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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 26 July 2005

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

1: Loan interest scrapped for students who stay in NZ

Hon Trevor Mallard Minister of Education LABOUR’S KEY ELECTION PLEDGES No. 2: Interest scrapped on student loans for students who stay in NZ

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00553.htm


2: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00317.htm


3: Labour ‘desperate and irresponsible’ with loans

National Party Education spokesman Bill English says Labour’s student loan package will push student debt through the roof.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00559.htm


4: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00549.htm


5: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00550.htm


6: Labour finally strikes a blow at the student debt

If implemented, Labour's tertiary student support policy, including the introduction of no interest on loans while borrowers are in New Zealand, would be the most significant blow to the $7 billion debt monster since the student loan scheme was introduced ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0507/S00096.htm


7: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00322.htm


8: Maori seats, gone by kai time?

National has made their vision for New Zealand clear. Under National, the future of New Zealand will be one where Maori will get few, if any, speaking parts according to Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Parekura Horomia.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00558.htm


9: TVNZ Spends $52,000 Tax Payer Dollars On Shindig

“An excessive $52,000 mid winter shindig is further evidence TVNZ has done nothing to curb its culture of extravagance”, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00572.htm


10: Labour's Tertiary bribe unprecedented foolishness

Labour's attempt to outbid National by slashing the interest off student loans for people who stay in New Zealand will encourage students to get deeper and deeper into debt, ACT Leader Rodney Hide said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00556.htm


11: Student Support Policy

Labour believes that every New Zealander is entitled to access quality public education of the highest standard, throughout their lives. Quality education ensures that every Kiwi regardless of who they are and where they come from can achieve their full potential ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00554.htm


12: Bureaucrats party while homes rot

New Zealanders will be disgusted to find that hard-earned taxes intended to help desperate owners of leaky homes are being used to fund ‘Cowboys and Indians’, ‘Sound of Music’, “Pacific Islands’ and ‘Aeroplane’ theme parties, says National’s Building ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00569.htm


13: Dunne: Why Wait Another Month For National?

Rather than waiting until late August for National's tax policy, New Zealand taxpayers can figure out how much of their hard-earned money they will get back under United Future right now, Peter Dunne said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00545.htm


14: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00327.htm


15: 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 .

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00328.htm


16: Loans to be deductible against earned income

Last week I announced that the next National Government will allow those with student loans outstanding to deduct the interest accrued and payable on these loans against earned income in New Zealand.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00547.htm


17: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0507/S00246.htm


18: Brash - 'Battlelines for the 2005 Election'

I must say that, despite the fact that addressing your seminar was going to keep me away from the start of the final session of this Parliament, I wanted to accept your invitation.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00555.htm


19: A Labour-Green Govt key to tackling student debt

The Green Party is applauding Labour's tertiary education policy and reminding Kiwis that only a Labour-Green Government will deliver real relief for students and graduates.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00560.htm


20: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00530.htm


21: Nats promises $400m less for Wellington transport

National candidates Chris Finlayson and Mark Blumsky must learn that a dollar can only be spent once says Transport Minister Pete Hodgson. The pair's claim that National will shift all petrol tax money into land transport overlooks the fact that Michael ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00568.htm


22: Labour's Student Policy Cause for Celebration

The release of Labour’s student support policy in Wellington this afternoon was described as “a cause for celebration” by Otago University Students’ Association President Steven Sutton.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0507/S00100.htm


23: Secret Justice Is Wrong

ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks refused to identify the accused person he described in Parliament today as a star in a TVNZ program whose name the court suppressed with TVNZ support.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00571.htm


24: Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 25 July 2005

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

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00333.htm


25: Labour Student Policy a Small but Significant Step

Labour Student Support Policy a Small but Significant Step Today’s announcement by the Labour Party that it would wipe the interest on student loans for graduates remaining in New Zealand has been welcomed by the Massey University Students’ Association. ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0507/S00097.htm


26: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00330.htm


27: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00324.htm


28: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0507/S00257.htm


29: Colour, style, fantasy... and that's just the hair

A record 505 entrants in New Zealand's most prestigious hairdressing awards has been trimmed back to the top 20 individual stylists.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0506/S00260.htm


30: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00320.htm

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