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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS:
STATE OF IT Labour's Howard Style Tactics Push Nats On Backfoot
SCOOP IS IN THE HOUSE:
Scoop Report: Have Clark's Foreign Policy Attacks Caused National To Retreat?
GE Free NZ Seeks Polluter-Pays GM Contamination Policy
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Blair Advances Muslim-Non-Muslim Pact To Fight Terrorism
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News from Russell Brown & Much More From Public Address
Richard S. Ehrlich On A Victory For Aung San Suu Kyi
Sonia Nettnin Reviews A Film On The Seige Of Fallujah
MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:
Ohio, The Election, And America's Servile Press
Bernard Weiner Takes A Peek At Karl Rove's Diary
Mark Drolette Attends A DSM House Party
MORE SCOOP AMERICAN COMMENTARY:
London Bombings Commentary

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics):
POLITICAL NEWSLETTERS:
Clark Announces Industry Skills Plan As Pledge No. Three
National Claims Labour's Student Loans Figures Flawed
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STATE OF IT Labour's Howard Style Tactics Push Nats On Backfoot

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Parliament BuildingsSelwyn Manning writes that Labour has revealed a campaign strategy that has an uncanny likeness to that which pulled Australia's Prime Minister John Howard back from the brink of defeat. Here Scoop examines this move and considers how Labour's king-hit tertiary policy is part of a plan to relegate National onto the back-foot. See... Labour Strategy Resembles John Howard Tactics [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00372.htm


SCOOP IS IN THE HOUSE:

  • Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 28 July 2005 [1]
  • Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 27 July 2005 [2]
  • Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 26 July 2005 [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00646.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00606.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00578.htm

    Scoop Report: Have Clark's Foreign Policy Attacks Caused National To Retreat?

    [1] Kevin List writes how Dr Don Brash explained to TVNZ's Susan Wood this week that the National Party was committed to "an independent foreign policy". However he later explained that National's foreign policy would be made "in the light of what is best for New Zealand and New Zealanders." But what does this mean? In June 2004, following a visit to the United States, Dr Brash said that New Zealand's foreign policy regarding nuclear warship visits would require prior consultation with the United States. For more see... PM's Attacks Lead To Muted National Party Foreign Policy [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00337.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00337.htm


    GE Free NZ Seeks Polluter-Pays GM Contamination Policy

    - The latest GE contamination incident involving a 13,500 tonne consignment of maize in the North Island should be enough reason for the Government to change the law to reclaim costs of clean-up and compensation on a "polluter pays" basis. See... Law Needed to Recover Costs of GM Contamination [1] ALSO:

  • Life Sciences - Time to abandon zero tolerance of GM [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0507/S00055.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0507/S00054.htm


    MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Pharmacist Sentenced For Fraudulent Claims [1]
  • More Smokers Quit After New Smokefree Law [2]
  • School Trustees Want Operation Grants Increases [3]
  • Medical Association Welcomes Moves On Loans And Debt [4]
  • Methamphetamine Dealers Face The Music [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0507/S00102.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0507/S00101.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0507/S00118.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0507/S00117.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0507/S00191.htm


    Blair Advances Muslim-Non-Muslim Pact To Fight Terrorism

    - UK Prime Minister Tony Blair today welcomed a proposal from the Spanish Government for an 'alliance of civilisations' to combat the scourge of terrorism. Blair said he could see potential in the proposal for an alliance of Muslim and non-Muslim countries to tackle the problem. He spoke following talks at 10 Downing Street with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Zapatero. See... Blair Welcomes 'Alliance Of Civilisations' Plan [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00458.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Zimbabwean Evictions Envoy Briefs Security Council [1]
  • Two Algerian Diplomats Murdered In Iraq [2]
  • Fiji: Radio Pasifik Gagging 'Threatens Free Speech' [3]
  • Timor-Leste Indonesia Urged To Review Prosecutions [4]
  • Cuba: Fidel Castro Speech - July 26, 2005 [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00445.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00457.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00463.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00455.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00453.htm

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    Hard News from Russell Brown & Much More From Public Address

    - NOTE: This issue of Public Address via Scoop is a compendium of three days worth of material. Enjoy. See... Public Address 26-28/07/05 – A Triple Dose! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00359.htm


