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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Robsons' Liqour Amendment Bill Passes First Reading
SCOOP IS IN THE HOUSE:
Coral Vandals Come Under Fire From Greenpeace
GPJA Liken Auckland Minister To Guillotined Queen
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Bolivia's Latest Revolution - Blow By Blow
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Enron Insider Seeks Govt. Funding For Latest Venture
Fox News, Blair And Bush All Talk Downing Street Memo
Richard S. Ehrlich: Do As US Says Not As US Does
Michel Chossudovsky: War Games On Paper
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OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
The Devil Likely To Reap Rewards Of Idle Inmates
Fitzsimons Takes Green Message To Dairy Farmers
Dunne Criticises Pharmac For Saving Money
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LEAD STORY:
Robsons' Liqour Amendment Bill Passes First Reading

Progressive deputy leader Matt Robson's Sale of Liquor (Youth Harm Reduction) Amendment Bill was this afternoon voted to go to Select Committee, with 78 M.P.s in favour, and a minority of 41 against with one abstention. Matt Robson said that the coalition government, and New Zealand society as a whole, need to "honestly examine" the costs and the benefits of the 1999 decision to lower the minimum legal alcohol purchasing age. See... Progressive Bill part of alcohol culture change [1] MORE:

  • Progressive Party - Robson: Liqour Amendment Bill Speech [2]
  • Green Party - Age increase won't solve drinking culture [3]
  • Salvation Army - MPs should re-examine the legal drinking age [4]
  • Public Health Association - Sale of Liquor Bill must go to Select Committee [5]
  • MP’s Likely Voting Intentions - http://www.20years.co.nz/ [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00153.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00152.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00140.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0506/S00068.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0506/S00057.htm
    [6] - http://www.20years.co.nz/


    SCOOP IS IN THE HOUSE:

  • Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 8 June 2005 [1]
  • Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 7 June 2005 [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/storiesstories/PA0506/S00154.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00131.htm


    Coral Vandals Come Under Fire From Greenpeace

    - As the UN meeting to discuss ocean issues begins in New York, Greenpeace releases this image today to illustrate the destruction by bottom trawling. (It was obtained under the Official Information Act in New Zealand.) See... Greenpeace Illustrates Bottom Trawling With Image [1] MORE:

  • Green Party - World Oceans Day - but little to celebrate [2]
  • Maritime Union of NZ - Maritime Union backs action on bottom trawling [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0506/S00058.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00143.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0506/S00062.htm


    GPJA Liken Auckland Minister To Guillotined Queen

    - Consumer Affairs Minister Judith Tizard’s response to the explosion of loan sharking in middle and low income communities is reminiscent of Marie Antoinette who when told of the plight of the poor who had no bread to eat in 18th century France is said to have responded “Let them eat cake!” See... Judith Tizard – Labour’s Marie Antoinette [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0506/S00055.htm


    MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Problem Gambling Foundation should stick to facts [1]
  • Agreement will lower GP fees for 18 - 24 year olds [2]
  • Maori voters ‘lost’ from the Te Tai Hauauru roll [3]
  • Gambling-related crime still on the increase [4]
  • Community groups win over site rentals [5]
  • The Fundy Post - Youth against Fascism [6]
  • Wild kiwifruit a serious threat to environment [7]
  • The Time Of Year When Getting Trashed Is In Vogue [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0506/S00066.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0506/S00035.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0506/S00065.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0506/S00064.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0506/S00063.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0506/S00054.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0506/S00047.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0506/S00072.htm


    Bolivia's Latest Revolution - Blow By Blow

    - As authentic journalist Claudia Espinoza said at midday, when we ran into each other in the middle of today's marches: "Once again, we have to write about thousands of marchers who shut down La Paz and clash with the police as they try to take Plaza Murillo." Well, exactly right... today, everyone again descended from El Alto into La Paz, this time with the addition of several contingents of miners. The miners numbered several thousand today, and arrived heavily armed with dynamite. See... Narconews: Today's Combat in La Paz, Bolivia [1] MORE:

  • Green Left Weekly - Bolivia On The Brink [2]
  • Narconews - U.S. Trying to Bribe Bolivian Social Movements? [3]
  • MORE:
  • Narconews - Narconews: Bolivian President Mesa Resigns [4]
  • Narconews - Bolivia's Mesa Close to Resigning [5]
  • Narconews - Bolivian Right Declares Virtual War [6]
  • Narconews - Mesa Announces Constitutional Assembly for Bolivia [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00110.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00109.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00107.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00090.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00081.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00063.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00061.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Rice Interview With Latin American Journalists [1]
  • Massacres Of Civilians In Western Côte D'ivoire [2]
  • UN War Crimes Tribunals Cite Obstacles To Work [3]
  • Oz Plan To Boost Spending On Hiv/Aids Commended [4]
  • Urgent Need For Australian Falun Gong Asylum [5]
  • Environmental Atlas Tracks Dramatic Earth Changes [6]
  • Moscow 2012 Bid Committee Welcomes IOC Evaluation [7]
  • Recommendations On Increasing Support For Africa [8]
  • Afghanistan: Violence Against Election Workers [9]
  • ISM: Picnic in a cloud of tear gas [10]
  • Sudanese govt. must support ICC investigation [11]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0506/S00123.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0506/S00121.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0506/S00117.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0506/S00116.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0506/S00113.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0506/S00110.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0506/S00108.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0506/S00106.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0506/S00105.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0506/S00101.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0506/S00097.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Enron Insider Seeks Govt. Funding For Latest Venture

