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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Editorial: Rule Of Law Loses As Swain Buckles Under Peters Pressure
The Polluter Pays - Carbon Tax Announced
NZ Post Plane Crashes Near Stratford
SCOOP IS IN THE HOUSE:
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Amnesty Issues Report On Europe/Central Asia Abuses
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Pacific Ecologist Assesses The Quantum Of Global Energy Resources
Michel Chossudovsky: Israel Poised To Bomb Iran
Charles Shaw: Regulated Resistance: Pt. 2
MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Maori Party Considers Its Peak Oil Policy
One In Five Auckland Street Workers Underage
NZ First MP - Why NZ Health Policy Is Like Lotto
Drinking Age Bill Drawn In Member's Ballot
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LEAD STORY:
Editorial: Rule Of Law Loses As Swain Buckles Under Peters Pressure

Immigration Minister Paul Swain [1] ...This doesn't mean that I'm necessarily defending the two men now subject to deportation. But I can't help but feel that in the rush to avoid bad publicity, a few things have been missed. Like, say, any investigation of the facts. Is there any evidence that either of these men were actually complicit in crimes against humanity? Or do we just not care about such things anymore? See... No Right Turn: The Winston Veto [2] MORE:

  • Russell Brown - Public Address 04/05/05 - Bad Guys [3]
  • Scoop - Former Ag. Minister May Have Visited in 1984 [4]
  • Scoop - Two Former Saddam Hussein Officials In NZ? [5]
  • Scoop - Googling Amer Mahdi Saleh Khashaly [6]
  • Clerk - Questions Of The Day – No. 4
  • NZ First - NZ Border Security "In Tatters" [7]
  • Green Party - Winston's antics would make Saddam proud [8]
  • Richard McLeod - Allegations of Winston Peters in Parliament [9]
  • Click Here for full Scoop.co.nz coverage of this developing story [10]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00052.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00052.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00053.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00034.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00032.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00033.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00040.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00060.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0505/S00023.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00056.htm


    The Polluter Pays

    - Today the Government announces further implementation details of the carbon tax; a policy first announced in 2002. Climate change is a direct threat to the New Zealand environment, way of life and economy. This government takes that threat seriously. That is why New Zealand, along with 149 other countries, is acting responsibly and has made a start on limiting the extent and impact of this global problem through ratifying the Kyoto Protocol. See... Hodgson: Carbon Tax announcement [1] and also Government adds detail to 2002 carbon tax policy [2] MORE:

  • NZ Govt. - Key spins out on carbon tax [3]
  • NZ Govt. - National's carbon tax [4]
  • For Full Coverage of reaction see... Full Coverage: Govt. Announces Carbon Tax [5]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00057.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00056.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00080.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00079.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00055.htm


    NZ Post Plane Crashes Near Stratford

    - Police have located the wreckage of a crashed metroliner aircraft carrying mailfreight from Auckland to Woodbourne. The plane crashed at 2215hrs May 3 5km east of Stratford with debris falling on farmland bordering East and Standish Roads. See... NZ Post Plane Crash 5 Kms East of Stratford [1] ALSO:

  • Maritime Safety Authority - Plane crash kills two in Taranaki [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0505/S00020.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0505/S00021.htm


    SCOOP IS IN THE HOUSE:

  • Questions for Oral Answer - Wednesday, 4 May 2005 [1]
  • Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 3 May 2005 [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00069.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00046.htm


    MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • R&D Reaches $1.6 Billion [1]
  • World trade negotiations – come on politicians [2]
  • Innocent Property Owners to Pay for Contamination [3]
  • Every Child Counts assesses the past week [4]
  • Bus Strike: Unions Refuse Recommended Settlement [5]
  • Fatal House Fire Papanui, South Waikato [6]
  • Agencies Work Together Against Sexual Violence [7]
  • RSA research supports defence funding decision [8]
  • Commission warns funeral directors on price fixing [9]
  • Trading Act Breaches By Empower Sales Agent [10]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0505/S00047.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0505/S00036.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0505/S00035.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0505/S00028.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0505/S00025.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0505/S00019.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0505/S00027.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0505/S00026.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0505/S00045.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0505/S00043.htm


    Amnesty Issues Report On Europe/Central Asia Abuses

    - The Russian Federation, Belarus, Turkmenistan and Turkey are among the countries in Europe and Central Asia with the poorest record of government harassment and persecution of people for peacefully exercising these rights. Amnesty International is concerned that the activities of human rights activists are being criminalized by the state, and that state officials are harassing, arresting and torturing them without fear of repercussions. See... Europe and Asia: Human rights activists harassed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0505/S00068.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • EU delaying tactics threaten trade talks [1]
  • Death Toll From Resurgent Malaria a Million a Year [2]
  • Haiti: Reasons for Optimism but Many for Despair [3]
  • Pacific: The Case For Better Watchdogs [4]
  • Indonesia Has First Case of Polio in a Decade [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0505/S00082.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0505/S00075.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0505/S00074.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0505/S00072.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0505/S00070.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Pacific Ecologist Assesses The Quantum Of Global Energy Resources

