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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY: NZ Gains Int. Support For Indonesian Atrocity Truth Commission
Changes To Citizenship Bill
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
UQ Wire: When Were We Warned? And Why?
What Was The New CIA Chief Doing On 9/11?
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News Is There!
The Inside Oil On Business & Politics From The Capital
When A Citizen Tries To See How Votes Are Counted In Colorado
Al-Jazeera Booted Out Of Baghdad
UQ Wire: 9/11 Hijackers Have Some Mighty Odd Friends
UQ Wire: Does The US Really Want 9/11 Convictions?

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Hide Finds Some $$$ For Defence – From Beneficiaries
Greenpeace Suspects National's Climate Policy By GWB
Greens Warn Of Consequences Of Interest Rate Rises
Dunne Says Govt. Is Ripping Off The Elderly
ACT Urges Govt. To Wait For Privy Council On Foreshore
CEG's Successor Revealed – WOG
Muriel Newman Want's The Media To Attend Her Symposium
Wairarapa Domestic Violence Scheme Gets A Bouquet
Reports Show Kids Getting Better At Maths
How Four Weeks Leave Helps The NZ Economy

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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 - 11 Aug 2004 [1] . For Tuesday's Q&A see... Questions and Answers for Oral Answer 10 August 2004 [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00206.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00192.htm

LEAD STORY:
NZ Gains Int. Support For Indonesian Atrocity Truth Commission

- Selwyn Manning in Apia - The United States of America is backing New Zealand in a push to have a UN-backed international ‘truth commission’ established to investigate an Indonesian massacre committed in East Timor in 1999. See... U.S. Backs NZ's Indonesia Truth Commission Push [1] See also...STORY OF THE WEEK


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00103.htm


Changes To Citizenship Bill

- Ethnic Affairs Minister Chris Carter is working to exclude existing permanent residents from tough new citizenship requirements proposed in the Identity (Citizenship and Travel Documents) Bill. See... Minister to seek change to citizenship proposals [1] MORE: - Progressives - Obvious flaw identified in Citizenship Bill [2] - Greens - Locke welcomes proposed change to Citizenship Bill [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00194.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00209.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00208.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Supervision of overseas-owned banks essential - RBNZ [1]
  • Charges Laid Against Contributory Mortgage Broker [2]
  • Tony Ellis an Embarrassment to Liberty [3]
  • Free Expression: How Free Should Speech Be? [4]
  • Democrats Want Student Loan Scheme Scrapped [5]
  • Settlement negotiations with Te Arawa [6]
  • ASB Bank Grows At Twice The Market Rate [7]
  • Auckland Property – Volume Down But Prices Hold [8]
  • Boat Show Awash With Action [9]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00116.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00115.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00112.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00110.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00109.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00108.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0408/S00147.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0408/S00143.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0408/S00140.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00110.htm
    Terror Alerts Plotted Against Bush Poll Ratings

    UQ Wire: When Were We Warned? And Why?

    - This version supersedes The Version Posted By Scoop August 5 & includes a new graphic comparing terror alerts to poll results. See... UQ Wire: Timeline of Terror Alerts (Updated) [1] MORE: - Not Scared Yet? Try Connecting These Dots [2] - Ivan Eland: Bringing Back Saddam (Almost) [3] - STORY OF THE WEEK: Colour Coded Dishonesty [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00110.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00101.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00100.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00090.htm


    What Was The New CIA Chief Doing On 9/11?

    - Thank you all for coming. I'm pleased to announce my decision to nominate Congressman Porter Goss as the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Porter Goss is a leader with strong experience in intelligence and in the ... See... Bush Nominates Porter Goss as Director of CIA [1] So Who Is Porter Goss? - Cheney Cat's Paw, Porter Goss, as CIA Director? - CIA Nominee's Dubious Links To The Terror Network - Michel Chossudovsky - Political Deception


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00087.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • State Dept. Daily Press Briefing for August 10 [1]
  • Côte D'Ivoire President Signs Power-Sharing Decree [2]
  • Haiti: Team Plans To Open Routes To Rebel Areas [3]
  • Call On Israel To Cease Over-Flights Of Lebanon [4]
  • Debilitating Skin Disease In Afghanistan [5]
  • Iraq: Reimposition Of Death Penalty Backwards Step [6]
  • Hundreds March Against the Wall At MasHa [7]
  • Venezuela Recall 15/8 Could Usher in Better Times [8]
  • Federal Lawsuit Against New York City Authorities [9]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00086.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00085.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00084.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00081.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00078.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00076.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00073.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00070.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00069.htm


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News Is There!

