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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Rising Nat. Star Rich Sacked From Welfare Role
Welfare, Women & Productivity - PM's Recipe For NZ 2005
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
William Rivers Pitt On Iraq's Election
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News & More Is There!
Watching The Buggers - A Serialised Play By Tim Barcode
Angie Pratt Draws A Line In The Sand
Sam Smith Charts A Way Back To Power For US Democrats
Suzan Mazur: The Murder Of Patrice Lumumba
Evelyn Pringle On The FDA And US Vaccines
Patricia Johnson: Cruise Ship Health Incident Epidemic
William Fisher: A New Paradigm In International Relations (Or Not)

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Parliament Opens With A Minutes Silence For Tsunami Victims
ACT's Letter On The Opening Of Parliament For 2005
Peters Deferentially Criticises New Speaker Choice
Father Of The House Gets Nod For London Job
Rod Donald Counts The Ways Cars Are Costing NZ
Coddington Adds Two More Reasons To Her NCEA Dumping List
Queen Gives Dame Silvia Permission To Head NZ For A While Longer
NZ Sends A Military Liason Officer To The UN In Iraq
Mallard Re-Opens Flood Damaged School
Cosgrove Welcomes Christchurch Roading Projects

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LEAD STORY:


Rising Nat. Star Rich Sacked From Welfare Role

– National Party Leader, Don Brash, today explained why the fine-tuning of his party's election year line up included demoting Katherine Rich from the opposition front benches. See... Dr Don Brash Explains How To Fine Tune An MP [1] and NEWSFLASH: Rich Replaced By Collins In Welfare [2] PRESS KIT: - Don Brash - Brash fine-tunes National line-up [3] - Katherine Rich - Katherine Rich on reshuffle [4] - Judith Collins - Judith Collins plans a fight for our kids [5] - Paul Hutchison - Hutchison to take Labour to task over health [6] REACTION: - Govt. - National takes a jump to the right [7] and Divide between National MPs widens [8] - ACT - Only ACT can ensure welfare reform [9] - Progressives - National punishes honesty on welfare [10] - Greens - Brash not fit to lead [11] See also... STORY OF THE WEEK: Orewa II [12] FLASHBACK: - National - Don Brash appoints new Maori Affairs spokesman [13] & Reaction - Govt. [14] , Progressives [15] & NZ First [16]


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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00006.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00005.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00009.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00007.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00014.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00011.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00018.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00015.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00010.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00008.htm
[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00241.htm
[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00037.htm
[14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00041.htm
[15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00038.htm
[16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00040.htm


Welfare, Women & Productivity - PM's Recipe For NZ 2005

- Prime Minister Helen Clark today restated the government’s vision for the future and canvassed priority areas of policy development in the Prime Minister’s Statement to Parliament. See... PM’s Statement: Keeping NZ Moving Ahead [1] and full text… Rt. Hon Helen Clark - Statement to Parliament [2] SOTN Reaction: - ACT - Shirley slams PM's US-NZ free trade claim [3] SOTN Expectations: - Scoop - PM's Presser: PM Hints At The State Of Her Nation [4] - Greens - Universal Benefit Should Include Students [5] - United Future NZ - Turner: Keep Sight Of Children's Best Interests [6] - Equal Values - Pardon, Miss Clark! Who Missed An Opportunity? [7] - Barnardos - Great news for childcare, says Barnardos [8] - Democrats - Student Loan Scheme An Absurdity [9] - CTU - Unions Anticipate Boost for Women Workers [10] - Garnet Milne - An Old Testament Approach To Labour Market [11]


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[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00314.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00309.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00003.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0501/S00067.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00002.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00226.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00215.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Call For Glasses To Help Tsunami Survivors [1]
  • NZ Historic Places May Be At Risk [2]
  • Defence Personnel Depart For Banda Aceh Thursday [3]
  • Police working together with ethnic communities [4]
  • Air Force Squadron Honoured By Order Of St John [5]
  • December 2004 was a good month! [6]
  • MasterIndex Reveals: Kiwi Optimism Rules [7]
  • 2004 Douglas Myers Media Scholarship Winners [8]
  • Overseas Workers Live In Converted Containers [9]

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    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00007.htm
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    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00002.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00001.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0501/S00178.htm


    STORY OF THE WEEK:

    William Rivers Pitt On Iraq's Election - ''United States officials were surprised and heartened today at the size of turnout in South Vietnam's presidential election despite a Vietcong terrorist campaign to disrupt the voting.'' - NYT September 4, 1967. See... William Rivers Pitt: The Story of the Ghost [1] MORE ELECTION COMMENTARY: - Russell Brown - HARD NEWS 01/02/05 - A new chapter [2] - Freepressed.com - Saddam Requests Recount In Battleground Provinces [3] MORE INTERNATONAL REACTION: - US Iraq Embassy - Democratic Elections Historic, Iraqi Official Says [4] - UNSG - Iraqi Election Success Augurs Well For Transition [5] & Annan Stresses Inclusiveness After Iraqi Elections [6] - ICFTU - Iraq: ICFTU Calls Election a "Key Step" [7] For Much More See… Elections In Iraq (Part 1) & (Part 2)


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00011.htm
    [2] - http://publicaddress.net/default,1828.sm#post1828
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00009.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00038.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00034.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00006.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00011.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • US Govt. $11 Trillion Write Up In Fy 2004 - Why? [1]
  • Reports Of Violence Still Coming Out Of Dafur - UN [2]
  • Former Yugoslav General - 8 Years For War Crimes [3]
  • U.S. Notifies WTO of Intent to Raise Tariffs [4]
  • Record cold winter may increase ozone hole [5]
  • World Social Forum: basis for fair globalisation [6]
  • Palestinian Girl Shot Dead In UN-Run School - Gaza [7]
  • UQ Wire: New Nafeez Ahmed Book On 9/11 [8]
  • Statisticians Refute 'Explanation' of Exit Poll [9]

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    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00032.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00031.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00028.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00025.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00013.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00009.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00037.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00036.htm


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News & More Is There!

