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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS:
Foreign Minister Winston Peters Accuses Fran O'Sullivan Of Treason –Departs For CHOGM
New Zealand Schmoozes IRB, Wins 2011 Rugby World Cup Bid
PM Unveils KayForce Memorial in Busan
Workers Charter Meetings For Wellington and Palmerston North
MORE HEADLINES:
Yuletide Planet-Viewing Bonanza
You Write And Scoop Publishes -
EU should implement democratic safeguards in stalled Constitution now
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Russell Brown & More Are There!
Sheila Samples on why Iraq is no Turkey Shoot
Dahr Jamail: White Phosphorous In Fallujah - Revisited
MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics):
POLITICAL NEWSLETTERS:
DEPT & MINISTRY BRIEFING PAPERS TO MINISTERS:
SCOOP IS IN THE HOUSE:
Who Examines the Examiners?
Juicy Executive Perks Now Only Available in Private Sector
Public Servants Advocate More Expensive Bevvys
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Foreign Minister Winston Peters Accuses Fran O'Sullivan Of Treason –Departs For CHOGM

[1] In a speech yesterday at his Party's annual conference Foreign Minister Winston Peters accused the New Zealand Herald of Treason. This morning he repeated the allegations on National Radio's Morning report adding that the alleged treasonous conduct had been by a "Herald columnist". It is clear the columnist in question is Fran O'Sullivan. See… Winston Peters Accuses Fran O'Sullivan Of Treason [2] MORE:

  • Winston Peters - Peters to attend CHOGM And Visit UK [3]
  • Peters: New Zealand First Annual Convention [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00268.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00268.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00286.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00290.htm


    New Zealand Schmoozes IRB, Wins 2011 Rugby World Cup Bid

    [1] New Zealand has successfully won the bid to host the 2011 Rugby World Cup. New Zealand's chance came when South Africa, tipped to be a strong second runner to Japan, was voted out in the first round. New Zealand came from behind as the outside chance, but managed to sway International Rugby Board heads with a heavyweight lobby team including: Prime Minister Helen Clark, All Black great Colin (Pine Tree) Meads, All Black captain Tana Umaga. See... NZ Wins Bid To Host 2011 Rugby World Cup [2] [3] REACTION: NZ Wins Rugby World Cup Bid.

  • NZ Govt - New Zealand proud to host Rugby World Cup 2011 [4]
  • National - Cup presents huge opportunity to showcase NZ [5]
  • Auckland City Council - Auckland to Host Rugby World Cup 2011 [6]
  • Akld Chamber of Commerce - World Cup Creates Opportunity for Auckland, NZ ... [7]
  • Newmarket Business Association - 2011 Rugby World Cup a huge boost to business [8]
  • Jade Stadium - RWC a huge boost to Jade and Christchurch [9]
  • Honorary Consul for South Africa - Congratulations to NZRU And the People of New Zealand [10]
  • Maori Party - Kaitaia looking forward to hosting cup final [11]
  • North Shore City - North Shore City Mayor praises NZRU [12]
  • Employers and Manufacturers Association Northern - World cup coup; infrastructure must be accelerated [13]
  • Auckland City Council - Mayor sends message to the world [14]
  • Tourism Industry Association - Tourism Industry welcomes Rugby World Cup [15]
  • Adidas - Adidas NZ Congratulates NZRU on RWC 2011 Win [16]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00246.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00246.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00253.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00252.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0511/S00118.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0511/S00298.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0511/S00299.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0511/S00121.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00137.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00263.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0511/S00122.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0511/S00303.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0511/S00124.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0511/S00310.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0511/S00313.htm


    PM Unveils KayForce Memorial in Busan

    - The Memorial bears forty-five cuts, each representing the loss of a New Zealand life. Its design recalls the moko of a Maori woman, evoking the suffering of women whose loved ones are killed in war, and representing New Zealand as the mother of all who left the safety of home to fight here. Our servicemen faced many challenges in Korea. They arrived in a very cold winter and had inadequate facilities, insufficient water, and poor-quality equipment and vehicles. But after that initial shock to morale, in true New Zealand style they got on with the job, and went on to play a much-praised role in stemming the Chinese advance of April 1951. See... PM Speech At UN War Graves Busan Korea [1] ALSO:

  • NZ and Korea sign film co-operation agreement [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00288.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00287.htm


    Workers Charter Meetings For Wellington and Palmerston North

    - The first campaign meetings to promote the Workers Charter are being held this coming weekend in Wellington and Palmerston North. Well known social justice campaigner and community activist John Minto will address both meetings. The campaign for a Workers Charter was launched at a national conference held in Auckland on Labour weekend. This weekend’s meetings represent the first opportunity for people in Wellington and Palmerston North to become familiar with the charter and its vision for a transformed New Zealand. See... Workers Charter - Campaign Meetings Wgtn & P-Nrth [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00156.htm


