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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: TVNZ To Face Union Backlash Over Bailey Wage-Hike
Westpac Complies With Reserve Bank's Local Incorporation Policy
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Iraq Elections: Kofi Annan Commits More Numbers To Iraq
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
American Coup II: William Rivers Pitt: Proof Of Ohio Election Fraud
American Coup II: The Penny Begins To Drop For The NYT & WashPost
American Coup II: Freepress.org - A Bad Monday For Democracy In Ohio

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News & More Is There!
No Right Turn On Sedition And Wilful Damage
Fighting Talk From Fighting Talk
Sam Smith: The Gary Webb Case
Good Returns: A Free Book From Mary Holm
Steve Weissman On The Ukraine

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Goff Plays Straight Bat To Aussie Yorker
Government Looks at Social Progress
Mallard Tackles Racism -
NZ First Fights For Vietnam Vets
Wilsons' Years Of Refereeing Labour Squabbles Should See Her Right
Newman Discusses Welfare
Greens Input Appreciated In Finance Bill
Govt Accuses ACT Of Being Prepared To Sell Pristine Heritage

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LEAD STORY:
TVNZ To Face Union Backlash Over Bailey Wage-Hike

- Television New Zealand staff who got a pay rise of just 1.5 per cent this year are promising a “full-frontal attack” in the wake of news reader Judy Bailey’s 77 per cent rise. See... TVNZ staff furious over Bailey affair [1] ALSO: - Govt -TVNZ board meets with shareholding ministers [2] -Greens - Public service ethos eroded by TVNZ board [3] - United Future - Alexander: Govt weak as water with TVNZ [4] - National - TVNZ resignations all show [5] - ACT - PM's TVNZ mates keep their jobs [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00181.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00419.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00436.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00429.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00425.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00431.htm


Westpac Complies With Reserve Bank's Local Incorporation Policy

- The announcement follows advice from the Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ), Dr Alan Bollard, that the RBNZ had rejected Westpac’s buttressed branch proposal. The Westpac board has agreed to comply with the RBNZ’s local incorporation policy. See... Westpac To Locally Incorporate In New Zealand [1] ALSO: Reserve Bank Confirms Westpac to incorporate in NZ [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0412/S00245.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0412/S00246.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • NZ Children’s Hearing At Risk [1]
  • ARC Christmas amnesty for wavering ratepayers [2]
  • Wastewise these Holidays [3]
  • Survey: I’ll Have A Clean, Green Accessible Region Please [4]
  • Mâori Names Help Inspire Cambridge Crew [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0412/S00053.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0412/S00120.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0412/S00122.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0412/S00121.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0412/S00056.htm


    Iraq Elections: Kofi Annan Commits More Numbers To Iraq

    - Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced today that he intends to increase the number of United Nations staff in Iraq, which he cut back after last year’s terrorist bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad, and has ordered a review of security conditions. See... UN To Increase Number Of Staff In Iraq [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00227.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Mid-East: Security Council Renews Observer Force [1]
  • Darfur Ops Suspended Due To Continuing Fighting [2]
  • Bolton’s Appointment Would Destroy State Dept Cred [3]
  • Fiji Student Tops USP Journalism Awards [4]
  • A Video Message From The Iraq Resistance - 10 Dec. [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00228.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00226.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00225.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00224.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00209.htm

    STORY OF THE WEEK & SCOOP SPECIAL REPORT - American Coup II:
    William Rivers Pitt: Proof Of Ohio Election Fraud

    - Among activists and investigators looking into allegations of vote fraud in the 2004 Presidential election, the company always mentioned was Diebold and its suspicious electronic touch-screen voting machines. See... William Rivers Pitt: Proof Of Ohio Election Fraud [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00183.htm


    American Coup II: The Penny Begins To Drop For The NYT & WashPost

    - The ranking Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, plans to ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a county prosecutor in Ohio today to explore ''inappropriate and likely illegal election tampering'' ... See... Scoop Links: NYT & WashPost On Ohio Recount [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00182.htm


    American Coup II: Freepress.org - A Bad Monday For Democracy In Ohio

    - As the whole world watches, American democracy may be hanging by a thread in Ohio. See... American Democracy Hangs By A Thread In Ohio [1] See also...Full Coverage of American Coup II [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00187.htm
    [2] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=usacoup

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News & More Is There!

