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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS:
National Slams TVNZ For 'Hounding' Dr Brash During The Election
Six Zabeel Kids Racing In Today's Melbourne Cup
Brash Replaces Richard Long With Wayne Eagleson
Tertiary Fee Increase Takes Away Gains From Students
Scoop Audio: PM's Post-Cabinet Presser
A Week Of It: Inside The Dilmah Discussions
Satire: Step Up The Shadow-Minister For'
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
US VP Dick Cheney's Top Aide Charged With Lying To Grand Jury
MORE INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Babylon Express Satire: Brian O’Driscoll Exclusive IV
Rosalea Barker On The Passing Of Rosa Lee Parks
Fiona Rae & Damian Christie Are There!
Paul G. Buchanan Talks U.S. Psyops
John Roughan Discusses The Pacific Island Forum Outcomes
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Public-Spirited Citizens Now Able to Fine Speeders
Human Rights (Gender Identity) Bill Discriminated Against
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National Slams TVNZ For 'Hounding' Dr Brash During The Election

[1] National's Georgina Te Heu Heu has accused TVNZ of having abandoned political neutrality during the election campaign. She told National Radio's Geoff Robinson Monday morning that after watching TVNZ over the last few months "particularly during the election" she had found "[TVNZ's] political neutrality has, at times, seemed to be absent." Ms Te Heu Heu's comments followed TVNZ’s chief executive, Ian Fraser’s resignation. Mr Fraser stated in his resignation letter that he had lost confidence in the Board of TVNZ. See... National Claim TVNZ 'Unfairly Hounded' Dr Brash [2] ALSO:

  • Ian Fraser - Ian Fraser’s Resignation Letter [3]
  • Ian Fraser - Clarification regarding "politically appointed" phrase [4]
  • TVNZ - Ian Fraser Resigns [5]
  • TVNZ - Boyce Accepts Ian Fraser's Resignation [6]
  • TVNZ - TVNZ Board Statement - Further To Fraser Leaving [7]
  • TVNZ Staff - TVNZ Staff Statement [8]
  • National - Brash calls for TVNZ board to resign [9]
  • ACT - Put the Viewers in Charge of TVNZ: Sell It! [10]
  • Greens - Resignation a symptom of TVNZ's split personality [11]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00341.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00341.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0510/S00509.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0510/S00541.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0510/S00506.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0510/S00508.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0510/S00507.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0510/S00548.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00212.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00204.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00206.htm


    Six Zabeel Kids Racing In Today's Melbourne Cup

    - Champion New Zealand stallion Zabeel – currently the leading sire in Australia this season - has a very strong hand in the final field for the 2005 $A5 million Emirates Melbourne Cup run over 3200m at Flemington today. Zabeel has already sired the winner of two Melbourne Cups. Might And Power took out the famous race in 1997 and Jezabeel was successful the following year. Zabeel's sire, the legendary Sir Tristram, also sired the Melbourne Cup winners Gurner’s Lane (1982), Empire Rose (1988) and Brew (2000). See... TAB: Zabeel Progeny Feature in 2005 Melbourne Cup [1] ALSO:

  • Transporters miss Melbourne Cup opportunity [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0511/S00006.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0511/S00002.htm


    Brash Replaces Richard Long With Wayne Eagleson

    - National Party Leader Don Brash today named Wayne Eagleson, currently Transpower’s general manager, public affairs, as his new chief of staff. “Mr Eagleson will bring to the position exceptional skills, both in politics and public affairs, and a thorough knowledge of the National Party and its policies,” Dr Brash says. Mr Eagleson, 41, is expected to take up the position in mid-November. He replaces Richard Long, who is standing down. See... New National Party Chief of Staff [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00002.htm


    Tertiary Fee Increase Takes Away Gains From Students

    - The announcement by Victoria University of a 5% fee increase across the board and their intention to apply to the Tertiary Education Commission for a 10% increase for some courses are an indictment on Labour’s tertiary education fees policy. See… Fee Increases Undermine Labour’s Tertiary Policy [1] ALSO:

  • Student anger over VUW fee hike [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0511/S00002.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0511/S00001.htm


    Scoop Audio: PM's Post-Cabinet Presser

    - The Prime Minister commenced her first Post Cabinet press conference of her third term with a brief readout on what came up in Cabinet today. She then answered questions from the press Gallery. Topics covered included: The resignation of TVNZ CEO Ian Fraser; The status of the investigation into Taito Phillip Field; Foreign Minister Winston Peters travel plans; Greenpeace's concerns over NZ's approach to a moratorium on deep sea fishing over sea mounts; NZ connections in the UN Oil-For-Food scandal; Peter Dunne & tobacco; The expected house vote for Speaker and deputies; The injured SAS soldier; The roll-over motion for bills before the previous Parliament; The timing of next week's sitting of Parliament. See... Scoop Audio: PM's Presser October 31, 2005 [1] & Scoop Video: PM's Post Cabinet Press Conference [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00340.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00339.htm


