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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY: Alexander Asks Nandor What Planet He Is On
New High Court and QC Appointments Announced
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
UN Criticises Swiss Asylum Seeker Law Reform
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News & More Is There!
The Inside Oil On Capital Business & Politics
Big News: The Discrimination Relationship Nexus
Fighting Talk: Latest Digest
Martin LeFevre: Dafur's Destruction Of UN Credibility
Sheila Samples: Outfoxed
Sam Smith: An Alternative 9/11 Report
Green Left Weekly: Fahrenheit 9/11
Peace Protests At The Democratic National Convention
David Jenkins: Serious Convention Weirdness
Ernest Partridge: Counting The Ways The Law Has Lost
Valenzeula: George Bush's Legacy – Part IV

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
United Future Empathises With Indebted Students
Housing Investigations Find Media Lacking
Intemperate Green Hydro Comment Perplexes Anderton
Councils Sign Up For Climate Change Initiative
Private A&E Care Referrals A Step Forwards – ACT
Dr Don's Brash Report: Wasted Opportunity
Auckland University Gets Even Bigger
Michael Cullen Talks Economics
Ghosts In The Coromandel & The RMA
Skyhawk Fighters May Be Scrapped

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Scoop Is In The House

- For Today's Parliamentary Questions, see Questions for Oral Answer - Wednesday, 28 July 200 [1] - For Tuesday's questions and answers see... Questions & Answers for Oral Answer - 27 July 2004 [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00458.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00447.htm


LEAD STORY:
Alexander Asks Nandor What Planet He Is On

- United Future law and order spokesman, Marc Alexander, is seeking information from the Green MP, Nandor Tanczos, as to what planet he hails from, following the latest advice from Mr Tanczos to the police concerning their anti-cannabis operations. See... Alexander seeks planetary advice from Nandor [1] MORE: - Progressives - Health warnings, recall provisions needed [2] - Greens - Nandor to police: stop poisoning pot users [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00468.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00460.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00454.htm


New High Court and QC Appointments Announced

- Attorney-General Margaret Wilson today announced the appointment of Christopher John Allan as a Judge of the High Court. See... Christopher John Allan Appointed High Court Judge [1] ALSO: Helen Diana Winkelmann Appointed High Court Judge [2] - New Queen’s Counsels Appointed [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00451.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00453.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00452.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Salvation Army Continues Iraq Mission [1]
  • Workers from collapsed airline welcome money [2]
  • Waitakere Free Spirit Peace Events Team Reminder [3]
  • Canterbury Varroa Movement Controls Lifted [4]
  • Contaminated cornflour traced [5]
  • Film Fest “Lies” and Defending Coprophagia [6]
  • Drop in Population Growth [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0407/S00286.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0407/S00280.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0407/S00279.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0407/S00278.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0407/S00277.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0407/S00275.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0407/S00345.htm


    UN Criticises Swiss Asylum Seeker Law Reform

    - The United Nations refugee agency expressed concern today over proposed changes to Switzerland’s asylum laws, warning they may breach international conventions at a time when the number of asylum-seekers across Europe has fallen rapidly. See... Swiss Asylum Laws Reform Draw UN Concerns [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00262.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • International Criminal Court Arrives In Congo [1]
  • Locust Swarms Multiply In West Africa [2]
  • Ethiopia Needs Nearly $7m For Malaria Epidemic [3]
  • 60 Children die In Prolonged Cold Snap In Peru [4]
  • Syria: Imprisonment of internet users a violation [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00269.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00267.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00266.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00264.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00259.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News & More Is There!

    - The brilliant Michael Wolff has a great essay on "Kerry's Karl Rove" - senior campaign adviser Bob Shrum - in the current issue of Vanity Fair. Wolff was unable to secure an interview with Shrum, but he draws a fascinating and convincing picture of the ... See... Public Address 28/07/04 - Responses [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00220.htm


    The Inside Oil On Capital Business & Politics

    - An update in the exclusive Molesworth & Featherston rolling poll of polls confirms the next government is Winston Peters’ call at the moment. You’ll find lots of political and media comings and goings, this week’s Cabinet decisions, the Reserve Bank prepares to increase your mortgage rate again and a government department believes there is plenty of potential hydro power even without Project Aqua. All this, plus a little bit more, in this week’s update. See... Molesworth & Featherston - 27 July 2004 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00221.htm


    Big News: The Discrimination Relationship Nexus

    - The catch cry of the supporters of the Civil Union Bill is ''Love doesn't discriminate, neither should the law''. They haven't even got it half right. See... Love Does Discriminate - And So Does The Law [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00219.htm


    Fighting Talk: Latest Digest

    - If you want to fit in, don’t throw meat bones over your shoulder. It’s a rainy night and up at AUT's Four Seasons restaurant, overlooking Mayoral Drive, David Wang's hospitality class is hosting a group from the Chinese Students Association interested ... See... Fighting Talk From Fighting Talk [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00218.htm


    Martin LeFevre: Dafur's Destruction Of UN Credibility

    - A nation’s moral authority is inversely proportional to its dependence on military power. Nowhere is the erosion of America’s stature under the militaristic Bush Doctrine more clear than with US/UN ineffectuality in dealing with the genocide in Sudan. See... Meditations (Politics): Resign, Kofi Annan [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00217.htm


    Sheila Samples: Outfoxed

    - Folks on the Internet are having a field day with Rupert Murdoch's Fox News Network finally getting what it so richly deserves in Robert Greenwald's recently released documentary, ''Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism.'' See... Sheila Samples: I Know You Are But What Am I? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00223.htm


