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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Peter Dunne's Dates With Destiny
New Zealand To Send 86 Armed Forces Personnel To Afghanistan
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Australia Re-Arms With U.S. Long-Range Missiles
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News Is There!
Bolivia's Gas Wars Begin Again
New York Prepares To Do Battle Against The GOP
A Neo-Con Rethinks The Iraq War
Who Gave The Orders That Put The Torturers To Work?
Poem: The Olympic Spirit In Palestine
Medical Profession Feedback On Meningitis Vaccine
Sanders & Fitts: The Ever So Deceptive U.S. Dollar
The Real Deal: Meditations On American Politics

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Franks Stomps On Speculation On His Desertion
Peter Dunne Attacks The Zaoui Industry
Locke Rebukes A Refugee Charity Free Opposition
Winston Winds Up His Attacks On Foreign Ownership In The Heartland
English Urged To Front Up With NCEA Evidence
Anderton's Jobs Machine Costs No Small Bikkies
Brown Suggests "Build Now Pay Later" Policy For Roads
Those Were The Days Of Our Select Committees
Air NZ's Holiday Pay Woes Concern Mapp
The Perfect Compliance Cost Storm
Aquaculture Reform Bill Passes First Hurdle
Politicians Columns: Newman Online
Rotorua Lake Legal Action Has Franks' Support
Maori Tourism Finds A New Online Home
Bio-ethics Council's First Report Welcomed

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Peter Dunne's Dates With Destiny – Scoop Investigates

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Peter Dunne's Dates With Destiny

- Noticeably absent from the 'Enough is Enough' rally on Monday were any of Peter Dunne's flock of United Future MP's, particularly the more evangelically inclined. Kevin List investigates. See... Destiny's Dealings With The Party Of Common Sense [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00291.htm


New Zealand To Send 86 Armed Forces Personnel To Afghanistan

- Eighty Six New Zealand Defence Force personnel depart Christchurch on Saturday for a six month tour of duty with the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Afghanistan. See... New Defence Personnel For Afghanistan [1] and Special Passenger Bound For Afghanistan [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00258.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00259.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Ten Steps to Strengthen Our Cultural Diversity [1]
  • Powdered milk warning labels must be mandatory [2]
  • Bottom Trawling Ban Would Devestate Industry [3]
  • Seafood industry scrapes the bottom [4]
  • Freemasons throw open the doors [5]
  • ICFI/WSWS public meetings in New Zealand and Aus. [6]
  • Ten Steps to Strengthen Our Cultural Diversity [7]
  • Overtime On The Rise: The 9 To 5 Myth [8]
  • Rialto Movie Of The Week: Ruby & Quentin [9]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00255.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00494.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00251.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00256.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00263.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00261.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00255.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0408/S00343.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0408/S00195.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00258.htm
    Australia Re-Armed And Dangerous

    Australia Re-Arms With U.S. Long-Range Missiles

    - Defence Minister Robert Hill announced Thursday that Australia's F/A-18 Hornet fighter and AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft will be equipped with long range missiles capable of destroying land and sea targets. See... Australia Equips Strike-Craft With Missiles [1] NZ REACTION: - Greens - NZ should protest against Australian missiles [2] - ACT - Australia Takes Defence Seriously [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00258.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00500.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00495.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Travesty of Justice in Haiti [1]
  • Join us in Palestine! Olive Harvest Campaign, 2004 [2]
  • Georgia Unicef Gets Vaccines To Displaced Children [3]
  • Greenpeace concerns over plutonium shipment [4]
  • Sudan: Attacks on Freedom of Expression in Darfur [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00255.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00252.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00250.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00249.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00248.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News Is There!

    - So, to a crescendo of mixed metaphors and malapropisms from the commentators, the New Zealanders ran in to gold and silver on the Olympic Triathlon. It was prime-time TV, and it was great. Hamish Carter's victory was, of course, all the sweeter in ... See... Public Address 27/08/04 - Hell-Bent For Leather [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00290.htm


    Bolivia's Gas Wars Begin Again

    - Claudia Espinoza reports from La Paz, Bolivia, an important news story that, surprisingly, has not been reported by any English-language wire or news media: The capital city was paralyzed, beginning yesterday. See... La Paz Paralyzed - Blockades Return to Bolivia [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00289.htm


    New York Prepares To Do Battle Against The GOP

    - In the Great Struggle : For the Great Lawn : In Central Park : Free speech : Once again : Takes a back seat : To corporate : And political interests : In a world devoid : Of dissent only : Consent of the governed : By mass decree. See... Free Iraq, Free Palestine, Free NYC, Free Speech [1] MORE: - Permitted Not In Our Name Rally To Kick Of f March [2] - UQ Wire: Presser & Opening for 9/11 Truth events [3] - Civil Disobedience planned for Republican Convention [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00288.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00266.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00265.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00246.htm


    A Neo-Con Rethinks The Iraq War

    - One of America's friskiest neo-conservatives, young Michael Rubin leads a heady life. While still in his twenties, he did his Ph.D. on Iran, Iraq, and the Middle East, sat in on meetings of the Bush transition team, and worked in the Pentagon's Office ... See... Steve Weissman: Neo-Cons Rethink Iraqi Fiasco [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00287.htm


    Who Gave The Orders That Put The Torturers To Work?