    MORE HEADLINES:

  • Is Parliament ready for a bird flu pandemic? [1]
  • Power: 30% of all police pursuits abandoned [2]
  • ERMA Failing Public by Forging Ahead with GE Cows [3]
  • D4 Announces "The Kids Are Not Alright!" Show [4]
  • Auckland continues heritage protection efforts [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00285.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00284.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0511/S00040.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0511/S00162.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0511/S00132.htm


    Yuletide Planet-Viewing Bonanza

    - December is the month of the shortest nights for looking at the stars, but gives more time for daytime activities. Planets - December is a good month for viewing the planets. Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible for the whole of the month, and Mercury for all but the first few days of the month. See... Brian Carter's The Night Sky [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00264.htm


    You Write And Scoop Publishes -

    The following is a selection of feedback and other unsolicited email received by Scoop recently. The opinions they contain do not necessarily reflect those of Scoop. Scoop feedback on voting machines, Aussie workers, winners, colonisation, TV coverage of Rod Donald's funeral, PNG journalism, Mrs Ces Drilon, and Iraq Intelligence. See... Scoop Feedback: No Spin [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00237.htm


    EU should implement democratic safeguards in stalled Constitution now

    without waiting for ratification, says CoR President. Committee of the Regions President Peter Straub pictured has called on the EU to immediately implement the democratic safeguards on subsidiarity and proportionality contained in the stalled Constitutional Treaty – regardless of whether the text is ratified. See... EU should implement democratic safeguards now [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00355.htm

    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • APEC & Microsoft Sign MOU to Develop Information Management Portal [1]
  • Annan unveils cheap and rugged $100 laptop for world's children [2]
  • UN calls on Iraqi Government to launch independent probe into murders of lawyers in Saddam trial [3]
  • Rarotonga: PM's Office Says Report 'Irresponsible' [4]
  • UN struggles to monitor Ethiopia-Eritrea frontier [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00354.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00351.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00348.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00359.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00350.htm


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    Russell Brown & More Are There!

    I've been a little surprised that no one today appears to have noted that when we host Rugby World Cup 2011, it will (failing some sort of coalition collapse) also be an election year. And that if the tournament dates are similar to those in Australia 2003 (where the final was held on November 22) both the campaign and polling day itself will fall in the midst of the whole extravaganza. That will be interesting. See... Public Address 17-18/11/05 - Rugby Will Be Winner [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00263.htm


    Sheila Samples on why Iraq is no Turkey Shoot

    - Goodness gracious! Henny Penny! Since defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and vice president Dick Cheney teamed up to lead the charge to create a New World Order, the whole universe has become untidy. Very untidy. My friend Bernie says Dick and Rummy's big plan to take over the world by waging continuous war is kinda like baptizing a bobcat -- ain't gonna happen. See... Sheila Samples: Bobcats In A Brave, New World [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00260.htm


    Dahr Jamail: White Phosphorous In Fallujah - Revisited

    - Nearly a year after they occurred, a few of the war crimes committed in Fallujah by members of the US military have gained the attention of some major media outlets (excluding, of course, any of the corporate media outlets in the US). See... Dahr Jamail: Fallujah Revisited [1] MEANWHILE … Pentagon Admits To White Phosphorous Misinformation - US used white phosphorus in Iraq: Tuesday, 15 November 2005, 23:57 GMT BBC News - The Pentagon has confirmed that US troops used white phosphorus during last year's offensive in the northern Iraqi city of Falluja. "It was used as an incendiary weapon ... See... Link: White Phosphorous Use As Weapon Confirmed [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00233.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00238.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

  • Audio courtesy of L.A. Sound Posse - Audio: Robert Fisk Speaks On Middle East [1]
  • Narconews.com - Ecuador Mobilizes Against Free Trade Agreement [2]
  • Mary Pitt - The Economy Gap [3]
  • Kamala Sarup - A Dialogue about Tolerance and Peace [4]
  • Bob Fitrakis - Court stabs another GOP knife into US democracy [5]
  • Martin LeFevre - Meditations - Martin LeFevre: Disturbing Juxtaposition [6]
  • Between The Lines - Push for False Pre-Iraq War Claims Accountability [7]
  • Sol Salbe - Analysis - The Peretz Ascendancy [8]
  • Ramzy Baroud - Blame It on Arafat [9]
  • M.R. Josse - Nepal's diplomacy finally comes of age [10]
  • Genevieve Cora Fraser - It Takes an Empire to Bomb a Village, Hillary [11]
  • David Swanson - Cindy's Day in Court [12]
  • Evelyn Pringle - Bush Gang Swore Saddam Was Behind 9/11 In Lawsuit [13]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00245.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00262.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00261.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00258.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00257.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00256.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00255.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00253.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00252.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00251.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00250.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00249.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00247.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)


