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

1: Simon Upton Valedictory - "Too Young - Too Old"

It has been a privilege to serve here. But the House of Representatives needs constant replenishment with people who are not comfortable with its ways. On that count alone it is certainly time that I moved on.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00197.htm


2: Scoop Images: Jenny Shipley With NZPA Article

Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley in question time yesterday brandishing an NZPA report published as the lead in the Dominion on Saturday concerning Australian/NZ social security arrangements. On Friday the PM issued a press release calling this article ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00073.htm


3: Eco-Economy: The Vision And The Challenge

The Vision: that our beautiful world is big and rich enough to support an environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive economic system, providing us all with physical security and social prospect.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00072.htm


4: 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


5: Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 13 December

1. PENNY WEBSTER to the Prime Minister: Was the Government warned that its proposal to restrict future social security entitlements in Australia would impact disproportionately on Maori and Polynesian people, "add to the brain drain, increase the cost of ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00208.htm


6: Scoop Images: Watching Daddy's Valedictory

Hon Simon Upton's children Geoffrey and Laura Upton were in the galleries at Parliament yesterday to watch their daddy's valedictory address yesterday afternoon. Photographs Mark Graham .

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00071.htm


7: SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 13 December

Today’s questions of the day concerned: Oz Migration And Benefits – NEST Copter Accidents – TPK and Department CEO’s Performance Pay – Criminal Immigrants – Trans Rail Corridors/National Rail Policy – Victims Rights – Auckland Transport Plans – ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00074.htm


8: NEWSFLASH: US Supreme Court Says No Time To Count

The US Supreme Court by majority decision split 5-4 on some issues and 7-2 on others has barred a recount of votes in Florida on the ground that there is insufficient time to conduct one.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00075.htm


9: 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


10: 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


11: 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


12: The Government Has Made Spin An Art Form

If spin was substance then the coalition government would be gold, said ACT leader Hon Richard Prebble.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00205.htm


13: 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


14: 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


15: 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


16: Police Actions At Protests Point To Deeper Problem

GATT Watchdog is pleased that the Justice and Electoral Select Committee inquiry has strongly criticised the police handling of protests during the September 1999 state visit of Jiang Zemin. But the group, which was involved in an education and ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0012/S00054.htm


17: Spectrum Sale To Maori Not Illegal

The Race Relations Conciliator today released the Opinion, formed by the full Human Rights Commission, that the Government did not breach the race provisions of the Human Rights Act by reserving one of the four blocks of the third generation radio ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0012/S00058.htm


18: Lousy Christmas Present To Wellingtonians

United Future leader and Ohariu Belmont MP, Hon Peter Dunne, is incensed at the Government's decision not to support his Construction of Transmission Gully Highway Bill, which he says is a lousy Christmas present to Wellingtonians.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00202.htm


19: NZ Wins Huge International Multi Sport Event

"Millions of people worldwide will see New Zealand through the Eco-Challenge race via USA Network, Discovery Channel Canada and Columbia TriStar International Television thanks to this Government and its economic development policies," ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00203.htm


20: National Radio Midday Report

Power Prices – Wairarapa Toddler – Lange Defamation – US Election – Zemin Protests – Speed Cameras – Predatory Pricing – Ethiopia/Eritrea Peace Agreement – Fahey To Pay Costs – Clinton In Ireland – Maori TV

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/NM0012/S00056.htm


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