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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Israeli Spies Deported From New Zealand
Greens Launch Drug Control Policy
Intifada Anniversary Sees Israel Intensify Its Occupation
Scoop Report: Hubbard’s Fortitude And Leadership Tested By Right-Smear-Attacks
Russell Brown’s Public Address Is There
Simon Pound Writes On Being A Fly On The Wall District Court Style
Considering The Life Of G.W. Bush
Kamala Sarup: Letter From Nepal
Scoop Link: William Rivers Pitt 'Quit or We'll Kill You’
Kong Is King Announce More Movie Scoops
Scoop Editorial: Govt’s Supreme Court Bid In TVNZ-Zaoui Case A High Powered Gagging Writ

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Treaty of Waitangi Gets Winston Peter's Attention
Benson-Pope Goes On Attack Over Collins SOP
Fisheries Restructuring Explained
Greens Talk The Tech Talk
Medical Money Goes Missing
More Money To Address Skills Shortage In Auckland
Ministers From Both Sides Of the Tasman Horse Around
Kedgley Calls on PM To Save Te Aro From Destruction
Choc Block Leads To Fat Spat
Will Anyone Be Able To Write Or Read Damning Educational Reports In Future?

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Greens Launch Drug Control Policy

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Lead Story:
Israeli Spies Deported From New Zealand

- Prime Minister Helen Clark has confirmed that two Israelis convicted and sentenced earlier this year have been deported from New Zealand. See... Prime Minister confirms Israelis deportation [1] Spies Walk Free While Zaoui is Left to Rot [2] Israeli Intelligence Sends NZ Message Via Asian-Based NGOs [3] NGOs State Barkan In North Korea [4] Govt Held High Powered Meetings On Israeli Op [5] Inside The Mossad: How It Operates [6] 95bFM – The Wire: Selwyn Manning & Simon Pound on Israeli Spy Case


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00575.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00582.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00133.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00141.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00141.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00176.htm


New Zealand Lead Story:
Greens Launch Drug Control Policy

- The Green Party has launched a comprehensive proposal to cover all controlled drugs. The Greens say the Drug Law Reform policy, paving the way for an overhaul of the Misuse of Drugs Act, aims to provide the greatest level of 'harm reduction' for society. See... Care, consistency, control: Greens drug policy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00574.htm

International News

Intifada Anniversary: Israel Intensifies Occupation

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Intifada Anniversary Sees Israel Intensify Its Occupation

- JENIN, Palestine, September28, 2004 (IPC+ Agencies)-- The Israeli occupying forces (IOF) killed on Tuesday a Palestinian resident in the West Bank City of Jenin and demolished a number of houses in southern Gaza City. See... Israel Troops Storm Into Jenin [1] Four Years on Israel's Sharon Perpetuates Intifada [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00334.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00335.htm


Scoop Report: Hubbard’s Fortitude And Leadership Tested By Right-Smear-Attacks

- Top-polling Auckland mayoralty candidate Dick Hubbard has endured attacks from right-wingers determined to spoil his chances of ousting the incumbent, John Banks. But Hubbard tells Scoop’s Yasmine Ryan he will overcome the sleaze thrown at him... See... Hubbard denies being the Prime Minister’s ‘Toy-Boy [1] John Banks Campaign Manager Fesses Up & Resigns [2] Why won’t Dick front up? [3] Hay: "Hubbard Tells 'Porky' And Misleads Public" [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00260.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0409/S00266.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0409/S00264.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0409/S00282.htm


Russell Brown’s Public Address Is There

- So, how to vote in the local body elections? I'm not averse on principle to sending the odd vote to a CitRat candidate - the late Phil Warren always got a tick from me - but I'm blowed if I can see one I'd want to back from this year's Citizens & Raterpayers. See... PUBLIC ADDRESS The envelope, please ... [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00282.htm


Simon Pound Writes On Being A Fly On The Wall District Court Style

- I said a while ago that I'd try to get round to posting about a brilliant morning spent at the District Court. It comes highly recommended by this attendee, combining as it does two of my favourite interests: absurdity and strife. See... In For A Penny: Eye for the District Court Guy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00281.htm


Considering The Life Of G.W. Bush

- As the fourth global-warmed hurricane in two months rips through Florida, we are reminded that George W. Bush is history's top terrorist. See... Bush Is History's Top Terrorist [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00286.htm


