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

1: Australia – ‘Tis the Season for Kiwi Bashing

Kiwi bashing has broken out in Australia in the lead up to Christmas, culminating in the revelation of a new deal between Canberra and Wellington, under which Kiwis moving to Australia need to meet the standard Australian immigration criteria to ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00057.htm


2: Gore Pinched My Photos - Veteran Vietnam Cameraman

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Famed "killing fields" combat photographer Al Rockoff says Al Gore lied and snatched his photos in 1971 during their military service in Vietnam, but revenge was achieved by Rockoff's Florida vote for George W. Bush.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00066.htm


3: Howard’s End: The Race For The Best And Brightest

Australia plans to reverse its own brain drain by introducing policies to keep its best and brightest at home and it will change its immigration policies to become more attractive to bright people from around the world. John Howard writes.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00065.htm


4: Communications Trumps Defamation Action Succeeds

Judgement in the Communications Trumps - Rural News defamation case was released today with Rural News found liable for defaming Communications Trumps.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0012/S00040.htm


8: Scoop Images: Banking Revolution Talked In Hill St

Around 60 people turned up to the inaugural meeting/debate of New Zealand Banking Reform held at Connelly Hall in Hill St, Wellington, yesterday. Pictures from the evening follow...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00067.htm


9: David Miller Online: Time For the Republic of NZ?

Earlier this month, the Guardian newspaper in London openly criticised the position of the British monarchy in the political and social structure of the United Kingdom. Upon publishing the results of a poll it conducted regarding the attitude of the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00063.htm


10: SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 12 December

Today's Questions concerned: Tertiary Sector Crisis – Australian Welfare Negotiations – LATE Responsibility Changes – Closing The Gaps – Health Strategy – TVNZ Charter – Trans Tasman Travel Arrangement - Closing The Gaps And Jim Anderton – US Lamb Tariffs ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00068.htm


11: Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 12 December 2

1. DAVID BENSON-POPE to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): What advice has he received on reform of the tertiary education sector?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00185.htm


12: NZPA report recklessly irresponsible

Prime Minister Helen Clark said tonight that a New Zealand Press Association report alleging that New Zealanders will no longer get automatic residency in Australia is completely and utterly false.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00150.htm


13: Online Christmas Shopping Will Hit Productivity

Auckland, 11 December– For many employers traditional time off for staff to attend to Christmas shopping may run longer than they had bargained on this year, as workers surf the web searching for gifts from the office PC.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0012/S00038.htm


14: Closing The Gaps Baggage Too Heavy

Prime Minister Helen Clark says she doesn’t use the phrase “Closing the Gaps” anymore, because of the baggage that has become associated with it.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00059.htm


15: Meeting Tonight: Are the Banks ripping you off?

Explanatory Note: Two of the speakers at this meeting Deidre Kent and Finlay Thompson have been columnists for Scoop since June writing the Eco-Economy column, earlier they formed New Zealand Banking Reform, a group calling for reform of the financial ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00052.htm


16: Pay Rise For Military

Cabinet has agreed in principle to across-the-board pay increases for the military, Defence minister Mark Burton said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00061.htm


17: Split Enz The Winner In Top 100 Album Countdown

Split Enz¹ legendary first album, ŒMental Notes¹ has been voted the number one New Zealand album of all time, in the inaugural Rip It Up NZ Top 100 Album Countdown.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0012/S00022.htm


18: Vertical Limit Pipped For Box Office Top Placing

Latest box office figures from the US show the New Zealand-made film Vertical Limit has just been pipped at the post for first place by Dr Seuss, How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00055.htm


19: Scoop Images: NZ's New Southern Film Star - Aoraki

Latest box office figures from the US show the New Zealand-made film Vertical Limit, starring Aoraki Mt Cook (pictured above) has just been pipped at the post for first place by Dr Seuss, How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00056.htm


20: New chief social worker announced

Shannon Pakura is to be Child, Youth and Family’s new chief social worker. Ms Pakura, 45, will take over from Mike Doolan when he retires from the role in February next year. The department’s chief executive Jackie Brown says: “Shannon will bring a wealth ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0012/S00050.htm


21: Guy’s World: Culturally Appropriate, With a D.A.

“You guys looked just like a couple of Elvises,” he said. If I’d been feeling pedantic I would have corrected him - the correct plural of Elvis is, of course, Elvi .

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00051.htm


22: NZ Film Vertical Limit Tops US Box Office

The release of the wholly made in New Zealand film "Vertical Limits" has been an instant success topping the US weekend box office receipts in grossing $5.01 million. It knocked Dr Suess - the Grinch Who Stole Christmas into second place at ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00049.htm


23: Rosalea Barker: One Shot Deal Don't Matter

The superstitious among us say things come in threes, so I wonder if Al Gore is at home in the VP mansion listening to his Van Morrison collection, trying to choose a soundtrack for his concession speech. Russell Crowe and Don Johnson both searched ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00048.htm


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