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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Are You Undesirable? Take Our Quiz!
Governance Or Admin? Benson-Pope Hauls Fishermen Back To Port
New Zealand Qualifications Authority Chairperson Resigns
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
British PM Tony Blair Wins Third-Term Victory
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
Chicago Palestine Film Festival - In Review With Sonia Nettnin

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Kevin List: Nazis & Winston Peters Most Excellent Sources
Dave McArthur Sees Some Lucidity Albeit Not In NZ's Media
Greg Palast On The Times's Smoking Gun Iraq Memo
MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:
UQ Wire: "Disappearing" The News: The Second Mohamed In Venice
UQ Wire: If The Moon Could Talk, What Would It Say?

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
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The Guardian Refers To NZ's Carbon Tax Policy As An Experiment
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LEAD STORY:
Are You Undesirable? Take Our Quiz!

[1] Amid growing concerns about the laxity of New Zealand's immigration controls, many readers may be concerned that they are not the kind of person Winston Peters wants in our country. So we've compiled this helpful quiz to see if you've slipped under the radar. Fill one out for your friends, family and neighbours too! See... Are You An Undesirable Immigrant? Take Our Quiz! [2] ALSO:

  • Selwyn Manning - Ahmed Zaoui And Legal Team Reject Peters’ Claims [3]
  • Kevin List - A Week Of It: Smoking Nazi’s And Outing Iraqis [4] & New NZIS "Undesirability" Visa Policy Outlined [5]
  • Winston Peters - Former Iraqis Meet Persecutors [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00081.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00081.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00080.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00092.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00078.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00150.htm


    Governance Or Admin? Benson-Pope Hauls Fishermen Back To Port

    - In an unprecedented move the Minister of Fisheries is calling the bulk of New Zealand's squid fishing fleet back to port to prevent seabird deaths. It is the first step in a package of measures David Benson-Pope is introducing to address a lack of commitment by the majority of industry to codes of practice designed to protect seabirds. See... Minister calls commercial squid fishers to port [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00131.htm


    New Zealand Qualifications Authority Chairperson Resigns

    - The Chairperson of the Board of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Professor Graeme Fraser, last night advised the Government of his decision to resign as Chair. The text of Professor Fraser's letter to Associate Education Minister, Hon David Benson-Pope, was as follows… See... NZQA Board Chair resigns [1] ALSO:

  • SSC Comment On Release Of NZQA Review [2]
  • MOE responds positively to SSC review [3]
  • Govt - SSC report valuable tool [4]
  • Govt - New Zealand Scholarship - SSC: Key findings [5]
  • Nats - Mallard passes the buck [6]
  • NZ First - NZQA Chair Resigns, Minister Mallard Resigns? [7]
  • United - Ogilvy: Replace NZQA, ERO etc with one body [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0505/S00024.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0505/S00069.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0505/S00020.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00137.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00138.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00151.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00155.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00154.htm


    MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Sombre mood at Correspondence School [1]
  • New Zealand home to world's top tourism website [2]
  • Rally To Free Schapelle Corby - J Day Cathedral Sq [3]
  • Telecom Announces Strong Broadband Performances [4]
  • Building & Construction Apprentice Numbers 7000 [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0505/S00022.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00134.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0505/S00064.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0505/S00099.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0505/S00097.htm


    British PM Tony Blair Wins Third-Term Victory

    Tony
Blair exits a polling booth with wife Cherie Blair. - Image
courtesy of  labour.org.uk Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair has won an historic third election for Labour albeit with a reduced majority in the House down from a 161 seat majority in 2001 to a 66 seat lead at close of polls today. Political commentators in Britain suggest the erosion of Blair's hold on the treasury benches is due to fall-out over the Iraq war and immigration issues. Predictions of a higher turnout than the dismal 59.4 per cent in 2001 appear to have been justified. See... Blair Wins 3rd Term - But Majority Slashed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00095.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Pre-dawn Blast Hits British Consulate New York [1]
  • Botswana High Court Considers Kalahari Bushmen Case [2]
  • India: AI calls for repeal of Armed Forces Act [3]
  • UN Will Vaccinate 5 Million Indonesian Children [4]
  • UN Urges Afghan Authorities To Find Perpetrators [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0505/S00113.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0505/S00107.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0505/S00118.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0505/S00114.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0505/S00112.htm


    Chicago Palestine Film Festival - In Review With Sonia Nettnin

    Soraida, A Woman of Palestine [1] In Director Tahani Rached’s latest film, “Soraida, A Woman of Palestine,” Rached explores the life of Soraida Abed Hussein and her friends, who live under military occupation in Ramallah. See... Film Review: Soraida, A Woman of Palestine [2] MORE REVIEWS:

