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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Scoop Report: Tamihere Scrapes Through Caucus With Censure
Sunday Star Times Accepts Justice Neazor’s Conclusions
PM Slams SIS Maori Bugging Spooks Scoop
SCOOP IS IN THE HOUSE:
Peters Launches Retirement Package At Grey Power Meeting
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Serb Commander Charged With Crimes Against Humanity
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Greg Palast: What’s Good For The Goose…
Public Address Is There!
Between The Lines: The Nukes In Space
MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Nats Follow Peters On Aged Care Policy Release
Goff Introduces Anti-Voyeur's Bill
Tamihere Placed On Extended Leave
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LEAD STORY:
Scoop Report: Tamihere Scrapes Through Caucus With Censure

[1] - Scoop Co-Editor Alastair Thompson reports that miscreant MP of the hour John Tamihere has emerged from the Labour Party caucus this morning, apparently set to live yet another day. Mr Tamihere was escorted into the caucus this morning by Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia. He emerged roughly 15 minutes later censured, cowed, but seemingly having been given yet another chance by his fellow caucus members. See... NEWSFLASH: Houdini Tamihere [2] and NEWSFLASH: Motion Of Censure Of John Tamihere MP [3] . For background on yesterday's statements from the PM see…PM’s Post Cabinet Presser April 12 [4] ALSO:

  • Labour - John Tamihere Statement On Apology To Caucus [5]
  • ACT - John Tamihere humiliates PM [6]
  • Nats - PM humiliated over John Tamihere affair [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00105.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00105.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00106.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00103.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00239.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00246.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00245.htm


    Sunday Star Times Accepts Justice Neazor’s Conclusions

    - The Sunday Star -Times accepts Justice Neazor's conclusion that he found no evidence to support the allegations of unlawful bugging of iwi groups. See... Statement By Cate Brett Editor Sunday Star-Times [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00145.htm


    PM Slams SIS Maori Bugging Spooks Scoop

    The Prime Minister has released a report on the SIS Maori bugging affair slamming the coverage of the story by the Sunday Star Times and Scoop.co.nz, and blaming the affair on a trio “trouble makers”. See... NEWSFLASH: PM & Justice Neazor Slam Scoop & SST [1] MORE:

  • Scoop Report: Prime Minister’s Post Cabinet Presser April 12 [2]
  • Prime Minister - SISIG's Report on Alleged 'Operation Leaf' [3]
  • Full Text - Newspaper Allegations Concerning Activities By The SIS [4] (.pdf format 6.4Mb)
  • Fairfax - Statement By Brian Evans, CEO Fairfax New Zealand [5]
  • Background - Scoop Special Feature: Spooks [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00094.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00103.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00220.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/pdfs/neazorsis.pdf
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00133.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/features/spooks.html


    SCOOP IS IN THE HOUSE:

  • Questions for Oral Answer Tuesday, 12 April 2005 [1]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00233.htm


    Peters Launches Retirement Package At Grey Power Meeting

    - A “golden age card” for people over 65 is a feature of the New Zealand First policy for senior citizens announced by Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters today. The new electronic card will record the holder’s entitlements and guarantee the following: A retirement income that will never fall below 65 percent of the Net Average Wage for married couples and incrementally move towards 72.5 percent. A comprehensive review of the method by which superannuation is calculated to overcome historical anomalies. See... NZFirst Policy: Golden Card For A Golden Age [1] ALSO:

  • Winston Peters Speech - Peters Speech: Golden Card For Golden Age [2]
  • Govt - Peters’ promises ruinously expensive - Cullen [3]
  • NZ First - Labour Deceiving Elderly Says Peters [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00226.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00225.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00224.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00235.htm


    MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Foot and Mouth Disease simulation exercise [1]
  • Waikato DHB staff strike for fair pay [2]
  • Wellington Protest Against Canadian Seal Hunt [3]
  • Activists Return to Seal Hunt Despite Gun Threats [4]
  • NZSO Listings- July- August 2005 [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00227.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00137.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00136.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00134.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0504/S00065.htm


    Serb Commander Charged With Crimes Against Humanity

    - The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia today revealed charges of crimes against humanity against an ex-Serbian military commander for his role in planning and carrying out the massacre in 1995 of 1,000 Bosnian Muslim men from Srebrenica. See... Former Serb Commander Charged By UN Tribunal [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00162.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Tahiti: Disappeared Politician's Widow Demands Inquiry [1]
  • Palestine Update By ISM [2]
  • Armed Militia Savagely Attack Darfur Village [3]
  • Speedy Marburg Disease Diagnosis Vital - UN [4]
  • US Considers China's Influence in the Western Hemisphere [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00170.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00168.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00165.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00157.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00152.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Greg Palast: What’s Good For The Goose…

    - When the feds swoop down and cuff racketeers, they also load the vans with all the perp's ill-gotten gains: stacks of cash, BMWs, hideaway houses, whatever. Their associates have to cough up the goodies too -- lady friends must give up their diamond rocks. ... See... Palast: Give It Back, George - Wyly Coyotes' Loot [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00102.htm


    Public Address Is There!

