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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Goff Challenges Brash Regarding Sending Troops To Iraq
Greens Get legal Backing To Bolster Rushed Legislation Argument
Workers Likely To Suffer Following Judges Ruling
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Bush Nominates John Roberts For U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Martin LeFevre - Meditations
Bernard Weiner Considers The Rove Plame Back Story
The Madder’n Hells Are Deader’n Hell
Baby Roasting Monk Caught Tricking Women Into Sex
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OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Unemployed Become An Endangered Species
Government Announces Compliance Cost Reductions
Transpower Confirms 320 Landowners Affected By Pylons
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LEAD STORY:
Goff Challenges Brash Regarding Sending Troops To Iraq

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Don Brash needs to stop equivocating and evading the question, and be up front with New Zealanders about whether he would send combat troops to Iraq, Foreign Minister Phil Goff said today. "Don Brash is on record several times expressing his support for the invasion of Iraq. The question he needs to answer is quite simple. 'Would he as Prime Minister commit young New Zealanders to fight in Iraq if asked?' "The question is not, as he alleges, now just a matter of history. See…Brash should come clean on Iraq policy [2] . And also... Transcript: Dr Brash – Statements Supporting Iraq Invasion [3] ALSO:
  • Scoop Report: - Iraq Conflict Set To Be NZ Election Issue - PM [4]
  • NZ Labour Party - Brash easily rattled [5]
  • Young Labour - Stop Dodging on Iraq, Dodgy Doctor Don [6]
  • Anne Else - Would The Real Dr Brash Please Stand Up [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00416.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00416.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00289.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00258.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00414.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0507/S00192.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00254.htm


    Greens Get legal Backing To Bolster Rushed Legislation Argument

    - The Green Party is today releasing written legal advice, which finds that, contrary to government claims, its Zimbabwe Sporting Sanction Bill doesn't infringe on Kiwis' human rights, as protected by our Bill of Rights Act. See... Sport Sanction Bill doesn't infringe Kiwis' rights [1] ALSO:

  • Green Party - Brash should allow free vote/Goff should read Bill [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00423.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0507/S00193.htm


    Workers Likely To Suffer Following Judges Ruling

    - “The Council of Trade Unions agrees with EMA Northern that thousands of workers will be disadvantaged by the Employment Court’s interpretation of the 2004 ‘vulnerable worker’ amendments to the Employment Relations Act in the Crest cleaning case,”. See...CTU Supports call for Vulnerable Worker Law Change [1] ALSO:

  • EMA First case to test new employment protection [2]
  • EMA - Gibbs ruling removes protections for workers [3]
  • Business NZ - Test case reveals difficulties [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0507/S00193.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0507/S00270.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0507/S00266.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0507/S00267.htm


    MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Wananga statement on final submission to Minister [1]
  • Warship On Trade Me (Torpedoes Not Included) [2]
  • Taranaki Pastor Stands for Christian Heritage NZ [3]
  • Scoop Images: Fire In Dunedin's Octagon [4]
  • Scoop Link: Contamination Found In More Chiron Vaccines [5]
  • New Arts Centre – Capital’s creative hub - opens [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0507/S00074.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0507/S00269.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0507/S00191.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00287.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00275.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0507/S00128.htm


    Bush Nominates John Roberts For U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice

    - And tonight, I'm honored to announce that I am nominating him to serve as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. John Roberts currently serves on one of the most influential courts in the nation, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Before he was a -- before he was a respected judge, he was known as one of the most distinguished and talented attorneys in America. John Roberts has devoted his entire professional life to the cause of justice and is widely admired for his intellect, his sound judgment, and personal decency. See... Judge John Roberts Is Bush Supreme Court Nominee [1] ALSO: U.S.
President Bush says he likes Jonnie Howard... alot!Bush says he likes Jonnie Howard... alot! [2] - I got to tell you, I admire John Howard a lot. He's a man of conviction. He's got backbone. He's not afraid to make the hard decision, he's not afraid to lead. And we're really thrilled you're here. Plus, he married well. (Laughter.) I appreciate a man of vision. I am looking forward to working with him in his fourth term in office, for the betterment of our own people and for the betterment of the world. President Welcomes Australian PM To White House [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00345.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00332.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00332.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Update From Gaza: Palestine Monitor [1]
  • El Salvador Ratchets Up its U.S. Ties [2]
  • Media Group Blasts U.S. Over Diseases In Nigeria [3]
  • Kalahari Bushmen Insist Diamonds Behind Evictions [4]
  • Killing Of Journalists In Brazil & Haiti Condemned [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00331.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00344.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00343.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00342.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00335.htm


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    SCOOP COLUMNS

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    Martin LeFevre - Meditations

    - In the science fiction classic “2001, A Space Odyssey,” HAL, the all too human-like computer, malfunctions and becomes evil. It begs for the life of its higher functions as the sole surviving astronaut is erasing them. It’s a metaphor for the growing destructiveness of man and the dreaded death of the ego. See... Meditations: Breakthrough Beyond “Modern Humans” [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00288.htm