    - Peter North calculates how long the world’s energy supplies can continue to support the existing pattern of 2% pa increase in energy consumption. The figures suggest increasing energy consumption is unlikely to be sustainable for much longer. See... Pac. Ecologist: Global Energy – How much Remains? [1] RELATED: Robert Mann - Robert Mann: Euphoric Cornucopianism Mischievous [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00054.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00051.htm


    Michel Chossudovsky: Israel Poised To Bomb Iran

    - At the outset of Bush's second term, Vice President Dick Cheney dropped a bombshell. He hinted, in no uncertain terms, that Iran was "right at the top of the list" of the rogue enemies of America, and that Israel would, so to speak, "be doing the bombing for us", without US military involvement and without us putting pressure on them "to do it". See... Chossudovsky: Planned US-Israeli Attack on Iran [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00049.htm


    Charles Shaw: Regulated Resistance: Pt. 2

    - Last February United for Peace and Justice, the largest representative coalition within the American "anti-war movement", emerged from their second annual Assembly with a 2005 "action plan" that effectively caged the "anti-war" debate exclusively within the Iraq conflict to achieve partisan ends on behalf of the pro-war Democratic Party and their Neoliberal corporate benefactors. See... UQ Wire: The Gatekeepers of the So-Called Left [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00043.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

  • Martin LeFevre - Meditations: Breakthroughs in Human Consciousness [1]
  • Rep. John Conyers - Creating Reasons to Go to War [2]
  • William Rivers Pitt - Stand Up Next to a Mountain [3]
  • Ivan Eland - Bush Bluster Exacerbates Nuclear Proliferation [4]
  • Kamala Sarup - There Are No Reproductive Rights For Women [5]
  • Between The Lines - US Industry Resists Fuel Efficiency Standards [6]
  • SpinWatch.org - David Miller: UK Election Spin Mostly Underground [7]
  • Genevieve Cora Fraser - Poem: Israel Rules [8]
  • Bernard Weiner - Open Letter to U.S. Troops Serving in Iraq [9]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00050.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00047.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00046.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00045.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00044.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00042.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00040.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00039.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00038.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Maori Party Considers Its Peak Oil Policy

    - The Maori Party today announced that it is considering a range of options to best respond to Peak Oil in their policy and operational thinking. “’Peak oil is rushing towards us and will significantly change life in New Zealand as we know it”. See... Turia on Peak Oil [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00063.htm


    One In Five Auckland Street Workers Underage

    - After tabling a 203,000-signature petition in Parliament today, United Future's Larry Baldock slammed the Government for failing to honour its pledge to police child prostitution which has blown-out under the Prostitution Reform Act, with one in five Auckland street workers now underage. See... Police leave predators to have child prostitutes [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00082.htm


    NZ First MP - Why NZ Health Policy Is Like Lotto

    - The lottery approach to health care obviously finds favour with the Minister given her enthusiastic announcement yesterday of $17 million over the next three years for more cataract operations, says New Zealand First’s health spokesperson, Barbara Stewart. See... Health System Now A National Lottery [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00073.htm


    Drinking Age Bill Drawn In Member's Ballot

    - Progressive MP Matt Robson's proposed law change, which among other things seeks to raise the minimum alcohol purchasing age back to twenty years of age, will proceed to Parliament for its consideration. See... Progressive Bill to raise drinking age [1] MORE:

  • ALAC - Robson's private member's bill welcomed [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00070.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0505/S00025.htm


    MORE PARLIAMENTARY HEADLINES:

  • Greens - Minister dismisses deadly outbreak as routine even [1]
  • NZ First - Veterans Need More Support – NZ First [2]
  • NZ Govt. - Budget 2005: $2.7m to double Fulbrights [3]
  • ACT - Uncaring Labour Govt abandons Samoan officers [4]
  • ACT - Co-payments key to solving problems [5]
  • National - Labour shows its true colours on veterans [6]
  • United Future Bill will define marriage for man and woman [7]
  • United Future - 6% rise in power bills will bring elderly deaths [8]
  • United Future - Dunne welcomes RSA report [9]
  • National - National applauds RSA statement [10]
  • National - Labour attempts to hide the truth in election year [11]
  • National - Heads must roll at dysfunctional Commission [12]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00054.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00074.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00072.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00077.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00071.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00083.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00081.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00062.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00059.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00068.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00067.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00053.htm

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