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LEAD STORY: Scoop Report: Potluck and Sunshine for Ahmed Zaoui in Wellington
QPEC Says Govt Special Needs Funding Less Than 2 Percent Per Year
Number Of Unemployed People Drops By 27% In One Year
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Aid Watch Claims Australia Lied On Aid Funding Increase
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SCOOP COLUMNS:
Molesworth and Featherston’s Latest Inside Oil
Hard News From Russell Brown & More Is Here!
Indira Singh - Heroic Wall St 9/11 Whistleblower
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Govt Details Expectations To Electricity Commission
Brash Details Nat Ed Policy In Speech
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LEAD STORY:
Scoop Report: Potluck and Sunshine for Ahmed Zaoui in Wellington

Scoop
Image: Ahmed Zaoui in Wellington. [1] - Kevin List writes that the last time Ahmed Zaoui flew on a plane, he got nabbed at the airport, whisked off to a jail cell and interviewed without a lawyer present by the Police and members of the NZ Security Intelligence Service. See... Kevin List: Mr Zaoui Comes To Wellington [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00123.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00123.htm


QPEC Says Govt Special Needs Funding Less Than 2 Percent Per Year

- QPEC states that the Government's announcement by the Associate Minister of Education David Benson-Pope of an increase of $30.7 million in government funding for special education is welcome but is still deeply disappointing in terms of the quantum needed for children with special education needs to become effective learners in the classroom. This money is to be spread over 4 years and amounts to an overall increase of less than 2% per year in special education funding over this time. See… Special Ed Announcement Deeply Disappointing [1] ALSO:

  • Govt - Increase in funding for special education [2]
  • Govt - Special Education funding: Questions and Answers [3]
  • QPEC - Timing of Special Education Announcement Worrying [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0504/S00057.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00313.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00314.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0504/S00044.htm


    Number Of Unemployed People Drops By 27% In One Year

    - Unemployment down by a quarter in one year DPB below 100,000 for first time in a decade. Quarterly figures released today show the number of working-aged New Zealanders on the Unemployment Benefit dropped by a record 27 per cent in one year and the number of sole parents on the DPB fell below 100,000 for the first time since 1995. See... Unemployment down by a quarter in one year [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00326.htm


    SCOOP IS IN THE HOUSE:

  • Questions & Answers For Oral Answer 14 April 2005 [1]
  • Questions & Answers For Oral Answer 13 April 2005 [2]
  • Questions & Answers For Oral Answer 12 April 2005 [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00339.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00297.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00259.htm


    MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Contact Energy Drills Additional Geothermal Wells [1]
  • Aucklanders asked to be prepared for emergencies [2]
  • Manukau City Manager To Step Down Next Year [3]
  • Auckland Uni ordered to reinstate sacked lecturer [4]
  • NZ Music In Australia – January/February News [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0504/S00165.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0504/S00089.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0504/S00088.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0504/S00046.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0504/S00085.htm


    Aid Watch Claims Australia Lied On Aid Funding Increase

    Figures from the OECD today blew out of the water the Foreign Ministers suggestion of a 9.9% increase in Australian aid, according to AID/WATCH, Australia’s leading aid watchdog. See... Australian Government caught out on aid generosity [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00219.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Israel Exposes Palestinians to Killer Radiations [1]
  • Latvian President Named UN Reform Envoy [2]
  • UN Calls For Calm Along Lebanese-Israeli Border [3]
  • Donors Pledge $4.5 Billion For Sudan [4]
  • 7 Gang Members Killed In Joint UN-Haiti Police Op [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00214.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00209.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00208.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00207.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00205.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Molesworth and Featherston’s Latest Inside Oil

    - John Tamihere gets a reprieve for now, but we think he’s more or less done as a Labour MP now. Treasury tells ministers the economy has peaked, but doesn’t seem to have a care in the world about the current account monster in the closet. Our new aid ... See... Molesworth & Featherston (Lobby Edition) – 14/4/05 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00131.htm


    Hard News From Russell Brown & More Is Here!

