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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
Tall Blacks Shoot Into Top 8 With Sensational Win
Brit=Quality, Yank=Crap TV Formula Turned Around
WSSD Fails To Deliver Sustainability, Greens Say
Doing Nothing Is Not An Option, Says Dubya
War Abroad Casts Eyes Away From Trouble At Home
Hunger Striker Interviewed As War Looms
Remembering September 11 & Reclaiming Freedom
The Disorder of George Bush’s New World
NZ First Asks Why Tamihere Isn’t Labeled Racist Too
Man Sentenced For Selling CD Cleaner Buzz
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Fishing For A Free Trade Agreement
Price For US/NZ Free Trade Will Be Going To War
Top Tax Rate Driving The Eric Watsons Away
One Winston’s Enough, Robson Tells Franks
Address In Reply: Tariana Turia Talks Treaty
Legal Action Against Te Hauora O Te Tai Tokerau
Resist Temptation To Bail Out Tranz Rail With Public Money

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Scoop Is In The House

– Today's questions for oral answer. An uncorrected transcript of today’s question time will be posted in the Parliament wire this evening. See... Questions For Oral Answer - 5 September 2002 [1] - Tuesday's Q&A [2] - Wednesday's Q&A [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00073.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00037.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00060.htm


Tall Blacks Shoot Into Top 8 With Sensational Win

- New Zealand's basketball heroes the Tall Blacks came back from 24 points down to beat China in their final pool game at the World Championships in Indianapolis this morning by 94 points to 88. See... Tall Blacks Beat China 94-88 - Into Finals [1] CONGRATULATIONS: - Bill English - Fantastic Win [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00025.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00076.htm


Brit=Quality, Yank=Crap TV Formula Turned Around

- What has happened to British television? Once a feasting ground of witty, acerbic and terribly-well-bred comics who wrote brilliant shows like Fawlty Towers and Blackadder , Brit comedy has descended into unwatchable tripe. See... Tube Talk: Un-Cool Britannia [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00019.htm


WSSD Fails To Deliver Sustainability, Greens Say

- The world's leaders have again failed in their duty to protect the planet and its people from greed and exploitation, Green Party Co-leader Rod Donald said today, following the conclusion of the Johannesburg World Summit. See... World Leaders Fail To Deliver [1] SEE ALSO: - UN - Jo'burg Declaration: Sustainable Development [2] - Greenpeace - Climate change [3] - Summit Failure [4] - US State Dept - Clean Water for People Initiative [5] - Summit Institute for Sustainable Development Event [6] - Remarks At World Summit On Sustainable Development [7] - Powell Press Briefing on Board Plane To WSSD [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00068.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00064.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00062.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00061.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00060.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00059.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00058.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00057.htm


Doing Nothing Is Not An Option, Says Dubya

- One of the things I made very clear to the members here is that doing nothing about that serious threat is not an option for the United States. See... President Bush Begins His Sale Of War With Iraq [1] BRITAIN PITCHES IN: - FOM Mike O'Brien - 'A threat that Britain cannot ignore' [2] - Tony Blair - Iraq Press Conference - Full Transcript [3] EARLIER: - UK - 28 August PM's lobby briefing - Iraq & WSSD [4] and Tony Blair Warns World Over Iraqi WMD Plans [5] - Iraq - Iraq refutes US and British allegations [6] - US - DoD News Briefing 3/9 - Rumsfeld and Gen. Myers [7] and White House Press Briefing [8] - United Nations - Annan, Iraqi Deputy PM Discuss Weapons Inspections [9]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00056.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00066.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00065.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00041.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00038.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00040.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00039.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00037.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00034.htm


War Abroad Casts Eyes Away From Trouble At Home

- As President Bush goes to Capitol Hill today to promulgate his rationale for sending a few hundred thousand U.S. ground troops to spill their blood in Iraq, political polls indicate an eerie public feeling that the rush to war may also be serving to divert attention from scandals at home. See... UQ Wire: Funding War PR With Foreign Cash [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00021.htm


