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Yesterday's top 20 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Provisionally Unlawful Bank Fees In Oz

A furore is breaking out in Australia after a consumer watch dog ruled yesterday that the way some bank fees were now set was "provisionally unlawful." John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00060.htm


2: Letter from Wellington: A long time in politics

RICHARD PREBBLE'S Letter from Wellington: A week is a long time in politics - Some Real Questions - Did he mislead Parliament? - Peoples Bank Progress Report - Hospital Waiting Lists - PM gone walkabout - Employment Relations Update - PM gone walkabout ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00146.htm


3: Libz Promotes Withdrawal Method

"When I was at school," said a Libertarianz spokesman earlier today, "our rubbers were soft, spongy, and used to erase spelling mistakes.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0007/S00041.htm


4: Brains Online Save Time & Money

The internet connects people together anytime, anywhere. This is the basis of SurfBrains.com, an internet site that provides a direct link to academic and professional experts. SurfBrains is becoming a valuable resource for students and businesspeople who use ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0007/S00008.htm


5: Wayne Smith Regrets All Black Announcement Delay

All Black coach Wayne Smith regrets the delay in announcing the All Black team for Saturday's test with Australia. "I'm really sorry, but it's not my fault," an angry Smith said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00133.htm


6: Counting the cost of power pole carnage

Alongside every road in New Zealand is a slender strip of ground that soaks up the blood of people killed or maimed in daily collisions with electricity networks.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0007/S00023.htm


7: TransAlta price rise outrageous

The Green Party has slammed TransAlta's decision to double its fixed charge to electricity customers, saying it will set back efforts to improve energy efficiency. Last night energy retailer TransAlta doubled its fixed charge to customers, significantly increasing ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00181.htm


8: Commuting Public Servants Cost $5.3 Million A Year

Public servants commuting to Wellington to work are costing the taxpayer almost $5.3 million a year in travel and accommodation costs, according to United New Zealand leader, Hon Peter Dunne.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00174.htm


9: Energy Minister Has “Cramp” In His Hands

“The Minister of Energy has been sitting on his hands so long now in regards to electricity power prices he must be developing a severe case of cramp in them,” said New Zealand First’s Energy Spokesperson, Peter Brown MP.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00172.htm


10: We Oppose Attacks on the Medical Confidentiality

"The Christian Right is really responsible for New Zealand's high rate of adolescent pregnancies, the associated health risks of teenage pregnancies, any sexually transmitted disease epidemics, and teenage abortions." Craig Young, ALRANZ Research Officer ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0007/S00035.htm


11: Beyond process – evaluating policy outcomes

Distinguished guests, people of other languages, people from the four corners of the world. Greetings to you all.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00170.htm


12: Don't Condom Adolescent Male Responsibility

"I do have some sympathy for Richard McGrath's observations about the withdrawal method. There's an old pro-choice warcry that goes "XY or Z, Withdraw, That's What Your Father Should Have Done!" Craig Young, ALRANZ National Research Officer ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0007/S00042.htm


13: Consultus Business Breakfast – Information Economy

Thanks for the opportunity to speak to you today. I'm just going to make some quick introductory remarks about my portfolios before talking about some of the key issues. Then we can get down to some questions.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00171.htm


14: Telecom Offers Service To Freedom Customers

Telecom New Zealand today announced that its 025 contract with pre-paid mobile phone company Freedom had been terminated for non payment of debts. Telecom was continuing service to the estimated 60,000 customers of Freedom.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0007/S00055.htm


15: Mataura paper mill mothballing

Employment and Social Services Minister Steve Maharey said he was sad to learn of the decision by Carter Holt Harvey to mothball its Mataura Paper Mill from 18 August and said Work and Income staff would be actively assisting affected staff to find ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00179.htm


16: GE conference rehashing tired myths

Green MP Nandor Tanczos today said it was little wonder the public were suspicious of genetic engineering when the biotechnology industry kept rehashing tired myths as fact in an unscrupulous effort to justify their work.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00140.htm


17: New Trustees For National Library

Five new Trustees have been appointed to the National Library of New Zealand. The Minister Responsible for the National Library, Marian Hobbs, says the appointments cover a vacancy and the completion of four terms of office.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00162.htm


18: Job-machine in reverse

"Jim Anderton's job machine is in reverse gear because so far it's destroying jobs, not creating them," National's Finance spokesperson and Clutha Southland MP Bill English said today

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00182.htm


19: Vigil challenges overseas scientist's food claims

A second morning vigil was held outside the Sheraton Hotel, Auckland where Alabama scientist Dr C.Prakash was a guest speaker of the Life Sciences Network at a Biotechnology conference .

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0007/S00037.htm


20: Local Government Reform: Another Hit For Business

Changes announced by the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers at the Local Government Conference in Christchurch today, can only be seen as another negative swipe at the business sector, said ACT Local Government spokesman Owen Jennings.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00166.htm

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