    - Two media industry types have put it to me this week that commentators like myself must be loving all the current media argy-bargy. Well, yes. Grist to the mill and all that. But for anyone with a memory, it ought to seem that the Judy Bailey salary row seems to...See... Public Address 16/12/04 - Argy-Bargy [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00184.htm


    No Right Turn On Sedition And Wilful Damage

    - The man responsible for the axe attack against the Prime Minister's electorate office has been charged not just with criminal damage, but also with "seditious conspiracy" . For a taste of the dubiousness of this law, it was last used in 1914, to prosecute ... See... No Right Turn: Political Crimes [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00185.htm


    Fighting Talk From Fighting Talk

    - The surprise announcement that Margaret Wilson will be the next Speaker of the House - that is, Parliament's version of a square leg umpire provided by the batting team, who already get the benefit of the doubt - has been met with some pretty harsh opposition. ... See... Fighting Talk - Geoff, Linda And Maggie [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00186.htm


    Sam Smith: The Gary Webb Case

    The death of investigative reporter Gary Webb has brought an unusually strong reaction from readers, some of whom feel he was assassinated and many more of whom feel he was rottenly treated by his media colleagues for his expose of CIA - drug trade connections. ... See... Sam Smith: The Gary Webb Case [1] MORE: - Robert Parry - America's Debt to Journalist Gary Webb [2] - Dog Skin Report - The Death Of A True Journalist [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00181.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00160.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00162.htm


    Good Returns: A Free Book From Mary Holm

    - If you are saving for a special goal or for retirement, once you have managed to save your hard earned dollars, you certainly don’t want that amount to be exposed to any uncalculated risk. See... Book Review: Investing – Is It A Risky Business? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00180.htm


    Steve Weissman On The Ukraine

    - Sparring over Ukraine's disputed election, Vladimir Putin and his one-time buddy George W. Bush still agreed on one thing. Both opposed ''foreign meddling.'' See... Uncle Santa and Ukraine's Orange-Colored Elves [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00179.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00146.htm
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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Goff Plays Straight Bat To Aussie Yorker

    - Foreign Minister Phil Goff says the proposed Australian 1000 nautical mile maritime identification zone appears not to infringe on the sovereign rights of countries that come within it, or relevant international maritime laws. See... Australian maritime identification zone [1] ALSO: - National -Please explain Prime Minister [2] - Greens - Govt must protest Howard's license to piracy [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00430.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00416.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00418.htm


    Government Looks at Social Progress

    - A new approach to cross-government action for social progress – Opportunity for All New Zealanders - was announced today by Social Development and Employment Minister Steve Maharey. See... Opportunity for all New Zealanders [1] ALSO: - National -Weasel words and apple pie in social report [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00435.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00434.htm


    Mallard Tackles Racism -

    Co-ordinating Minister, Race Relations Trevor Mallard today released the first reports and results from the government’s review of targeted policies and programmes. First results of review of targeted programmes [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00432.htm


    NZ First Fights For Vietnam Vets

    - New Zealand First veterans’ affairs spokesperson Bill Gudgeon says Vietnam veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange have been grossly short changed by the Government. See... Sorry Agent Orange Saga Unresolved [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00428.htm


    Wilsons' Years Of Refereeing Labour Squabbles Should See Her Right

    - Only those suffering from amnesia or ignorance would claim that Attorney-General Margaret Wilson doesn't have enough "experience" to be the next Parliamentary Speaker, Progressive Party leader Jim Anderton today. See…Margaret Wilson has enormous experience [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00426.htm


    Newman Discusses Welfare

    - ACT Deputy Leader and Social Welfare spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today stood by her claim that welfare spending is forecast to rise by $2.1 billion over the next five years. See... Just admit it's welfare, Maharey [1] ALSO: - Govt - Muriel Newman's year of mistakes continues [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00423.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00412.htm


    Greens Input Appreciated In Finance Bill

    - The Labour - Progressive Government has supported a Green amendment to the Public Finance (State Sector Management) Bill that will allow Crown entities to bank with building societies. See... Govt backs Green initiative on building societies [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00422.htm


    Govt Accuses ACT Of Being Prepared To Sell Pristine Heritage

    - ACT has again demonstrated just how out of touch they are with ordinary New Zealanders by confirming they would privatise our pristine marine space. See…ACT confirm they would sell NZ's crown jewel [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00413.htm

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