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Top Scoop Stories - 06 August 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 06 August 2008

LEAD STORY:

Politics Chatter: Lockwood Smith Discussion Suggests Hidden Agenda

NZ POLITICS:

Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 6 August 2008
Human Rights: Robert Fisk Amnesty NZ's Keynote Speaker
Former MPs: Alt TV Whanau Joined By Nandor
China: Activists Protest For Olympic Human Rights
Campaigning: Mike Smith Admits Taxpayer Funds Used For Election Advertising

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Agriculture: MAF Primary Sector Forecast, Shepherd's Delight
Modern Day Alchemy: Chemists Brief National Spokespeople
Wages: University Academic Says Public Servants Potential Fat Cats?
Power: Resource Consents For Wairau Scheme

WORLD:

No Justification: Israelis Sign Declaration Against Iran Attack
Deepening Disparities: Growing Rich-Poor Divide Threatens Child Health In Asia-Pacific
Song Remains The Same: Aid Delivery In Myanmar Still A Challenge, UN Says
AIDS Conference: United Nations To Boost Health Systems Response To HIV/AIDS

LIFESTYLE:

Pop And Politics: Green Party Launch Youth Policies; Host Rock Music
Freediving: World Records Set To Fall


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LEAD STORY

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Politics Chatter: Lockwood Smith Discussion Suggests Hidden Agenda - Audio + Transcript: Senior National Party MP Lockwood Smith was recorded talking to delegates at the National Party conference suggesting once in government that a 'discussion document' process will enable the party to roll out its agenda. "There's some bloody dead fish you have to swallow... to get into Government to do the kinds of things you want to do," Lockwood Smith. More >> [1]

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[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00058.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00066.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00072.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00061.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00071.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00074.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00008.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/11385.html
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00060.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/11375.html
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/11362.html


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NZ POLITICS

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00086.htm


Human Rights: Robert Fisk Amnesty NZ's Keynote Speaker - Amnesty International NZ is delighted to host one of the world's most famous journalists as its keynote speaker during its 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights (UDHR) celebrations. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00045.htm


Former MPs: Alt TV Whanau Joined By Nandor - This Wednesday night, former Green Party MP Nandor Tanczos and Cabaret Icon Mika join the Alt Tv whanau. At 8pm Nandor hosts Green Core, Alt Tv's environmental and human rights show. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00025.htm


China: Activists Protest For Olympic Human Rights - In Wellington today a group of human rights activists held a protest in front of parliament against the repressions in China and Tibet, and against the increasingly severe crackdowns and large-scale home evictions taking place in the run up to the Olympics in Beijing. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00055.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00045.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00024.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00059.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00024.htm


Politics: Peters Complaint Referred To Privileges Committee - Rt Hon Winston Peters has welcomed the opportunity to meet Parliament's privileges committee to discuss matters laid before the Speaker. He says the committee will have the opportunity to see the facts set out in the clear light of day. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00064.htm


Campaigning: Mike Smith Admits Taxpayer Funds Used For Election Advertising - National Party Deputy Leader Bill English says that for the first time Labour has confirmed it is indeed campaigning on the public purse in the 2008 election. "Labour is at it again, using taxpayer money in a bid to be re-elected, just as they did with the pledge card in 2005." More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00060.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00061.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Agriculture: MAF Primary Sector Forecast, Shepherd's Delight - Farmers will not be surprised by a forecast released by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry today, says president of Federated Farmers Don Nicolson. MAF is forecasting solid growth for the primary sector over the next five years despite the tougher immediate economic outlook both internationally and locally. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00072.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00058.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00073.htm


Modern Day Alchemy: Chemists Brief National Spokespeople - At Pharmacy Guild headquarters in Wellington today, the Guild Executive Council briefed National Party health spokesperson Hon Tony Ryall and associate health spokesperson Dr Jackie Blue on the issues facing community pharmacy. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00075.htm


Wages: University Academic Says Public Servants Potential Fat Cats? - Public servants can hardly claim they're currently underpaid, according to research by a University of Waikato Management School economist. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00055.htm


Power: Resource Consents For Wairau Scheme - The Marlborough District Council has advised TrustPower that it has been granted the resource consents required to build its proposed 72MW hydro scheme in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00068.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00056.htm


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WORLD

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No Justification: Israelis Sign Declaration Against Iran Attack - More than 100 hundred Israeli academicians and peace activists have signed the following declaration: "It is clear that the main source of the immediate danger of a new, widespread war stems from the policies of the Israeli government.". More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00077.htm


Deepening Disparities: Growing Rich-Poor Divide Threatens Child Health In Asia-Pacific - While child survival in Asia and the Pacific - where half of the world's children live - has improved considerably, deepening economic disparities have meant that the region's poor are often unable to access proper health care, according to a new report by UNICEF. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00084.htm


Song Remains The Same: Aid Delivery In Myanmar Still A Challenge, UN Says - Three months after Cyclone Nargis hit Burma, delivery of sufficient relief and early recovery assistance remains a challenge, particularly in hard-to-reach areas of the Delta, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00082.htm


AIDS Conference: United Nations To Boost Health Systems Response To HIV/AIDS - The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today launched a package of priority interventions designed to help low- and middle-income countries move towards universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00083.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Pop And Politics: Green Party Launch Youth Policies; Host Rock Music - "This is a plan that shall bugger up this conspiracy of thieves," states, firmly, Metirea Turei, Green MP and party spokesperson on 'Youth' (amongst a smorgasbord of other policy areas). More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00064.htm


Freediving: World Records Set To Fall - Saturday, August 9th through Wednesday , August 13th, four separate freediving world records and four national record are poised to fall at Trust Porirua Aquatic Centre. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00020.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00037.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 06 August 2008

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