Hunger Striker Interviewed As War Looms

- The military juggernaut continues to race towards the Middle East. At press time, U.S. fighter-bombers raided several facilities in the north and south of Iraq claiming they were military installations. The Iraqis counter-claimed they were civilian facilities. See... American Group Defies Iraq War Rhetoric – Part II [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00023.htm


Remembering September 11 & Reclaiming Freedom

- This isn't real. That's what we all said. I said it too, as I watched from a high-rise building on West 17th Street and saw the mighty towers of the World Trade Center collapse and disappear into dust. See... UQ Wire: Remembering 911 - What's Left Undone [1] SEE ALSO: - NYC Area Events To Challenge Official 9/11 Story [2] - NZ Aviation Security Service - One Year On [3] - Michael Cullen - Stock Exchange September 11 Gesture [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00018.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00055.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0209/S00014.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00061.htm


The Disorder of George Bush’s New World

- President Bush continues to court organised labour. His focus on Pennsylvania is interesting for several reasons. It is Tom Ridge’s turf. Ridge has gone from the governor’s mansion of Pennsylvania to the Department of Homeland Security. See... NITA: The Disorder of George Bush’s New World [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00024.htm


NZ First Asks Why Tamihere Isn’t Labeled Racist Too

- “The speech today by John Tamihere in the Address and Reply debate was a disgraceful example of racism”, says New Zealand First MP, Brian Donnelly. See... Tamihere A Pot Calling The Kettle Black - Donnelly [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00059.htm


Man Sentenced For Selling CD Cleaner Buzz

- Two-hundred and fifty hours community service for a Timaru man convicted of charges relating to one 4B, serve as a warning to others thinking of promoting and selling chemicals for misuse, Ministry of Health spokesperson Geoff Owen said today. See... One 4B Sentencing [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0209/S00015.htm


Daily Katya Rivas

- Little Catalina, I want you to know that during this time of great tribulation, crime, war and fighting, I want My children to don My armor and the seal of the Cross. See... Katya Rivas: Come Close To Me [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00022.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Fishing For A Free Trade Agreement

- The Government would provide extra resources to the New Zealand Embassy in Washington to bolster New Zealand's efforts to secure a free trade agreement with the United States, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... More Resources For Trade Agreement Push [1] SEE ALSO: - Mike Moore's New Government Job [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00067.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00064.htm


Price For US/NZ Free Trade Will Be Going To War

- Green Party Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Keith Locke has congratulated National's Lockwood Smith on reaching the same conclusion as the Greens: a Free Trade deal with the United States can only be bought by going to war. See... What Cost Free Trade? [1] SEE ALSO: - Wayne Mapp - New Zealand Must Remember Its Allies [2] - Winston Peters - Iraq Attack [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00071.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00069.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00074.htm


Top Tax Rate Driving The Eric Watsons Away

- ACT Leader Richard Prebble said today that the news that another top New Zealand businessman, Eric Watson, has left the country, is a serious loss. See... Another Top Businessman Leaves NZ [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00075.htm


One Winston’s Enough, Robson Tells Franks

- Progressive Matt Robson MP has hit out at what he describes as nutty intolerant statements on immigration fuelled by sentiments increasingly close to racism. See... ACT Tries To Outbid New Zealand First [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00072.htm


Address In Reply: Tariana Turia Talks Treaty

- Hapu and iwi continue to challenge the Crown’s assumption of its right to govern. They alone will determine what is best for them. Reconciliation could well involve new constitutional arrangements. See... Address In Reply - Tariana Turia [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00070.htm


Legal Action Against Te Hauora O Te Tai Tokerau

- Desperate court action against Te Hauora o Te Tai Tokerau (THOTT) by Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey reveals the Minister has mismanaged the debacle, ACT Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today. See... Maharey Must Release THOTT Review [1] MORE: - Steve Maharey - High Court action underway [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00063.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00058.htm


Resist Temptation To Bail Out Tranz Rail With Public Money

- The Government should stay away from Tranz Rail, ACT Transport spokesman Deborah Coddington said today. See... Government Must Not Bail Out Tranz Rail [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00065.htm

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