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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY: Reserve Bank Ups OCR From 5.75 to 6 Percent
Bay Of Plenty OK After Another Deluge
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Oil In Darfur? Who Would Have Thought
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Simon Pound: Why Terrorists Are Like Dogs
Richard S. Ehrlich: Bangkok's Role In The Events Of September 11
John Roughan: Good Democracy Takes Time
Cartoon: The Peace President Plays In His Patch
Steve Weissman: Believing His Own BS
Walden Bello: Developing Nations And The WTO
Palestine Protests At The Democratic National Convention
Maps Used To Brainwash Israelis About Palestine
Palast & Moore Combine To Oppose Vote Theft

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Trevor Mallard's "I Am Indigenous" Speech
King Urged To Speak Up On Teens Dental Care
Clark Urged To Butt Out Of Super 12 Row
NZers Disappearing Dream – Home Ownership
Clem Simich Under Seige
Australian Malaysian Closeness Concerns Lockwood
Fitzsimons Does Not Accept Ministerial Views On Hydro
Sickness Benefit Blowout Down To The Tories – Bradford
Is Afghanistan Getting Too Dangerous For Kiwi Troops?
Clark Announces Funding For Strong Women

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Cartoon: Poisoned Weed From The Police Crime Labs

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Scoop Is In The House

- For today's questions see... Questions for Oral Answer - Thursday, 29 July 2004 [1] . For Wednesday's Q&A see... Questions & Answers for Oral Answer - 28 July 2004 [2] . For Tuesday's see... Questions & Answers for Oral Answer - 27 July 2004 [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00492.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0407/S00480.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00447.htm


LEAD STORY:
Reserve Bank Ups OCR From 5.75 to 6 Percent

- Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard said “Today’s OCR increase reflects a continued buoyant economy that is placing considerable strain on resource capacity and hence leading to inflation pressures. This broad assessment and policy decision remains consistent with our June Monetary Policy Statement. See... Official Cash Rate Increased to 6.00 Pecent [1] REACTION: - Auckland Chamber of Commerce - Are We For A Growth-Led Economy Or Not? [2] - NZ First - Interest Rates Too High Says Peters [3] - ACT - Labour To Blame For Interest Rate Hike [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0407/S00356.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0407/S00368.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00499.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00487.htm


Bay Of Plenty OK After Another Deluge

- Environment Bay of Plenty staff kept an all-night alert but sodden stopbanks “did the job” in spite of rainfall last night. See... All is well after night of rain [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0407/S00240.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • New health and safety guidelines for sex industry [1]
  • Flag Burning in Protest at 5pm [2]
  • Rd1 Offers Support To Flood-Affected Farmers [3]
  • Television advertising growth strong at 8.3% [4]
  • 64% of Vehicle Dealers Not Complying With Regs [5]
  • Panel Approves Exemptions For Contact Takeover [6]
  • Hydro report threat to conservation [7]
  • Reed Publishing Creative And Design Exporter Award [8]
  • Cost Seminar on Meningococcal Vaccine Programme [9]
  • Austrian Ambassador Headlines Special NCRE Week [10]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0407/S00293.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0407/S00289.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0407/S00370.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0407/S00369.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0407/S00363.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0407/S00362.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0407/S00288.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0407/S00359.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0407/S00083.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0407/S00080.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00230.htm
    Guess Whose Oil Is In Darfur?

    Oil In Darfur? Who Would Have Thought

    - Perhaps the most striking thing about the news reports that Britain is thinking of sending troops to Darfur in Sudan is the silence on the matter which has emanated from the usual antiwar campaigners. See... John Laughland: Fill Full The Mouth Of Famine [1] MORE: - NZ Govt. - More NZ aid for Darfur [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00230.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00490.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • Libya given OK to negotiate WTO membership [1]
  • Oxfam: US blocking trade deal at WTO [2]
  • Delivery Of Food Aid To North Korea Hampered [3]
  • Afghanistan Two Killed At Voter Registration Site [4]
  • UN To Ease Bangladesh's Worsening Flood Crisis [5]
  • Union Confederation: WTO Fiddles While World System Burns [6]
  • Guyana: Born a Broken Nation [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00280.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0407/S00292.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00279.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00278.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00277.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00276.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00275.htm


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Simon Pound: Why Terrorists Are Like Dogs

    - If you have ten people sitting around a table and one person feeds a dog from the table then the dog will continue to come back for more. See... Simon Pound: How To Train Terrorists & Other Dogs [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00235.htm


    Richard S. Ehrlich: Bangkok's Role In The Events Of September 11

    - Three Saudi hijackers, who died in the Sept. 11 attack on the Pentagon, escaped CIA surveillance by travelling to an al Qaeda meeting in Bangkok before flying to America, according to the U.S. government's 9/11 Commission Report. See... Richard S. Ehrlich: Bangkok And The 9/11 Attacks [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00234.htm


    John Roughan: Good Democracy Takes Time

    - In February 2006 Solomon Islanders will more than likely cast their votes to elect members for a new parliament. That sounds a long way down the road but believe me it's right around the corner. See... John Roughan - 18 Months To Make Good! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00233.htm


