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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS:
Employment: Maori Party Votes for Allegedly Anti-worker Legislation
SCOOP IS IN THE HOUSE:
Legislation: Nandor Free House Comes One Step Closer
Arts: Scoop Audio - DJ Spooky on remixing racism
Medical: Kedgley Questions NZ Price Of Herceptin vs UK Price
Conservation: Outdoor Enthusiasts Attack TVNZ Breakfast Host
MORE HEADLINES:
Next few weeks a ‘crucial period’ for Middle East
Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior into Papua to Protect Rainforest ‘Eden’
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Upton-On-Line's Latest Diaspora Edition
Book Review: How To Work Less And Live More
Anthony Ravlich Considers New Zealand's Role In The New UN Human Rights Council
Remi Kanazi - America Has Lost The War In Iraq
MORE SCOOP COMMENT & OPINION:
Katya Rivas's Passion Serialised For Lent (Part 9)

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics):
Legislation: Possibility of Fewer Representatives Declared a Victory for Democracy
GE: NZ Engineers GE-Labelling-Resistant Trade Talks
Environment: Marina Society Applauds Pro-Marina Bill
Kiwi Pride: Maharey Reckons 2005 Was A Cracker Year For Kiwi Musos -
Conservation: Minister Seeks Protection For Our Sharks
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Employment: Maori Party Votes for Allegedly Anti-worker Legislation

[1] Last evening three of the four Maori party MPs voted for a National Party bill to allow a 90-day probation period for new workers. The bill will now go to a select committee for further consideration. In his speech supporting the bill Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples debated the right to work vs the right of the worker. See... Sharples - Probationary Employment Bill [2] ALSO:

  • National - National delighted probation bill passes [3]
  • Greens - Nat's bill is attack on the vulnerable [4]
  • NZCTU - Workers out in the cold under probation bill [5]
  • Business NZ - Probationary period would help more into jobs [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00258.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00258.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00259.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00235.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00114.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0603/S00239.htm


    SCOOP IS IN THE HOUSE:

  • Questions for Oral Answer - 16 March 2006 [1]
  • Questions And Answers - 15 March 2006 [2]
  • Questions And Answers - 14 March 2006 [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00264.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00252.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00225.htm


    Legislation: Nandor Free House Comes One Step Closer -

    This week Barbara Stewart's Electoral (Reduction in Number of Members of Parliament) Amendment Bill passed its first reading. The bill would reduce the number of MPs to 100 at the next election. According to Ms Stewart's bill the number of electorate and Maori seats would remain the same whilst list MPs would shrink dramatically. If the bill had been passed before the last election parties entirely consisting of electorate MPs - such as the Maori Party - would still have four seats while the Green Party would be Nandor-less. See... Sharples - Reduction in Numbers of MP Bill [1] ALSO:

  • NZ First - A Victory For Democracy In New Zealand [2]
  • Scoop Report - MP Seeks To Make Her Compatriots Redundant [3]
  • Progressive Party - Reducing Parliament to 100 MPs has lost relevance [4]
  • Maori Party - Sharples - Reduction in Numbers of MP Bill [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00253.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00263.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00198.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00224.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00253.htm


    Arts: Scoop Audio - DJ Spooky on remixing racism

    - Rebirth of a Nation sees DJ Spooky remixing the 1915 film Birth of a Nation, known both for its technical innovation, setting many of the standard techniques of cinema, and as pro-Klu Klax Klan propaganda. Miller spoke to Scoop about Birth of a Nation, how he uses Rebirth of a Nation to explore how it resonates in the present day and to confront the past, and his personal approach to remixing. See... Arts Festival Preview: DJ Spooky's Rebirth of a Nation [1] Scoop Arts Festival Reviews:

  • Aterballetto [2]
  • The Hilliard Ensemble - Passio [3]
  • Talvin Singh's Tabtek [4]
  • ALSO:
  • FULL COVERAGE: Festival 2006 [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00214.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00222.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00220.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00219.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/features/festival2006.html


    Medical: Kedgley Questions NZ Price Of Herceptin vs UK Price -

    Green MP Sue Kedgley says it is scandalous that the breast cancer drug Herceptin costs 50 percent more here in New Zealand than it costs in the United Kingdom. In New Zealand the drug costs $70-120,000, depending on the length of the treatment. "Clearly some drug companies are not charging the true cost of the drug, but rather what they think they can extract out of a market where there is huge demand for it. It is blatant opportunism from some of the world's richest companies. See... Cancer sufferers lose life-savings for drug [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00262.htm


    Conservation: Outdoor Enthusiasts Attack TVNZ Breakfast Host

    - "Conservation Minister Chris Carter's 'say everything do nothing' ideas on saving the great white got an unexpected boost today from TV One's talk host Paul Henry simply because he was ignorant of the issues", said John Friend ORNZ Marine Coordinator. "The fact is that it was obvious from the interview conducted by Paul Henry that he had not one insight to offer, nor a decent question regarding the real issues concerning the depleting numbers of the great white shark. See... Paul Henry swallows Chris Carter's shark story [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00110.htm


    MORE HEADLINES:

  • Bo Fan case: Hide gets it wrong [1]
  • Clark Should Talk To Arroyo About Human Rights [2]
  • Italian contemporary ballet [3]
  • Flying squad takes over in beetle battle [4]
  • World's top young chefs do battle at AUT [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00242.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00119.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0603/S00127.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0603/S00038.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0603/S00037.htm


    Next few weeks a ‘crucial period’ for Middle East

    - “The coming weeks are a crucial period for the Middle East…Israel and the Palestinians will form Governments, the Security Council will discuss the Iranian nuclear programme, and Iraq, Syria and of course, Lebanon will equally continue to figure prominently on the international agenda,” said Terje Roed-Larsen. “Decisions made now will determine the course of events in the Middle East for a prolonged period of time and will form the basis for either continued deterioration or stabilization. My hope of course is that we will make further headway in Lebanon, which will send important signals across the region.” See... Next few weeks a ‘crucial period’ for Middle East [1] ALSO:

  • Iraq: after reporters’ murder, free press is vital [2]
  • Annan concerned at Middle East violence [3]
  • Middle East: Urgent steps to restore calm [4]
  • Govt in Afghanistan must reach local communities [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00278.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00277.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00276.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00275.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00274.htm


    Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior into Papua to Protect Rainforest ‘Eden’

    - The Greenpeace flagship, Rainbow Warrior, sailed into the Indonesian province of Papua for the first time today as part of a global campaign to help protect the world’s last ancient forests. Greenpeace is on a mission to protect the Paradise Forests, the last ancient forests in Asia-Pacific, from illegal and destructive logging, and is launching an eco-forestry programme in Papua to offer community-based forest management as an alternative to large-scale, industrial logging. See... Greenpeace into Papua to protect rainforest ‘Eden’ [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00259.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Black GST demands made on Australian High Commiss. [1]
  • Israel/Occupied Territories: Palestinians at risk [2]
  • Tamil Tigers Extort Diaspora for ‘Final War’ Funds [3]
  • Indonesia: US Aid to Corrupt TNI Risks More Abuses [4]
  • South Africa’s progress may show the way for all [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00287.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00286.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00285.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00284.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00273.htm

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    Upton-On-Line's Latest Diaspora Edition

    - The annual French Salon de l’Agriculture takes place amidst self-doubt and virally induced gloom; James Lovelock preaches climate apocalypse and nuclear salvation; and Simon Upton opines on a recently published report, Closing the Net, which brings to a close an interesting experiment in trying force the pace of international action on illegal high seas fishing. See... Upton-on-line Diaspora Edition 15th March 2006 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00217.htm


    Book Review: How To Work Less And Live More

    - How do you fund the life you want when you are no longer part of the daily grind? When you do get to the stage of wanting to step back and have an easier lifestyle how do you know you have enough? Best-selling financial author, Martin Hawes shows you how to plan the life you want, maximise your financial potential in your earning years and recognise when the time is right to make the break and re-organise your finances to sustain your new lifestyle.See... Book Review: Martin Hawes' Twenty Good Summers [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00229.htm


    Anthony Ravlich Considers New Zealand's Role In The New UN Human Rights Council

    - Countries with a more balanced approach to human rights at the international level, such as New Zealand, should be used in peace-maker roles on the new United Nations Human Rights Council. See…The New United Nations Human Rights Council [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00215.htm


    Remi Kanazi - America Has Lost The War In Iraq

    - America has lost the war in Iraq. The chance for victory vanished long ago with the hearts, minds, arms, legs and lives of the Iraqi people. The insurgence hasn’t won; rather the American government never obtained the formula to win. America, led by war-bent hawks (Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz) entered this war with many interests. In this excess of interests, the US neglected a major factor in the equation—the Iraqi people. See... Accepting Reality: America Lost the War in Iraq [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00211.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENT & OPINION:

  • Russell Brown et Ors. - Public Address 15/03/06 - Strange World [1]
  • Martin LeFevre - Meditations: The Scientific & Religious Mind [2]
  • Genevieve Cora Fraser - Hamas Rightly Demands Palestinian Rights [3]
  • Ramzy Baroud - Remembering a Valiant Journalist: Atwar Bahjat [4]
  • BuzzFlash.Com - How America Won the Vietnam War, By Losing [5]
  • Scoop Link - US Contractor With Bombs & Guns Arrested In Iraq [6]
  • Gabriele Zamparini The Insane Society [7]
  • William Fisher - How To Lose Friends And Encourage Extremists [8]
  • Translation by Sol Salbe - Sharon Kaduri: Let The Palestinian Fix It [9]
  • Bernard Weiner - The Middle East Muddle: Is Peace Still Possible? [10]
  • William Engdahl - No, The Iran Oil Bourse Is Not A Casus Belli… [11]
  • Guest Opinions On Nepal - Nepal: Unmasking The Real Obstacle To Peace [12] , Bhola Rana: Camp Visit to Nepal Constructive [13] & Terrorists Have No Right To Rule The Nation [14]
  • Between The Lines - US Park Service Cuts Imperils Infrastructure [15] , Anti-Abortion Forces Try to Overturn Roe vs. Wade [16] & Soldiers in Iraq Overwhelmingly Favor Withdrawal [17]
  • Evelyn Pringle - Pfizer Makes List Of Worst Corporate Evildoers [18]
  • Dipta Shah - An Integrated Response To An Integrated Challenge [19]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00228.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00213.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00231.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00230.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00227.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00226.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00225.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00224.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00216.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00212.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00210.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00209.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00205.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00203.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00208.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00207.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00206.htm
    [18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00204.htm
    [19] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00202.htm