Kamala Sarup: Letter From Nepal

- Recently, The high-level Peace Committee in Nepal officially called on the Maoists for peace talks. In response to the government's call for talks, spokesman of the CPN (Maoist), Krishna Mahara, said his party had already decided not to hold talks with the government and that there was no possibility of dialogue as “foreign interference in the country continued and all the organs of the state were in a state of surrender.” See... Nepalese People Do Not Want War [1] War On HIV/AIDS In The Asia Pacific Region [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00285.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00284.htm


Scoop Link: William Rivers Pitt 'Quit or We'll Kill You’

- In the latest 'Truthout Overview' nightly audio, William Rivers Pitt examines in depth the U.S. polcy of ‘Quit or We’ll Kill You… See... William Pitt - Audio Link: 'Quit or We'll Kill You’ [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00283.htm


Kong Is King Announce More Movie Scoops

- The Venture crew are still getting hammered by a massive storm...that doesn't really exist. Take a look at the Day 16 entry which features a TON of the cast, including Jack Black, Lobo Chan, LOTR veteran Jed Brophy, Jason Whyte (dump tanks?) See... Kong Is King News [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00280.htm


Scoop Editorial: Govt’s Supreme Court Bid In TVNZ-Zaoui Case A High Powered Gagging Writ

- The Attorney General, Margaret Wilson, has allowed the Crown to appeal a Court of Appeal decision permitting detained refugee Ahmed Zaoui the right of freedom of expression – the move is a legal gagging writ from the highest level. See... Scoop OpEd: Wilson's Role In Zaoui's Detention [1] Crown To Appeal TVNZ Interview Of Zaoui [2] Last Week’s Story Of The Week + PM Withdraws FIS Terror Claim. [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00274.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00547.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00270.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Treaty of Waitangi Gets Winston Peter's Attention

- New Zealand First today announced a new Treaty of Waitangi policy aimed at ending the grievance industry but safeguarding genuine claims. See... New Zealand First Announces New Treaty Policy [1] Comment on NZ First Treaty policy [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00580.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00581.htm


Benson-Pope Goes On Attack Over Collins SOP

- It is ironic for National's Judith Collins to say the Government is out of touch when her SOP to the Care of Children Bill has run foul of both her own caucus and New Zealand's medical fraternity, says Associate Justice Minister David Benson-Pope. See... Shallow Collins "out of touch" [1] Judith Collins pleased with poll result [2] Labour shows its colours on parental rights [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00569.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00561.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00572.htm


Fisheries Restructuring Explained

- There will not be one single less frontline fisheries officer as a result of current restructuring discussions says Fisheries Minister David Benson-Pope. See... No staff cuts says Fisheries Minister [1] Govt leaves fish stocks wide open for abuse [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00579.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00571.htm


Greens Talk The Tech Talk

- "I recognise the reasons why phone and paper-mail advertising were initially left out of the legislation," said Nandor, the Green Party's Information Technology spokesperson. "However the rapid uptake of Voice-over IP (VOIP) is likely to mean the inundation . See... Nandor: spam law should cover SPIT [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00577.htm


Medical Money Goes Missing

- National Party Health spokeswoman Judith Collins is planning to ask for a select committee briefing about the fraud conviction of a Health Ministry contractor who stole a large sum of public money. See... Judith Collins seeks briefing on health fraud [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00576.htm


More Money To Address Skills Shortage In Auckland

- Auckland employers will benefit from a $9.6 million national Skills Package designed to help to address skill shortages. See... New initiative to address Auckland skill shortages [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00570.htm


Ministers From Both Sides Of the Tasman Horse Around

- Racing ministers from both sides of the Tasman will tomorrow take tea with the Melbourne Cup. See... Racing ministers meet for a cup-pa. [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00568.htm


Kedgley Calls on PM To Save Te Aro From Destruction

- Green MP Sue Kedgley is calling on the Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage to intervene and save Wellington's historic Te Aro precinct in the same way as she has saved two iconic Northland buildings. See... Kedgley calls on Clark to stop the bulldozers [1] Historic Kerikeri buildings protected [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00563.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00564.htm


Choc Block Leads To Fat Spat

- Green MP Sue Kedgley said today that the claim that selling a king-size chocolate bar with a cut down the middle would somehow contribute to reducing the obesity epidemic was absurd. See... King-sized marketing spin won't cut obesity [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00560.htm


Will Anyone Be Able To Write Or Read Damning Educational Reports In Future?

- A disturbing new report, showing more than a third of new primary and nearly half of secondary teachers aren't up to standard, highlights the dumbing down of teacher training in New Zealand, ACT New Zealand Education Spokesman Deborah Coddington said. See... ERO Report Reveals Dumbing Down Of Education [1] 20,000 students taught by ineffective teachers [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00559.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00567.htm

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