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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY: First Report On State Of Human Rights In NZ
Citizenship Bill Erodes Rights Of Pacific Island Babies
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Nepalese Hostages Beheaded In Iraq
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
STORY OF THE WEEK: Someone Save Me From These Turbulent Republicans!
George Bush Decides The War On A Noun Can't Be Won

SCOOP COLUMNS:
The Greens Ask Who Is Watching The Watchers?
The Inside Oil Of Biz And Politics In Wellington
Chomsky And Cohen Debate Palestine Apologetics
Sharon's Post Retreat Plan Called A "War Crime" By His AG
Patricia Johnson Analyses US Consumer Confidence
A US Veteran Talks Depleted Uranium
More Meningitis Vaccine Feedback

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
One Invite, One Nation, One Problem
Two Thousand People Denied Elective Surgery
Rodney's Been Thinking About Tax
ACT Reminds Nats Labour's Ripping Us Off
Teachers' Settlement Ratified
Schools Prepare For When Trevor Beams In
United Snuggles Up To Business Roundtable Over Gambling
Greens Want Wine Bottles Refilled
Hobbs Says Archives Law Need Fixing
Baldock Says Fishers Are Left High and Dry

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Scoop Is In The House

- For today's questions see... Questions for Oral Answer - Wednesday, 1 September [1] . For Tuesday's Q&A see... Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 31 August [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00010.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00566.htm


First Report On State Of Human Rights

- Children and young people are most at risk from human rights abuses in New Zealand. That is the major finding in the first-ever comprehensive report on the state of human rights in New Zealand released today. Chief Human Rights Commissioner Rosslyn Noonan says that better protection of children and young people was a major human challenge for everyone. See… First report on state of human rights: [1] ALSO: - Govt - NZ human rights record healthy [2] - Govt - Goff: UN Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change [3] - Greens - Human rights report criticises social exclusion [4] - ACT - PC Report Side-Steps The Real Issues [5] - ACT - What Response From Maori Caucus? [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00005.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00001.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00007.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00011.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00009.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00013.htm


Citizenship Bill Erodes Rights Of Pacific Island Babies

- Olinda Woodroffe, an Auckland lawyer specialising in immigration issues, is appalled at New Zealand Government moves to remove automatic citizenship to children born to mothers who are not New Zealand citizens or permanent residents. See... Pacific Islands Community Target Of Hawkins Bill [1] ALSO: - Govt - Fairness, certainty aim of Identity Bill changes [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00004.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00532.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Bring Some Placrads And/Or Banners! [1]
  • Small Bizs Don't Have Written Employment Contracts [2]
  • IRD Has Options To Reduce Compliance Costs [3]
  • Symantec’s Top 10 Malicious Threats [4]
  • Memo To Nats: Labour's Top Tax Rate Must Go! [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00002.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0409/S00009.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0409/S00007.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0409/S00001.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00006.htm


    Nepalese Hostages Beheaded In Iraq

    - Amnesty International is shocked by today's news of the execution of 12 Nepalese men who had been taken hostage in Iraq. Amnesty International appeals for the immediate and unconditional release of all remaining hostages and urges all armed groups… See... Iraq: Amnesty Appalled by Execution of 12 Nepalese [1] ALSO: UN: 12 Nepalese Civilian Hostages Murdered In Iraq [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00005.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00016.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Deadly Terrorist Bombing At Moscow Subway Station [1]
  • Sudan: UN Undertakes Search For Missing Staff [2]
  • Iraq: UNESCO Pleads Abducted Journalists Release [3]
  • UN Calls For Efforts To Halt Child Landmine Deaths [4]
  • Bangladesh UN Call For Urgent Aid To Flood Victims [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00015.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00014.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00011.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00012.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00013.htm


    STORY OF THE WEEK: Someone Save Me From These Turbulent Republicans!


    [1] - Oh, Lord! Let this farce that's called party conventions be over soon. I've just seen Rudy Giuliani addressing a hall full of thousands of Republicans use his speech to enunciate why people should vote for Bush instead of Kerry -- as if anyone in ... - Lea Barker - Stateside: Somewhere, Someone, Some Time [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00299.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00007.htm


    George Bush Decides The War On A Noun Can't Be Won

    - You just can’t make this stuff up. George W. Bush, in an interview broadcast Monday by the ‘Today’ show, told host Matt Lauer that he doesn’t think his ‘War on Terror’ is winnable. See... William Rivers Pitt : Nausea in New York [1] MORE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION COMMENT: - Mary Pitt - A Dream For America [2] - Marjorie Cohn - Bush's War on Democracy [3] See also more RNC coverage…. STORY OF THE WEEK - Republican National Convention [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00010.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00008.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00004.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0409/S00015.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    The Greens Ask Who Is Watching The Watchers?

