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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings October 1 2008


Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Big Day Out 2009 First Announcement

Big Day Out

With the global economy on the brink of collapse, what better time to ask people to hand over their hard earned money to escape the world for a day.

2: NZ-China Free Trade Agreement to enter into force
New Zealand Government

The New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA) enters into force tomorrow, Trade Minister Phil Goff said.

3: Tax cuts strengthen economy, promote fairness
New Zealand Government

The first phase of the government's personal tax cut package will deliver tax cuts of between $12 and $28 a week for full-time workers, delivering some relief for households hurt by skyrocketing global commodity prices this year, says Finance Minister Michael ...

4: Undernews For September 30, 2008

Craig Crawford, CQ - How did anyone think the public would get behind something sold as a bailout of Wall Street multi-millionaires? Make it a bailout of homeowners, and you would have something that could pass in Congress. But to do that, the Bush ...

5: Clarification re nudity on Wellington beaches
Wellington City Council

Today's Dominion Post story, headed 'Capital's beaches open to nudists', is somewhat misleading. Wellington's beaches aren't 'open to nudists' despite the fact the City Council has removed and replaced an old bylaw relating to the requirement to wear ...

6: Stop Stealing Our Thunder Says Peters
New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters has asked the Labour Party to stop stealing all New Zealand First’s thunder over benefits for senior citizens that take effect today.

7: Pharma Attacks Drug Warnings as Sales Fall
Martha Rosenberg

In April, Dr. Catherine DeAngelis, editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), wrote that pharma's influence on medicine "is so blatant now you'd have to be deaf, blind and dumb not to see it," adding, "We should all get ...

8: Welcome to Gilead, Governor Palin
Cynthia Boaz

If you've ever read Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel, "The Handmaid's Tale," you will recall the key role that was played by the women assigned to be the "Aunts." The story revolves around a futuristic American society in which fundamentalist Christians ...

9: Scoop Full Coverage: US Financial Bailout Bill I
Scoop Full Coverage

So the House has rejected the bailout plan – or more correctly, the House Republicans rejected the plan concocted by their own President and Treasury Secretary. Has any president ever been so humiliated as Bush? President Bush was treated like a plague ...

10: Religious homophobia divides families
St Andrew's on The Terrace

Last night 180 people attended the Wellington premiere of "For the Bible Tells Me So" at St Andrew's on the Terrace Presbyterian Church. Attendees were a mix of church-goers and members of Wellington's gay community, including some who will be attending the ...

11: from Michael Moore: Coup Averted for Three Days!
Michael Moore

Everyone said the bill would pass. The masters of the universe were already making celebratory dinner reservations at Manhattan's finest restaurants. Personal shoppers in Dallas and Atlanta were dispatched to do the early Christmas gifting. Mad Men ...

12: Back Benches – 1 October 2008 Line Up
Back Benches

Tonight on Back Benches we’ve got four of the Wellington Candidates … Stephen Franks from National, Sue Kedgley from the Greens, Grant Robertson from Labour and Heather Roy from ACT.

13: Political Jabs, Sarah Sinking, & the Bailout Opera
Bernard Weiner

There's been so much happening politically -- the daily scandals, flippity-floppities, hypocrisies, lies -- that it's hard to know where to begin. Let's start with quick reactions to Obama vs McCain, Round 1, then move on to the upcoming Palin-Biden debate, ...

14: The spending Madness has to stop - Roger Douglas
ACT New Zealand

NZ faces a serious financial situation says Sir Roger Douglas and it has been made much worse by the incredible waste of public expenditure over the last 12 years.

15: Reserve Bank confident in NZ financial system
Reserve Bank

The Reserve Bank today reiterated its previous comments that the New Zealand banking system remains sound. Its comments follow financial market turbulence following the failure of the US Troubled Assets Relief Program to pass through Congress.

16: Day of the Older Person - free off peak travel
New Zealand Government

Free off-peak travel, better subsidies for hearing aids and tax cuts boosting superannuation will provide senior citizens with even more reasons to celebrate International Day of the Older Person today.

17: Real estate co offers investor 'shopping service'
First National

First National Progressive has intensified its services to property investors, offering a special service to help investors shop wisely in the current property market.

18: Housing: Taking A Bubble Bath To Reality
Hugh Pavletich

The major reason for initiating the Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Surveys back in late 2004 with Wendell Cox of Demographia, St Louis, USA - was to illustrate to Australian’s and New Zealanders in particular at the time - just ...

19: Tax Cuts Eaten Into By Emissions Trading Costs
Greenhouse Policy Coalition

The executive director of the Greenhouse Policy Coalition, Catherine Beard, says the much needed tax cuts will unfortunately be eaten into significantly by the increased costs households will face from the emissions trading scheme.

20: Clark & Cullen can't be trusted on tax
New Zealand National Party

National Party Finance spokesman Bill English says Helen Clark and Michael Cullen have had so many different stories on tax that they can't be trusted.

21: Dr Cullen: A new era in the rail industry
New Zealand Government

Today, the New Zealand Railways Corporation acquires the shares in KiwiRail and a new management team begins work with the board on charting a course for the future.

22: WHO Issues Guide About Melamine-Contaminated Food
United Nations

With the crisis of contaminated milk products in China having driven over 54,000 children to seek medical treatment, the UN World Health Organization has issued guidance to help authorities decide on health concerns of melamine levels in food.

23: Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards 2008
Westpac Franchise Awards

>From successful home grown franchise businesses such as Paper Plus to other New Zealand greats like the Rodney Wayne Ltd, the franchise industry plays a huge part in the New Zealand economy with an annual turnover of $16 billion.

24: Contact’s price increase suggests weak competition
Energy Networks Assn

Electricity lines businesses stress that the concern over Contact Energy’s price rise announcement yesterday relates to the unregulated energy trading segment of the electricity industry, and that their own charges have stayed flat in real terms ...

25: PGG Wrightson / Silver Fern Farms settlement delay
Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers has linked the delay of the PGG Wrightson / Silver Fern Farms settlement on upheaval in global finance markets.

26: Cullen puts any future Labour tax cuts in doubt
New Zealand National Party

National Party Finance spokesman Bill English says Helen Clark’s promise of a ‘pay jolt’ in education coupled with Michael Cullen’s comments that he is beyond his comfort zone, clearly mean Labour’s future tax cuts are in doubt.

27: Labour delivers on 1 October promises
New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Helen Clark today welcomed the 1 October tax cuts for all workers, and New Zealand Superannuitants, Working for Families increases, and free off-peak public transport for Super Gold Card holders.

28: National’s education policy flip-flops again
New Zealand Government

The National Party’s ‘bold’ plan to introduce standardised national testing has been greeted with almost universal hostility in the education sector and now we have seen yet another policy flip-flop from National, says Education Minister ...

29: Maori Unionist Warns Against National
Kai Mahi Maori Council of Trade Unions Runanga

A prominent Maori unionist is sending the Maori Party a strong reminder of Nationals track record with workers.

30: Rob Guest signed as The Wizard in 'Wicked'
Skip Ink

The casting of New Zealand's most famous Phantom Rob Guest (full bio follows) has been cast as The Wizard in the multi-million Australian production of the Broadway smash-hit Wicked. The announcement has been made this afternoon in Melbourne where ...

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