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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS:
Q: Who Will New Zealand First Go With? A: Nobody
BFM Callers Say Exclusive Brethren Building Nats Billboards
Coconut Shells Essential Ingredient In Award Winning Design
Parody Billboards Pop Up Around Auckland
Bryan Sinclair To Brash –" Be Sloppy, Soft And Wet"
On The Back-Foot: Labour Holds Pre-Caucus Press Conferences
SCOOP VIDEO & AUDIO:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
COMMENTARY: The Betrayal Of New Orleans
Jason Leopold On Death vs Prosperity In The USA
Thai Tsunami Survivors Have Some Bad News For New Orleans Victims
MORE WORLD NEWS HEADLINES:
If Brash Is Prime Minister….. Here Is Tonight's News
MORE NZ ELECTION COMMENTARY:
Good Returns Reviews Bob Jones' Latest Tome
The New US Chief Justice Nominee's Justice Record
A Flurry Of Opinion On The Peace Process In Nepal

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics):
Former State House Tenant Taken To Task Over Housing Policy -
Labour Joins Party Parody Bandwagon
Ryall Urges For Corrections Clean-Out After Child-Rape Case
United Future's Election policy commitment
Nats Launch Health Policy - Commitment To Matching Labour's 06 Funding -
New Zealand Commits To More Aid For USA
Auckland Transport:

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Q: Who Will New Zealand First Go With? A: Nobody

Scoop Image: Winston Peters.Winston Speaks: [1] -"I am announcing today that New Zealand First will not be going into a formal coalition with either Labour or National...Will New Zealand First oppose supply and confidence to either Labour or National? No – we will ensure that whoever the voters back to form a government, that government will have stability over the next three years. " An address by Rt Hon Winston Peters to a public meeting in Rotorua, Wednesday 07 September 2005, 12:30pm. See... Peters - Who Will New Zealand First Go With? [2] Winston wants a bob each way [3] Peters perched on fence – again [4] Peters' record speaks louder than his words [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00180.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00180.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00181.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00184.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00185.htm

NZ LEAD:
BFM Callers Say Exclusive Brethren Building Nats Billboards

- Russell Brown Writes: I don't normally post twice in a day, but I've just had two callers to my 95bFM show - one a workmate, the other an estranged family member - emphatically inform me that members of the Exclusive Brethren have been putting up National Party billboards ... See... Hard News 7/9/05: This just in ... [1] Public Address 07/09/05 - What A Cult! [2] Scoop Audio: Mallard Talks Memos & Dirty Tricks [3] Scoop Images - Scoop Receives anti-Green, -Labour pamphlets Greens Victim Of Dirty Tricks CampaignExclusive Brethren secret backers of Nat's [4] Complaint Laid Over Smear Campaign [5] Dirty Tricks Pamphlet Author Won't Front [6] Greens Challenge Parties To Disown Dirty Tricks [7] Smear campaign not so Christian National - Unions must back off, warns Brownlee ACT - Clark's leader's fund paid for red pledge card ACT - Speaker inaction on Labour propaganda unacceptable


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00095.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00093.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00067.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00170.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00076.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00077.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00073.htm


Coconut Shells Essential Ingredient In Award Winning Design

A brilliantly designed and constructed garment made from cleverly conceived coconut shell rings and branded ‘Cocomono’ as homage to Asia Pasifika - is the ONE Supreme Award winner for the Westfield Style Pasifika 2005 Fashion Award held in Auckland on Friday 2nd September and opened by the Prime Minister Rt Hon Helen Clark. See... Westfield Style Pasifika Supreme Award Winner [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0509/S00043.htm


Parody Billboards Pop Up Around Auckland

- A group called "The Lisa Simpsons" proudly and openly claims the credit for altering large numbers of Don Brash billboards overnight. The Lisa Simpsons were out last night "repackaging" Don Brash to an image that will be more familiar and also more informative for many New Zealanders: the big business, pro-nuclear face of Montgomery Burns from TV’s The Simpsons. See... "Don't vote for Mr Burns!" [1] Chief Electoral Office On Election Ads & Electoral Act [2] QPEC Report on Education Policies of Main Parties [3] Grey Power Members Urged To Support Grey-Friendly Parties [4] Mediation On 5 Day Hospital Strike Today [5] Dunedin: Spectacular Election-Week Entertainment [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0509/S00067.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0509/S00071.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0509/S00013.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0509/S00064.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0509/S00036.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0509/S00036.htm