    - Once again, the economic indicators continue to confound widespread predictions of gloom: this time, with some fairly outstanding employment figures. Unemployment, down to 4%, is the lowest it's been in 17 years, and the second lowest in the OECD... See... Public Address 11/08/04 - Going Boom [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00109.htm


    The Inside Oil On Business & Politics From The Capital

    - New household labour force survey results show more jobs than ever, Treasury’s latest advice to Ministers is mixed, National chooses a new finance spokesperson, more Treaty troubles brew for Labour at Select Committee, a look at the US Presidential election ... See... Molesworth & Featherston - 10 August 2004 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00108.htm


    When A Citizen Tries To See How Votes Are Counted In Colorado

    - There must be something terribly wrong with their new election system, and Boulder County election officials are doing everything in their power to keep it hidden from the public. See... Blogwatch: What Is Boulder County Trying To Hide? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00107.htm


    Al-Jazeera Booted Out Of Baghdad

    - The announcement to close the Baghdad office of Al-Jazeera was made by Iraqi Interior Minister Falah al-Naqib during a news conference on August 7, 2004. See... When The Press Can’t Tell Us, Who Will? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00106.htm


    UQ Wire: 9/11 Hijackers Have Some Mighty Odd Friends

    - Fifteen months before the 9/11 attack a 26-year old Moroccan man whose name and multiple aliases appear on numerous terrorist watch lists started a company in Florida a man who is today the Chief Military Attaché for the Moroccan Embassy in Washington, DC. See... UQ Wire: Atta & The Disappearing Helicopters [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00112.htm


    UQ Wire: Does The US Really Want 9/11 Convictions?

    Hamburg, Germany - The United States has said it will not let key al Qaeda suspects in its custody testify at the retrial of the only September 11 suspect ever to be convicted. See... UQ Wire: U.S. Withholds Witnesses in 9/11 Trial [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00111.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0408/S00071.htm
    NZ Dancer Wins International Award

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Hide Finds Some $$$ For Defence – From Beneficiaries

    - We spend $6 a head per week on defence. We spend over $70 a head per week on welfare. If we cut welfare by ten per cent we could double our defence spending. That is all that is needed. See... The Defence Of New Zealand [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00205.htm


    Greenpeace Suspects National's Climate Policy By GWB

    - The National Party's anti-climate change policy is an embarrassment to New Zealanders, who would be excused for confusing National's policies with those of George Bush. National's Climate Policy: by George W Bush? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00111.htm


    Greens Warn Of Consequences Of Interest Rate Rises

    - Green Party Co-leader Rod Donald is warning that a threatened hike in interest rates as a result of falling unemployment could stall jobs growth. See... Raising interest rates may cost jobs, warns Donald [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00212.htm


    Dunne Says Govt. Is Ripping Off The Elderly

    - Superannuitants will be up to $10 a week worse off than they should be by the end of the year, United Future leader Peter Dunne told a Wanganui Grey Power audience today. See... Dunne: Superannuitants getting ripped off [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00216.htm


    ACT Urges Govt. To Wait For Privy Council On Foreshore

    - ACT New Zealand's representative on the Select Committee hearing the Foreshore and Seabed Bill, Ken Shirley, today urged Labour to pause and await the decision of the Privy Council - which is hearing the Port of Marlborough appeal to the New Zealand ... See... Indecent Haste Over Foreshore Bill [1] MORE FORESHORE & SEABED NEWS: - NZ First - Maori Students’ Stance Bizarre Says Jones [2] - ACT - Council Outrage Hypocritical [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00215.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00213.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00202.htm


    CEG's Successor Revealed – WOG

    - Green MP Sue Bradford revealed in Parliament today the Government's intentions to disband the Community Employment Group (CEG) and partially replace it with the inappropriately named Work Opportunities Group - WOG for short. See... CEG becomes WOG - but where's the 'community'? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00214.htm


    Muriel Newman Want's The Media To Attend Her Symposium

    - ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader and Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today invited the media to attend, what will be, the most important symposium on welfare reform to be held in New Zealand in 2004. See... Welfare Symposium [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00211.htm


    Wairarapa Domestic Violence Scheme Gets A Bouquet

    - New Zealand First social services spokesperson Bill Gudgeon has praised the new domestic violence investigation system initiated by the Wairarapa police. See... Domestic Violence Investigation Scheme Applauded [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00210.htm


    Reports Show Kids Getting Better At Maths

    - Education Minister Trevor Mallard today released four research reports showing that students' maths skills are improving thanks to the government's Numeracy Development Projects operating in schools from Years 1 to 10. See... Research confirms students maths improvements [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00207.htm


    How Four Weeks Leave Helps The NZ Economy

    - Today's ANZ Bank Job Ads report highlights how social gains like four weeks annual leave for workers also benefit the economy as a whole, says Progressive MP Matt Robson. See... New boy’s policy is to axe Four Weeks Leave [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00203.htm

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