up to spread the myth of the Iraqi connection to 9-11. See... New York Times And Cheney Once Were Sweethearts [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00215.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0406/S00167.htm
    Rialto Movie Of The Week: The Cooler


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    The Manse Street Bus Company Controversy

    - ACT New Zealand Whangarei-based MP and Deputy Leader Dr Muriel Newman today lodged a written Parliamentary Question to Education Minister Trevor Mallard in relation to the Manse street bus company controversy. See... ACT Seeks Answers Over Irresponsible Spending [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00426.htm


    Backpackers' Are Not Prison Release Hostels - Franks

    ACT New Zealand Corrections Spokesman Stephen Franks today called on Corrections Minister Paul Swain to undertake that the Government would never again place released prisoners in backpackers' hostels, without the fully informed agreement of hostel ... See... Backpackers' Are Not Prison Release Hostels [1] see also... Attempted murders from Corrections' insanity [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00425.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00420.htm


    Politicians Columns: Marc My Words

    - And what role model has New Zealand chosen? Amongst the many deserving hardworking Kiwis who make our Olympic team we have unwittingly bestowed on a baby killer the honour of representing us. See... Marc My Words June 25: A Silent Box [1] MORE COLUMNS: - Labour Party - Beehive Bulletin - 25 June 2004 [2] - Deborah Coddington - Liberty Belle 25 June 2004 [3] - Matt Robson - Robson-on-Politics - 25th June 2004 [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00424.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00423.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00414.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00408.htm


    Community Groups Get Money To Understand RMA

    - The Ministry for the Environment has granted $250,000 to community groups throughout New Zealand to improve public involvement in resource management processes, Environment Minister Marian Hobbs announced today. See... Grants assist resource management understanding [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00422.htm


    Xenical Not A Magic Pill

    - New Zealand First’s Health spokesperson Barbara Stewart is urging the Government to put a stop to the proposal to make the diet drug Xenical available over the counter without a prescription. See... Xenical Not A Magic Pill [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00419.htm


    Those Were The Days Of Our Select Committees

    - Thirteen committee meetings were held this week, all in the parliamentary complex. See... Select Committee Business: 18 June to 25 June 2004 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00418.htm


    Watercare Services Gets Carbon Credits

    - Auckland water supply company, Watercare Services Limited, has been awarded up to 10,829 carbon credits, or emission units, under the government's Projects to Reduce Emissions programme. See... Auckland water company powers ahead [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00416.htm


    Overseas Investment Law Changes Introduced

    - This bill amends the process of consent for an overseas person purchasing land adjacent to the sea, any river or lake by requiring consideration to be given to issues of public access. See... Overseas Investment Amendment Bill [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00415.htm


    Parole Review Not Enough

    - ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks today described the announcement of a review of parole as "a gutless blame shift by the Labour Government", and said that the Parole Board has been doing exactly what Labour ordered it to do in the ... See... Parole Review Gutless [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00413.htm


    Scoop Was In The House

    - For Thursday's Q&A see... Questions & Answers for Oral Answer - 24 June 2004 [1] . For Wednesday's see... Questions & Answers for Oral Answer - 23 June 2004 [2] , and Tuesday's see... Questions & Answers for Oral Answer - 22 June 2004 [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00405.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00368.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00342.htm

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