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EAST TIMOR CRISIS SCOOPS

Bradford Heading To Darwin This Afternoon

- Defence Minister Max Bradford is due to fly to Darwin late this afternoon to meet with New Zealand Army troops prior to their departure for Dili in East Timor. See… Bradford Visits Troops In Darwin [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00573.htm


And The Future Is... VisionCorp

- East Timor independence leaders will meet with officials of the IMF and World Bank in Washington this week, while high-powered critics are calling for both organisations to be cut down to size to break their hold on poor nations. Scoop's West Coast correspondent John Howard has a few ideas of his own... See... Scoop Column: VisionCorp To Replace World Bank [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00214.htm


Australian Brutality - Dili As Seen In Jakarta

- following report was carried this morning in the Jakarta English language daily the Jakarta Post. It reports an East Timorese militia commander accusing Australian peace-keepers of torturing eight militiamen in Dili East Timor. See... Australian Troops Accused Of Torturing Militiamen [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00210.htm


More Tax Incentives For Aussie Troops In Timor

- A further set of reporting exemptions from Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) for Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel has been announced by the Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence, Bruce Scott. See… Further Tax Deductions For Aussie Troops [1] in the Australia wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AU9909/S00056.htm

OTHER SCOOPS

Bradford Heading To Darwin This Afternoon

- Defence Minister Max Bradford is due to fly to Darwin late this afternoon to meet with New Zealand Army troops prior to their departure for Dili in East Timor. See… Bradford Visits Troops In Darwin [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00573.htm


And The Future Is... VisionCorp

- East Timor independence leaders will meet with officials of the IMF and World Bank in Washington this week, while high-powered critics are calling for both organisations to be cut down to size to break their hold on poor nations. Scoop's West Coast correspondent John Howard has a few ideas of his own... See... Scoop Column: VisionCorp To Replace World Bank [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00214.htm


Australian Brutality - Dili As Seen In Jakarta

- following report was carried this morning in the Jakarta English language daily the Jakarta Post. It reports an East Timorese militia commander accusing Australian peace-keepers of torturing eight militiamen in Dili East Timor. See... Australian Troops Accused Of Torturing Militiamen [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00210.htm


More Tax Incentives For Aussie Troops In Timor

- A further set of reporting exemptions from Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) for Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel has been announced by the Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence, Bruce Scott. See… Further Tax Deductions For Aussie Troops [1] in the Australia wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AU9909/S00056.htm


OTHER SCOOPS

SCOOP ADVISORY: KEY WORD BASED FILTERING NOW AVAILABLE

Scoop’s commercial Newsagent service has undergone a major upgrade implementing a new approach to the news filter interface which has been requested by many clients over the past few months. See… Scoop Advisory: Key Word Based Filtering Now Here [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00215.htm


Haka: The Legend Of The All Blacks

- After the brouhaha of the Tourism Board fiasco earlier this year it was interesting to see an advert for New Zealand on Irish Television last night. An hour long programme about the All Blacks called "Haka: The Legend Of The All Blacks" made by Adidas and New Zealand Tourism. See… Haka: The Legend Of The All Blacks [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00218.htm


Bad Luck If You Drive A Car!

- Shell has announced that it is increasing pump prices by three cents a litre from midnight Tuesday 28. No word yet from the other companies but you all know how this game works. See Shell’s explanation… Crude Oil Prices Soar to $44 Per Barrel [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU9909/S00132.htm

Alliance Launch Tax Policy

– The Alliance launched their tax policy today with an announcement that those who missed out on tax cuts would receive an extra $20 per week. See… $20 a week for those who missed out on tax cuts [1] . Lockwood Smith instantly dismissed the policy saying workers would end up paying more tax. See… Workers To Pay Tax More Under Labour-Led Govt. [2] . United New Zealand leader, Peter Dunne, challenged the Labour Party to renounce the Alliance’s tax policy. See… Is Labour Brave Enough To Renounce Alliance Lunacy [3] . Labour have responded by distancing themselves from the policy, reaffirming that Labour’s tax policy was only one increase to personal tax rates. See… Labour will keep faith on tax policy [4] . Alliance leader Jim Anderton described ACT and United’s reaction to the policy as ridiculous. See… Act and United don't care about low income earners [5] . All in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00580.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00578.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00570.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00576.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00582.htm


Labour Commit To Public Broadcasting In Policy Launch

- Labour in government will welcome its responsibility to support quality public broadcasting that meets the diverse needs of New Zealanders, Labour broadcasting spokesperson Marian Hobbs said. See… Labour's commitment to public broadcasting [1] . Labour Leader Helen Clark says Labour in government will take seriously its responsibility to provide for public broadcasting. See… Broadcasting for democracy and cultural identity [2] . However ACT say National and Labour have dealt Kiwi music a huge blow. See… Labour & National's Meddling Blow To Kiwi Music [3] . All in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00572.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00571.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00574.htm


Last Kokako Captured In Moki Forest

- The mournful cry of kokako has gone from Taranaki’s Moki Forest with the capture last week of the last known bird. See… Kokako cry silenced in Taranaki’s Moki forest [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE9909/S00195.htm

Govt To Introduce Legislation For Victims Rights

- In Hawkes Bay today Justice Minister, Tony Ryall, announced that next week the Government will introduce legislation creating new rights for victims in the justice system. See… New Legislation Will Bring New Rights For Victims [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00577.htm


Students Fighting Against More Fee Rises

- University students are taking action around the country against increasing tertiary fees despite most University councils attempting to set fees during exam periods or holidays,” said Karen Skinner Co-President of the New Zealand University Students Association. See… Students Fight Back Despite Avoidance Tactics [1] in the Education wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED9909/S00048.htm


