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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 25 July 2005


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

1: Dennis Hans: Super-spy Tom Cruise Outed Plame

A member of special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s legal team confirmed that actor and covert CIA agent Tom Cruise blew the cover of undercover agency operative Valerie Plame Wilson.

2: Don Brash responds to election date announcement

Leader Don Brash says the National Party intends to focus on the important issues affecting ordinary New Zealanders in this election campaign.

3: Mallard Attacks National's Use Of Trust Funds

Today while being interviewed on TVNZ's Agenda program, Education Minister Trevor Mallard accused the National Party of hiding their election donations "through [using] trust funds."

4: No Right Turn: Failed policies

National looks set to try and revive the failed policies of the 1990's with a vengeance, with Judith Collins announcing that a National government would reintroduce work-for-the-dole .

5: NEWSFLASH: Election Date September 17th

The election date has been announced by the Prime Minister at her regular Post Cabinet press conference.

6: PM's Statement on the 2005 General Election

3.45pm Monday 25 July 2005 At today’s press conference I am announcing the date of the general election and the timetable of events which will unfold from the dissolution of Parliament.

7: Let The Show Begin - Peters

Rt Hon Winston Peters has welcomed the announcement of the election date and the conclusion of the Prime Minister’s silly games with the New Zealand public.

8: Peter Cresswell: Chris Lewis - Tall Poppy

I'm enormously sad to learn that New Zealand Tennis have finally driven tennis ace Chris Lewis from New Zealand . Chris is a wonderful sportsman and a tremendous human being, and his departure for California leaves me angry at his treatment here at ...

9: Office to re-classify GTA: San Andreas

Following recent reports that the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas contains hidden sex scenes, Chief Censor Bill Hastings has decided to call in the game for re-classification.

10: Public Address 25/07/05 - Bombs And Big Brothers

National's new employment policy is out. And it is … put thousands more people on the public payroll! Judith Collins is promising that the last National government's unsuccessful work-for-the-dole programme would be revived as a matter of urgency ...

11: UQ Wire: The Mineta Testimony

One year after the release of the 9/11 Commission Report, serious questions that were raised before and during the Commission proceedings remain unanswered. For many, the Commission Report raised more questions than it answered.

12: National Party Resource Management Policy, Q & A

National is committed to substantial reform of the Resource Management Act. These reforms are critical to addressing New Zealand’s roading and electricity infrastructure crisis. They are also important in attracting investment in industries like forestry ...

13: Telecom NZ, Porn and Republicanism

Telecom customers are entitled to know what Ms Theresa Gattung’s position is on her company’s dissemination of hardcore porn (so-called “adult content”) via its mobile networks. Is it just a “grey area” for her company, as a National Business Review ...

14: Prime Minister announces Election Date

Prime Minister Helen Clark announced today that the 2005 general election will be held on Saturday 17 September.

15: If only Mr English had read a little further…

National's Education spokesman should have read his own press release properly before jumping to conclusions over the government's review of school's operational funding.

16: PM Sets Election Date Under Savage's Gaze

Today the Prime Minister announced the 2005 General Election will be held on 17 September 2005. The venue chosen for the announcement of the election date was the Labour Party caucus room.

17: What Did Bush Know, And When Did He Know It?

Political smears by right-wingers are nothing new. In the election of 1800, John Adams had a surrogate newspaper publisher write an article about "Dusky Sally," the half-sister of Thomas Jefferson's deceased wife, who was also one of the Jefferson ...

18: A Week of It: US Friendly Policy Under Fire

Dr Brash was outraged this week by the suggestions from Trevor Mallard that National Party policy was filtered through Washington. Dr Brash told Mark Sainsbury that if Trevor Mallard “has any proof about our policies being driven by the United States ...

19: The Letter

Parliament resumes. Clark is expected to announce the Election Day today. Labour's campaign shows signs of total panic. Brash shows he does not know what he thinks about Iraq or the USA. National is winning votes by promising middle class welfare.

20: Greg Palast: China Floats, America Sinks

In case you haven't the least idea what the heck it means for China to "float" its currency, let me put it in the language we economists use: China's float don't mean squat.

21: Sanjay Upadhya: Nepal - Stealth of Nations

Predicaments gripping the fourth player in Nepal's deepening conflict are gradually coming to the fore, as the first three continue their struggle for predominance with greater determination.

22: Disgraceful work-for-the-dole doesn't work

It is a disgrace that National and NZ First are promising an immediate return to forced work-for-dole if they win the election, Green Party Work and Income Spokesperson Sue Bradford says.

23: Nat's RMA carve-up is "Think Big in drag"

National's proposed carve-up of the Resource Management Act has been described as "Think Big in drag", by Associate Environment Minister David Benson-Pope.

24: Our Future, Our Environment

Rt Hon Winston Peters has called for the planting of millions of extra trees in response to the Kyoto crisis. He has also called for tougher bio-security standards, an urgent review of 1080 use, a comprehensive oceans policy and more efficient process for ...

25: Understanding MMP is the key for voters

ACT Leader Rodney Hide today welcomed Prime Minister Helen Clark putting the country out of its misery by confirming 17 September as the election day.

26: National’s numbers don’t add up

Finance Minister Michael Cullen says National is sinking slowly but surely into trouble of its own making over tax cuts.

27: Greens looking forward to hard, clean campaign

Green Party Co-Leaders Jeanette Fitzsimons and Rod Donald say they relish the opportunity to debate the issues important to New Zealanders in the lead-up to the General Election on Saturday 17 September.

28: Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 26 July 2005

1. Hon PETER DUNNE to the Minister of Health: Is she satisfied with the funding of Pharmac; if so, why? 2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Broadcasting: Is he confident that he has curbed the "culture of extravagance" in Television New Zealand ...

29: NZ should follow Australia and codify Marriage law

"If the Australian Labor Party and Liberal Party can unite together and legislate to remove the doubt over the common law position on marriage; that it is between one man and one woman-why won't New Zealand?" asks Maxim Institute Policy Manager ...

30: The Fundy Post 20 July 2005 – Tammy Bruce Special

So, who or what or why is Tammy Bruce? In case you did not notice, Ms Bruce visited our shores and made some media appearances. Then she went home. According to some, this was an event of great importance. No less a media eminence than Herald columnist ...

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