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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Labour Surges Ahead Of National In Poll
Youth Parliament To Debate Drinking Age Crisis
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Trouble With Saudi's Biggest Oil Field As Oil Demand Surges
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News Is There!
Stateside: Where The Olympics Hits The G-Spot
John Roughan: The Solomons Prison Disturbance
Scoop Images: Welfare Via Video-Link
Mary Pitt: A Poor Choice For The People
Green Left Weekly: Darfur, Hypocrisy & Oil
US Retail Spending Worries
Cartoon: GOP Dreams & Our Nightmares
Daniel Patrick Welch: Unhappy With The Olympics
Translation: Haaretz On Ending Occupations
Film Review: ''Women in Struggle''
A Dim Bulb Is Still On In The White House
Bush's Boogeyman, John Ashcroft

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Muriel Newman Talks Welfare
Govt. Farm Access Proposals Erode Property Rights – Opposition
ACT's Letter – Oil & Polls
New Credit Regulations
Marc My Words: Freedom & Hate
Jim Anderton On Canterbury's Tourism Boom
Green MP Decries Foreshore & Seabed Hearing Schedule
Lockwood Smith Congratulates Australia And US On FTA
Waitaki River Bill To Proceed

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Muriel Newman Talks Welfare With A Womble

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LEAD STORY:
Labour Surges Ahead Of National In Poll

- A One News-Colmar Brunton poll now records Labour leading national in the popularity stakes. Labour has gained five points to 44 percent and National has dropped three points to settle on 40 percent. See... Labour Overtakes National In Latest Poll [1] . See also ... Public Address 16/08/04 - Funny Turns [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00141.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00156.htm


Youth Parliament To Debate Drinking Age Crisis

- The Drug Foundation welcomes the second chance Parliament has to return the drinking age to 20. See... New Chance To Correct The Drinking Age [1] ALSO: - Greens - Poisoned kids a sign of a drinking crisis [2] - Greens - Message to youth democracy is not spectator sport [3] - Nats - Youth Parliament: NZ politics in good heart [4] - Govt. - Youth question time a runaway success - Tamihere [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00146.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00279.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00278.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00276.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00287.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Accident On HMNZS Endeavour [1]
  • Snow Update For News Media From Christchurch City [2]
  • Commissioners’ time extension okay – John Banks [3]
  • Yellow flag waved at V8 consent hearing [4]
  • Move V8 race to Whenuapai Air Base - ARC Candidate [5]
  • Nominations Open For The 2004 Roger Awards [6]
  • Telecom Announces Ihug And Orcon To Trial UBS [7]
  • Current UBS not the service recommended by Com. [8]
  • GPJA Free Ticket To Motorcycle Diaries [9]
  • $5.8 Million Powerball Jackpot Prize Claimed [10]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00150.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0408/S00130.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0408/S00129.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0408/S00128.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0408/S00127.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00144.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0408/S00049.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0408/S00050.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00140.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0408/S00108.htm


    Trouble With Saudi's Biggest Oil Field As Oil Demand Surges

    - There are four oil fields in the world which produce over one million barrels per day. Ghawar, which produces 4.5 million barrels per day, Cantarell in Mexico, which produces nearly 2 million barrels per day, Burgan in Kuwait which produces 1 million ... See... Trouble in the World's Largest Oil Field - Ghawar [1] and World Oil Demand Surges- Saudi Oil Capacity Doubts [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00157.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00135.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • UQ Wire: Petition to Senator Dayton re. NORAD lie [1]
  • Further Iraqi Army Officers To Study In Australia [2]
  • Journalist Ewa Jasiewicz Barred From Israel [3]
  • Kiwi Salvationists lead Peace March in Jerusalem [4]
  • Travel Advice For India Revised - 13 August 2004 [5]
  • Gush Shalom: Palestinian Prisoners Hunger Strike [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00134.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00133.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00130.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00127.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00126.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00124.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News Is There!

    - The One News Colmar Brunton poll will have been the one that Labour was sweating on. Through some vagary of polling method, it is traditionally the unkindest poll for the centre-left. It was also the poll that confirmed the Brash backlash earlier ... See ... Public Address 16/08/04 - Funny Turns [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00156.htm


    Stateside: Where The Olympics Hits The G-Spot

    - Wow! What other word can be used to describe the opening of the Olympic Games in Athens? Is it just me, or was the final part of the ceremony very sort of clitoral-vulvic, if not downright G-spot? See... Staeside with Rosalea: C'mon Honey, Light My Fire [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00146.htm


    John Roughan: The Solomons Prison Disturbance

    - Solomons' recent prison disturbance was much more than a demand for more food, better living conditions or other material demands to make prison life easier. Prisoners locked up for 20 hours each day and facing a dismal future, such issues are secondary. See... John Roughan: Recent Prison Disturbance! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00150.htm


    Scoop Images: Welfare Via Video-Link

    - A photo essay from the Welfare Symposium held by ACT Deputy Leader Muriel Newman in the Beehive Theatrette on Saturday. See... Scoop Images: ACT's Welfare Symposium [1] . See also... An Audience With ACT's Muriel Newman (Part 2) [2] , An Audience With ACT's Welfare Guru Muriel Newman (Part 1) [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00142.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00130.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00115.htm


