Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


TV1 6pm News (first segment plus tax cuts)

1. FISCHER RESIGNS - Just hours after he had praised NZ's handling of the APEC Trade Ministers conference, Australian Trade Minister Tim Fischer has resigned al his political and party positions due to a "convergence of political and personal" reasons. He is one of the longest serving Australian politicians and was deputy Prime Minister and leader of the junior coalition partner

2. APEC - Just earlier Tim Fisher was praising Lockwood Smith and others for getting APEC's free trade agenda back on track. At the end of the Trade Ministers conference, 14 countries said they would lift trade tariffs faster and it was agreed to put industrials on the WTO agenda. Ministers say very promising, Lockwood Smith says while it was not the most successful ever Trade Ministers meeting it was an improvement on last year's and was constructive.

3. WTO - A deal may be done on the WTO leadership deadlock, perhaps by the weekend. Australia who supported the Thai candidate has made it clear it wants an agreement reached. Thai candidate says he would be happy with a job share. Mike Moore won't show his hand.

4. WATSON TRIAL - The jury in the Scott Watson murder trial was back in the High Court in Wellington today. Court heard from a friend of the missing couple about the night they disappeared and them not being on the yacht in the morning.

5. CYANIDE SCARE - There was a cyanide scare in Taihape this afternoon after a forklift driver punctured some drums. An area was evacuated before it was cleaned up and the driver was taken to hospital, he is in a comfortable condition.

6. ASBESTOS SCARE - Napier central primary school has been sealed off after asbestos was found on a playing field, it is feared it is elsewhere on the property as well. While it is school holidays, officials say it could take eight weeks to clean up.

7. IRD HEARING - More claims of Inland Revenue staff mistreating people. One bankrupt architect says he lost everything, including his sanity after he was hounded for payments. He says they didn't want to punish him for his mistakes, but execute him.

8. MAORI CD ROM - Schools will soon be getting a new and free way to learn Maori with the release of a CD ROM on Maori culture and language.

LATER IN BULLETIN

TAX CUTS - Treasurer Bill English appeared before a select committee today and said while the economy was doing better than expected, there was not room for large tax cuts. He denied their was a slush fund set aside, but said their was fiscally prudent buffer for future spending. He also said New Zealanders weren't saving enough and that meant people had to go overseas to get investment money.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>

ALSO:

Buildup:

Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>

ALSO:

Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>

ALSO:


Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monitor
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news