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    POLITICAL NEWSLETTERS:

    Transtasman Political Letter – 17 November Digest [1] Molesworth & Featherston (Weekend) – 18 Nov. 2005 [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00254.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00267.htm


    DEPT & MINISTRY BRIEFING PAPERS TO MINISTERS:

  • Release of Police BIM [1]
  • Release of MAF and Mfish BIMs [2]
  • Click Here For Briefing Papers [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00275.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00274.htm
    [3] - http://www.beehive.govt.nz/HomepageFeature.aspx?id=12


    SCOOP IS IN THE HOUSE:

  • Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 17 Nov. 2005 [1]
  • Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 16 Nov. 2005 [2]
  • Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 15 Nov. 2005 [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00256.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00227.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00195.htm


    Who Examines the Examiners?

    - National’s Education spokesman, Bill English, says post-election briefing papers confirm the worst kept secret in the education system – NCEA is in trouble and NZQA is in no shape to fix it. “The briefing papers confirm NZQA has been consumed with political management and multiple inquiries and has not fixed the problems with NCEA ... See... All is not well with NZQA, NCEA [1] ALSO

  • NZ Govt - English crossing the line over NCEA [2]
  • National - Public get the mushroom treatment on NCEA [3]
  • NZ Govt - English wrong - NZQA briefing released yesterday [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00262.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00272.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00254.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00258.htm


    Juicy Executive Perks Now Only Available in Private Sector

    - National Party State Services spokesman Gerry Brownlee says he is pleased that National Party intervention in the Paula Tyler recruitment case will lead to changes in the way top public servants are hired. “Without National asking the right questions, the taxpayer may never have known how loose the recruitment process has been. We’re pleased that action is being taken to close the loopholes.” See... National action helps save taxpayer money [1] ALSO:

  • NZ Govt - Report on CYF executive recruitment, employment [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00266.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00265.htm


    Public Servants Advocate More Expensive Bevvys

    - The New Zealand Drug Foundation today endorsed the recommendation made by the Ministry of Social Development that alcohol and tobacco prices should be raised. "Raising the price of these products is one of the most effective ways of tackling the problems created by these legal drugs," said executive director Ross Bell. See... Increase booze prices; decrease the harm [1] ALSO:

  • Alcohol Healthwatch - Alcohol Taxation: The sharpest tool in the shed [2]
  • Scoop Link - MSD Ministerial Briefings [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00133.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00134.htm
    [3] - http://www.msd.govt.nz/publications/briefing-papers.html


    MORE POLITICAL HEADLINES:

  • NZ Govt - Opportunities for growth in ICT [1]
  • NZ Govt - Building strong and sustainable communities [2]
  • NZ Govt - Minister urges Maori to immunise [3]
  • National - Maharey abuses ministerial position [4]
  • National - Answers needed from Housing NZ [5]
  • National - Health money spent on rugby tickets [6]
  • National - So what's gonna give? [7]
  • National - Barker fails to front over passport profits [8]
  • Greens - Words not enough to save whales [9]
  • Greens - Memorial events for Rod Donald [10]
  • Greens - New Green Co-Leader to be elected next June [11]
  • Greens - 78% foreign programmes on public service tv [12]
  • Greens - Minister signs on dotted line for milk bottles [13]
  • Maori Party - Alternatives to youth residences, prisons - Turia [14]
  • ACT - Commandeering Cool Stores Another Bird Flu Blow [15]
  • ACT - DPB Testing is 2nd Recommendation From ACT [16]
  • ACT - Bird Flu Plans Overlook Small Business [17]
  • Reserve Bank - Reserve Bank issues Financial Stability Report [18]
  • Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs - Current Trends, Economic Status of Pacific Peoples [19]
  • Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs - Pacific Economic Successes and Community Profiles [20]
  • Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs - Pacific Peoples Economic Participation Report [21]
  • WIN Party - Smokefree Coalition director resigns [22]
  • Futures Thinking Aotearoa - New source of information on the Future of Energy [23]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00267.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00260.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00246.htm
    [4] - Maharey abuses ministerial position
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00268.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00261.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00245.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00244.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00271.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00264.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00249.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00248.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00242.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00251.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00270.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00250.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00243.htm
    [18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00136.htm
    [19] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00132.htm
    [20] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00131.htm
    [21] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00130.htm
    [22] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00146.htm
    [23] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00145.htm


    POLITICAL COLUMNS

  • National - News Worthy No. 54 [1]
  • Marc Alexander - TVNZ Makes Astrology Look Good [2]
  • Maxim Institute - Real Issues No. 183 [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00269.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00265.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00142.htm

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