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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Cullen Calculates Transpower and Airways Corp's Worth
Parliament Passes Tougher Penalties For Sexual Offences
QPEC Says Govt Special Needs Funding Less Than 2% Per Year
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Algerian President Proposes Impunity For Crimes Against Humanity
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Bonus Joules: The Confusing World Of Modern "Energy Speak”
Tze Ming Mok & More At Public Address
Brash Caught Somewhere Between Outrage And A Yawn
Daniel Hopsicker: 9.11 Hijacker’s Flatmate’s Legend Uncovered
MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Controversial Citizenship and Passport Bill Passes Through Parliament
QPEC Says Govt Special Needs Funding Less Than 2% Per Year

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LEAD STORY:
Cullen Calculates Transpower and Airways Corp's Worth

Electricity Pylon. “The cross border leases entered by Transpower and Airways Corporation increase rather than reduce the New Zealand tax base and are legitimate tax instruments under United States law,” Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today. “Transpower retains legal title to the asset and has protections in place to ensure that it will retain title should the US investors become financially distressed or the arrangement be terminated,” he said. See... Cullen on Transpower deal [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00355.htm


Parliament Passes Tougher Penalties For Sexual Offences

-Legislation passed in Parliament today toughens penalties for sexual offending, widens protection against sexual predators and makes sexual offences gender neutral, says Justice Minister Phil Goff. "Passage of the Crimes Amendment Bill No 2 ensures that all victims of sexual abuse, regardless of their sex or the sex of the offender, now have equal protection under the law," Mr Goff said. See... Govt strengthens protection against predators [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00336.htm


QPEC Says Govt Special Needs Funding Less Than 2% 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


    MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • No Right Turn Launches Candidate Survey [1]
  • 3 News TNS Poll: 7th to 13th April 2005 [2]
  • China Growth Demands Urgent Response [3]
  • Child tax rebate more than doubled [4]
  • ANZAC Tour: Army Rugby Team Departs For Uk [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00190.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00194.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00191.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00342.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00193.htm


    Algerian President Proposes Impunity For Crimes Against Humanity

    
Abdelaziz Bouteflika. [1] Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the International Center for Transitional Justice, the International Commission of Jurists and the International Federation for Human Rights have warned that Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's proposal of a general amnesty for human rights abuses committed in the country's brutal internal conflict may permanently deprive victims or their families of their right to truth, justice and reparation. See... Algeria: Impunity For Humanity Crimes Proposed [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00250.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00250.htm

    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Equatorial Guinea: Prisoners starving to death [1]
  • Bolton-Negroponte Nominations & the OAS Stand-off [2]
  • Palestine: Settler Poison Phenomenon Spreads [3]
  • EU must prevent environmental catastrophe in Asia [4]
  • Sudan: Errors Of Bosnia Must Not Be Repeated [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00249.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00245.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00242.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00241.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00239.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Bonus Joules: The Confusing World Of Modern "Energy Speak”

    - They say the darkest hour comes before the dawn. Well it sure has been dark of late. Maybe there are now glimmerings of dawn. This week the unbelievable happened and Don Brash announced they are going to alter their “mad” Electricity Reforms of the 1990s. See... Bonus Joules: Energy Babble [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00135.htm


    Tze Ming Mok & More At Public Address

    - The venerable Guardian caught stoking the fires of East-Asian thermonuclear war. New Zealand's top Bursary scholar not Chinese for the second year running. These are surely the end times. On the 'big scary China zombie-attack leaping from cupboard' ... See... Public Address 15/04/05 - End Of World And More [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00142.htm


    Brash Caught Somewhere Between Outrage And A Yawn

    - Don Brash has released National’s education policy to the outrage of all the people who need to be outraged, and to the applause of those like David Farrar and the Education Forum that you’d expect to applaud. The Libertarianz, caught between, have called it a ‘yawner.’ See... Not PC: Brash Has Still Got Education Wrong [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00141.htm


    Daniel Hopsicker: 9.11 Hijacker’s Flatmate’s Legend Uncovered

    - Crucial details in the biography of "Professor” Abdussattar Shaikh, the San Diego man called the "best chance to uncover the Sept. 11 plot before it happened” by the Joint Congressional 9.11 Intelligence Committee, are untrue, mis-leading, or false, a MadCowMorningNews investigation has discovered. See... UQ Wire: The Secret World Of 9.11 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00137.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

  • Martin LeFevre - Meditations: An Inquiry into Evil [1]
  • Dog Skin Report - Sleepwalking To Disaster In Iran [2]
  • GLW - US Students Kick Military Recruiters Off Campus [3]
  • Sheila Samples - Pornographic Celebration Of Death [4]
  • Kamala Sarup - Bhutanese Refugees And The Int’l Community [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00139.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00136.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00134.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00140.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00138.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Controversial Citizenship and Passport Bill Passes Through Parliament

    - Prospective New Zealand citizens will be asked to prove their commitment to this country by waiting a bit longer for citizenship while New Zealand passports will be better protected under legislation passed in Parliament last night. "The Passports Amendment Act ensures New Zealanders can continue to travel on one of the best and most secure passports in the world, while the Citizenship Amendment Act tightens the criteria and vetting processes for New Zealand citizenship," said Internal Affairs Minister, George Hawkins. See… Hawkins: NZ "citizenship that's worth the wait" [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00335.htm


    QPEC Says Govt Special Needs Funding Less Than 2% 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] Increase in funding for special education [2] Special Education funding: Questions and Answers [3] 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

    MORE POLITICS HEADLINES:
    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00335.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00338.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00337.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00348.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00343.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00342.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00350.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00357.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00340.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00356.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00354.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00353.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00352.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00351.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00349.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00347.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00346.htm
    [18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00344.htm
    [19] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00341.htm
    [20] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00345.htm

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