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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS:
Telecom Leak: The Messenger Did It In the DPMC With His Hands
QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:
RECOMMENDED AUDIO:
Law Reform: Is NZ's Immigration Law About To Become Repressive?
Budget: Unions Point Out Tax Cuts Benefit Wealthy Not Workers
Retirement: Nurses Union Says All Images Have Consent
Kiwi Pride: New National Representative Meets Baby National Icon in Washington
Foreign Aid: Big Hearted Kiwi Giving Not Picked As Likely Budget Secret -
Coffee Wars: Starbucks staff reject binvertising
MORE HEADLINES:
Fiji: Fiji Electoral Change Mooted in Gender Edition Of PJR
Horn of Africa: 40,000 Children Face Death, Despite Rain
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Bill Grigsby Considers The Lies And The Liars
Is Al Gore Considering A Second Shot At The White House?
Legitimizing Palestinian Bantustans
MORE SCOOP COMMENT & OPINION:

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics):
Police: Government Moves To Thicken The 'Thin Blue Line'
PM's Presser: Telecom Leaks, Budget Talk And Avoiding Mr Hide's Dancing -
Civil Defence: Claims National Emergency Management Plan is a Manmade Disaster
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Telecom Leak: The Messenger Did It In the DPMC With His Hands

[1] The State Services Commissioner, Mark Prebble today released the findings of the State Services Commission investigation into the leak of a Cabinet paper to Telecom. Mark Prebble said the Cabinet paper was taken by Mr Michael Ryan, a Messenger employed by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC), and was given to an employee of Telecom. See... SSC Investigation Into Telecom Leak [2] ALSO:

  • SSC - Full Report Into Telecom Leak [3]
  • Telecom - Statement From Telecom on SSC Report [4]
  • NZ Govt - Leak of broadband Cabinet paper [5]
  • National - Give us the whole story on leak [6]
  • National - All is not well despite Prime Minister’s assurance [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0605/S00166.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0605/S00166.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0605/S00167.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0605/S00364.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00357.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00358.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00368.htm


    QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:

  • Questions for Oral Answer - Wednesday, 17 May 2006 [1]
  • Questions And Answers - Tuesday, 16 May 2006 [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00370.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00361.htm


    RECOMMENDED AUDIO:

    Scoop Audio.Scoop Audio: Selwyn Manning on Radio Adelaide, discusses: The 'Budget Leaker' – Large quake strikes north-east of New Zealand – Mark Inglis conquers Mt. Everest. [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00250.htm


    Law Reform: Is NZ's Immigration Law About To Become Repressive?

    - Katie Small reports on the Discussion Paper for the Immigration Act law reform released by Immigration Minister, David Cunliffe. Changes in global migration, potential immigrants to New Zealand, and the country's attitude to potential immigrants make this review long overdue. But is it a repressive shift toward the totalitarian compared to the current law? Justice, security, and immigration commentators say this time the Government's gone too far. See... Is The NZ Govt's Immigration Review Repressive? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00243.htm


    Budget: Unions Point Out Tax Cuts Benefit Wealthy Not Workers

    - The main income issue for workers is the need for higher wages, not tax cuts that will benefit the wealthy, Council of Trade Unions president Ross Wilson said today, ahead of tomorrow's budget. "Lifting wages and investing in health and education is of far more significance to low and middle income earners than tax cuts that deliver short term benefits to those on high incomes," said Ross Wilson. See... Lifting Wages a Far Higher Priority than Tax Cuts [1] . Scoop will have complete budget 2006 coverage as usual. Live from 2pm tomorrow.


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0605/S00176.htm


    Retirement: Nurses Union Says All Images Have Consent

    - The New Zealand Nurses Organisation has today reconfirmed that the family of a rest home resident whose photograph appears in a photo essay published in NZNO's magazine Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand gave full consent for publication. NZNO acting CEO, Cee Payne-Harker, said NZNO stands by its view that media reports of another family's involvement have been a case of mistaken identity. See... Media statement regarding images of caregiving [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0605/S00120.htm


    Kiwi Pride: New National Representative Meets Baby National Icon in Washington

    - A North Island brown kiwi, Manaia, hatched at the Smithsonian Institute's National Zoo in Washington in February... It is still too young to be on public display, but the chick was shown to the children today during an educational visit arranged by the Embassy. The chick, named Manaia, was born on February 13 - the same day New Zealand's new Ambassador Roy Ferguson arrived in Washington. See... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0605/S00178.htm [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0605/S00178.htm