    - The federal government may guarantee hundreds of millions of dollars in loans to help a former energy executive who publicly admitted he had no idea that the division he once ran cooked its books and who is now trying to secure funding for a new energy company he started with three ex-colleagues. See... Enron's White Seeks Govt. Energy Project Funding [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00111.htm


    Fox News, Blair And Bush All Talk Downing Street Memo

    - HUME: When we come back with our panel, the memo that the left says the U.S. media won't talk about it. Well, we'll talk about it, next. See... David Swanson: Downing Street Memo In FoxSpeak [1] MORE:

  • Buzzflash - Buzzflash: Bushevik Mafia and the Cowering Media [2]
  • White House - Bush Blair Press Conference At White House [3]
  • 08 June 2005 | EARLIER:
  • GOP Chairman At A Loss Over Downing Street Minutes [4]
  • Buzzflash - Buzzflash: The War to Deceive America Into War [5]
  • David Swanson - David Swanson: Teach-In on War Demands Truth [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00103.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00098.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0506/S00119.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00085.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00076.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00072.htm


    Richard S. Ehrlich: Do As US Says Not As US Does

    - BANGKOK, Thailand -- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld reportedly tried to sell F-16 warplanes, capable of firing Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs), to Thailand two days after he lashed out at China for upgrading its own ... See... Rumsfeld Seeks To Sell Advanced F-16s To Thailand [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00101.htm


    Michel Chossudovsky: War Games On Paper

    - A recent Report of the Homeland Security Council entitled Planning Scenarios describes in minute detail, the Bush administration's preparations in the case of a terrorist attack by an outside enemy called the Universal Adversary (UA). See... Preparedness against the "Universal Adversary" [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00099.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

  • Tze Ming Mok - Public Address 08/06/05 - Banana Battle [1]
  • Bernard Weiner - Karl Rove's Diary: Escaping the Lame-Duck Trap [2]
  • Sanjay Upadhya - Republicanism: How About A Real Public Debate? [3]
  • Ernest Partridge - Ernest Partridge: The Fall of the House of Bush [4]
  • Dave Crampton - Big News: The Right to Abortion Challenged [5]
  • Bob Fitrakis - Bob Fitrakis: Deep Throats and Stolen Votes [6]
  • Harvey Wasserman - Fundamentalist Attack On Church & State Separation [7]
  • William Fisher - William Fisher: More Terrorists? [8]
  • Ivan Eland - Economics Vital for Lasting Russian Freedom [9]
  • William Fisher - William Fisher: Gulag, Shmoolag [10]
  • Bill Berkowitz - Bill Berkowitz: Paying To Play [11]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00108.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00102.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00106.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00105.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00104.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00097.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00096.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00095.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00094.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00093.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00100.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    The Devil Likely To Reap Rewards Of Idle Inmates

    - The Government is undermining prison employment rehabilitation - "the best means of stopping prisoners from returning to jail" - while at the same time throwing money at re-integrative services that don't work. See... Where's prison programme accountability? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00146.htm


    Fitzsimons Takes Green Message To Dairy Farmers

    - I don't class myself as a dairy farmer, though some years ago I did stand in for a friend and milked cows for a couple of weeks. However I do own six cows one of which I milk for the house, and we foster calves on them so I have some experience. See... Fitzsimons - Speech to the Dairy Farmers AGM [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00139.htm


    Dunne Criticises Pharmac For Saving Money

    - The Government needs to work out how much longer it will stand by as Pharmac flip-flops on medicines that keep many New Zealanders alive and healthy, United Future leader Peter Dunne said today. See... Dunne: Time for Govt to deal to Pharmac [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00138.htm


    MORE PARLIAMENTARY HEADLINES:

  • NZ Govt - NZ-Australia double tax agreement under review [1]
  • NZ Govt- Naysayers on govt ICT investment should get grip [2]
  • National Extravagant ad spending at $1000 a head [3]
  • National - Treasury confirms economic mismanagement [4]
  • Greens - Wish friends/whanau well, Greens' Matariki e-cards [5]
  • United Future - UF: How to cut electricity costs [6]
  • ACT - National promises on property rights, ACT delivers [7]
  • ACT - Hide - Helen Clark is no longer the Teflon PM [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00134.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00133.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00145.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00137.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00132.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00141.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00135.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00142.htm

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