    Bernard Weiner Considers The Rove Plame Back Story

    - At long last, Plamegate -- the scandal surrounding the outing of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson by two "senior administration officials" -- has exploded out of the D.C. beltway to become a major national news story. See... Rove Scandal Leading to Deeper White House Horrors [1] MORE:

  • Ray McGovern - Why "White House v. Wilson/Plame" Matters [2]
  • EARLIER:
  • Ivan Eland - A Roving Ethical Problem [3]
  • BuzzFlash - The Martians Have Landed! [4]
  • BuzzFlash - Ambassador Joe Wilson's Letter to the Senate [5]
  • Time - Link: Matthew Cooper- "What I Told The Grand Jury" [6]
  • Jason Leopold - Report Shows Rove May Have Lied to FBI, A Felony [7]
  • Harvey Wasserman - Will Traitor Rove Follow Nixon's Fatal Footsteps? [8]
  • Greg Palast - : Mr. Rove And The Access Of Evil [9]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00284.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00281.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00268.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00244.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00239.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00251.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00227.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00229.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00184.htm


    The Madder’n Hells Are Deader’n Hell

    - My plan to inspire one million pissed-off Americans (the “madder’n hells”) to descend upon the U.S. Capitol on September 26, demand Congress hold hearings on the Downing Street Memos (DSM), and then attend said hearings while re-swarming the building daily, has met an early demise. See... Mark Drolette: Attempt To Save The Country Falls [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00283.htm


    Baby Roasting Monk Caught Tricking Women Into Sex

    - BANGKOK, Thailand -- A defrocked Buddhist novice who roasted a baby to create a powerful ghost has been arrested for allegedly tricking women into giving him cash and sex during useless animist rituals, according to police and anti-corruption officials. See... Baby Roasting Monk Caught Tricking Women Into Sex [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00277.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

  • Fighting Talk - Living Fast [1]
  • Russell Brown - Public Address 20/07/05 - White Collared [2]
  • Am Johal - The Battle for the West Bank and East Jerusalem [3]
  • Michel Chossudovsky - War Crimes and the "Just War" Theory [4]
  • Ernest Partridge - The Wayward Media [5]
  • Madan P. Khanal - Nepal: Drifting In A Sea Of Doubts [6]
  • Kamala Sarup - Terrorism Increasing - Leaders Are To Blame [7]
  • Narconews - Weaver: Where Is Luis Posada Carriles? [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00286.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00285.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00282.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00280.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00279.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00278.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00276.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00274.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Unemployed Become An Endangered Species

    - The number of working-aged New Zealanders on benefits has fallen in every region in the country over the past year as unemployment benefit numbers reached a 19 year low. DPB numbers have also fallen in every region as the number of sole parents on. See…Unemployment and DPB fall in every region [1] ALSO:

  • NZ Govt - Regional plans to continue NZ's 'jobs miracle' [2]
  • NZ Govt - Steve Maharey - Jobs, partnerships, action
  • ACT - Labour's attempt to hide benefit numbers fails [3]
  • National Jobs joke continues with more Maharey spin [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00432.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00431.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00430.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00434.htm


    Government Announces Compliance Cost Reductions

    - The government focus on reducing compliance costs for small business is working. Small Business Minister Rick Barker today announced that government has significantly reduced the number of compliance costs being incurred by small businesses. A Ministry of Economic Development report, Ministerial Panel on Business Compliance Costs – Final Report-back, shows that 90% of compliance costs government wanted to eliminate, had been or are being eliminated. See... Huge reductions in business compliance costs [1] ALSO:

  • Supporting businesses across New Zealand [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00425.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00424.htm


    Transpower Confirms 320 Landowners Affected By Pylons

    - Transpower has confirmed the final route within which the proposed new transmission line through the Waikato and south Auckland would be built. Proceeding with the transmission line is subject to Electricity Commission and Resource Management Act approvals. An interim route was announced in May for the proposed 400 kV transmission line between Otahuhu and Whakamaru. This has now been confirmed as the final route. Information packs are being delivered today to affected landowners and occupiers. See... Transpower Confirms Route For Pylons [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0507/S00264.htm


    MORE POLITICS HEADLINES:

  • Govt - Brash won’t say which health services he will cut [1]
  • Govt - NZ signs agreement to combat fishing pirates [2]
  • Govt - Four new Queen's Counsel appointed [3]
  • Govt - Key plays the fool [4]
  • Govt - Key’s random musings ill-informed - Cullen [5]
  • Nats - Labour has no heart for surgery [6]
  • Nats - Cullen puts the boot into ex-pats [7]
  • United - UFNZ - Ministry of Silly Rules 1 [8]
  • United - Dunne calls on Tanczos to face the drugs evidence [9]
  • Progressives - Anderton: parties reject Green cannabis push [10]
  • ACT - Heart surgery review urgently needed [11]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00422.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00421.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00419.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00418.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00412.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00426.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00420.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00417.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00415.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00410.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00427.htm

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