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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Govt Announces New Animal Welfare Codes
Don Brash An Idealogue! Who Would Have Thought?
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Pinochet's Arrest Opens Doors To Chilean Justice
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News Is There!
Fighting Talk Rises To Lofty Heights Of Comparative Reasoning
Meditations: On The Balance In Life
This God Is My God, This God Is Your God. Or Not
Bernard Weiner: Time For Donald Rumsfeld To Be Ejected
Are NATO's Secret Armies Linked To Terrorism?
Thank Goodness For The ''Defense Science Board''
Will The GOP Defend The Right To Vote?
Manuel Valenzeula: The Rise Of Amerikan Nazis (Part III)
Kamala Sarup: The Daily Grind Given New Meaning
Genevieve Cora-Fraser: Arafat's Ghost Is With Us
Dan Spillane: Who's Paying For Christmas This Year?

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Govt. Decides Ethos Of Queens Chain Requires Extension
Brash Wants CIR To Comment On Tamihere
NZ First Wants Ruapehu's Crater Blown Up
Legal Opinions On Toxic Suburbia Released
Maori TV Tuned Into By 667,000 Viewers
Australian Policeman Killed In Solomons
Pukerua Bay Fishing Closure Extended For Two Years
John Key Points The Borax On Express Couriers Sale
Williamson Concerned At Killer State Highway
Cullen Crows About 20% Growth In Five Years
Minimum Wage Increased By 5.6%
Another CEG Audit Proves Rich Right Again
Wairoa Film Festival Gets $$$
NZ First Decides Not To STV For Local Body Chaos

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LEAD STORY:
Govt Announces New Animal Welfare Codes

- The codes, for pigs and for layer hens, come into force on 1 January 2005. Mr Sutton said the codes covered all types of pig production (indoor and outdoor) and all types of egg production (caged, barn, and free range). The pig and layer hen codes are the last of the six previous codes carried over from the previous animal welfare legislation. See... Codes of welfare for pigs and layer hens published [1] ALSO: - Greens - Govt sentences millions of animals to misery [2] - Pork Industry - Pork Industry welcomes Code of Welfare [3] - Egg Producers - Egg Producers Support Welfare Code [4] - SAFE - Minister challenged over codes [5] - CAFF - Hens Await Their Fate [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00550.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00551.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0412/S00344.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0412/S00343.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00243.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00242.htm


Don Brash An Idealogue! Who Would Have Thought?

- Scoop's Kevin List caught up with documentary maker Alister Barry after his films finally aired in TVNZ recently and questioned the 'Don Brashologist' on where he thought Don Brash would like to take New Zealand economically and socially should he become Prime Minister after the 2005 general election. See... Alister Barry On What Don Brash Would Do As PM [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00255.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Save The Children Perserveres In Darfur [1]
  • New China FTA negotiator appointed [2]
  • GE free Chicken Games at KFC Headquarters [3]
  • 2005 Scholarships for Coaches [4]
  • New Associate Minister excited by higher duties [5]
  • Government Bullied Into Selling Powerco Shares [6]
  • Put 'Fair Trade' in your Christmas stocking [7]
  • Initial evaluation of Youth Drug Court released [8]
  • NZ Considers Turkey EU Accession Negotiations [9]
  • Coming to your town soon: Young NZers Who Care [10]
  • Appeal Court dismisses NZ Herald case [11]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00241.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00240.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00239.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00549.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00541.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00540.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00539.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00538.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00237.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00236.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00235.htm


    Pinochet's Arrest Opens Doors To Chilean Justice

    - The decision by the Santiago Court of Appeals (Corte de Apelaciones de Santiago) to uphold the indictment and house arrest of Augusto Pinochet has sent a powerful message to the rest of the world: human rights violators will not go unpunished, See... Chile: A new door opens to justice [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00293.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • U.S. President Bush's Happy Christmas Press Conference - December 20 '04 [1]
  • Annan Sees 'Important Openings' In 2005 [2]
  • Sierra Leone: 10 death sentences for treason [3]
  • Congo: Renewed fighting in North Kivu [4]
  • Global Production Of Rice Still Falls Below Need [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00298.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00296.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00295.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00294.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00287.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00228.htm
    MOTORNET: Honda Reworks The Odyssey

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News Is There!

