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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS:
Election Law: Did Labour Get Value For Its Alleged Overspend?
Politics: Workers, Unions And Activists To Hold Public Rally Sunday
Justice: Restorative Justice Model Reduces Reoffending - Report
Health: Ryall Set To Battle Government Over Old Napier Hospital Costs
MORE HEADLINES
Critical Report on Australian Immigration’s Powers to Deport Long-Term Residents Released
Scoop Audio: Latest UN News Brief
Cindy Sheehan: It's Not Enough to Criticize
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Bill Rosenberg on the WTO Ministerial
Met Whistleblower Oscar White Muscarella On Immediate Return Of Italy's Euphronios
Media: Prophet Muhammad Cartoons Depict More Than Culture-Clash
MORE COMMENTARY

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics):
Employment: Air NZ Cleaners Prepare To Fight For Jobs
Education: Rongo Wetere Responds to Criticism Over Handling Of Cuban Literacy Programs
Police: Nats Want Stun-Guns But Advise Caution
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Election Law: Did Labour Get Value For Its Alleged Overspend?

Scoop Report: Kevin List writes that in a surprise twist to the ongoing saga of Election 2005 Labour looks to have spent well in excess of National in election advertising. According to the Electoral Commission not only did Labour spend more than National on election advertising they spent more than they were legally allowed. The Electoral Commission is referring the New Zealand Labour Party to the police as it believes the party has overspent its election expense limit and committed an offence under the Electoral Act. See... Labour Outspends National By More Than $500,000 [1] ALSO:

  • National - Clark must answer on overspending [2]
  • Party election expense returns - Electoral Commission [3]
  • Click here for legal details and official Party Return Expenses. [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00101.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00131.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0602/S00054.htm
    [4] - http://www.elections.org.nz/elections/e5_party_return_expenses.html


    Politics: Workers, Unions And Activists To Hold Public Rally Sunday

    - Unite Union and supporters are mobilising to demand a better deal for low-paid workers and an increase to the minimum wage to $12 per hour. The community and media are invited to the SuperSizeMyPay.com public rally at the Auckland Town Hall on Sunday February 12, 2pm. The free event will be hosted by Rhombus lead MC Imon Star, who will perform with Olmecha Supreme, and will feature top New Zealand comedians, community speakers and guest bands. See... Public Rally to Support Low Paid Workers - Sunday [1] ALSO:

  • McDonald’s Threatens to Sue Low Paid Workers [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0602/S00064.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0602/S00061.htm


    Justice: Restorative Justice Model Reduces Reoffending - Report

    - Offenders who take part in restorative justice conferences appear to reoffend at a lower rate than those who do not, according to research released today by the Ministry of Justice. Offenders who take part in restorative justice conferences appear to reoffend at a lower rate than those who do not, according to research released today by the Ministry of Justice. The research is contained in the report; ‘New Zealand Court-Referred Restorative Justice Pilot: Two year follow–up of reoffending’. See... Restorative justice conferences impact reoffending [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0602/S00057.htm


    Health: Ryall Set To Battle Government Over Old Napier Hospital Costs

    - National’s Health spokesman, Tony Ryall, says Hawke’s Bay residents have paid almost $1.3 million in rent and associated costs for the old Napier Hospital while the Government dithers over its sale. He intends to battle it out with Government ministers in Parliament next week. See... Patients pay $1.3m for unused Napier hospital [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00127.htm


    MORE HEADLINES:

  • National Front logo registered with Electoral Comm [1]
  • Cairns Lockie Mortgage Commentary [2]
  • Ministry Prosecutes over Medicines Act Breaches [3]
  • Cheers Volunteers! Ruben Wiki fronts new campaign [4]
  • The Countdown Begins! World Wrestling 1st Time Live In NZ [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0602/S00055.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0602/S00107.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0602/S00016.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00122.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0602/S00062.htm


    Critical Report on Australian Immigration’s Powers to Deport Long-Term Residents Released

    - Prof. McMillan said: ‘A decision to remove a person who has grown up in Australia and has established family and social networks in this country can have a profound and enduring consequence both on them and their family and friends. My investigation aimed to determine whether visa cancellation decisions of this kind are being made to the highest standard of procedural and substantive fairness. The investigation did not question the underlying policy of protecting the Australian community from non-citizens who have committed serious crimes, and are likely to reoffend.’ See... Aust.: Commonwealth Ombudsman releases report into Immigration’s visa cancellation powers [1] ALSO:

  • Aust.: Minister should resign for flawed detention [2]
  • Aust.: Minister Welcomes Ombudsman's Report [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00177.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00174.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00178.htm


    Scoop Audio: Latest UN News Brief

    - Latest UN News Brief [1]


    [1] - http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/audio/0602/UN_brief_7_2_06.m3u


    Cindy Sheehan: It's Not Enough to Criticize

    - I am standing here today to say "enough." It is not enough to "criticize" the President's policies while you are handing him more money to fund his policies. It is like giving an addict more money to purchase drugs when you would like him or her to quit. It is not enough to criticize the President's policies when more and more flag-draped coffins are coming home each day and more families are being devastated by these policies while other people are putting food on their tables and becoming fabulously wealthy off of Casey's flesh and blood and the sorrow of scores of others. See... Cindy Sheehan: It's Not Enough to Criticize [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00173.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Greenpeace dismisses WTO ruling on Europe & GMOs [1]
  • Mexico Parties Slam US Cuba Policy [2]
  • ISM Co-Founder Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize [3]
  • East Timor President Must Veto Criminal Defamation [4]
  • Annan to discuss Darfur, Iran, etc in Washington [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00179.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00175.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00170.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00168.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00161.htm