SCOOP REPORTS:


Bryan Sinclair To Brash –" Be Sloppy, Soft And Wet"

- “You need to be sloppy, soft and wet – i.e. open up the cheque book, as excruciating as this will feel. There is a large government surplus and the real result will be determined by who the public thinks is best to spend it. Soft centre voters are inherently self interested and will vote according to what they can get out of you. Election winning behaviour requires you to slosh those funds around and buy your way to the Treasury benches.” See... Extracts From Bryan Sinclair's Brash Memo [1] Mallard On Memos & Nats. Internal Divisions [2] Memo – Brash Advised To Buy Election [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00066.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00065.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00060.htm


On The Back-Foot: Labour Holds Pre-Caucus Press Conferences

Labour Awakens: Finance Minister Michael Cullen held Monday a press conference to attempt to explain his view on why National's tax policy will not work. Later PM Helen Clark held a brief Pre-Caucus conference outside Premier House. Click on the links below to listen to the standup in .MP3 audio. See... Pics/Audio: Michael Cullen On National's Budget [1] Scoop Audio: PM's Pre-Caucus Standup [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00058.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00059.htm


SCOOP VIDEO & AUDIO:


VIDEO: Anti-Green Smear Campaign Delivered Nationwide To Letterboxes

The Green Party is calling on all other parties to state categorically that they have nothing to do with a dirty tricks campaign which has just been launched on the Greens. An attack leaflet headlined "The Green Delusion", containing significant untruths and distortions about Green policies, is being delivered in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and probably around the country, at a probable cost of at least $100,000. The Greens are asking the leaders of other parties to distance themselves from the dirty tricks campaign. See… Video: Greens Victim Of Dirty Tricks Campaign

INTERNATIONAL LEAD:

COMMENTARY: The Betrayal Of New Orleans

Jason Leopold On Death vs Prosperity In The USA

- Another few thousand bit the dust. Chalk another one up for the Bush administration. That’ll be President Bush’s long lasting legacy when we look back on the first few years of the 21st Century. Thousands of people killed on U.S. soil because the president ... See... Jason Leopold: Death vs Prosperity Under Bush [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00094.htm


Thai Tsunami Survivors Have Some Bad News For New Orleans Victims

- BANGKOK, Thailand -- Katrina's victims may learn lessons from Thailand's tsunami where DNA and real estate profits have become priorities, and thousands of survivors still cannot cope eight months after rescue. See... Tsunami Aftermath Contains Lessons For New Orleans [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00084.htm


MORE WORLD NEWS HEADLINES:

Venezuela Increases Aid to U.S. by another Million [1] Bush Names John Roberts To Succeed Rehnquist [2] Australia to Fund New Aceh Reconstruction Work [3] Multi-Ethnic Meetings In Fiji [4] Pakistan send Parliament delegation to Palestine [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0509/S00077.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0509/S00074.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0509/S00088.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0509/S00085.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0509/S00083.htm

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SCOOP COLUMNS


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If Brash Is Prime Minister….. Here Is Tonight's News

1 November 2005: The new National Government today took urgency to pass legislation abolishing the Maori seats in Parliament, together with all the government agencies "specifically set up to deal exclusively with Maori or with Maori issues". The new laws passed by one vote, thanks to support from Act and New Zealand First, which owe their seats to National's last-minute pulling of its candidates in Epsom and Tauranga. See… Anne Else: Brash in Charge - Here is the News [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00039.htm


MORE NZ ELECTION COMMENTARY:
Good Returns Reviews Bob Jones' Latest Tome

- My Property World is the long-awaited sequel to Bob Jones' 1977 best-selling Jones on Property. Packed with wisdom and insightful thinking on the contemporary world of property investment by one of our best-known property investors, My Property World ... See... Book Review: Bob Jones - My Property World [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00091.htm