    A Week Of It: Inside The Dilmah Discussions

    - In This Edition: Greedy Frontline Workers May Scuttle Public Service Chief Executives' Pay Rises - National And The Maori Party's Dilmah Discussions - Photographic Proof Found Of Winston Peters Smiling ' Mystery of Sour Faced Official Portrait Remains See... A Week of It: Fat Cat Pay Packets - Winston Smiles [1] ALSO:www.mccully.co.nz 28 October 2005 [2] Earlier:

  • EMA - Public service salary increases out of whack [3]
  • Nurses Union - Remember Commitments To Caregivers [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00314.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00183.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0510/S00433.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0510/S00092.htm


    Satire: Step Up The Shadow-Minister For'

    Lyndon Hood pontificates' First, there was the constitutional innovation involved in the formation of the new Government. Now, Don Brash has created a post for Wayne Mapp officially titled "Political Correctness Eradicator". This throws open a world of possibilities. Scoop has some suggestions for forthcoming re-reshuffles. See... Lyndon Hood: More 'Innovative' Reshuffling [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00305.htm


    MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Greenpeace launches Clean Energy Guide [1]
  • Lion Red & ZM Noise Promotion Antisocial [2]
  • Avian Flu - The Next Pandemic? Seminar [3]
  • Comedian says he chose to be disabled [4]
  • 2006 Black Sticks Squad Announced [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0511/S00001.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0511/S00003.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0511/S00002.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0511/S00001.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0510/S00235.htm


    US VP Dick Cheney's Top Aide Charged With Lying To Grand Jury

    - US Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby has been charged with perjury, making a false statement and obstruction of justice in relation to the investigation into the outing of Valerie Plame a CIA agent in an act of retaliation against administration critic Ambassador Joe Wilson. See... Cheney Aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Indicted [1] . See also: Full Text Of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Indictment [2] & White House Official I. Lewis Libby Indicted [3] COMMENTARY:

  • Bernard Weiner - Window Into The White House Cesspool [4]
  • Jason Leopold - Now It’s About The Niger Forgeries [5]
  • Linda Minor - Linda Minor: Scooter Libby’s Client, Marc Rich [6]
  • Sheila Samples -Sheila Samples: Hey Harkavy! [7]
  • CONGRESSIONAL REACTION:
  • Rep. John Conyers On Scooter Libby Indictment [8]
  • Howard Dean Statement on the Libby Indictment [9]
  • Pelosi Statement on Indictment of I. Lewis Libby [10]
  • Dennis J. Kucinich On The Libby Indictment [11]
  • President's Remarks on the Resignation of Libby [12]
  • Ambassador Joe Wilson On Libby Indictment [13]
  • Vice President's Statement on Libby Resignation [14]
  • Senate Dem. Leader Harry Reid On Libby Indictment [15]
  • Senator John Kerry Statement On Libby Indictment [16]
  • See also... FULL COVERAGE: White House Plamegate Indictments [17]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00315.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00422.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00421.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00317.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00316.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00322.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00333.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00434.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00432.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00431.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00430.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00429.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00428.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00425.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00424.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00423.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00002.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES:

  • 100 Countries Party to the ICC Treaty Reached [1]
  • Nth Korea Urged To Allow Food Aid To Its People [2]
  • 2.3 Million Eritreans Need Food Aid Due To Drought [3]
  • 200,000 Quake Victims Have Yet To Receive Aid – UN [4]
  • EU tables new offer in Doha World Trade talks [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00439.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00456.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00455.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00451.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00440.htm


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    Babylon Express Satire: Brian O’Driscoll Exclusive IV

    - Brian O’Driscoll, whose shoulder was dislocated in a controversial tackle by All Black’s Tana Umaga and Kevin Mealamu during the Lion’s tour here this year, has released an account of his experiences in The Guardian newspaper. See... O’Driscoll's “Exhilarating Sensation Of Flight” [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00338.htm


    Rosalea Barker On The Passing Of Rosa Lee Parks

    - As I was trawling the Net looking for non-gaga information about the 92-year-old woman who will lie in honor in the US Capitol Rotunda today, I came across--then lost--a quote attributed to the lady herself regarding the state of affairs in Alabama at the time she refused to give up her seat on the bus. See... Stateside: Rosa Lee Parks - The Power of Many [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00337.htm


    Fiona Rae & Damian Christie Are There!