    Katya Rivas's Passion Serialised For Lent (Part 9)

    - I was taken before Caiaphas, where I was received with jeers and insults. One of his soldiers struck My cheek. It was the first blow I received and in it I saw the first mortal sin of many souls who, after having lived in grace, committed that first ... See... Katya Rivas: Jesus Is Taken before Caiaphas [1] SEE ALSO:

  • Part 8 - Katya Rivas: Judas Delivers Jesus [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00223.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00201.htm

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    Legislation: Possibility of Fewer Representatives Declared a Victory for Democracy

    - New Zealand First MP Barbara Stewart says the passing of the Electoral (Reduction in Number of Members of Parliament) Amendment Bill to select committee is a victory for democracy and honours the intent of the 1999 referendum to reduce the number of MPs in parliament. See... A Victory For Democracy In New Zealand [1] ALSO:

  • Scoop Report MP Seeks To Make Her Compatriots Redundant [2]
  • Progressive Party - Reducing Parliament to 100 MPs has lost relevance [3]
  • Maori Party - Sharples - Reduction in Numbers of MP Bill [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00263.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00198.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00224.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00253.htm


    GE: NZ Engineers GE-Labelling-Resistant Trade Talks

    - New Zealand is now the only country standing in the way of an international agreement on labelling of GE organisms traded across borders. "We have been the object of international condemnation for some time for being one of the countries to block agreement. Now, to our shame, we stand alone in wanting to deny developing countries the protection of a robust international standard," Greens Environment Spokesperson Nandor Tanczos says. See... NZ isolated on GE [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00260.htm


    Environment: Marina Society Applauds Pro-Marina Bill

    - "The strong political support the Whangamata Marina Society is receiving for legislation to reinstate the Environment Court's ruling is much appreciated," Society President Mick Kelly said today. "We have now been assured of support from the National Party, United Future and Act and we are meeting tomorrow in Wellington with New Zealand First to see if they would be prepared to back the bill, at least to select committee," Mr Kelly said. See... Political support welcomed [1] ALSO:

  • Whangamata Marina Society - Society to decide at the weekend on review [2]
  • National - Bill promised to uphold Environment Court decision [3]
  • Whangamata Marina Society - Statement from the Whangamata Marina Society [4]
  • NZ Govt - Carter: Urgent Debate Speech - Whangamata Marina [5]
  • Maori Party - Flavell: Urgent Debate on Whangamata [6]
  • Locke Foundation - Carter's Intervention "Troubling" [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00109.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00121.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00192.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00102.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00218.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00220.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00113.htm


    Kiwi Pride: Maharey Reckons 2005 Was A Cracker Year For Kiwi Musos -

    New figures show New Zealand music accounted for a record 20.8% of music played on commercial radio in 2005 - up from 18.6% in 2004 Airplay of New Zealand music has doubled since March 2002 when the government and the Radio Broadcasters Association launched a Code of Practice for New Zealand music content, agreeing to a target of 20% of local music by the year 2006. See... '05 record year for airplay of NZ music [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00206.htm


    Conservation: Minister Seeks Protection For Our Sharks

    - Conservation Minister Chris Carter today released a discussion document canvassing options for protecting the great white shark in New Zealand waters. "Great whites sharks are the celebrity predators of the ocean. They are an object of fear and fascination, but sadly there is growing evidence that this magnificent and rare species is in trouble internationally," Mr Carter said.. See... Discussion document on protecting great whites [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00199.htm


    MORE POLITICAL HEADLINES:

  • NZ Govt - Senators encourage Bush about FTA negotiations [1]
  • NZ Govt - Push to Sell Workplace Party Pills Condemned [2]
  • NZ Govt - New Zealand to Support Sports in Samoa [3]
  • NZ Govt - Minister of Foreign Affairs Visits Samoa [4]
  • NZ Govt - Technology Exports boosted at Trade Show [5]
  • National - Wananga: Auditor-General casts doubts over audits [6]
  • National - Smaller DHBs struggle for viability [7]
  • National - Students continue to pay for $15m CPIT scam [8]
  • National - Don't rely on the public health system [9]
  • National - Minister ignores concerns over disability services [10]
  • National - Labour irresponsible over BreastScreen [11]
  • Maori Party - Harawira - NZ's relationship with Latin America [12]
  • Maori Party - Turia: Public Health Amendment Bill [13]
  • Greens - Who is watching the watchers? [14]
  • Greens - Good riddance to bad brothel bylaw [15]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00238.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00249.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00247.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00246.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00240.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00250.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00248.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00245.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00244.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00243.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00261.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00257.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00256.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00241.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00251.htm


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