    Foreign Aid: Big Hearted Kiwi Giving Not Picked As Likely Budget Secret -

    Thursday's Budget should contain a significant increase in overseas development aid, if the Government is to honour its own election commitments and its post-election agreement with the Green Party, Green Party Overseas Development Assistance Spokesperson Keith Locke says. The New Zealand Government currently contributes only 0.27 percent of the country's Gross National Income to overseas development aid, despite being officially committed to the UN's Millennium Development Goals. See... Greens look to overseas aid budget increase [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00350.htm


    Coffee Wars: Starbucks staff reject binvertising

    - Café Brazil, Auckland's most awarded caffeine dispensary, recently caused a stir with a bold ambient campaign. Trash cans for a block either side of the café on K Road were dressed up as giant takeout coffee cups, complete with oversized wooden stirrers. See... Starbucks gets steamed at rival's stunt [1] ALSO:

  • Greens - Waste Bill a win - win [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0605/S00382.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00372.htm


    MORE HEADLINES:

  • Come on Minister - speak up for the elderly [1]
  • Gambling and crime links [2]
  • Is that cow too hot? [3]
  • First National Partners With Trade Me Property [4]
  • Da Vinci Code Presentation [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00364.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0605/S00175.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0605/S00049.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0605/S00376.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0605/S00141.htm


    Fiji: Fiji Electoral Change Mooted in Gender Edition Of PJR

    - A media academic has called for an electoral change in Fiji to enable fairer participation for women in political life in an article published in the latest Pacific Journalism Review. Only seven percent of Fiji's lawmakers are women and Dr Rae Nicholl, of the University of the South Pacific's World Politics Programme, suggests an amendment to the alternative vote electoral system. See... Fiji Electoral Change - Gender Edition Of PJR [1] ALSO:

  • Fiji election: Neck and neck for major parties [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00269.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00267.htm


    Horn of Africa: 40,000 Children Face Death, Despite Rain

    - Some 40,000 children in the Horn of Africa are facing the “very real” prospect of a slow death by starvation in the months ahead in one of the world’s most inhospitable regions where, despite recent rains, a two-year drought has already killed half the livestock, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today. See... Horn of Africa: 40,000 children face death [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00256.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • French Polynesian Murder Probe Sabotaged? [1]
  • Australia: 'Leasing' uranium for nuclear fuel [2]
  • Israeli Soldiers Shoot Two Foreigners in the Head [3]
  • 'Leave Iraq' call as warships head for East Timor [4]
  • Tsunami warning practice run for Pacific tomorrow [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00274.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00272.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00271.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00270.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00264.htm

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    SCOOP COLUMNS


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    Bill Grigsby Considers The Lies And The Liars

    - This White House has challenged the frontiers of propaganda and political discourse in ways that make previous administrations look like rank amateurs. Mainstream news media outlets may occasionally report, but the vast majority shy away from labeling government accounts as propaganda. But of all the Orwellian perversions perpetrated by the BushCo White House, perhaps the most spectacular is the ‘free speech zone.’ See... How Stephen Colbert Got Picked, Truthy, And Panned [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00270.htm


    Is Al Gore Considering A Second Shot At The White House?

    - (APN) ATLANTA - Al Gore may be a "recovering politician," but "You always have to worry about a relapse," Gore told Atlanta Progressive News. The in-person exchange with the former Vice President took place following a special screening of "An Inconvenient Truth," here at Atlantic Station in Midtown Atlanta. See... Gore May Run Again in 2008 for US President [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00263.htm


    Legitimizing Palestinian Bantustans

    - The Occupation has a “new” scheme to ensure Palestinian rights continue to be negated and violated: the “Convergence Plan”. Offering the media as much excitement as the “Disengagement Plan”, it aims to legitimize the annexation of all territories and resources west of the Apartheid Wall including Jerusalem. Palestinians are to be left under siege in Bantustans, sealed in from the East and dissected by settler-highways. Meanwhile the refugees are supposed to vanish from political discourse. See... Jamal Juma: The Occupation’s “Convergence Plan” [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00252.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENT & OPINION:

  • Russell Brown & Ors - Public Address 17/05/06 - Risky Business [1] & Public Address 16/05/06 - It Never Rains ... [2]
  • Paul Budde - Telecom And Telstra – Comparing Strategies [3]
  • Fitrakis & Wasserman - Will Major Media Finally Cover Election Fraud? [4]
  • Marjorie Cohn - What Will It Take? [5]
  • Genevieve Cora Fraser - Hamas Upholds Palestine’s Right to Exist [6]
  • Krishna Singh Bam - Nepal: A Suicidal Approach To National Security [7]
  • Narconews - Narco Corruption In U.S. Embassy in Bogotá [8] & Giordano: The Virtual Rapists of Atenco [9]
  • William Rivers Pitt - Humpty-Dumpty Republicans [10]
  • Between The Lines - Amnesty Reports to U.N. on U.S. Torture and Abuse [11]
  • Uri Avnery - Voices from Prison [12]
  • Joe Costello - The Crisis of Western Politics [13]
  • Tanveer Jafri - Bush Admin: Greatest defaulter of Human Rights? [14]
  • Kamala Sarup - Religion And The Cast System [15]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00269.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00262.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00266.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00265.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00264.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00261.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00260.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00259.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00255.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00258.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00257.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00256.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00254.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00253.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00251.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)


