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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS:
Mallard Gives Aussie Bankers A Roasting Over Student Loan 'Analysis'
Beeb Journalists Peeved Over RNZ Scabbing News Feed
UN Urges Indonesia To Deliver Justice For Timor Victims -
L'oreal Hairdresser of the Year Announced
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Another Poll Confirms Electoral Top Dog Reversal
Pinnochio Syndrome Striking Hard In Washington D.C.
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Russell Brown & Paul Brislen Unimpressed With Telecom DSL Moves
Stateside: Where Rosalea Promises To Do Her Best
Meditations: Poisoned By A Nuclear Lie
MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics):
Goff Delivers Speech On Defence and Foreign Policy to Victoria University
Govt Drags Feet Over Leaky Homes: Nats
ACC Claims Lag Addressed
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Mallard Gives Aussie Bankers A Roasting Over Student Loan 'Analysis'

Westpac's analysis of Labour's proposal to abolish interest on student loans appears to be self-interested, Education Minister Trevor Mallard said today. "It has become evident to me that Westpac has got its own very selfish reasons for releasing this analysis – it will lose money. Westpac has a 'Graduate Package' where they buy out up to $10,000 of a graduates student loan at a discounted interest rate as a loss leader in order to try and capture very valuable mortgage business," Trevor Mallard said. See... Westpac's dodgy analysis driven by selfishness [1] MORE:

  • Nats - No cash windfall in student loan policy [2]
  • Govt. - IRD stats underscore value of no interest on loans [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00021.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00006.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00032.htm


    Beeb Journalists Peeved Over RNZ Scabbing News Feed

    - BBC journalists today condemned the use of their broadcasts by Radio New Zealand during industrial action. Radio New Zealand staff, members of the Public Service Association (PSA) and the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union, walked off the job this morning to protest an unacceptable pay offer. The strike forced Radio New Zealand to abandon its flagship Morning Report news programme and it instead broadcast live feed from the BBC. See… BBC workers call foul over use as strike breakers [1] ALSO:

  • RNZ's Morning Report Hit by Strike [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0508/S00018.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0508/S00002.htm


    UN Urges Indonesia To Deliver Justice For Timor Victims -

    Foreign Minister Phil Goff today welcomed the public release of a United Nations report on the prosecution of serious crimes committed in East Timor in 1999. “The UN Commission of Experts’ report recommends further steps to ensure that those who were responsible are held to account,” Mr Goff said. See... Goff welcomes UN report on East Timor crimes [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00011.htm


    L'oreal Hairdresser of the Year Announced

    - New Zealand’s top hairdresser has been announced amidst a summit of glamour, style and fashion in Auckland last night (July 30). Celine-Marie Lamberton from Christchurch has been crowned New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year 2005 after winning the Supreme Award at the prestigious L’Oréal Colour Trophy Awards, held at The Edge –Aotea Centre. See... Supreme Hairdresser Crowned [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0508/S00005.htm


    MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Bomber's Expose Shows Drink Spiking Big Problem In NZ [1]
  • International flights affected by strike [2]
  • How is letting Zaoui's family in a security risk? [3]
  • Nats call for investigation into refugee suicide [4]
  • Houseoftravel.co.nz Takes Out Supreme Award [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0508/S00011.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0508/S00010.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00003.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00007.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0508/S00001.htm


    Another Poll Confirms Electoral Top Dog Reversal

    - The weekend's Sunday Star-Times BRC poll has confirmed support for Labour is on the rise while the National-New Zealand First voting block is becoming less favoured. The Star-Times reported that its poll of 781 voters showed Labour up three points ... See... Poll Watch: Star Times Confirms Labour On The Rise [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00002.htm


    Pinnochio Syndrome Striking Hard In Washington D.C.

    - Washington, DC - The federal government suffers from a "severe disinformation syndrome" in which agency specialists are pressured to alter reports by managers who are promoted for breaking the law, according to congressional testimony delivered today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). As a consequence, scientific and technical papers, particularly within environmental agencies, are routinely censored, altered or manipulated for political purposes. See... U.S. Govt. Officials Routinely Rewarded for Lying [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00022.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • UN Envoy Briefs Iraq's President On Support [1]
  • Colombia: Civilians Blockaded [2]
  • Amnesty urges the Senate to reject impunity [3]
  • Rape, Sexual Violence Continue In Sudan [4]
  • Viet boatpeople on Christmas Island get TPVs [5]
  • Dismantling Gaza Settlements, Expanding in West Bk [6]
  • Multinational Pharma Backs Down on Brazil AIDS Med [7]
  • One Small Village, Many Ariel Sharons [8]
  • Experts To Probe Sudan, Uzbeckistan Human Rights [9]
  • Kyrgyzstan: UN Concerned For Detainees Left Behind [10]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00023.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00018.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00017.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00013.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00012.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00011.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00009.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00008.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00007.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00002.htm


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    SCOOP COLUMNS


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    Russell Brown & Paul Brislen Unimpressed With Telecom DSL Moves

