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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY: Scoop PM's Presser Coverage With Kevin List
Secret Police Dope Spray Ingredients Revealed
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Scoop Link: Syria And Lebanon Reject UN Interference
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
STORY OF THE WEEK: Remembering 9/11: "Confronting The Evidence" Event Reviewed
Emmanuel Ortiz: The Sound Of Silence

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News Is There!
Feature: Mordechai Vanunu Circa. 2004
Why US Polls Are Not Always What They Seem
A Modern Day Parable Of The Rise & Fall Of Empire
Johnson & Walrath: The Fantasy Vs. The Reality Of Iraq
Steve Weissman: The Lessons Of Vietnam

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Murray Smith Spots An Irony In Child Welfare Law Changes
ACT's Letter – It's The Economy Stupid!
Liberty Belle: When Seamless Education Becomes Brainless
More Liberty Belle: Love & General Practice
ACT Leader Opines On The Maori Political Renaissance
ACT Says Nuke-Power Way To Go
Eckhoff Expects PM To Ignore Murder Victim's Plea
Project Aqua Review Welcomed
Mental Health Failures Create Perverse Incentives
Winston Peters Talks Immigration To Grey Power
Chartered Accountants To Receive Statutory Privilege On Tax Advice
13 Maori Fisheries Commissioners Appointed
Rodney Hide Joins The ERA Amendment Bill Debate
Alexander Appalled At Light Sentence For Horror Driver

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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 - Tuesday, 14 September [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00276.htm

LEAD STORY:
Scoop PM's Presser Coverage With Kevin List

- In This Edition: Judith Collins' Proposed Amendments Regarding Abortion - Elections In The United States And Australia - Travel To Indonesia - Compensation And Prison Abuse See... PM's Presser: Abortion, Foreign Elections & Abuse [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00152.htm


Secret Police Dope Spray Ingredients Revealed

- Scoop has received a response to an Official Information Act request detailing the till now secret ingredients contained in the blue spray used by police in aerial spraying campaigns against cannabis plantations. See... Ingredients Of Secret Police Dope Spray Revealed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00154.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • New medals for service in Iraq and Solomon Islands [1]
  • Getting rich on the sweat of third world workers - Greens [2]
  • Department Stores Drive July Retail Growth [3]
  • GPJA Reminder: Thai worker, Jane Kelsey Meeting Thurs [4]
  • Logistical masterpiece unfolds at Marsden Point [5]
  • Vic’s Composers take centre stage [6]
  • North Shore Hospital At Capacity [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00283.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00282.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0409/S00155.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00110.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0409/S00150.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0409/S00054.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0409/S00061.htm


    Scoop Link: Syria And Lebanon Reject UN Interference

    - Syria and Lebanon rejected on Sunday any foreign interference in shaping their relations, just one day after a senior U.S. official said that Syria must withdraw its forces from Lebanon. See... Syria And Lebanon Reject Foreign Interference [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00183.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • UN Official Deplores Executions In Uzbekistan [1]
  • Laos: Atrocities Against Children Are War Crimes [2]
  • Greenpeace Demands Halt to Nuke Shipments [3]
  • Darfur Death Rates Exceed Crisis Threshold [4]
  • Israelis Join School Children Protest [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00178.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00168.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00169.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00181.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00180.htm


    STORY OF THE WEEK: Remembering 9/11: "Confronting The Evidence" Event Reviewed

    - "Regrettably, I will not be able to do justice to all the speakers and certainly will not be able to communicate the electricity in the room." - Judy Andreas on "Confronting the Evidence" See... UQ Wire: Confronting the Evidence – Report/Review [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00148.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] For much more see… STORY OF THE WEEK: Remembering 9/11


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



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0409/S00089.htm
    Rialto Film Of The Week - The Barbarian Invasions


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News Is There!

    - John Barnett has come out swinging on the New Zealand Idol funding issue in a comment piece on the OnFilm website. Critics of New Zealand On Air's $450,000 grant/loan/equity investment in New Zealand's adoption of the Idol franchise...See... Public Address 14/09/04 - Major Barney [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00149.htm


    Feature: Mordechai Vanunu Circa. 2004

    - If East Jerusalem had an unofficial mayor, it would be nuclear whistle blower Mordechai Vanunu. See... Guest Opinion: Am Johal - The Vanunu Epilogue [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00143.htm


    Why US Polls Are Not Always What They Seem

    - We have seen a lot of polls thus far in the Bush-Kerry race and we're going to see a lot more. Often polls by two different survey outfits taken at the same time will show results in pretty stark disagreement. See... US Election Polls - To Weight Or Not To Weight [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00150.htm


    A Modern Day Parable Of The Rise & Fall Of Empire

    - Once upon a time, seemingly out of nowhere, a Great Pall settled over the world. Marauding religious fanatics, each convinced their god was the one true deity, tried to force their rule on their citizens and neighbors. See... The Great Pall & Its Fall: A Not-So-Grim Tale [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00147.htm


