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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 22 June 2005


Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 22 June 2005

1. Government Spending—Proportion of GDP 2. Kyoto Protocol—Prime Minister's Statement 3. Oil Prices—Analysis of Impact 4. EDS (New Zealand) Ltd—Government Grant 5. Employment Relations Act—Union Member Payments 6. State Housing—Recent Developments

2: Prince William & water polo to teenagers

MEDIA RELEASE Wednesday, 22 June 2005 Prince William hopes to raise profile of water polo to teenagers Prince William has chosen to attend a water polo event in west Auckland during his up-coming visit to New Zealand to promote the sport to other ...

3: Wine Makers Furious at 2 Tax Increases in 1 Month

New Zealand wineries and grapegrowers are furious that the government has announced yet another tax increase on wine, the 2nd in just one month.

4: Labour dropping everything into 'too hard basket'

The Government is dumping issues that requires leadership into the too hard basket until after the election, United Future leader Peter Dunne said today in detailing half a dozen recent matters that the Government has opted not to deal with or has ...

5: Transport to benefit from tax boon

“Motorists, commuters and businesses will benefit from a one-off increase in the government’s tax take as the financial industry responds to new tax law,” Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.

6: Peter Calder Defends His Che Guevara Writings

The first piece below, published on the Herald's Dialogue page this week, answers the devoted fans of Che Guevara who were upset that I was so nasty to him. The second is the text of the piece I will send out to anyone who takes up the invitation to ...

7: Link: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. - Deadly Immunity

A Salon/Rolling Stone joint investigation. When a study revealed that mercury in childhood vaccines may have caused autism in thousands of kids, the government rushed to conceal the data - and to prevent parents from suing drug companies for their ...

8: NZ wine producers access Australian tax rebate

Legislation tabled in Parliament yesterday paves the way for New Zealand’s wine producers who export to Australia to have access to Australia’s wine equalisation tax rebate, Revenue Minister Michael Cullen announced today.

9: Nation under Siege packs Rotorua Boys High School

Bishop Tamaki’s ‘Nation under Siege’ tour attracted over 450 locals at Rotorua Boys High School last night.

10: E. Pringle: TeenScreen Sets Up Shop In Illinois

A controversial plan to screen all Illinois school children for mental health disorders is set to become a reality on June 30th, if the Governor accepts the final proposal from the Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership (ICMHP).

11: Asset forfeiture: sacrificing justice

The bill allows the crown to seize assets from suspected criminals on a civil ("balance of probabilities") standard of proof. But the crown does not have to link the assets to any specific criminal activity; all it has to prove is that the target has engaged ...

12: Remember When Bush's Lies Weren't "Old News"?

The most repeated excuse by U.S. media outlets for not covering the Downing Street Minutes and related documents is that they tell us nothing new, that they're old news. This conflicts, of course, with the second most common excuse, which is that ...

13: Top Young Scientists Named at Awards Ceremony

An Otago PhD student researching environmental contamination from leaky landfills has taken top honours at the 2005 MacDiarmid Young Scientists of the Year Awards, held in Auckland tonight.

14: Transit wrong over cycleway

Northcote MP Ann Hartley is furious that Transit New Zealand says it will give priority to putting power cables on the Auckland Harbour Bridge over a cycle and walkway, delaying the bridge bike ‘n’ hike plan for up to 20 years.

15: Scott Ritter: The War With Iran Has Already Begun

Americans, along with the rest of the world, are starting to wake up to the uncomfortable fact that President George Bush not only lied to them about the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq (the ostensible excuse for the March 2003 invasion and occupation of that ...

16: UQ Wire: Sibel Edmonds - FBI & 9/11

Over four years ago, more than four months prior to the September 11 terrorist attacks, in April 2001, a long-term FBI informant/asset who had been providing the bureau with information since 1990, provided two FBI agents and a translator with specific ...

17: Sam Smith: The Glass Wall Of Media Coverage

Dana Milbank's snotty attack on critics of White House behavior as revealed in the Downing Street memos illuminates a carefully concealed truth about the media: its definition of objectivity stops at the edge of anything left of center. Standard ...

18: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

The Criminal Proceeds and Instruments Bill introduced in Parliament yesterday is a gross violation of the principles of justice and does not address the real issue of how to stop gang-related crime, says the Alliance.

19: Demand reaches new record in upper North Island

The demand for electricity in the upper North Island reached a record level on Tuesday evening.

20: Health Groups Welcome Closure Of Smoky Bar

The Smokefree Coalition is welcoming a Liquor Licensing Authority ruling that Kelly Browne’s Bar must shut for three weeks. The Cambridge bar had repeatedly thumbed its nose at the new smokefree bars law. The Coalition represents 27 health groups, ...

21: Silencing the red army

The roar is being heard throughout the land as the British and Irish Lions continue on their tour of New Zealand.

22: Application for Inclusion on Nat. Front ‘Hit List'

Gay man and human rights campaigner Jeremy Lambert is seeking inclusion on the National Front’s ‘hit list’ of known “communists, anti-facists, anarchists, homosexuals, multiculturalists”.

23: Shallow Throat: Cornered Animals Are Dangerous

After Mark Felt unmasked himself as "Deep Throat," I immediately tried to contact our contemporary GOP mole, "Shallow Throat," inside the Bush Administration, the one who had fed us numerous tips many times before.* But I received no response from ...

24: Apple Protestors Descend On The Capital

More than 1000 angry protestors whose livelihood’s rely on getting kiwi apples into the Australian market swarmed through the streets of Wellington this afternoon. The protest was reasonably lively and a good number of office workers and downtown commuters ...

25: Special award for top referee

Sport and Recreation Minister Trevor Mallard presented international rugby referee Paddy O'Brien with a special award for his contribution to sports officiating today.

26: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 21 June 2005

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27: Church Leaders meeting with the PM

The leaders of the Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian and Salvation Army churches held a meeting with the Prime Minister and senior cabinet ministers yesterday. At this meeting the Church Leaders noted that there had been an improvement ...

28: They Died So Republicans Could Take the Senate

Richard Nixon authorized the Watergate burglary and subsequent cover-up to advance his own political ambitions. Because Nixon's lies were done for the craven purpose of getting and holding political power, his lies - in the minds of the majority of ...

29: Political correctness in public institutions

National Party MP Wayne Mapp says political correctness is deeply imbedded in New Zealand's public institutions and the next National Government will get rid of it.

30: Govt to Dismiss Wananga as a “Manufactured Crisis"

The Minister of Education’s threat issued on Monday to sack the Board of Te Wananga O Aotearoa is part of a crisis manufactured by the government rather than created by the Wananga.


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