    - Some time in the late 60s, during what the Vietnamese call the American War, I read a horrifying news item. The Vietcong were throwing babies into the air and impaling them on their bayonets. I told my father... See... Public Address 01/02/05 - New Chapters [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00014.htm


    Watching The Buggers - A Serialised Play By Tim Barcode

    - The story so far…. In part one we met Coates, a very nervous man sunbathing in a suit at the Huka Lodge. Paul the waiter, an older man, has served Coates who seems to be meeting someone. See... Watching The Buggers (Part 2 Of 12) [1] (See also... Part 1 [2] )


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00013.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00285.htm


    Angie Pratt Draws A Line In The Sand

    - It is do or die time for the Democrats. The Republicans can not be allowed to eviscerate Social Security. This issue, of all issues, stands at the very heart of what the Democratic Party stands for. See... Angie Pratt: Social Security - A Line In The Sand [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00012.htm


    Sam Smith Charts A Way Back To Power For US Democrats

    - A study of the past brings forth some strong hints of how the Democrats might recover from their present difficulties. See... Sam Smith: History's Hints For Democrats [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00010.htm


    Suzan Mazur: The Murder Of Patrice Lumumba

    - ''But isn't it passe?'' Mark Garsin responded when I phoned him recently in New York for an interview about the political assassination of Patrice Lumumba. I was not surprised. See... Suzan Mazur: Mr. Garsin from Kinshasa [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00007.htm


    Evelyn Pringle On The FDA And US Vaccines

    - Vaccines are the only drugs that American children are mandated to receive. Although it may be true that vaccines are mandated by state governments, the decision to mandate a vaccine is based on the recommendations of Federal advisory committees. See... Bush Admin Knew - Childhood Vaccines Cause Autism [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00005.htm


    Patricia Johnson: Cruise Ship Health Incident Epidemic

    - Her name is ms Veendam and she’s described by her owner, Holland America Line as “A masterpiece of the shipbuilder’s art”. See... Tidal Wave Of Illness Strikes The Cruise Industry [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00004.htm


    William Fisher: A New Paradigm In International Relations (Or Not)

    - While the Commentariat was scratching its collective head trying to figure out what exactly President Bush meant in his 'spread freedom' Inaugural speech, he did it for us. And the answer appeared to be: ''Nothing''. See... William Fisher: Same Old, Same Old [1] RELATED: - Steve Weissman: Calling the President's Bluff [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00003.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00015.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Parliament Opens With A Minutes Silence For Tsunami Victims

    - Prime Minister Helen Clark today moved a notice of motion in Parliament, on its first sitting day of the year, in memory of the victims of the Boxing Day tsunami. See... Parliament pays tribute to tsunami victims [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00017.htm


    ACT's Letter On The Opening Of Parliament For 2005

    - On Tuesday Parliament resumes with all parties, mindful of an election later this year, determined to make their mark early. See... ACT's The Letter - 31 January 2005 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00002.htm


    Peters Deferentially Criticises New Speaker Choice

    - New Zealand First has questioned Margaret Wilson’s appointment as Speaker of the House and expressed concern that she has had no prior experience controlling Parliament. See... Wilson Not Ideal As Speaker Says NZ First [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00006.htm


    Father Of The House Gets Nod For London Job

    - Foreign Minister Phil Goff today officially confirmed the appointment of Speaker of the House Jonathan Hunt as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ambassador to Ireland. See... Goff announces new High Commissioner to London [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00317.htm


    Rod Donald Counts The Ways Cars Are Costing NZ

    Green Co-Leader Rod Donald is calling on the Government to rapidly implement transport policies that reduce New Zealand's dependence on imported oil and cars, following the announcement today of a $4.16 billion trade deficit last year. See... Car culture costing NZ dearly [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00315.htm


    Coddington Adds Two More Reasons To Her NCEA Dumping List

    - Every day more evidence comes in which shows that the Government must move quickly to allow schools to dump the NCEA, ACT Education spokesman Deborah Coddington said today. See... Reasons 3,043 & 3,044 why NCEA should be dumped [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00313.htm


    Queen Gives Dame Silvia Permission To Head NZ For A While Longer

    - Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced that the Queen had agreed to a short extension of Dame Silvia Cartwright's term of office as Governor-General. See... Governor General's term extended [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00312.htm


    NZ Sends A Military Liason Officer To The UN In Iraq

    - Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that a New Zealand Military Liaison Officer has been deployed to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI). See... Military Liaison Officer to UN Mission in Iraq [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00311.htm


    Mallard Re-Opens Flood Damaged School

    - Education Minister Trevor Mallard today officially re-opened Kopane School after it was severely flood damaged last year. See... Flood damaged school re-opened [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00003.htm


    Cosgrove Welcomes Christchurch Roading Projects

    - Six new major roading projects in and around Christchurch and a move forward for Christchurch Southern Motorway Extension are included in Transit’s new draft 10-year State Highway Plan. See... Transport plan for Canterbury welcomed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00001.htm

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