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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS:
Maharey Thanks God National Fighting Election On Tax Cuts
RNZ's Checkpoint Is Off The Air Today (Wednesday)
English Advocates Metaphorical 'Six of the Best' For Labour Party Cheerleader
Hodgson Accuses Brash Of Injudicious Slashing -
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Border Situation Intensifies At Settler Eviction-Day Arrives
Scoop World Watch (Audio)
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics):
Brash Announces August 22 As Tax Policy Release Day -
Labour Releases Pledge-Card 6 - Boost To Elective Surgery -
National MP Told "Eat The Fish - Don’t Jabber About It"
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Maharey Thanks God National Fighting Election On Tax Cuts

Scoop Interview: Kevin List reports that next Monday, National's long-heralded and often-delayed tax cut policy will be announced. Shortly after the election was called, Scoop had a quick word with Social Development and Employment Minister Steve Maharey - who was happy to talk up Labour's tax cut/relief package [Working For Families] and told Scoop that Labour relished fighting this election on the issue of tax cuts. See... Maharey Talks Tax Cuts With Scoop [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00120.htm


RNZ's Checkpoint Is Off The Air Today (Wednesday)

- Radio New Zealand’s drive time news and current affairs programme, Checkpoint, will be off the air tonight as staff take further industrial action in support of a better pay deal. The stoppage is from 4m to 6pm. The workers are members of the Public Service Association and the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union. See... Checkpoint off air tonight [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0508/S00297.htm


English Advocates Metaphorical 'Six of the Best' For Labour Party Cheerleader -

National Party Education spokesman Bill English has laid a complaint with the Secretary for Education after a Ministry of Education employee advised early childhood teachers to vote for Labour. The teachers were attending a professional development seminar in Wellington relating to Labour's controversial changes to early childhood education. See... Education Ministry employee must be disciplined [1] ALSO:

  • State Services Commissioner - Commissioner supports political neutrality [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00426.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0508/S00187.htm


    Hodgson Accuses Brash Of Injudicious Slashing -

    Don Brash slashed his own care workers' petrol promise just hours before giving it, says Associate Health Minister Pete Hodgson. Don Brash slashed his own care workers' petrol promise just hours before giving it, says Associate Health Minister Pete Hodgson. "This man wants to be Prime Minister yet can neither cost nor stick by a simple promise. It's clear he needs every cent he can grab for his tax cuts and he does not care where it comes from. See... Brash cash slashed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00436.htm


    MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Forest and Bird's Kevin Smith Passes Away [1]
  • TVNZ Denies Destiny New Zealand Leaders Debate [2]
  • Internat'l Paper agrees to sell shares to Rank Group [3]
  • Computer misuse costs companies millions [4]
  • Victoria University Honours Dame Kiri Te Kanawa With Degree [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0508/S00188.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0508/S00191.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0508/S00290.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0508/S00282.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0508/S00079.htm


    Border Situation Intensifies At Settler Eviction-Day Arrives

    - GAZA, Palestine - As the time count down for completing the evacuation of settlements of Gaza Strip, the Jewish settlers attacked Tuesday dawn the residents' houses in Al Mawassi area, west of Khan Younis, south Gaza Strip. See... Horde of Israeli Settlers Attacked al Mawassi Area [1] ALSO:

  • Audio Feature: Int Community Plans Help Once Israel Leaves [2]
  • Gaza: Post-Withdrawal Food Stored For Palestinians [3]
  • Civilians Lightly Injured in Neve Dekalim Riots [4]
  • Withdrawal Start Of Palestine Liberation: Abbas [5]
  • ISM Update From Palestine [6]
  • UN closely following Israeli withdrawal from Gaza [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00150.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00155.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00154.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00152.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00151.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00146.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00138.htm


    Scoop World Watch (Audio)

    - Headlines: International Community's Support Crucial to Success of Withdrawal from Gaza: Israeli Ambassador - Annan Hopes for a Peaceful Withdrawal from Occupied Palestinian Territory - UN Pulls Non-Essential Staff out of Gaza - Annan Applauds Peaceful Settlement of Dispute between Indonesia and Aceh Rebels - Eritrea Faces Uncertain Food Security Despite Good Rains OCHA - UN, Ethiopia Fear a Major Malaria Outbreak. See... SCOOP AUDIO: World Watch News Roundup [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00116.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Nigeria: Chevron Implicated Over Military Killings [1]
  • Iraq Urged to Complete Constitution by Monday [2]
  • Uganda: Independent media under threat [3]
  • India: Victims of anti-Sikh riots face delays [4]
  • AUDIO: Bush Says Terrorists Will Not Defeat USA

