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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Nats Want Clinicians To Inform Parents Of Abortions
Maharey Seeks Skill-Based Immigration Plan
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Belarus Cracks Down On Offending Poets
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
STORY OF THE WEEK: Remembering 9/11: The Dumbest Election Ever
Remembering 9/11: More Events, Remembrances & Views

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Rosalea Barker: What If The Dem's Want To Lose?
Hard News & More Is There!
Anne Else: The Future Eaters Of Beslan
The World According To Hon. Simon Upton
Emmanuel Ortiz: The Sound Of Silence
Poem: Palestine If Bush Is Re-elected
Toni Solo: Computing & Resistance In Latin America
Cartoon
John Chuckman's Proposal To Improve The US Election
Uri Avnery: Considering Two Manifestos

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Fisheries Officer Cuts Rile Union And NZ First
United Future Not Impressed With Greens Kahawai Negs.
Nats Seek Govt. Support For Inmate Compo Legislation
Govt. Ignoring ERB Submission Mountain – Mapp & Brash
Te Aupouri Treaty Claims Agreement Signed
Thai Fair Trade Campaigners In Town
Launch Of Meningococcal B Immunisation Programme
Govt. DNA Decisions Confirm Ryall's Suspicions
Key Seeks To Get Cullen's Eyes Back On The Road
Nandor Notes Criticisms Of Corrections Inmate Management
Mike Ward Urges Shoppers To Abandon The Plastic Bag
Liberty Belle Reprints Coddington From The Herald
Aotearoa: Land Of The Long Wait For Surgery

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LEAD STORY:
Nats Want Clinicians To Inform Parents Of Abortions

- The medical unions should put their PC-rhetoric on underage abortions to one side and consider the rights and responsibilities of parents, says National’s Health spokeswoman Judith Collins. See... Underage abortions: parents’ right to know [1] and Dismay at Govt's attitude to child abortions [2] MORE: - United Future - Smith Slams Medical Associations [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00237.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00261.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00262.htm


Maharey Seeks Skill-Based Immigration Plan

- New Zealand businesses aren’t yet making the most of the skills and real economic benefits that new migrants can bring, says Minister for Social Development and Employment Steve Maharey. See... Migrants help build New Zealand workforce skills [1] ALSO: Maharey speech: Building the New Zealand Workforce [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00239.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00240.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Come again mi selecta! GreenRoom:003 hits Earth [1]
  • PM Lists Terrorist Entries [2]
  • Jurors' fees go up today [3]
  • MFAT travel advice for Indonesia: upgrade [4]
  • Gattung’s huge payrise brings call for rules [5]
  • Albert Speer - The Mysteries Of Hitler’s Architect [6]
  • Control Room - An Inside Look At Al Jazeera [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00243.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00241.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00238.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00094.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0409/S00138.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0409/S00076.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0409/S00073.htm


    Belarus Cracks Down On Offending Poets

    - Amnesty International condemns the conviction on 7 September of two opposition activists for publicly insulting President Lukashenka in a satirical leaflet. See… Belarus: Imprisoned for publishing a poem [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00145.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Greens Welcome International Scrutiny of US Elections [1]
  • UN In Kuwait Seeking Int Support For Darfur Action [2]
  • Supplies Rushed To Russian School Attack Survivors [3]
  • March Against the Wall in Al-Ram: "Let Us Learn" [4]
  • Colombia Ambassador Avoids Talking About Arauca [5]
  • Iran Movement in VOA Radio Q&A programme [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00163.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00155.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00154.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00151.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00149.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00156.htm


    STORY OF THE WEEK: Remembering 9/11: The Dumbest Election Ever

    - The clearest indication that the country is coming out from under the massive psychological concussion of September 11 is the fact that we are all enduring the stupidest Presidential election season in recent memory. See... William Rivers Pitt: Dumbest. Election. Ever. [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00123.htm