The New US Chief Justice Nominee's Justice Record

- George W. Bush has nominated John Roberts to be Chief Justice of the United States. Bush lauded Roberts for his "goodwill and decency toward others." Yet Roberts' record reveals a callous disregard for the rights of people very much like the tens of thousands ... See... John Roberts: Uncompassionate Conservative [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00089.htm


A Flurry Of Opinion On The Peace Process In Nepal

Why India Is Blamed For All Debacles? [1] Indian Insurgent Activities In Nepal [2] Who Is Supporting Maoists? [3] Independence And Sovereignty Of Nepal [4] Why Democracy did not Work in Nepal [5] India's Mis-Guided Nepal Policy [6] Democracy and Crisis As the internal crisis [7] Protect Peace - Defeat Terrorism in Nepal [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00082.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00081.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00080.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00079.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00078.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00077.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00076.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00075.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)


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Former State House Tenant Taken To Task Over Housing Policy -

Don Brash and John Key's claims that no one will be worse off under market rents is a lie that reveals how far National is prepared to go to buy the election, Housing Minister Steve Maharey said. "Don Brash and John Key's claim that scrapping income related rents would be both revenue neutral, and leave no one worse off, can not be true and they know it," Steve Maharey said. See... National's state housing lie [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00179.htm


Labour Joins Party Parody Bandwagon

- The Don Brash Flipflopper is now available on line - a handy tool that shows National's policy confusions and what Dr Brash has promised will be Gone by Lunchtime, Education Minister Trevor Mallard said at the launch of the Gone by Lunchtime website today. See... See Brash flipflopping online now [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00174.htm


Ryall Urges For Corrections Clean-Out After Child-Rape Case

- National Party Law and Order spokesman Tony Ryall is calling for an immediate independent review into the Corrections Department's handling of a 17-year-old who raped an 8-year-old girl. "Corrections has confirmed it knew of allegations about sexual offending by the 17-year-old, yet it failed to warn community work supervisors. See... National calls for independent review [1] Alexander backs Corrections inquiry call


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00172.htm


United Future's Election policy commitment

United plans to sell 40% of Kiwibank, NZ Post, Air NZ and all other remaining strategic national asset seats, will be of great interest to National, says Progressive MP Matt Robson. "The United Future policy that will most interest Dr. Brash is its commitment to hock-off 40% of the country's remaining national assets that weren't hocked off by the Labour and National ministries Mr. Dunne belonged to in 1990 and 1995. See... Dunne's asset sales policy will interest Dr Brash [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00165.htm


Nats Launch Health Policy - Commitment To Matching Labour's 06 Funding -

National will commit an additional one-off $100 million three-year package to slash the approximately 20,000 backlog of patients in high priority elective surgery categories, says National's Health spokesman, Paul Hutchison. See... National signals major assault on waiting lists [1] Brash: National's better path for health [2] Better funding of aged care services [3] National to boost Pharmac funding by $75m [4] National signals sensible middle path for health [5] National's health policy a tragedy of errors [6] National's Health Policy A Return To User Pays [7] Wake Up Don, we've already done it!


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00141.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00139.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00143.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00142.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00140.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00168.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00146.htm


New Zealand Commits To More Aid For USA

- Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced a further contribution to help those Americans affected by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. “I am pleased to announce a contribution of $2 million which the government will make through the Red Cross on behalf of all New Zealanders,” Helen Clark said. “The scale of this disaster is greater than we thought just a couple of days ago. There are still thousands missing and the death toll is rising. There are over 100,000 evacuees sheltering in Red Cross shelters. Our hearts go out to those Americans who have lost loved ones and had their homes destroyed. See... Further NZ assistance in wake of Hurricane Katrina [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00159.htm


Auckland Transport:

National Party Leader Don Brash says the next National Government will put roading in Auckland on the fast track with a comprehensive plan to get the city moving again. See... National's plan for Auckland roads [1] Labour will trade roads for Green support [2] National 'All Talk On Roads' - MP [3] Greens - National's plan for Akld: gridlock and misery [4] Tax cuts don't build roads [5] Employers & Manufacturers - Response To Auckland Road Challenge ‘Simply Excellent' [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00091.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00111.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00098.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00095.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00094.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0509/S00037.htm

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