    Cartoon: The Peace President Plays In His Patch

    - Cartoon by John Chuckman see... Chuckman Cartoon: The Peace President [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00231.htm


    Steve Weissman: Believing His Own BS

    - In this week of John Kerry's nomination, we should all give President Bush his due. Iraq boils up in his face. Over half his fellow Americans now think his war wrong-footed, if not pig-headed. See... Weissman: Jesus, Jihadis, and the Red-State Blues [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00236.htm


    Walden Bello: Developing Nations And The WTO

    - In the ten months since the collapse of the World Trade Organization ministerial meeting in Cancun in September last year, there have been warnings aplenty, directed at the developing countries, that if they did not cooperate, the multilateral trading system would be eroded beyond repair. See... Walden Bello: D-Day For The WTO [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00229.htm


    Palestine Protests At The Democratic National Convention

    - On Monday evening, delegates arriving at the Democratic National Convention were greeted by the sight of two to three hundred people rallying in the controversial fenced-in demonstration zone. See... Protestors To DNC Delegates: Free Palestine! [1] . See also... The Anti-War Movement Faces Off With the DNC [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00228.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00214.htm


    Maps Used To Brainwash Israelis About Palestine

    - Early one morning about a month ago I was awakened from a sound sleep by the phone ringing. Quite groggy, I listened to the voice of a stranger on the other end who identified herself and then insisted that I take down her address and phone number. See... Maps Used To Brainwash Israelis About Palestine [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00227.htm


    Palast & Moore Combine To Oppose Vote Theft

    - Author-filmmakers Michael Moore and Greg Palast joined with Representatives Corrine Brown (D-Jacksonville) and Peter Deutsch (D-Ft. Lauderdale) to demand steps, as Palast said, "To prevent Republican hacks in Florida swiping the election of 2004 as they did four years ago." See... Moore & Palast: Don't Let Them Steal Florida Again [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00226.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0407/S00081.htm
    Kiwis Abroad:Internet Help Call Has Kiwi Rescue Mission in Peru

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Trevor Mallard's "I Am Indigenous" Speech

    - Hon Trevor Mallard: Speech to the Stout Research Centre for NZ Studies, Victoria University, Wellington. See... Mallard Speech: We are all New Zealanders now [1] REACTION: - Bill English - Mallard all talk, no action [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00504.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00501.htm


    King Urged To Speak Up On Teens Dental Care

    - ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman Heather Roy today accused Health Minister Annette King of playing games with the oral health of New Zealand teenagers, by refusing to front up and tell parents whether she plans to cut dentist visit subsidies altogether. See... Minister All Plaque On Dental Care [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00503.htm


    Clark Urged To Butt Out Of Super 12 Row

    - "Helen Clark should stick to cuddling up with a book instead of interfering in yet another aspect of New Zealanders' lives about which she knows nothing," says National Sport, Fitness and Leisure spokesman, Murray McCully. See... Jock Hobbs for Finance Minister [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00502.htm


    NZers Disappearing Dream – Home Ownership

    - New Zealand First housing spokesperson Brent Catchpole says too many Kiwis are being denied the opportunity to purchase a home in the wake of ever-increasing property prices. See... Home Ownership - The Impossible Dream [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00498.htm


    Clem Simich Under Seige

    - National MP Clem Simich's troubles grow every week, ACT New Zealand Tamaki candidate Ken Shirley said today. See... Shirley The Only Option For Tamaki [1] and Clem Simich To Face Additional Challenger [2] - and then late breaking news.... Simich to seek list nomination only [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00497.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0407/S00294.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00506.htm

    Australian Malaysian Closeness Concerns Lockwood

    - National's Foreign Affairs spokesman, Lockwood Smith, is calling on the Labour Government to clarify our trade relationship with Malaysia following an announcement yesterday that Australia is working to develop a free trade agreement with them. See... Australia on path to FTA with Malaysia [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00495.htm


    Fitzsimons Does Not Accept Ministerial Views On Hydro

    - Green Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says she wishes she could agree with the Energy Minister's assertion that her fears for New Zealand's rivers are groundless but the evidence is in his Government's hydro report. See... Minister downplaying a real threat to NZ rivers [1] and Greens jumping at shadows on hydro report [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00491.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00482.htm


    Sickness Benefit Blowout Down To The Tories – Bradford

    - Green Party MP, Sue Bradford says National government policies of the 90s are coming home to roost, with increasing numbers of people citing mental health grounds in registering for the sickness or invalids benefit. See... Bradford blames National for benefit blow-out [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00489.htm


    Is Afghanistan Getting Too Dangerous For Kiwi Troops?

    - The Green Party is calling on the Government to reassess its involvement in military Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) in Afghanistan, following the withdrawal of the Medicins Sans Frontieres aid group from the war-torn country. See... NZ team adds to Afghan aid problem [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00488.htm


    Clark Announces Funding For Strong Women

    - Prime Minister Helen Clark has announced funding of up to $600,000 over three years has been approved for UNICEF New Zealand's campaign "Strong Women for Strong Women." See... Government funding to match UNICEF campaign [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00479.htm

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