    - Was that the sound of John Tamihere believing his own hype? In yesterday's Checkpoint interview, Tamihere reacted quite oddly to a fairly benign invitation from Mary Wilson to undertake that he would not in future say one thing and do another... See... Public Address 22/12/04 - That Bloke [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00254.htm


    Fighting Talk Rises To Lofty Heights Of Comparative Reasoning

    - The comparison is a little icky, but bear with me: why is it that chopsticks - a traditional, Eastern way of eating - are okay, exotic, and becoming part of "high-culture" in Western society, while squat toilets - a traditional, Eastern way of taking a ... See... Fighting Talk - An Ecstasy Of Posts [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00252.htm


    Meditations: On The Balance In Life

    - The ancient Romans had general terms for a duality that persists to this day. They referred to ''vita contemplativa,'' versus ''vita activa'' — the contemplative life vs. the active life. See... Martin LeFevre: A Balanced Life [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00250.htm


    This God Is My God, This God Is Your God. Or Not

    - During Christmas season 2004, some self-professed Christians, to celebrate the birth of the ''Prince of Peace,'' have chosen to wage a vicious, unforgiving and hate-filled war against those who do not subscribe to their politicized dogma. See... Doug Giebel: Holier Than Thou - Who Owns God? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00253.htm


    Bernard Weiner: Time For Donald Rumsfeld To Be Ejected

    - Bush says he won't rid his administration of Donald Rumsfeld, which tells us all we need to know about what the next four years will be like -- IF the election challenges in Ohio and elsewhere don't explode in Dubya's face and he actually is sworn in a ... See... Rummy's Gotta Go: But Will Bush Hit Delete? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00251.htm


    Are NATO's Secret Armies Linked To Terrorism?

    - At a time when experts are debating whether NATO is suited to deal with the global ''war on terror'', new research suggests that the alliance’s own secret history has links to terrorism. See... Daniele Ganser: NATO's Secret Armies [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00249.htm


    Thank Goodness For The ''Defense Science Board''

    - According to Associated Press reporter Robert Burns, the ''Pentagon advisory panel'' recently released a report concluding, among other things, ''the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq have created a shared anti-American cause among otherwise-divided Muslim extremists...'' and that ''the root of the problem is a fundamental misunderstanding of why many Muslims are hostile toward the United States. They 'hate our policies,' not our freedom.'' See... Mark Drolette: The Mother of All Reports [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00248.htm


    Will The GOP Defend The Right To Vote?

    - The Republican Party leadership in the era of George W. Bush seems to be demonstrating a serious problem with the basic concepts of American Democracy. See... The Republican Leaderships Problem With Democracy [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00247.htm


    Manuel Valenzeula: The Rise Of Amerikan Nazis (Part III)

    - When the thunderous clouds of fascists past and corporatists present finally dissipate over the vast lands of the United States, leaving in its wake a nation recovering from the violent downpours of mass lunacy, fear and collective schizophrenia that ... See... Valenzeula: Amerikan Terrorists, American Tragedy [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00246.htm


    Kamala Sarup: The Daily Grind Given New Meaning

    - Investing in the health sector makes good sense for conflict prevention as well as for socio-economic development. Conflict is a direct threat to life. For thousands of people in Asia, surviving war is the predominant objective in their daily existence. See... Kamala Sarup: Conflict Is Direct Threat To Health [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00245.htm


    Genevieve Cora-Fraser: Arafat's Ghost Is With Us

    - Tonight as the world : Implodes as chaos : Unfolds Arafat : Points to a hand : In his demise : Arch-enemy : Sharon : Boasted : The hour : & method's : Unknown : Until executed : Arafat's ghost See... Poem: Arafat's Ghost Rattles Israel Caged [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00244.htm


    Dan Spillane: Who's Paying For Christmas This Year?

    - In any normal year, Christmas retail sales are seen as critically important the US economy. But 2004 is no normal year; rather, it is a ''miracle'' year where no one need be burdened with payment, even for such mundane trifles as government expenditures and wars. See... 2004 Christmas Miracle Seen "From The East" [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00243.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00246.htm
    Santa Comes To Bamyan, Afghanistan


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Govt. Decides Ethos Of Queens Chain Requires Extension

    -The Government has decided to embrace the Queen's Chain ethos, which would see walking access would be extended along water ways with access value throughout the country, Rural Affairs Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... Government response to Acland Report issued [1] MORE: - Govt - Cabinet paper on walking access [2] - ACT - Labour doesn't respect property rights [3] - National - Con job on land access doesn't wash [4] - Greens - Greens celebrate public access strategy [5] - Federated Farmers - Government Listens With One Ear [6]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00566.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00557.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00555.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00561.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00564.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00245.htm