    - Can anybody tell me some more about Telecom's decision to withdraw all its faster JetStream consumer plans - meaning that anyone who wants a 2Mbit service now faces a price rise from $79 a month to a "business" rate of between $249 and $299? See... Public Address 01/08/05 - A Cornucopia Of Comment [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00012.htm


    Stateside: Where Rosalea Promises To Do Her Best

    - To all those readers who take the Boy Scouts of America and their Commander in Chief seriously: What follows is a parody, so you might want to leave before you get offended. And as a special bonus, here are the three key points of Bill Frist's amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill ... "Support Our Scouts Act of 2005." See... Stateside with Rosalea: Sending Out An SOS [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00011.htm


    Meditations: Poisoned By A Nuclear Lie

    - It is the lie that began the long decline to America’s loss of its soul. The people are still fed, and still swallow, the propaganda that began 60 years ago, after Hiroshima and Nagasaki were leveled. As Time magazine echoed for the umpteenth time this week: ... See... LeFevre: The Atomic Bombings and America’s Soul [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00008.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

  • John Roughan - Living In The 21st C. But Thinking In The 20tth! [1]
  • Ramzy Baroud - Just Who's Emboldening Terrorism? [2]
  • Fitrakis & Wasserman - Coingate, Voinovich, The Mob & The 2004 Election [3]
  • Kamala Sarup - Learning From Sudan & Moving Forward [4]
  • John Chuckman - The Dumbest Story Ever Written [5]
  • Evelyn Pringle - TeenScreen - Another Gross Distortion [6]
  • Genevieve Cora Fraser - The Dead Do Not Weep [7]
  • Narconews - COHA Responds, Retracts Attack on Zapatistas [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00007.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00006.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00010.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00009.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00005.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00020.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00004.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00003.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)


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    Goff Delivers Speech On Defence and Foreign Policy to Victoria University

    - Address to the Australian Defence College visit Defence and New Zealand foreign policy Hon Phil Goff Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade to the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies, Victoria University, Wellington. "New Zealand objective is a stable, secure and prosperous world within which we can promote our own security and advance our interests and values as a nation. Our economic goal is to promote sustainable growth and free and fair trade. New Zealand opposes tariff and other barriers to trade and subsidization of production, particularly of agricultural products by the developed world." See... Defence and New Zealand foreign policy [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00013.htm


    Govt Drags Feet Over Leaky Homes: Nats

    - The owners of leaky homes will be cynical of Labour’s last-minute acknowledgement of problems with the Weathertight Homes Resolution Service, and will see the review as a ploy to kick the issue beyond the election, says National’s Building and Construction spokesman, Nick Smith. “It has resolved only 13% of claims lodged, despite Labour promising three years ago that it would be a speedy and cost-effective solution for homeowners. See... Leaky homes review too little, too late [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00008.htm


    ACC Claims Lag Addressed

    - ACC claimants are benefitting from a new law that makes it simpler for patients to get cover when injured during medical treatment, ACC Minister Ruth Dyson said today. Legislation replacing ACC medical misadventure rules with a new category of treatment injury came into force on 1 July 2005. Ms Dyson said the previous requirement to find either fault, or rarity and severity, had no place in the ACC scheme. See... New law speeds up ACC claims [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00018.htm


    MORE POLITICS HEADLINES:

  • Govt - Bathhouse gets grant for viewing promenade [1]
  • Govt - Super payments extension for overseas volunteers [2]
  • Govt - Burton: Australian Defence College Speech [3]
  • Govt - Proposals to improve court judgment enforcement [4]
  • Govt - National wants to start charging for hunting [5]
  • Govt - New judicial complaints process [6]
  • Govt - Early childhood programme supports at risk families [7]
  • Govt - Prisoner Reintegration Initiative [8]
  • Govt - NZ ambassador appointed WTO agriculture chair [9]
  • Govt - National Party policy "undemocratic" [10]
  • Nats - Labour resorts to blatant lies in desperation [11]
  • Nats - Labour's dying gasps on prisoners [12]
  • Nats - National courts outdoor recreation vote [13]
  • Nats - Nats call for investigation into refugee suicide [14]
  • ACT - National must rule out NZ First's super bribe [15]
  • ACT - ACT Calls on Labour, Nats To Rule Out Peters [16]
  • United - Aged care sector has every right to shout out [17]
  • Maori Party - Maori Party Wants Answers on Genographic Project [18]
  • Progressives - NZ First's record speaks louder than its words [19]
  • Greens - Irrigation will ruin Canterbury's water quality [20]
  • Greens - How is letting Zaoui's family in a security risk? [21]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00029.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00026.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00025.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00023.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00020.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00015.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00014.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00012.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00005.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00004.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00030.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00028.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00009.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00007.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00022.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00002.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00027.htm
    [18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00024.htm
    [19] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00016.htm
    [20] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00010.htm
    [21] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00003.htm


    POLITICAL COLUMNS:

  • Nats - Gerry in the House - 1 August 2005 [1]
  • ACT - Newman Online Weekly commentary by Muriel Newman [2]
  • ACT - ACT's The Letter 1 August 2005 [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00017.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00001.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00019.htm

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