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00149.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00153.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00148.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00147.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)


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    Brash Announces August 22 As Tax Policy Release Day -

    National Party Leader Don Brash has confirmed that he will release his party's taxation policy next Monday, August 22. "I have already made it clear that I will not personally campaign on the day of the funeral of former Prime Minister David Lange, or the day of his memorial service, as a mark of respect." See... National names tax day [1] ALSO:

  • Brash - Don Brash Writes - Campaign Edition [2]
  • NZ Govt - Whoops, another deadline missed [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00406.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00405.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00410.htm


    Labour Releases Pledge-Card 6 - Boost To Elective Surgery -

    Prime Minister Helen Clark announced at a Grey Power meeting in Motueka Labour's sixth election pledge: to fund 7500 extra cataract operations and 10,000 extra major joint procedures over the next three years. The pledge will be guaranteed on Labour’s pledge card. See... Pledge No 6: Cataract and major joint operations [1] ALSO:

  • Greens - Govt must shift health focus to prevention [2]
  • Nats - Labour's pledge: blatant window dressing [3]
  • ACT - Labour's latest election bribe [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00396.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00403.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00408.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00400.htm


    National MP Told "Eat The Fish - Don’t Jabber About It"

    - The National Party's Maori Affairs spokesman Gerry Brownlee should stick to eating fish and chips because his knowledge of important fisheries issues is otherwise nil, says Fisheries Minister David Benson-Pope. Mr Benson-Pope said Mr Brownlee was trying to piggyback his obsession with divisive race issues with an entirely unrelated matter involving members of the National Union of Public Employees (NUPE). See... chips sum total of Brownlee's fisheries knowledge [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00393.htm


    MORE POLITICS HEADLINES:

  • Govt - Family Court Judge appointed [1]
  • Govt - Sutton - Launch of plans for Wallaceville [2]
  • Govt - The National Travel Assistance (NTA) policy [3]
  • Govt - Better access to health services for NZ'ers [4]
  • Govt - Brash cash slashed [5]
  • Govt - Renowned conservationist Kevin Smith has died [6]
  • Govt - The pathway to the top quartile of the OECD [7]
  • Govt - Goff welcomes signing of Aceh Peace Accord [8]
  • Govt - Expats initiative launched [9]
  • Nats - Celebrating Families Policy Released [10]
  • Nats - National Education [11]
  • Greens - Pull mental health out of the 'too-hard basket' [12]
  • Nats - Key: Getting back on top of the OECD tables [13]
  • Nats - Labour fails New Zealand children [14]
  • Nats - Labour ex-pat charm offensive is offensive [15]
  • Nats - Education Ministry employee must be disciplined [16]
  • Nats - What the Greens really want from Labour [17]
  • Nats - Labour could learn welfare reform from mainstream [18]
  • Greens - Only stopping GE imports prevents contamination [19]
  • Greens - Greens launch Fair Trade Policy [20]
  • Greens - Don't smoke pot and drive: Nandor [21]
  • Maori Party - Maori Party Disgusted At Poverty Reports Findings [22]
  • United - Dunne launches UF constitution policy [23]
  • United - Alexander: Capill clearly remains unrepentant [24]
  • Progressives - Deep regret at tragic death of Kevin Smith [25]
  • Progressives - Progressive policy launch for seniors [26]
  • NZ First - Dail Jones: Foreign Policy Forum Speech [27]
  • ACT - From madness to mainstream [28]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00445.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00439.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00438.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00437.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00436.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00435.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00431.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00427.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00425.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00449.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00443.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00442.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00441.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00434.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00433.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00426.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00424.htm
    [18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00420.htm
    [19] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00448.htm
    [20] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00423.htm
    [21] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00419.htm
    [22] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00422.htm
    [23] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00446.htm
    [24] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00421.htm
    [25] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00444.htm
    [26] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00440.htm
    [27] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00430.htm
    [28] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00429.htm


    POLITICAL COLUMNS:

  • Progressives - robson-on-politics Wed 17 Aug 2005 [1]
  • Nats - Collins Comments [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00432.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00447.htm

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