    - As part of my general getting up to speed with the theft of a national icon, I decided to look into the story of the real Pania of the Reef. Typically there are variations, but here's the version I like best. It's an interesting tale, a hot woman who lives in the sea falls in love with Karitoki, a young rangatira. They get hitched and move in together, but the catch is - and there's always a catch with this sort of thing - she has to go back to the sea during the day, or she'll die. See…Public Address: Thank Heavens For True Stories [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00336.htm


    Paul G. Buchanan Talks U.S. Psyops

    - The central tenet for war planners in countries with the ability to project force abroad is summarised in four words: stage, thrust, seize, and hold. The US proved remarkable in accomplishing the first three phases of the invasion of Iraq. See... Buchanan: Psyops in US Military Force Projection [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00335.htm


    John Roughan Discusses The Pacific Island Forum Outcomes

    - Last week's Pacific Islands Forum meeting in PNG focused on many different areas of life dear to national leaders and their people across the Pacific. Certainly one hot topic was the idea of allowing unskilled island workers into the region's two biggest economies, Australia and New Zealand. However, Australia's PM, John Howard, argued against the idea while New Zealand's PM, Helen Clark, was much more open to it. See... John Roughan: PIF Guest Worker Scheme & More [1] See also… FULL COVERAGE: PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM REPORTAGE [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00328.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/features/fc.html


    MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

  • Bill Grigsby - Would You Like An FTA With That Order? [1]
  • Greg Palast - Opec & The Economic Conquest Of Iraq [2]
  • John Chuckman - Bushspeak - Dark And Garbled Words [3]

  • Israel & Occupied Palestine
  • Uri Avnery - Abbas and the Lame Duck [4]
  • M. Shahid Alam - Israel, Consequences of Uniqueness [5]

  • US Vote Fraud
  • Bob Fitrakis - GAO Report Confirms Key Stolen Election Findings [6]
  • Jim Oberg - How Has it Come to This? [7]
  • Warren Stewart - Did You Erase Your Own Vote? [8]

  • Nepal
  • Bhupal Lamichhaney - Leave No One Behind [9]
  • Princess Shrestha - Maoists Pressure On The People [10]
  • Bhuwan Sharma - Defeating Interference & Evil Intentions In Nepal [11]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00332.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00330.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00325.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00327.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00326.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00331.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00321.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00329.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00334.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00324.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00323.htm

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    POLITICAL NEWSLETTERS:

    Transtasman Political Letter – 27 October Digest [1] Molesworth & Featherston (Weekend) – 29 Oct. 2005 [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00320.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00319.htm


    Public-Spirited Citizens Now Able to Fine Speeders

    - National’s Law & Order spokesman, Simon Power, says there is something wrong when police can prosecute a speeding driver by mail on the word of a member of the public but ignore videotaped evidence of a burglary. He is commenting on reports that an Auckland man received a $150 speeding infringement notice in the mail after a member of the public complained to police, while another said police treated a videotape of men breaking into his car like ‘an insurance job.’ See... Time for Police Minister to act [1] ALSO:

  • National - Bad week for Labour, law and order [2]
  • National - Police consumed by political management [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00207.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00199.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00194.htm


    Human Rights (Gender Identity) Bill Discriminated Against

    - Agender NZ announced today that they were bitterly disappointed with the Governments decision not to proceed with the ‘Gender Identity’ Bill. "This Bill was not about party politics, it was about righting an injustice in current legislation" Agender NZ President Claudia McKay said. "The Bill came from the grass roots of the transgender community. It was and is needed. Righting a wrong is not, as Wayne Mapp says ‘Political Correctness’, it is not a special law for trans people, it is the same law you have to protect people from discrimination due to race or religion... See... Dropping of Human Rights (Gender Identity) Bill [1] ALSO:

  • PPTA - Appalling ignorance over transgender issues [2]
  • Diversity Works - Eradicate me: gay disabled comedian [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00239.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00242.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00235.htm


    MORE POLITICS HEADLINES:

  • NZ Govt - PM appalled at New Delhi blasts [1]
  • National - Fresh legs given to rural walkways plan [2]
  • National - Case highlights folly of smacking ban [3]
  • National - Didymo Shows Wider Crisis In Biosecurity [4]
  • National - National calls for a full review of TPK [5]
  • National - 'MPs for Transmission Gully' launched [6]
  • National - Labour relegates major roading projects [7]
  • NZ Govt - EU’s agriculture market access offer falls short [8]
  • NZ Govt - Govt still to consider country of origin labelling [9]
  • Australia NZ Food Regulation Ministerial Council - Ministers Protect Public Health, Support Innovation [10]
  • Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs - Sir Tom Davis patron for Pacific Prosperity [11]
  • Forest and Bird - Lakeside lands at Tekapo should stay in Crown owned [12]
  • Anti Bases Campaign - Waihopai Spybase Protest [13]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00193.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00213.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00209.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00200.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00198.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00197.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00196.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00195.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00192.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00241.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00244.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00243.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00237.htm


    POLITICAL COLUMNS:

  • Centre for Political Debate - Newman Weekly: The Fatherless Generation [1]
  • Act's The Letter [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00236.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00211.htm

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