    Richard S. Ehrlich On A Victory For Aung San Suu Kyi

    - BANGKOK, Thailand -- Muted in her gloomy, lakeside mansion in Burma by a decade of depressing house arrest, the world's most famous political prisoner, Aung San Suu Kyi, scored a psychological victory when she helped force the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to ditch her country's military regime. See... Aung San Suu Kyi Victory Over The Burmese Junta [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00356.htm


    Sonia Nettnin Reviews A Film On The Seige Of Fallujah

    - The documentary “Fallujah 2004,” chronicles the death and destruction within Fallujah caused by U.S. Forces in April 2003 and April 2004. Director Toshikuni DOI exposes the side of the U.S. war in Iraq that Americans do not see or hear in mainstream ... See... Sonia Nettnin Film Review: Fallujah 2004 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00344.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

  • Christiaan Briggs - Last Straw: Labour Wins The Election [1]
  • John Roughan - Development? It's A Journey! [2]
  • Kamala Sarup - Poems Are About Experience [3]
  • Simon Pound - When the smoke clears [4]
  • Krishna Singh Bam - When Reason Obeys Itself [5]
  • Ivan Eland - Rolling the Dice on India [6]
  • Genevieve Cora Fraser - The Golden Rule in Israel, Iraq, London & D.C. [7]
  • Sonia Nettnin - Haiku: Rice in Middle East [8]
  • Sonia Nettnin - 1st Labor For Palestine Conference [9]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00358.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00368.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00364.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00352.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00350.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00349.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00345.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00343.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00340.htm


    Ohio, The Election, And America's Servile Press

    - While commentators, prompted by Republicans, claimed Bush won the 2004 election through the votes of a silent majority concerned with “family values,” Mark Crispin Miller writes that when voters were asked to state, “in their own words the most important factor in their vote,”only 14 percent named “moral values.” He details how the press (except for Keith Olbermann on MSNBC) ignored “the strange details of the election—except, that is, to ridicule all efforts to discuss them…It was as if they were reporting from inside a forest fire without acknowledging the fire, except to keep insisting that there was no fire.” See... Mark Crispin Miller: None Dare Call It Stolen [1] . See also… LINK: Harper's Magazine Forum – What Went Wrong In Ohio [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00353.htm
    [2] - http://www.harpers.org/WhatWentWrongInOhio.html


    Bernard Weiner Takes A Peek At Karl Rove's Diary

    - Dear Diary: Oh shit! It's been one badddddddd week. But I think Scooter and I and the others probably can finesse our way out of indictments for the Plame leak. However, Fitzgerald -- one of our guys! -- must have forgotten who butters his U.S. Attorney's ... See... Inside Rove's Diary: How Do I Get Out of This One? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00351.htm


    Mark Drolette Attends A DSM House Party

    - I was heartened by the reaction a group of about fifty of us received the other day when, prior to attending a Downing Street Minutes (DSM) House Party, we all stood at a busy Sacramento intersection for an hour or so displaying signs and banners ... See... Getting Americans To Spend Minutes On The Minutes [1] MORE:

  • Between The Lines - A White House Bent On Misleading Public Over Iraq [2]
  • David Swanson - Young People Can Have an Impact In These Times [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00341.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00365.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00355.htm


    MORE SCOOP AMERICAN COMMENTARY:

  • William Rivers Pitt - Vacation's All I Ever Wanted [1]
  • Martin LeFevre Meditations: The Portal of Sound [2]
  • William Fisher - Karen Hughes Behind The Firewall [3]
  • John Chuckman - Hitler's Shadow And The Coming Storm [4]
  • Marjorie Cohn - The Roberts Court? [5]
  • Stirling Newberry - Cathedrals of Resonance [6]
  • Edith Fletcher - Roe vs. Wade is a Red Herring for Another Fish [7]
  • Evelyn Pringle- TeenScreen Not A Pill Pusher – Honest [8]
  • William Fisher - Bill O'Reilly In Drag [9]
  • Between The Lines - A Bill That Would Prohibit Permanent US Iraq Bases [10]
  • David Swanson - Nuclear Waste Dumps On Indian Land [11]
  • Ernest Partridge - GOP Will Win In '06, Unless... [12]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00357.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00354.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00369.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00367.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00366.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00363.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00362.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00361.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00360.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00348.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00346.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00342.htm