ACT Pull Out Of Coromandel Race For Nats

- ACT has withdrawn from the Coromandel electorate - in a panicked deal with National to shore up the right-wing vote, say the Greens. See… National Running Scared In Coromandel [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00575.htm


BP Open First Solar Powered Service Station

- New Zealand’s first solar powered service station was opened today by the Hon Max Bradford, Minister for Energy, as part of a global programme that will see 200 BP service stations world-wide using solar energy. See… BP Unveils Service Station Of The New Millennium [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU9909/S00133.htm


Peters Won’t Take Part In Debate With The ‘Worm’

- The New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters - just like Jim Bolger - will tell TVNZ that he will not take in televised leaders debates featuring ‘worms’ because the issues facing New Zealanders are too important to be treated as cheap entertainment. See… Peters Urges TVNZ To Take Election Seriously [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00569.htm


Extinction For Species Unless Full Protection Afforded

- Species that are found no-where else in the world but Spirits and Tom Bowling Bays from Cape Reinga to North Cape are likely to be lost irretrievably unless they are fully protected now, says Cath Wallace for the Environment and Conservation Organisations (ECO). See… Unprotected Species Threatened with Extinction [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE9909/S00191.htm


Bentley Inquiry Wound Down

- The hunt for the killer of Ashburton teenager Kirsty Bentley has been further wound down with the inquiry head leaving the area to resume normal duties.

Greens Criticise Labour’s Roading Comments

- Helen Clark's recent statement on roading sounds like a recipe for more roads, more trucks, and more damage to the environment, says the Green Party. See… Labour Policy Will See More Trucks On The Road [1] in the Parliament wire. Meanwhile National says Labour has finally sided with them on roading reform. See… Clark's Flip Flop Roading Policy [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00565.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00555.htm


Book Review: Change for the Better - The Story of Georgina Beyer

- I must admit that reading this book made me feel like a bit of a pervert; Georgina’s journey from effeminate boy to transsexual cabaret star being somewhat more colourful than local level provincial politics. See… Book Review - Change for the Better [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00217.htm


Govt Gives $150,000 Aid To Taiwan

- The New Zealand Government has responded to the humanitarian disaster following Taiwan's worst earthquake on record by giving a grant of $150,000 to the New Zealand Red Cross Appeal. See… Government Announces Aid To Taiwan [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00566.htm


All 112 America’s Cup Syndicates In NZ

- Everyone Is Here. All 12 syndicates participating in the America’s Cup Regatta are now based in the American Express New Zealand Cup Village. The last to arrive was Young Australia who literally floated in courtesy of the floating crane Hikinui. See… Latest Events In The Amex Cup Village [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE9909/S00193.htm


PM Launches New Music Industry Forum

- New Zealanders are proud globe trotters and world traders, but most of all we passionate about our unique kiwi identity, Prime Minister Jenny Shipley said at the announcement of a new Music Industry Forum. See… Let's Celebrate Young Kiwi Voices, PM Says [1] in the Parliament wire. ACT Broadcasting Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman however said National and Labour had fallen into the same old trap of promising to set up 'feel good quangos' to support kiwi musical talent. See… Young Kiwi Talent Should Be Encouraged - ACT [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00563.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00562.htm


China’s Chances Of Joining WTO Looking Poor

- Beijing is making little headway with the US over efforts to avoid anti-dumping actions as part of a deal for China to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO) John Howard reports. See… China's Chances Of Joining WTO Not Looking Good [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00216.htm


Prebble Looking Good In Wellington Central – Poll

– A UMR Insight Poll published in yesterday's Evening Post shows support for Wellington Central MP Richard Prebble soaring following National deciding not to stand a candidate in the seat. Prebble’s support has jumped from 30 to 44 per cent, Labour’s Marian Hobbs has risen from 34 to 37 per cent and the Alliance’s Phillida Bunkle dropped one to 11 per cent. Just over half of those who support Bunkle said they would vote for Hobbs if Bunkle withdrew, however even then Hobbs would not have the numbers to defeat Prebble. The poll was of 300 Wellingtonians and has a margin of error of 5.7 per cent. In Wellington Central the Labour Party is on 38 per cent of the party vote, down two, National has risen from 37 to 41 per cent, ACT has risen from eight to ten per cent, the Alliance is down four to eight per cent and NZ First is on three per cent.


When Selling Jam Just Isn’t Enough

- The St Joseph's Hospice at Mercy Hospital, Epsom is selling jam to make ends meet. See… When Selling Jam Is Not Enough [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9909/S00158.htm


Nick Smith Speech To Early Child Education Convention

– “This afternoon I address you as the Minister of Education, the Member of Parliament for Nelson, but most importantly as father of one 20-month-old daughter. And yes, I will confess right up front – I am a doting Dad." See… Nick Smith Speech To Early Childhood Convention [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00556.htm


Goff Says Change Double Jeopardy Laws

- Labour justice spokesperson Phil Goff says that the law on double jeopardy should not protect offenders who escape conviction by perverting the course of justice. See… Goff calls for change in law on double jeopardy [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00553.htm


Expect Labour To Attack Our PM – Ryall

- New Zealanders can expect the Labour-Alliance bloc to run a negative campaign based around personal denigration of the Prime Minister,” SOE Minister Tony Ryall said. See… Expect Labour’s Personal Attacks To Continue [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00554.htm


Lets Get Serious In The War Against Tobacco – Delamere

- Associate Health Minister Tuariki Delamere has called on his Parliamentary colleagues to get serious in the battle to combat the ill health effects of tobacco smoking. See… Delamere Challenges To Get Serious Over Tobacco [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00552.htm


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