    - To paraphrase John Lennon: life is what has been happening to other people while we've been busy making plans. We leave tomorrow for a fortnight in the States: a trip from SanFran to Seattle and back to visit the Boeing factories, maybe catch ... See... Public Address 12/04/05 - All Sorted [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00101.htm


    Between The Lines: The Nukes In Space

    - Threat of Global Nuclear Weapons Proliferation Met by U.S. Development of New Atomic Arms and Militarization of Space - Interview with Dr. Helen Caldicott, anti-nuclear activist and founder of the Nobel Prize-winning Physicians for Social Responsibility, ... See... New Atomic Arms And The Militarization Of Space [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00098.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

  • Sam Smith - Sam Smith: Seventh Day Agnostics Arise [1]
  • Am Johal - Am Johal: Israel's Citizenship Law To Be Renewed [2]
  • Kamala Sarup - Kamala Sarup: Communism Or Terrorism? [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00097.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00100.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00099.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Nats Follow Peters On Aged Care Policy Release

    - National Party Leader Don Brash has told the Grey Power annual meeting today there will be extra help to address the crisis in aged care under a National Government. “Our immediate priority is to ensure there is adequate funding for elders in care in the disability services budget - a step that Labour has only started to think about now that major rest home operators have started closing their doors," Don Brash said. See... Don Brash pledges extra help for aged care [1] ALSO:

  • Brash Speech - The National Party and Older New Zealanders [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00247.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00242.htm


    Goff Introduces Anti-Voyeur's Bill

    - Making, publishing or distributing voyeuristic material recorded without consent will carry a penalty of up to three years' jail under new legislation introduced to Parliament today by Justice Minister Phil Goff. "A Law Commission study last year concluded that existing laws do not provide an effective response to the increasing incidence of voyeuristic covert filming," Mr Goff said. See... Intimate covert filming bill introduced [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00244.htm


    Tamihere Placed On Extended Leave

    Statement From Prime Minister: Mr John Tamihere has been under considerable stress. By agreement with the leadership of the Labour Party he is now taking extended leave. He will not be attending caucus this Tuesday. See... Statement by Helen Clark on John Tamihere [1] MORE:

  • Russell Brown's Hard News - News From The Front Bum Front [2]
  • National - Tamihere must apologise for Holocaust comments [3]
  • ACT - PM must accept Tamihere's resignation [4]
  • ACT - Clark must stop dithering over Tamihere [5]
  • Scoop Link - NZ Herald: Tamihere ‘sick’ of Holocaust [6]
  • Scoop Link - NZPA: More offensive Tamihere comments [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00188.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00091.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00189.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00190.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00222.htm
    [6] - http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?c_id=1&ObjectID=10119675
    [7] - http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3243462a10,00.html


    MORE POLITICAL HEADLINES:

  • Govt - Budget 2005: ICT package for under-fives funded [1]
  • Govt - Foot and Mouth Disease simulation exercise [2]
  • Govt - English's credibility further undermined - Mallard [3]
  • Govt - Jim Sutton Speech - Retailers Association meeting [4]
  • Govt - Deer repellent can be used in special hunting area [5]
  • Govt - Launch of Foundations for Discovery [6]
  • Progressives - robson-on-politics - Tues 12 April [7]
  • Greens - Locke returns from West Papua with request [8]
  • Greens - Fitzsimons To Speak On Peak Oil & Climate Change [9]
  • United - Super ultimatum will keep NZ First in opposition [10]
  • United - United Education Policy: Supporting Learning [11]
  • Nats - Smith seeks Beehive eviction [12]
  • Nats - Mallard’s voucher system too complicated [13]
  • ACT - The Good News And The Bad In Health [14]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00240.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00227.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00223.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00243.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00232.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00237.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00234.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00249.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00241.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00238.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00231.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00236.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00230.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00248.htm

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