    Remembering 9/11: More Events, Remembrances & Views

    - When GNN asked me to report on the ''9/11 Truth Movement,'' I shuddered. How can one attempt to describe this fractious, nation-wide phenomenon of disparate researchers and activists, spread far and wide, but tied umbillically on the web? See... Sander Hicks: The 9/11 Truth Movement [1] MORE COMMENT: - Greg Palast - What You ''Ought Not To Know'' [2] - Michel Chossudovsky - 9/11 and the "War on Terrorism" [3] - Allen Roland - 9/11 - A Call To Unite Not Divide [4] - Book Review - Peter Lance's ''Cover Up'' [5] - Event Review - UQ Wire: ''Confronting the evidence'' [6] PRESS RELEASES: - Don Brash - September 11 remembered [7] - Colin Powell - Powell Interview with Associated Press [8] , Fox News Sunday [9] , ABC's This Week [10] and NBC's Meet the Press [11] - Dick Armitage - Richard L. Armitage Interview on Egypt TV [12] - US Greens - Nine-Eleven May Come On 11/ 02 This Year [13] - Families For Peaceful Tomorrows - UQ Wire: Families Comment Three Years Later [14]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00139.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00129.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00138.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00128.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00137.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00136.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00236.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00167.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00162.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00161.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00160.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00165.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00164.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00157.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00122.htm
    Hurricane Ivan Passes Jamaica Heads For Cuba

    EARLIER: http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00118.htm
    Scoop Images: Hurricane Ivan To Clobber Jamaica

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Rosalea Barker: What If The Dem's Want To Lose?

    - Here's a thought: if no other administration in the world wants to go into Iraq, why would anyone think a Democratic administration wants to? See... Stateside with Rosalea: Paradigm Gained [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00134.htm


    Hard News & More Is There!

    - The flap over the forged-or-not memos that reflect badly on Bush's National Guard service - and, more particularly, indicate that he has previously lied about same - is beyond bizarre. If the CBS papers are fakes, who's the source? See... Public Address 13/09/04 - Hello Goodbye [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00133.htm


    Anne Else: The Future Eaters Of Beslan

    - It’s the clearly deliberate targeting of a school full of children that makes the Beslan hostage deaths and injuries so appalling. Bombing, shelling and setting off explosives in crowded buses, restaurants, markets, city squares and housing complexes is a surefire way to kill and maim children too. See... Letter from Elsewhere: The Future Eaters [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00132.htm


    The World According To Hon. Simon Upton

    - Paris celebrates the 60th anniversary of the French liberation of Paris; the diplomatic triumphs and moral dilemmas of being non-aligned; taking food seriously from a cultural point of view; and excerpts from a recent paper on sustainable development (strictly for policy wonks). See... Upton-on-line Diaspora Edition - 12th September 04 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00131.htm


    Emmanuel Ortiz: The Sound Of Silence

    - Before I start this poem, I'd like to ask you to join me in a moment of silence in honour of those who died in the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon last September 11th. See... Before I Start This Poem By Emmanuel Ortiz [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00130.htm


    Poem: Palestine If Bush Is Re-elected

    - Four more years : Under a Bush : Sponsored : And funded : Peace negotiation : Promises more Israeli : Peace barbs : Experimental rockets : Gasses, bullets : Exploding Palestinians : Ripped to shreds : By Israeli flachette See... Poem: Four More Years in a Bush Whacked Palestine? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00135.htm


    Toni Solo: Computing & Resistance In Latin America

    - In one sense what happens in the centres of power is irrelevant. People will take decisions about their lives regardless of what imperial front men like George Bush or any of the other representatives of the global plutocracy say or do. See... Resistance And Survival: Education & Free Software [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00127.htm


    Cartoon

    - Cartoon by kiddmillennium.com… See... Kidd Millennium Cartoon: Ball's In His Court [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00126.htm


    John Chuckman's Proposal To Improve The US Election

    - It would be nice to have a moratorium on discussing the American election, at least until something happens that is worth discussing. See... John Chuckman: A Modest Proposal [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00125.htm


    Uri Avnery: Considering Two Manifestos

    - Two shocking manifestos were published this week. Both call for comment. One of them declares that dismantling the settlements in the Gaza Strip is a ''crime against humanity''. See... Uri Avnery: "God Wills It!" [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00124.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00115.htm
    Images: Peter Jackson & His Stars On Set

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Fisheries Officer Cuts Rile Union And NZ First

    - “The Ministry of Fisheries has responded to the threats to front line Fishery Officers from increasing black market poaching and threats of violence with a proposal to cut the number of Fishery Officers in the regions,” said Martin Cooney, organiser ... See... Fisheries Ministry To Cut Front Line Officers [1] MORE: - NZ First - Mad Management Will Wreck Fisheries [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0409/S00135.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00255.htm


    United Future Not Impressed With Greens Kahawai Negs.