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    SCOOP COLUMNS


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    Bill Rosenberg on the WTO Ministerial

    - The official line from the WTO’s Director-General Pascal Lamy is that the 6th WTO Ministerial conference in Hong Kong, was a modest success, and that its scant results recognised that this is a “Development Round”, putting the developing countries to the fore. Yet the process and outcome leaves developing countries not only seriously disadvantaged but with more and more rungs sawn away from the development ladder. Most are expressing disappointment. See... Bill Rosenberg: WTO (Hong Kong) Wrap Up - Part One [1] ALSO:

  • Bill Rosenberg: WTO (Hong Kong) Wrap Up - Part Two [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00095.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00096.htm


    Met Whistleblower Oscar White Muscarella On Immediate Return Of Italy's Euphronios

    - Unlike many in the museum world, Metropolitan Museum Ancient Near East expert Oscar White Muscarella was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. His childhood was spent in foster homes. And at age ten or eleven he was adopted by his mother's second husband, Mr. Muscarella. See... Suzan Mazur "No Ransom" - Part II (With Audio) [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00098.htm


    Media: Prophet Muhammad Cartoons Depict More Than Culture-Clash

    - Paul Buchanan writes that the publication of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad have raised the spectre of a deepening cultural clash between Islam and the West... The issue is one of pre-modern versus postmodern perspectives on life... One person’s blasphemy is another person’s parody. Image of Paul Buchanan by Jason Dorday. See... Paul Buchanan: The Politics of Cartoon Conflict [1] MORE:

  • Te Mangaroa - The Press Has Always Been Racist [2]
  • Edward Gay - A Question Of Ethics vs Publish And Be Damned [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00072.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0602/S00053.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00073.htm


    MORE COMMENTARY:

  • Public Address 10/02/02 - Five Kinds Of Yikes [1]
  • Jason Leopold: Cheney Spearheaded Effort to Discredit Wilson [2]
  • Ramzy Baroud: At Last, A Real Middle East Democracy Project [3]
  • Bill Berkowitz: Foaming Campus Cleanser Sputters At Temple [4]
  • William Rivers Pitt: Trapped Like a Rat [5]
  • Scoop Blogwatch: The Trouble with Fascists [6]
  • David Swanson: Impeachment Versus Arianna [7]
  • Hopsicker: Abramoff & The Republican Black Hand [8]
  • Narconews: Tilting At The Mega-Windmill of Capitalism [9]
  • Marc My Words: Respect arguments not threats [10]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00111.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00110.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00109.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00108.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00107.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00106.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00105.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00104.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00103.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00102.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)


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    Employment: Air NZ Cleaners Prepare To Fight For Jobs

    - Air New Zealand aircraft cleaners are gearing up to fight plans to contract out their work. Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union national secretary Andrew Little said that the airline appeared determined to replace all 124 specialist aircraft cleaners with outside contractors. “Mediation to settle this dispute has failed,” he said. “The company appears to be hell-bent on replacing its loyal and hard-working cleaners with contractors – probably as a cost-cutting move.” Mr Little said that the union had lodged court action over the proposal. See... Air NZ cleaners fight out-sourcing [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0602/S00104.htm


    Education: Rongo Wetere Responds to Criticism Over Handling Of Cuban Literacy Programs -

    I have read the opinion of Julie Webb-Pulman, and wonder how she can arrive at some of her conclusions. Particularly around the fact, that she thinks I am guilty of fraudulent behaviour, and thinks the only reason I am not locked safely away is that. See... Dr Rongo Wetere Responds To Julie Webb-Pulman [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00079.htm


    Police: Nats Want Stun-Guns But Advise Caution

    - National's Simon Power says it is essential that trials of stun guns by police should be well monitored and transparent: “As long as we continue to have unarmed police in New Zealand we should not, at this point of time, be ruling out using stun guns. However, National wants to ensure there is a thorough and well monitored trial of the guns, and full transparency in the decision-making process." See... Care needed over stun gun trial [1] ALSO:

  • Greens - Greens disturbed by news of Taser trials [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00105.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00119.htm


    MORE POLITICS NEWS:

  • Govt - Horomia: Opening of New Kura Kaupapa Maori [1]
  • Govt - Cheers Volunteers! Ruben Wiki fronts new campaign [2]
  • Greens - Greens meet Zimbabwe opposition representative [3]
  • Greens - Greens want Zespri CEO to stand aside [4]
  • United Future - Call for more forest plantings as Kyoto response [5]
  • NZ First - Maori Missing Out On Good Times [6]
  • Maori Party - Turia: What is Rongoa Practice? [7]
  • Maori Party - Congrats To Wairarapa on Violence-Free Philosophy [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00124.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00122.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00132.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00128.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00130.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00129.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00123.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00121.htm


    POLITICAL COLUMNS:

  • ACT - Heather Roy's Diary [1]
  • Nats - News Worthy: 10 February 2006 - No. 60 [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00126.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00125.htm

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