    Mary Pitt: A Poor Choice For The People

    - In historic terms, the office of the President of the United States is deemed to be the ''people's choice''. That is not only not the case now but it will not be even after the November election, regardless of who wins. See... Mary Pitt: The ''People's Choice'' Is Not Running [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00145.htm


    Green Left Weekly: Darfur, Hypocrisy & Oil

    - If anything betrays the true attitude of the US and European governments towards the suffering of millions of displaced people in the Darfur region of western Sudan, it is the little publicised fact that Western governments are allowing more than ... See... Darfuris Made Pawns In Western Power Play For Oil [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00152.htm


    US Retail Spending Worries

    - The rule-of-thumb figure used for calculating consumer spending, as a percentage of GDP, has been 2/3, or 66%, for years. See... Richard E Walrath: Propensity to Spend [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00155.htm


    Cartoon: GOP Dreams & Our Nightmares

    - Cartoon by kiddmillennium.com… See... Kidd Millennium: Republican Nat'l Contention [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00154.htm


    Daniel Patrick Welch: Unhappy With The Olympics

    - The author tells of his infatuation with the Olympic games from early childhood--a spell unfortunately broken by ruminating on current events, US policy, and the mind-numbing chatter of American talking head celebrity commentators. See... Parade of Nations, Parade of Ignorance [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00153.htm


    Translation: Haaretz On Ending Occupations

    - While many people who were opposed to the war on Iraq are aware of most of the lies that formed the basis of the war there's one myth that has not been totally discredited yet. That is the myth of the handover. See... Haaretz Translation: How To Exit As An Occupier [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00151.htm


    Film Review: ''Women in Struggle''

    - Any Palestinian who involves themselves in the national struggle for independence takes a risk whether their role is non-violent or an act of resistance against the brutality of the nearly four decades old Israeli occupation. See... World Premier of ''Women in Struggle'' [1] . See also... Haiku: Song for Palestine [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00149.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00147.htm


    A Dim Bulb Is Still On In The White House

    - One year ago today, the lights went out. Even when the Big Blackout ended, the power pirates who have us by the bulbs kept us in the dark, fibbing, fabricating and faking their way through a series of bogus excuses for a disaster created by greed overload. See... Greg Palast: A Still Dim Bulb, One Year Later ... [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00144.htm


    Bush's Boogeyman, John Ashcroft

    - Pity poor Howard Dean. The man seems to be the only person on the left who has the spine to call them as he sees them. With Kerry and the Democrats starting to get some decent press after the convention, along come the Bush Gang acting like the ... See... W David Jenkins:Scaring America for Political Gain [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00148.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00283.htm
    Jim Takes A Tram Ride In Canterbury

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Muriel Newman Talks Welfare

    - Muriel Newman Speech to Symposium on Welfare Reform; Saturday August 14, 2004; Beehive Theatre, Wellington. See... Escaping The Welfare Trap [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00273.htm


    Govt. Farm Access Proposals Erode Property Rights – Opposition

    - “A Government proposal to open up farm access to the public is a serious erosion of private property rights,” says National’s Agriculture spokesman, David Carter. See... Sutton plans private property impingement [1] MORE: - Rural Women - Rural Women oppose legalised trespass [2] - National - Sutton Still Beating Around The Bush [3] - ACT - Look Out To Sea While We Steal Your Land [4] - ACT - Rural Land Access Could Get Ugly [5]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00277.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00149.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00289.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00275.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00274.htm


    ACT's Letter – Oil & Polls

    - Commentators keep insisting the world is running out of oil but oil would have to reach US $100 a barrel to be at the peak price of the 1970s’ oil crisis. And while we’re debunking stories we are reminded that David Bellamy has written that it is ... See... ACT's The Letter - Monday 16 August 2004 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00286.htm


    New Credit Regulations

    - New regulations will make it easier for credit providers and consumers to comply with the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003, says Consumer Affairs Minister Judith Tizard. See... Credit Regulations Good For Consumers & Business [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00285.htm


    Marc My Words: Freedom & Hate

    - Much of my job in Parliament revolves around the passing of laws that curb extreme human nature. In the case of those who desecrated the Jewish gravestones in Wellington, their humanity is debateable. See... Marc My Words: The Love Of Justice And Freedom [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00284.htm


    Jim Anderton On Canterbury's Tourism Boom

    - Wigram MP Jim Anderton says tourism industry data shows the partnership between the government and the Canterbury tourism operators is paying off, with foreign and domestic visitors generating extra income for the region. See... Canterbury gets its share of tourism - Image [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00283.htm


    Green MP Decries Foreshore & Seabed Hearing Schedule

    - Green MP Metiria Turei today slammed the Government's plan to ignore the provinces when hearing submissions on the Foreshore and Seabed Bill. See... Foreshore and Seabed submission process 'farcical' [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00282.htm


    Lockwood Smith Congratulates Australia And US On FTA

    - National Party Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman Lockwood Smith is congratulating both Australia and the US on a successful conclusion to their free trade deal. See... National congratulates Australia on FTA [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00281.htm


    Waitaki River Bill To Proceed

    - Environment Minister Marian Hobbs has rejected a call from Waitaki Valley residents to drop the Waitaki legislation. See... Waitaki catchment legislation will proceed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00280.htm

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