    London Bombings Commentary

    Steve Weissman Having lived in London during the IRA bombing campaign of the 1970s, I can feel a small part of the terror that bus and subway riders must have felt when the four bombs exploded on July 7, and again when only the detonators went off last week. ... See... Weissman: Kill Them There, or They'll Kill Us Here [1] For complete Scoop London Bombing Commentary CLICK HERE [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00347.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/features/londonbombing.html#comment


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)


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    POLITICAL NEWSLETTERS:

    - Transtasman Political Letter – 28 July Digest [1] Molesworth & Featherston (Weekend Ed.) - 22 July 2005 [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00371.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00370.htm


    Clark Announces Industry Skills Plan As Pledge No. Three

    - Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced the third of Labour's key election pledges: to create an extra 5,000 Modern Apprenticeship places, taking the total number to 14,000 in 2008. Helen Clark said Labour is committed to supporting sustainable and quality growth in New Zealand's industry training system. See... Labour's Election Pledges No 3: Industry Training [1] ALSO:

  • Helen Clark - PM: Address to the Industry Training Federation [2]
  • Labour Party - Labour and Industry Training Policy Key-Points [3]
  • Trevor Mallard - Apprenticeship milestone for motor industry [4]
  • Govt - Cullen: Address to Enterprise Franklin [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00612.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00613.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00614.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00616.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00615.htm


    National Claims Labour's Student Loans Figures Flawed

    - National Party Finance spokesman John Key says the figures issued in relation to Labour’s irresponsible student loans programme don’t add up. “The cost to future taxpayers is staggering. Using the most generous assumption, the foregone revenue from moving to a zero interest rate will start at around $350 million. “With interest free credit available, no sane person would not borrow to the maximum. Existing students who don’t borrow to the maximum now will do so. Of those who currently don’t borrow, most will in the future. See... Dr Cullen loses his calculator [1] ALSO:

  • Labour - Labour stands by student loan calculator [2]
  • National - Mallard deceives students over loans [3]
  • Labour - National's Key ignorant on loans rules - Mallard [4]
  • Nats - Students will borrow a billion, make more [5]
  • Labour - Making a Bigger Difference for all Students [6]
  • Labour - Schooling Strategy set to make a difference [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00607.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00644.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00641.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00609.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00608.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00631.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00630.htm


    MORE POLITICS HEADLINES:

  • Govt - Government keen to empower people w disabilities [1]
  • Govt - Speech to the 2005 AGMs of Marine Farming Industry [2]
  • Govt - Prisoner compo claims rise as bed crisis worsens [3]
  • Govt - Suspensory loan for Invercargill Airport [4]
  • Govt - Anti-Spam Bill Introduced [5]
  • Govt - NZ and Spain sign double tax agreement [6]
  • Govt - Nelson cultural tourism impresses Minister [7]
  • Govt - New Nelson Museum gets $100,000 government grant [8]
  • Nats - Bill promotes choice for law firms [9]
  • Nats - Collins and Hutchison lodge privileges complaints [10]
  • Nats - Labour's treatment of Air Force a disgrace [11]
  • Nats -Labour's talk on trade training is rank hypocrisy [12]
  • NZ First - NZ First’s National Campaign Launch [13]
  • United - Turner: Choice with disadvantage is no choice [14]
  • United - Baldock: ACT ignoble to the bitter end [15]
  • Greens - Another Kiwi icon flies East? [16]
  • Greens - Greens' Wgtn transport plan extends to Wairarapa [17]
  • Greens - Anti-spam Bill should be extended to VoIP abuse [18]
  • Greens - The Greens' Wellington transport plan [19]
  • Greens - Trade deficit beyond a joke [20]
  • Greens - Cuddling up to China is damaging our reputation [21]
  • ACT - Smoking bill defeat blow to freedom [22]
  • Maori Party - Tariana Turia speech to Diplomatic Club [23]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00639.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00636.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00633.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00632.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00627.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00625.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00624.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00623.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00638.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00634.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00628.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00621.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00640.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00642.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00626.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00643.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00629.htm
    [18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00637.htm
    [19] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00619.htm
    [20] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00618.htm
    [21] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00617.htm
    [22] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00622.htm
    [23] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00635.htm

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