    Brash Wants CIR To Comment On Tamihere

    - National Party Leader Don Brash says the Commissioner of Inland Revenue needs to explain immediately whether or not John Tamihere's actions over his tax payments are acceptable. See... IRD must clarify Tamihere’s tax actions [1] EARLIER: - Tamihere - White Report Clears Tamihere [2] and Key Findings In Report Of Douglas White QC [3] - Scoop - 2 Extracts From The Douglas White Tamihere Report [4] - Images - PM's Standup For John Tamihere [5] - Don Brash - IRD must clarify Tamihere’s tax actions [6] - National - National awaits SFO report on Tamihere [7] - ACT - Tamihere Cleared? Yeah Right! [8]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00548.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00523.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00524.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00241.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00236.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00548.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00544.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00532.htm


    NZ First Wants Ruapehu's Crater Blown Up

    - New Zealand First has asked the Ministers of Internal Affairs and Conservation to urgently consider adopting interventionist strategies on the Ruapehu crater lake to minimise the risk to surrounding areas. See... Intervene Over Ruapehu Lake - NZ First [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00567.htm


    Legal Opinions On Toxic Suburbia Released

    - The Ministry for the Environment has released legal opinions that Environment Minister Marian Hobbs says will clarify what should be included on the Land Information Memorandums of property formerly used for horticulture. See... MfE releases legal opinions [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00563.htm


    Maori TV Tuned Into By 667,000 Viewers

    - Minister of Maori Affairs, Parekura Horomia is absolutely delighted with the latest ratings that show that more than 667,000 viewers tuned in to watch Maori Television, the channel many said would never rate, in the 12 weeks to 5 December. See... Maori Television ends 2004 on a high - ka pai [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00562.htm


    Australian Policeman Killed In Solomons

    - Foreign Minister Phil Goff says he deplores the killing of an Australian police officer in the Solomon Islands this morning, and has expressed his condolences to the Australian government and the family of the young man. See... Goff deplores killing of policeman in Solomons [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00560.htm


    Pukerua Bay Fishing Closure Extended For Two Years

    - Fisheries Minister David Benson-Pope has extended a closure of Pukerua Bay to fishing for another two years to allow for further rebuilding of the fishery. See... Fishery given further chance to rebuild [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00559.htm


    John Key Points The Borax On Express Couriers Sale

    - "Paul Swain's made an unpromising start to his career as the Minister for State Owned Enterprises, after ducking responsibility for a backroom asset sale done in secret," says National Party Finance spokesman John Key. See... The buck stops with the minister on asset sale [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00556.htm


    Williamson Concerned At Killer State Highway

    - Government interference and a lack of funding means that much-needed improvements to State Highway 2 haven’t even been started, says National’s Transport spokesman, Maurice Williamson. See... Urgent action needed on killer road [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00554.htm


    Cullen Crows About 20% Growth In Five Years

    - “Strong growth of 0.6 per cent in the September GDP data means that the economy has grown almost 20 per cent in the last five years,” Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today. See... Cullen on GDP result [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00552.htm


    Minimum Wage Increased By 5.6%

    - The minimum wage will increase from $9 to $9.50 per hour from 21 March 2005, Labour Minister Paul Swain announced today. See... Minimum wage increased [1] REACTION: - Greens - New minimum wage rise far too little - Bradford [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00546.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00547.htm


    Another CEG Audit Proves Rich Right Again

    - "Another audit report and another damning indictment on Labour's approach to spending taxpayer money," says Katherine Rich, commenting on the release late today of an audit report into a CEG grant to Te Hiku TV in Northland. See... More taxpayer money wasted in CEG lolly scramble [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00545.htm


    Wairoa Film Festival Gets $$$

    - "An indigenous film festival that is up with the world's best" - that's the ambition of the Wairoa Maori Film Festival Society. The Government is going to help Wairoa achieve this with funding of $80,000. See... Film festival gets full support from government [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00543.htm


    NZ First Decides Not To STV For Local Body Chaos

    - New Zealand First says that the STV voting system was not the cause of the problems that plagued the local body elections in October. See... STV Is Not The Problem [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00536.htm

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