    - Having kicked off the psychedelic revolution in 1954 with The Doors of Perception, a still-entrancing account of a maiden mescalin trip, Aldous Huxley subsequently fell out with Timothy Leary on the matter of who should really get access to this ... See... Public Address 14/04/05 - Drugs Special [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00128.htm


    Indira Singh - Heroic Wall St 9/11 Whistleblower

    - In this special report, Michael Kane recounts the personal story of JP Morgan IT professional, Indira Singh, a heroic 9/11 whistleblower who was fired, harrassed, and physically threatened for exposing the Saudi/terrorist-linked origins of one of the government's most pervasive software systems, and thereby offering the 9/11 Commission more truth than it ever wanted to know. - 911truth.org [1] Editor See... UQ Wire: Journey of a Wall Street Whistleblower [2]


    [1] - http://911truth.org
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00124.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

  • No Right Turn - No Right Turn: Gearing Up For Privatisation [1]
  • Sonia Nettnin - See... Addameer Speakers Tour for Palestinian Prisoners [2]
  • Jerzy Mankowski - View From Poland: Jeffrey Sachs' Millennium Plan [3]
  • Ernest Partridge - Means, Motive, Opportunity [4]
  • Kamala Sarup - Trafficking Of Women [5]
  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00130.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00129.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00127.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00126.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00125.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Govt Details Expectations To Electricity Commission

    - Energy Minister Trevor Mallard has today formally written to the Electricity Commission to set out and confirm the government's expectations that the commission will undertake an independent and wide consultative process when considering Transpower's proposed ... See... Independent assessment of proposed grid upgrade [1] ALSO:

  • Greens - Commission must think wider than just electricity [2]
  • Contact Energy - Reliable National Grid Vital For Supply Security [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00283.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00285.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0504/S00161.htm


    Brash Details Nat Ed Policy In Speech

    - "It is bizarre that in the 21st century we should manage our education system as a public monopoly, dominated by two powerful trade unions and a rapidly expanding Education Ministry bureaucracy, with one pay scale from early childhood to secondary school. In this structure, principals and boards on the one hand, and parents and children on the other, are mere pawns in a bigger game, where the bureaucracy and the trade unions share operational control of the enterprise of educating our young." See... Brash Speech: Excellence In Education [1] ALSO:

  • Don Brash - Excellence in education - Don Brash Statement [2]
  • ACT - ACT on National's education policy [3]
  • Govt - National education policy a trip back in time [4]
  • NZEI - Nat's Ed Policies Have Failed Here And Overseas [5]
  • NZPTA - NZPTA Urges Parents: Think Carefully On Ed Policy [6]
  • QPEC - National Party - Half Way House to Selling Schools [7]
  • PPTA - Yesterday’s policies, yesterday’s schools [8]
  • Independent Schools - An Education policy for children and New Zealand [9]
  • Education Forum - Ed Forum Says Nats Policy The Real Deal [10]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00286.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00287.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00296.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00293.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0504/S00047.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0504/S00045.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0504/S00043.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0504/S00042.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0504/S00039.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0504/S00037.htm


    MORE POLITICAL HEADLINES:

  • Govt - Cullen Address on Labour Force Participation [1]
  • Govt - Clarification of accelerated transport spending [2]
  • Govt - Minister: Ruru school to stay open [3]
  • Govt - Charities Commission legislation passed [4]
  • Govt - Public Records Bill passes into law [5]
  • Govt - Registered Architects Bill passed into law [6]
  • Govt - Rural community reassured over Commission's role [7]
  • Greens - Greens Launch Blog To Directly Connect With Voters [8]
  • Greens - Rape is rape no matter what gender the victim is [9]
  • Greens - Nats' ed policy turns schools into predators [10]
  • Progressives - robson-on-politics 14 April 2005 [11]
  • ACT - Scrap DPB as Maori numbers soar [12]
  • United - Dunne calls for end to trivial pursuits [13]
  • United - Baldock: UF only safe bet for grey vote [14]
  • Nats - Labour approved brother-sister sex paper [15]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00301.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00298.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00318.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00317.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00316.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00310.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00309.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00319.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00311.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00320.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00305.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00308.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00303.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00302.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00307.htm

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