    - United Future fisheries spokesman, Larry Baldock, today poured scorn on claims from the Greens co-leader, Jeanette Fitzsimons, that she has successfully negotiated agreements with the Minister of Fisheries that will save New Zealand’s dwindling stocks of kahawai ... See... Greens’ ignorance endangers kahawai [1] MORE: - Greens - UF spins a whopper of a fishy tale [2] - ACT - Dunne Misleads Public With Kahawai Ads [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00256.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00245.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00258.htm


    Nats Seek Govt. Support For Inmate Compo Legislation

    - National Party Leader Don Brash is offering to give Labour his support for legislation that would prevent convicted criminals from collecting significant taxpayer compensation. See... Labour called to support tough line - inmate compo [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00254.htm


    Govt. Ignoring ERB Submission Mountain – Mapp & Brash

    - National's Industrial Relations spokesman Wayne Mapp says the Employment Relations Law Reform Bill overlooks the mountain of opposing submissions and leaves employers vulnerable to the unions. See... ERB will see employers held to ransom [1] and Govt ignores strong opposition to Employment Bill [2] MORE: - CTU - Nats Extremist Position on Changes to Labour Law [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00253.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00251.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00107.htm


    Te Aupouri Treaty Claims Agreement Signed

    - Te Aupouri and the Crown have agreed in principle to redress settling all of Te Aupouri's historical Treaty of Waitangi claims, Treaty Negotiations Minister Margaret Wilson said today. See... First Far North Treaty agreement signed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00252.htm


    Thai Fair Trade Campaigners In Town

    - Green Party Co-leader Rod Donald is inviting media to a briefing by two Thai campaigners on the so-called 'free trade' agreement currently being negotiated between the governments of Thailand and New Zealand. See... Thai fair trade campaigners to brief media [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00250.htm


    Launch Of Meningococcal B Immunisation Programme

    - Health Minister Annette King spoke at the New Zealand Immunisation Conference, where she said she could not overemphasise how important it is, for the health of New Zealand's children and young people, to create as much understanding as possible about the ... See... Launch of Meningococcal B immunisation programme [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00249.htm


    Govt. DNA Decisions Confirm Ryall's Suspicions

    - The government’s decision not to expand the DNA testing programme to include all convicted criminals is further evidence that Labour is soft on crime, says National’s Law and Order spokesman, Tony Ryall. See... DNA: Labour soft on crime again [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00247.htm


    Key Seeks To Get Cullen's Eyes Back On The Road

    - National Party Finance spokesman John Key says a new survey out this morning shows "Labour has spent too long looking in the rear-view mirror and not enough time looking at the road ahead". See... Too long spent looking in the rear-view mirror [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00246.htm


    Nandor Notes Criticisms Of Corrections Inmate Management

    - Green MP Nandor Tanczos today accused the Corrections Department of putting the community at risk after a highly critical evaluation of the Integrated Offender Management (IOMS) regime. See... Community put at risk by failings in management [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00244.htm


    Mike Ward Urges Shoppers To Abandon The Plastic Bag

    - At the start of Clean-Up New Zealand Week, Green MP Mike Ward is calling on retailers, and particularly supermarkets, to encourage their customers to avoid using plastic bags to carry their purchases from the store. See... Clean-Up NZ Week - don’t take rubbish home [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00242.htm


    Maharey Talks Up The Benefits Of Immigration To Business

    - New Zealand businesses aren’t yet making the most of the skills and real economic benefits that new migrants can bring, says Minister for Social Development and Employment Steve Maharey. See... Migrants help build New Zealand workforce skills [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00239.htm


    Liberty Belle Reprints Coddington From The Herald

    - This week the NZ Herald published a column I wrote on the overlooked implications of the Human Rights Tribunal decision on a prisoner not being allowed to view a letter written about him. See... Coddington’s Liberty Belle [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00234.htm


    Aotearoa: Land Of The Long Wait For Surgery

    - ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman Heather Roy today released new information showing that tens of thousands of New Zealand patients are not just waiting for much-needed operations - they're officially waiting to go on the waiting list for surgery. See... Aotearoa: Land Of The Long Wait For Surgery [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00233.htm

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