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    Police: Government Moves To Thicken The 'Thin Blue Line'

    - The Government has committed a total of $164.3 million in operating costs and $52.3 million in capital costs over the next four years for the first tranche of the 1000 frontline sworn police and 250 non-sworn police promised under its confidence and supply agreement with New Zealand First. See... 1250 new police will reach $500 million [1] ALSO:

  • NZ First - NZ First Welcomes $500 Million For Police [2]
  • National - Labour must first rebuild confidence in police [3]
  • NZ Police - Initiative To Increase Police Response Capability [4]
  • Police Assn - Increased Funding A Welcome Necessity [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00343.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00344.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00347.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0605/S00168.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0605/S00173.htm


    PM's Presser: Telecom Leaks, Budget Talk And Avoiding Mr Hide's Dancing -

    The budget was the piping hot topic of debate at Monday's post-cabinet prime ministerial press conference. Also on the agenda of a shortened smorgasboard of bite size pieces informational chunks was the infamous Telecom leak – and who was responsible - and the topic that has been undoubtedly discussed around office water coolers all day today – Rodney Hide and his 'Dance of Love' (the Rumba). See... Audio: PM Talks Budget, Telecom - Avoiding Mr Hide [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00247.htm


    Civil Defence: Claims National Emergency Management Plan is a Manmade Disaster

    - Canterbury’s Civil Defence Emergency Management Group has restated its concerns about the inadequacy of the new National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan, and will be asking other groups around the country and their regional controllers to articulate their views. See... Emergency confusion concerns continue [1] ALSO:

  • Ministry of Civil Defence - Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan supported [2]
  • Emergency Response Systems Ltd - National Civil defence exercise is missing key communication component [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0605/S00154.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0605/S00155.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0605/S00327.htm


    MORE POLITICAL HEADLINES:

  • NZ Govt - 16.4m more for council and community-based housing [1]
  • NZ Govt - Funds and savers better off under new tax rules [2]
  • NZ Govt - NZ’s historic heritage protection gets a big boost [3]
  • NZ Govt - Cancer statistics released [4]
  • NZ Govt - Closing of Broadband Challenge Fund Applications [5]
  • NZ Govt - New funding to plan fisheries management [6]
  • NZ Govt - New report confirms that obesity is the challenge [7]
  • NZ Govt - Top athletes awarded scholarships [8]
  • NZ Govt - Benson-Pope: Better environmental performance [9]
  • NZ Govt New Zealanders are safe [10]
  • NZ Govt - Congratulations to Mark Inglis [11]
  • National - National Congratulates Inglis [12]
  • National - Clark defies belief over Phillip Field inquiry [13]
  • National - Table the advice on single core benefit [14]
  • National - Cunliffe Should Go After Telecom Gaffe [15]
  • National - Barker needs to admit we are not prepared [16]
  • National - Come on Minister - speak up for the elderly [17]
  • National - Dyson missing in action on elder abuse [18]
  • National - Photos of nude rest home residents an outrage [19]
  • National - Labour’s ideology stalls GP negotiations [20]
  • National - Labour MPs not aware of powhiri policy [21]
  • National - Waiting list cull patients ‘will die’ [22]
  • Green Party - Action must be taken against fouled chicken [23]
  • Green Party - Tuckshops still offering staple diet of junk [24]
  • The Maori Party - 'Woeful' level of resourcing to combat violence [25]
  • The Maori Party - Doctors should keep Mum about homebirth concerns [26]
  • The Maori Party - Sharples - Financial Review of Crown Entities [27]
  • United Future Turner: Leaky Homes changes good ... but... [28]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00354.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00352.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00360.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00327.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00325.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00322.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00320.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00330.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00333.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00365.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00335.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00345.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00356.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00355.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00359.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00334.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00364.htm
    [18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00329.htm
    [19] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00326.htm
    [20] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00317.htm
    [21] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00315.htm
    [22] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00314.htm
    [23] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00318.htm
    [24] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00332.htm
    [25] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00363.htm
    [26] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00351.htm
    [27] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00349.htm
    [28] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00366.htm

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