    - Answers to a parliamentary question from Green MP, Keith Locke, reveal New Zealand's Security Intelligence Services received less than two hours scrutiny in the last year. See... SIS Gets Two Hours Parliamentary Scrutiny A Year [1] . See also... Spy-watchers neglect their duties [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00013.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00023.htm


    The Inside Oil Of Biz And Politics In Wellington

    - There is another endorsement of the strength of our economy on the way. Unsurprisingly, the polls are showing a solid lead for the Government. We have the details of this week’s Cabinet, Parliament’s Order Paper, a look at the Australian election and fishy irritation and a bit more in this week’s summary from inside the loop… See... Molesworth & Featherston - 31 August 2004 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00011.htm


    Chomsky And Cohen Debate Palestine Apologetics

    - This is a reply to an article by Noah Cohen, which in turn is a response to an interview Chomsky gave with Shalom and Podur several months ago. See... Advocacy And Realism: A Reply To Noah Cohen [1] and see… Noah Cohen: Advocacy For What And For Whom? [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00005.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00006.htm


    Sharon's Post Retreat Plan Called A "War Crime" By His AG

    - Qalqilya is on the West Bank not the Gaza strip. In other words if the Palestinian fire Qassem rockets at the people of Sderot (Total fatalities in last two years –two) then Israel can use the IDF to shell the people of Gaza. See... Israeli AG: Sharon Post-Retreat Plan A "War Crime" [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00003.htm


    Patricia Johnson Analyses US Consumer Confidence

    - Consumer confidence is considered an important economic indicator as consumer spending accounts for a major portion of U.S. economic activity. Consumer spending was running two-thirds, or 66% of GDP, but is now 70% of GDP. See... Patricia Johnson: Consumer Confidence Index [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00014.htm


    A US Veteran Talks Depleted Uranium

    - In May of 2004 I attended my first Barter Faire ever, in Curlew, Washington. Sponsored by the Veterans for Peace, I arrived as far north as I had ever been in America. See... Guest Opinion: Dennis Kyne - Depleted Uranium [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00009.htm


    More Meningitis Vaccine Feedback

    I tend to agree with Dr O'Hallahan that amateur interpretation of complex scientific data is dangerous. So if she wants to insult our intelligence with claims the Meningococcal vaccine is safe and rigorously tested, yet has no meaningful follow up on adverse ... See... Scoop Feedback: Meningococcal Vaccine Controversy [1] . EARLIER: - (3) [2] - (2) [3] - (1) [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00001.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00282.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00270.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00267.htm




    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00012.htm
    Panoramas From Whakapapa

    & http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00323.htm
    Scoop Photo Essay: Snowy Mountains High

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    One Invite, One Nation, One Problem

    - Rod Donald says that Labour’s back down on inviting a senior Taiwanese minister to New Zealand exposes its fawning foreign policy towards China. See... What’s Chinese for ‘Yes, sir’? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00003.htm


    Two Thousand People Denied Elective Surgery

    - Auckland DHB's decision to take 2,000 patients off its eye patient waiting list is just the tip of the iceberg, ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman Heather Roy said today. See... Medical Mission Impossible [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00016.htm


    Rodney's Been Thinking About Tax

    - I have been asked to speak on tax. Tax is government's fuel. It's through tax that Government gets the money it needs to run. We should always remember that it's taxpayers who provide for politicians and civil servants, not the other way round. See... Taxation Strategies For A Successful Future [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00015.htm


    ACT Reminds Nats Labour's Ripping Us Off

    - ACT New Zealand Leader Rodney Hide today said that National was right to complain about taxpayers being ripped off by Labour's punitive tax take. See... Memo To Nats: Labour's Top Tax Rate Must Go! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00004.htm


    Teachers' Settlement Ratified

    - Education Minister Trevor Mallard today welcomed the ratification of the new three-year collective employment agreement for secondary teachers. See... Settlement welcomed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00012.htm


    Schools Prepare For When Trevor Beams In

    - Education Minister Trevor Mallard will next week be revealing what really goes on behind the doors of Parliament when he takes part in an upcoming video conference with students from schools across New Zealand. See... Minister to video conference with students [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00005.htm


    United Snuggles Up To Business Roundtable Over Gambling

    - United Future Revenue spokesperson, Gordon Copeland, says the executive director of the New Zealand Business Roundtable, Roger Kerr, has got it completely right when he comments on the undesirability of the government gambling against the traditional ... See... Copeland backs BRT family analysis [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00014.htm


    Greens Want Wine Bottles Refilled

    - Green MP Mike Ward is marking the Third Global Day of Action Against Waste today with a call for wine bottles to be refilled, rather than being recycled or, even worse, thrown away. See... Waste action globally, refilling bottles locally [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00008.htm


    Hobbs Says Archives Law Need Fixing

    - Legislation to improve the accountability of government institutions and meet the recordkeeping challenges of electronic information technology has been introduced in Parliament by the Minister Responsible for Archives New Zealand, Marian Hobbs. See... Forty Seven-year-old law in for shakeup [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00018.htm


    Baldock Says Fishers Are Left High and Dry

    - ACT and NZ First this evening betrayed New Zealand’s recreational fishers, United Future’s Larry Baldock said after his SOP to withdraw kahawai from the Quota Management System, under the Fisheries No3 Amendment Bill, was voted down in Parliament. See... NZ fishers betrayed by Greens, ACT and ‘Ashraf’ [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00002.htm

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