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Scoop Ratings – Yesterday’s Top 20

Yesterday’s Top 20 ratings items on Scoop were...

1: Scottish Ref A Serious Threat To Cup Hopes

Taking nothing away from the Wallabies victory - they played very well and the All Blacks poorly - but there are lessons for World Cup contenders, fans and organisers in the refereeing of tonight's Bledisloe Cup match in Sydney.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00121.htm


2: The Week Ahead: Playing The Numbers

With five sitting days till the house rises the Beehive's best and brightest are engaged in a game they became well accustomed to last year as the government sat on a knife edge- counting the numbers.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00123.htm


3: 50,000 Families Pay No Tax

Next year, around 50,000 low-to-middle income working families will pay no tax, Treasurer Bill English said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00509.htm


4: Banks stop declining but charge extra fees

The Alliance has revealed that banks are charging customers $15 if they exceed their EFTPOS limit rather than declining their transactions and says that Banks should display bank charges at the point of sale. A new system has been installed that instead ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00500.htm


5: Column: International Studies Of Transaction Tax

Late this week treasurer, Bill English and Act's Rodney Hide came out swinging against the Alliance proposal for a financial transaction tax to replace GST, calling it "a loopy and failed idea." But the international community is presently ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00119.htm


6: The Lasting Lessons Of WACO

If you were near a television set on April 19, 1993, you will never forget the sight of the Mt. Carmel religious community in Waco, Texas, going up in flames. What precisely had these people done to justify the Fed's surrounding them with tanks? With reluctance, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00124.htm


7: English doesn't understand tax

The claim that 50,000 low income families will pay no tax next year shows that the Treasurer doesn't really understand the tax system, Alliance leader Jim Anderton said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00512.htm


8: Minister Confirms Plans To Privatise Timberlands

Speaking at the annual ECO conference held over the weekend, the Minister of Conservation, Dr Nick Smith confirmed that the government plans to privatise Timberlands West Coast Ltd – with the feeble reassurance that this wouldn’t happen “before the election”.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00115.htm


9: Inside APEC Exclusive - Canada's "Highest Threat"

His tale reads like a scene out of the Frederick Forsyth book “The ODESSA File”. But while what you read here is clock and dagger, it is not fiction. Published on Scoop for the first time in New Zealand is Jaggi Singh’s account of what Canada’s ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00118.htm


10: Green Party Launches Party List

The Green Party is one of the first parliamentary parties to issue its complete party-list of candidates for this year's general election.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00502.htm


11: Email Espionage At Wellington City Council?

Allegations of blackmail and espionage at Wellington City Council? Sounds ridiculous, perhaps, but there appears to be some substance behind the latest contretemps between the spurned independent councillors and the Labour-Wellington Alive coalition.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00116.htm


12: New Zealand Lotteries Commission Annual Results

"I am very disappointed at Green MP Rod Donald's interpretation of the New Zealand Lotteries Commission's work" Presiding Member Geoff Thompson said in response to criticism of the salary paid to the Lotteries Commission Chief Executive.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00113.htm


13: What can we expect on Superannuation

Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you this morning. I value the opportunity to talk to you about our plans for superannuation and to hear your comments.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00507.htm


14: Scoop Ratings – Weekend Top 20

The Top 20 rating items at the weekend were…

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/NM9908/S00191.htm


15: Niche Force Won’t Protect New Zealand’s Interests

New Zealand would be unable to play its role in world affairs or protect its own backyard if Foreign Affairs and Defence Select Committee report proposals were adopted, Defence Minister Max Bradford says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00515.htm


16: Labour's Green Credentials Go On The Line

Labour's green credentials go on the line this week, according to conservationists, as the Labour caucus considers its position on West Coast native forests.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00118.htm


17: Employers Federation Clarifies Misleading Comments

Following a series of misleading statements quoted in both written and electronic media, the Employers' Federation has today forwarded the attached two communications to the Labour Party.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00108.htm


18: $400,000 salary for lotto boss raises questions

The revelation that State Services boss Michael Wintringham didn't blow the whistle on Lotteries boss David Bale's $400,000 plus salary package raises serious questions about who guards the guardians.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00501.htm


19: Govt Should Get Out Of Gambling - Prebble

ACT Leader Richard Prebble says the row over the excessive salary paid to the Lotteries Commission head was inevitable and indicates what should be done.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00504.htm


20: No Plans To Privatise Timberlands

Conservation Minister Nick Smith today slammed Native Forest Action for distorting his views on the future of Timberlands as outlined at the annual ECO Conference in Wellington on Friday night.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00511.htm


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