    Sam Smith: An Alternative 9/11 Report

    - It is now almost three years since the World Trade Center attack. During this period we have invaded two Muslim countries and moved far closer to the apartheid regime of Ariel Sharon. See... Sam Smith: An Alternative 9/11 Report [1] MORE ON THE 911 REPORT: - Ivan Eland - 9/11 Report Omits Key Player [2] - Links - UQ Wire: 9/11 Unanswered Questions Remain [3] For much more see… SCOOOP UNANSWERED QUESTIONS FEATURE [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00216.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00211.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00210.htm
    [4] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=UnansweredQuestions


    Green Left Weekly: Fahrenheit 9/11

    - I was amused and a little offended by Bolt's rant, but hardly surprised by his predictable Rottweiler-like assault on Moore's documentary. Bolt is part of a desperate — and unsuccessful — campaign to derail the relentless forward march of the film. See... Will Fahrenheit 9/11 Bring Down Bush And Howard? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00215.htm


    Peace Protests At The Democratic National Convention

    - Since 9/11/01, we have participated in about 30 protests against the latest wars of the ruling class. Yesterday’s anti-war demonstration on Boston Common and our march to the Fleet Center was nothing less than an unparalleled success. See... The Anti-War Movement Faces Off With the DNC [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00214.htm


    David Jenkins: Serious Convention Weirdness

    - There was an interesting story in the NY Times last week. Seems as though there is something called Compassion Across America , a group of conservative volunteers who will be doing their level best to redirect attention away from the Democratic National Convention. And how… See... David Jenkins: The GOP Dog And Pony Show [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00213.htm


    Ernest Partridge: Counting The Ways The Law Has Lost

    - Amidst all the outrages of the Bush Administration -- raiding the Federal treasury, starving education and social services, trashing the environment, launching an aggressive war -- it is all too easy to overlook the erosion of the rule of law. See... Ernest Partridge: When the Law Goes Flat [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00212.htm


    Valenzeula: George Bush's Legacy – Part IV

    - Fundamentalist Islam’s Uncle Sam is George W. Bush, the perfect recruiting tool and poster boy for waging jihad against US interests throughout the world. See... George W. Bush’s Lasting Legacy to America (4) [1] . See also...(Part 3) [2] , (Part 2) [3] & (Part 1) [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00222.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00208.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00187.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00175.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    United Future Empathises With Indebted Students

    - United Future would lower the burden of student loan debt by addressing living and tuition expenses separately, its education spokesman, Bernie Ogilvy, said today. See... Ogilvy acknowledges student petition [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00466.htm


    Housing Investigations Find Media Lacking

    0 Investigations in to three housing cases reported by media this week have not substantiated the claims made. See... Housing cases not as claimed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00473.htm


    Intemperate Green Hydro Comment Perplexes Anderton

    - Progressive leader Jim Anderton says he is perplexed by the latest intemperate comments from the Opposition Green Party in opposition to hydro-electricity generation. See... Do Greens want existing hydro plants to be closed? [1] and Greens… Coming to a river near you [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00472.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00469.htm


    Councils Sign Up For Climate Change Initiative

    - Energy Minister and Convenor of the Ministerial Group on Climate Change, Pete Hodgson, today launched the Communities for Climate Protection (CCP) programme. See... Councils sign up for Climate Change initiative [1] and Hon Pete Hodgson: Speech - Climate Change [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00471.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00470.htm


    Private A&E Care Referrals A Step Forwards – ACT

    - ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman Heather Roy today said the move of some emergency departments offering patients vouchers for private care is a step in the right direction. See... Private Healthcare The Real Answer [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00467.htm


    Dr Don's Brash Report: Wasted Opportunity

    - In my view, the Government is interpreting the current strength of the economy as giving it latitude to implement legislation which, while clearly bad for growth and bad for workers' incomes, will be politically convenient in delivering gains for ... See... Brash-Report: Labour's Wasted Opportunity [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00474.htm


    Auckland University Gets Even Bigger

    - The proposed merger of the Auckland College of Education with the University of Auckland will go ahead from 1 September 2004, Education Minister Trevor Mallard and Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey announced today. See... Auckland University and Auckland College to merge [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00463.htm


    Michael Cullen Talks Economics

    - One of the most salient features of the New Zealand economy in the last few quarters has been its capacity to confound the forecasters by outperforming the consensus forecasts for growth. See... Hon Michael Cullen: Speech - NZ Economy [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00462.htm


    Ghosts In The Coromandel & The RMA

    - The Thames poltergeist sham highlights the nonsense of allowing spiritual and metaphysical considerations to creep into our laws and judicial consideration, ACT New Zealand Environment and Conservation Spokesman Ken Shirley said today. See... RMA: Ridiculous Metaphysical Act [1] MORE RMA NEWS: - National - National to review local government legislation [2] - Don Brash - Brash Speech: To Local Govt New Zealand [3] - Nick Smith - Nats want end to spiritual nonsense in RMA [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00459.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00457.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00456.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00455.htm


    Skyhawk Fighters May Be Scrapped

    - The chances of the Air Force's 17 Skyhawk fighter aircraft and 17 Aermacchi jet trainers being busted up and sold for scrap seem to be getting greater by the day, says National's Defence spokesman, Simon Power. See... Turning Skyhawks into scrap [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00446.htm

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