    - How much torture will it take before someone in power asks the right question? See... Bush & Rummy's Crime in Torture's Chain of Command [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00286.htm


    Poem: The Olympic Spirit In Palestine

    - Children run : barefoot : in Gaza, where : life is a marathon : for survival. Existence : under : military occupation : is a gasp for See... Sonia Nettnin Poem: The Palestine Olympics [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00285.htm


    Medical Profession Feedback On Meningitis Vaccine

    - "I agree with Eisen's comments as reported in Scoop with the addition that a "better practice" of medicine could be to improve the host's resistance instead," Dr. Mike Godfrey - Tauranga. See... Doctor Issues Feedback To Vaccination Danger Claim (3) [1] Letters To Editor; Meningitis Vax Dangerous? (2) [2] and Letters To The Editor; Meningitis Vax Dangerous? [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00282.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00270.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00267.htm


    Sanders & Fitts: The Ever So Deceptive U.S. Dollar

    - The United States government has operated a secret budgeting and spending program for decades outside the framework of the American Constitution. The institutional and political roots of this system of clandestine finance reach back to at least a century. See... Sanders/Austin Fitts: The Negative Return Economy [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00277.htm


    The Real Deal: Meditations On American Politics

    - She leaned over the banister to say hello and goodbye that sunny February morning. My father being in Chicago for a medical conference, I was the last member of the family to see her alive. I was the first member of the family to arrive the next .. See... See... Real Deal: Meditations At The Crossroads [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00265.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0408/S00173.htm
    IMAGE: Festival of Russian Ballet Set To Wow NZ Theatres

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Franks Stomps On Speculation On His Desertion

    - ACT New Zealand MP Stephen Franks today said that hypothetical media speculation about his future is misleading and damaging, and made his position crystal clear. See... Stephen Franks Supports ACT 100 Percent [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00505.htm


    Peter Dunne Attacks The Zaoui Industry

    - Asylum-seeker Ahmed Zaoui has cost the taxpayers at least one million dollars, according to figures released today by United Future leader Peter Dunne, who renewed his call to end the "Zaoui industry". See... Dunne: Zaoui case cracks a million [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00504.htm


    Locke Rebukes A Refugee Charity Free Opposition

    - Green MP, Keith Locke says the continued barrage of attacks on the number of refugees taken in by New Zealand is a shameful indictment on the xenophobia and heartlessness of some politicians. See... Those without hearts attack those without homes [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00475.htm


    Winston Winds Up His Attacks On Foreign Ownership In The Heartland

    - "New Zealand is a bountiful country – full of hard working and enterprising people. But a vast proportion of that wealth provides no benefit to ordinary people. Why? Because it is lost to foreign owners. " See... Peters: “Look out 2005, here we come!” [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00503.htm


    English Urged To Front Up With NCEA Evidence

    - Acting Education Minister Steve Maharey called on Bill English today to hand over his so-called evidence of wrongdoing at Hauraki Plains College and stop dragging the school, its teachers and its young students through the mud. See... Stop dragging students through mud [1] . See also Bill English... Cambridge High problems snowballing [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00502.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00480.htm


    Anderton's Jobs Machine Costs No Small Bikkies

    - Economic Development Minister Jim Anderton has forked out over $122 million of taxpayers' dollars on corporate welfare since the Labour Government came to power, ACT New Zealand Leader Rodney Hide revealed today. See... Anderton Spends $122 Million On Corporate Welfare [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00501.htm


    Brown Suggests "Build Now Pay Later" Policy For Roads

    - New Zealand First transport spokesperson Peter Brown is urging the Government to respond to recommendations that it should borrow up to $2.4 billion for roading projects in Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington and 402 main road passing bays by 2012. See... Borrow Money For Roads Now Says Brown [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00498.htm


    Those Were The Days Of Our Select Committees

    - Committee meetings Fourteen committee meetings were held this week, 12 in the parliamentary complex and two in Auckland. There were two site visits. See... Business From 20 August to 27 August 2004 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00497.htm


    Air NZ's Holiday Pay Woes Concern Mapp

    - National Party Industrial Relations spokesman Wayne Mapp says predictions that Air New Zealand could face up to a $40 million wage blow-out because of the Holidays Act should be of concern to all workers. See... Air NZ wage blow-out warning tip of the iceberg [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00496.htm


    The Perfect Compliance Cost Storm

    - ”New Zealand is merely in the eye of a compliance cost storm,” says the National Party spokesman for Small Business Lindsay Tisch, in response to the latest KPMG/Business New Zealand survey on compliance costs. See... NZ in the eye of compliance cost storm [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00493.htm


    Aquaculture Reform Bill Passes First Hurdle

    - Reform of the aquaculture industry and better decisions about marine space came a step closer today when the Aquaculture Reform Bill passed it's first reading in Parliament. See... Aquaculture reforms on track to deliver progress [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00491.htm


    Politicians Columns: Newman Online

    - This week, Newman On-Line looks at average police response times to burglary callouts, and asks how burglary victims can feel safe when they have to wait longer and longer for police assistance. See... The Column: Help Getting Further Away [1] More Columns: - Labour Party - Beehive Bulletin - Fri, 27 Aug 2004 [2] - Marc Alexander - Marc My Words…by Marc Alexander MP [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00490.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00499.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00489.htm


    Rotorua Lake Legal Action Has Franks' Support

    - ACT New Zealand Maori Affairs Spokesman Stephen Franks today applauded the Rotorua Lakes Protection Society for its decision to go to the High Court in a bid to prevent the Government from giving ownership of 13 Rotorua lakes to Te Arawa. See... Lakes Hand-Over A Political Rort [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00488.htm


    Maori Tourism Finds A New Online Home

    - Associate Tourism Minister, Dover Samuels will be launching the new Maori Tourism website in Taupo at the New Zealand Tourism Conference tonight and believes it will be an important tool for attracting more overseas visitors to our unique country. See... Maori Tourism goes cyber [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00487.htm


    Bio-ethics Council's First Report Welcomed

    - Environment Minister Marian Hobbs has received Toi te Taiao: the Bioethics Council's first major report – the Use of Human Genes in Other Organisms at a ceremony at Parliament this evening. See... Bioethics Council public dialogue valuable [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00482.htm

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