    Johnson & Walrath: The Fantasy Vs. The Reality Of Iraq

    - Turning Iraq over to the Iraqis, known as ''giving them back their sovereignty'' as the Spin from the White House puts it, is a ploy to get the war off the front pages of newspapers and off the TV screen. See... Johnson & Walrath: Fantasy vs. Reality [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00145.htm


    Steve Weissman: The Lessons Of Vietnam

    - Though never more than a C-student, George W. Bush has made the same classic blunder that far smarter presidents - Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon - made in Southeast Asia. See... Steve Weissman: Will Bush Learn from Vietnam? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00144.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00087.htm
    Bamyan Handover - Kiwis Coming Home

    & http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00087.htm
    94 Kiwi Soldiers Coming Home From Bamyan


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Murray Smith Spots An Irony In Child Welfare Law Changes

    - United Future justice spokesman Murray Smith today challenged the "irony" of legislation that puts huge accountability on parents for the welfare of their children on one hand, and then wilfully hides crucial information from them on the other. See... Smith: Irony of care of children lost on Govt [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00284.htm


    ACT's Letter – It's The Economy Stupid!

    - Even though it was predicted – Michael Cullen prematurely announced it – the increase in interest rates was the big news of the week. The Reserve Bank lifted the official cash rate from 6% to 6.25% and indicated there are more interest rises ... See... ACT's The letter [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00265.htm


    Liberty Belle: When Seamless Education Becomes Brainless

    - For the past nine years I've been beating my head against a concrete wall and finally the cracks are appearing. That wall started out in about 1995 as Lockwood Smith's "Seamless Education:. It is now Trevor Mallard's NCEA. See... Coddington’s Liberty Belle – NCEA [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00271.htm


    More Liberty Belle: Love & General Practice

    - How did you meet your wife? Husband? Soul mate, significant other (as the psychiatrists say these days), life partner? For your sake, I hope it wasn’t over the water cooler at work. See also more Coddington’s Liberty Belle [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00266.htm


    ACT Leader Opines On The Maori Political Renaissance

    - Prime Minister Helen Clark has achieved one thing. She has united Maoridom. The only problem is that she has united Maori against her. See... Hide: The Maori Party [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00279.htm


    ACT Says Nuke-Power Way To Go

    - ACT New Zealand Energy Spokesman Ken Shirley today congratulated Environment Canterbury for at least being prepared to consider the option of nuclear power, and predicted that its public meetings and workshops would be well attended. See... Time To Consider The Nuclear Power Option [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00269.htm


    Eckhoff Expects PM To Ignore Murder Victim's Plea

    - The heartfelt plea from the widow of murdered farmer Jack Nicholas to Prime Minister Helen Clark, to abandon proposals to legislate access to all named waterways, is likely to fall on deaf ears, ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff predicted today. See... Widow's Plea Likely To Fall On Deaf Ears [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00278.htm


    Project Aqua Review Welcomed

    - United Future energy spokesperson Gordon Copeland today welcomed confirmation from the Hon Mark Burton, Minister for State Owned Enterprises, that an independent expert from PriceWaterhouseCoopers Australia has been appointed to carry out a post-project audit of Project Aqua. See... Copeland welcomes Project Aqua review [1] MORE ON WAITAKI RIVER: - ACT - United Future Backslides Over Waitaki Bill [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00280.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00272.htm


    Mental Health Failures Create Perverse Incentives

    - ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman Heather Roy today predicted that we would continue to see more tragedies, like the murder by mentally ill Otaki man Jesse Moore, until the Government accepts that it is not providing adequate facilities for the assessment of those suspected of being a danger to themselves and others. See... Need Good Psychiatric Care? Kill Someone [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00277.htm


    Winston Peters Talks Immigration To Grey Power

    - As each wave of migration – be they the earliest Polynesian navigators or more recent voyagers from Europe and elsewhere – came to New Zealand, they saw a land of opportunity and potential. See... Peters Speech: Building A Road To Somewhere [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00275.htm


    Chartered Accountants To Receive Statutory Privilege On Tax Advice

    - Legislation extending statutory privilege to tax advice provided by tax advisors such as chartered accountants will be introduced in November, Revenue Minister Michael Cullen announced today. See... Statutory privilege for legal advice extended [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00274.htm


    13 Maori Fisheries Commissioners Appointed

    - Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia today announced the appointment of 13 Commissioners to the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission. See... 13 Commissioners appointed Waitangi Fisheries Com [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00273.htm


    Rodney Hide Joins The ERA Amendment Bill Debate

    - ACT New Zealand Leader Rodney Hide today said that the Employment Relations Law Reform Bill shows the union movement is calling the shots within the Labour Government - not the needs of an innovative and growth-orientated economy. See... Dinosaur Unions Drive Labour's Employment Law [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00268.htm


    Alexander Appalled At Light Sentence For Horror Driver

    - United Future law and order spokesman Marc Alexander is appalled at the ‘extremely light’ prison term of three and a half years prison that’s been handed down to a hit and run driver who has racked up more than 75 convictions for dangerous driving. See... Alexander outraged at killer driver’s sentence [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00264.htm

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