  • Sonia Nettnin Film Review: Haifa [3]
  • Sonia Nettnin Film Review: And Life Goes On [4]
  • Sonia Nettnin: Barrack Rima at Palestine Film Fest [5]
  • Sonia Nettnin Film Review: The Land of ‘48 [6]
  • Buthina Canaan Khoury at Palestine Film Festival [7]
  • Sonia Nettnin Film Review: Wall [8]
  • Sonia Nettnin: Film Review: Until When… [9]
  • Sonia Nettnin Film Review: Rainbow [10]
  • Sonia Nettnin Film Review: Arafat, My Brother [11]
  • Sonia Nettnin Film Review: God On Our Side [12]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00091.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00091.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00074.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00073.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00048.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00030.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00015.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00302.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00022.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00282.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00260.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00247.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Kevin List: Nazis & Winston Peters Most Excellent Sources

    - A Week of It can but wonder at the marvelousness of Mr Peters sources, not only do they know more about what's happening with Iraqi Cabinet Ministers than the Immigration Service, but they also seem to know more about what is going on at McLeod and Associates than the firm's own consultant. A Week Of It: Smoking Nazi’s And Outing Iraqis [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00092.htm


    Dave McArthur Sees Some Lucidity Albeit Not In NZ's Media

    - “What does living in Lala land mean?” This question is put to me this week by a friend from India. I answer with a string of expressions: It means you are away with the fairies. Out of your tree. You don’t have your feet on the ground. You are out of touch with reality. You live in cloud cuckoo land. You are bit crazy, dotty nutty over-optimistic. I might have added that you are like many of New Zealand’s most prominent business and media people with regard to oil and gas. See... Bonus Joules: A Major Encounter [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00093.htm


    Greg Palast On The Times's Smoking Gun Iraq Memo

    - The top-level government memo marked "SECRET AND STRICTLY PERSONAL," dated eight months before Bush sent us into Iraq, following a closed meeting with the President, reads, "Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam through military action justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy." See... Greg Palast: Impeachment Time - Facts Were Fixed [1] MORE:

  • Ray McGovern - Ray McGovern: Proof Bush Fixed The Facts [2]
  • Rep. John Conyers - Creating Reasons to Go to War [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00089.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00065.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00047.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

  • Russell Brown - Public Address 06/05/05 - Friday Flash [1]
  • Molesworth and Featherston - (Lobby Edition) – 5/5/05 [2]
  • John Chuckman - The Peculiar State [3]
  • Kamala Sarup - Impact of Terrorism on Press Freedom [4]
  • William Fisher - The American Press - How Free? [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00090.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00083.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00088.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00085.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00084.htm


    UQ Wire: "Disappearing" The News: The Second Mohamed In Venice

    - More than three years after the 9.11 attack, intrigue continues to swirl concerning knowledge of the terrorist hijackers movements, activities, and associates while in the U.S. preparing the assault. See... UQ Wire: The Second Mohamed In Venice [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00087.htm


    UQ Wire: If The Moon Could Talk, What Would It Say?

    - While the controversy in England about the advice of the Attorney General on the legality of the Iraq war rages on and fuels requests for its publication in full, in America, George W. Bush is luckier and has survived the Valerie Plame issue, WMD’s, and the scathing report on the failure of intelligence prior to 9/11, the question is, how would both deal with the issue brought up in this article that potentially dwarfs all other issues. See... UQ Wire: Bush, Blair and the Osama Tapes [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00086.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    SCOOP IS IN THE HOUSE:

  • Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 5 May 2005 [1]
  • Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 4 May 2005 [2]
  • Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 3 May 2005 [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00128.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00091.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00046.htm


    The Guardian Refers To NZ's Carbon Tax Policy As An Experiment

    - National Party Finance spokesman John Key says Labour's carbon tax is being described as an 'experiment' by the influential English newspaper The Guardian. According to an article in The Guardian this week 'the experiment will be watched closely by bigger countries which are also committed to reducing carbon emissions but are failing to reduce energy demand'. See… Brits describe Kiwi carbon tax as 'experiment' [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00158.htm


    MORE POLITICS HEADLINES:

  • Govt - Anderton - Opening of new plant for NZ Petfoods [1]
  • Govt - John Tamihere - Men’s Issues Conference [2]
  • Govt - DPB focus of new industry jobs partnership [3]
  • Govt - Williamson exposes Brash's economic incompetence [4]
  • Govt - Termites successfully eradicated from Otorohanga [5]
  • Nats - Maharey admits failing those on the DPB [6]
  • Nats - The Mapp Report: Strikes Go On And On [7]
  • Nats - Labour can't hide the size of its surplus [8]
  • Nats - Asthma inhaler a foil for drunk drivers [9]
  • Nats - Minister AWOL on veterans' affairs [10]
  • ACT - The Govt's politically correct immigration agenda [11]
  • ACT - Coddington's Liberty Belle Is In... [12]
  • ACT - Budget ideal opportunity to return workers' money [13]
  • Greens - 10 teaspoons of fat 20 of sugar for school lunch [14]
  • Greens - Meurant should donate baton money to charity [15]
  • Progressives - Sustainable Dev. integral to a prosperous future [16]
  • Progressives - Jim Anderton - Doing Sustainability Conference [17]
  • Progressives - Progressive selects Debbie Lucas as candidates [18]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00161.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00153.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00147.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00145.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00139.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00160.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00157.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00156.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00149.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00142.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00159.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00148.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00146.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00162.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00144.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00141.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00140.htm
    [18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00166.htm

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