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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
National & Greens Call For SAS Info
Bill Rowling Was Not In The Dark On Timor
GM Crops No Economic Boon - New Report
Leaky Building Crisis
Bush’s Secret Plan For World Domination – In Lurid HTML
Amnesty Takes On US Policy To ICC
Countdown To War: US, UN And UK React To Iraq Decision
Countdown To War: The Letter From Saddam
Kofi Annan’s Roadmap To Peace Unveiled
EARLIER: Countdown To War: Iraq Accepts Weapons Inspections
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Credit Cards Given More Clout
ET Customs Heroes Receive Medals
Asset Testing Pledge Should Be Honoured - Peters
Smith Suing Nelson CYFS
Ministers Duelling Over Arnold Hydro Scheme
Swain’s Transport Vision Revealed
Qantas Manoeuvres Cause For Concern For Air Travellers
Student Loans Inhibit Mortgage Borrowing

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Scoop Is In The House

– For a transcript of today’s Questions of the day check back at 5.30pm. For today's questions see.. Questions For Oral Answer - 18 September 2002 [1] - Tuesday's Q&A [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00298.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00287.htm


National & Greens Call For SAS Info

- The Government is ignoring recent history in its adamant refusal to lift the veil of secrecy it has cast over the presence of New Zealand combat troops in Afghanistan, Green MP Keith Locke said today. See... Government must lift the veil on SAS [1] and National’s Clark dodges the questions again on Iraq [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00291.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00286.htm


Bill Rowling Was Not In The Dark On Timor

- ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs & Defence Spokesman Ken Shirley today accused the Prime Minister of selective amnesia over the 1975 Indonesia invasion of East Timor. See... PM Has Selective Amnesia Over Timor [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00306.htm


GM Crops No Economic Boon - New Report

- A comprehensive new report into the impact of genetically modified crops in North America has huge implications for this country, Green Party Co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said today. New report explodes GM myths - Fitzsimons [1] MORE: - Growndswell - Royal Commission Report a Fraud [2] - Greenpeace - Greenpeace alerts NZ farmers to GE disaster in US [3] - LSN - Soil Association Report Politically Motivated [4] - GE Free NZ - Studies into US GE must prompt Govt rethink [5] - Bio-Gro NZ - GM spells economic disaster for American Farmers [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00301.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0209/S00027.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0209/S00026.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0209/S00030.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0209/S00029.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0209/S00028.htm


Leaky Building Crisis

- ACT Commerce Spokesman Deborah Coddington is calling on the Commerce Select Committee to conduct an inquiry into leaky buildings as a fast and achievable way to address issues of responsibility. See... Select Com Must Examine Leaky Building Crisis [1] MORE: - National - Government can’t ignore building crisis [2] - National - Government should come clean over housing scandal [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00299.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00297.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00292.htm


Bush’s Secret Plan For World Domination – In Lurid HTML

- UQ Wire Editor’s Note: The following is the full text of the “secret report” referred to in an earlier UQ wire item, “UQ Wire: Secret Bush Iraq Regime Change Blueprint [1] ” . See... UQ Wire: Bush Regime Change Blueprint - The Report [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00101.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00103.htm


Amnesty Takes On US Policy To ICC

- Amnesty International today launched a worldwide petition in response to US attacks against the new system of international justice. See... Say "no" to US attack on international justice [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00175.htm


Countdown To War: US, UN And UK React To Iraq Decision

- White House -We've heard "unconditional" before - White House [1] - State Department - On-The-Record Briefing at the Foreign Press Center [2] , Powell Meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister [3] - 10 Downing Street - Monday 16 September Downing Street lobby briefing [4] , Iraqi offer to re-admit weapons inspectors - Straw [5] and Straw: 'A clear hard choice about Iraq' [6] - UN - Iraqi return of inspectors letter only a beginning [7] , UN inspection commission and Iraq start talks [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00172.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00174.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00173.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00171.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00170.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00169.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00162.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00161.htm


Countdown To War: The Letter From Saddam

- “ I have the honour to refer to the series of discussions held between Your Excellency and the Government of the Republic of Iraq on the implementation of relevant Security Council resolutions on the question of Iraq which took place in New York on 7 March ... “ See... Iraq's Letter To The UNSG on Weapons Inspections [1] MORE FROM IRAQ: - Iraq blasts US-Australian piracy at Gulf [2] - Military Spokesman On US/UK Bombing Raids [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00166.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00168.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00167.htm


Kofi Annan’s Roadmap To Peace Unveiled

- 17 September – Members of the diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East - comprising the United Nations, European Union, Russian Federation and United States - today outlined a three-phase roadmap to achieve the shared vision of two States - Israel and Palestine. See... ME Quartet outlines three-phase roadmap for peace [1] MORE: - 'Performance and hope' needed for Quartet success [2] - UN Press Conference By Quartet On Middle East [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00164.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00165.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00163.htm


EARLIER: Countdown To War: Iraq Accepts Weapons Inspections

- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has just announced that Iraq has written to him saying it is willing to accept the return of weapons inspectors unconditionally. See... NewsFlash: Iraq Accepts UN Weapons Inspectors [1] , UNSG press encounter with announcement on Iraq [2] and Iraq agrees to unconditional return of UN weapons [3] REACTION: - National - Keep the pressure on Iraqi breakthrough [4] - ACT - US Stance Vindicated by Iraqi Backdown [5] - Green Party - Iraq's decision: victory for peaceful int pressure [6] - White House - White House Statement On Iraq Weapons Inspections [7] See also...COUNTDOWN TO WAR FEATURE PAGE [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00096.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00158.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00157.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00276.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00273.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00272.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00159.htm
[8] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=countdowniraq


Daily Katya Rivas

- There now, calm down, My little cucarachita [a familiar, affectionate term in Spanish] . You are the only one to blame for accepting situations or people that upset you. See... Katya Rivas: Nobody is Superior to Anyone Else [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00104.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Credit Cards Given More Clout

- New consumer credit legislation introduced to parliament yesterday will make credit providers more accountable to consumers, Acting Consumer Affairs Minister Lianne Dalziel said today. See... New credit legislation gives consumers more clout [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00300.htm


ET Customs Heroes Receive Medals

- New Zealand Customs officers who have contributed to the establishment of the East Timor Border Service are today being officially honoured by the New Zealand Government, with the presentation of the New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM). See... Customs contribution to East Timor recognised [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00296.htm


Asset Testing Pledge Should Be Honoured - Peters

- New Zealand First has called on the Government to honour its election pledges and accept the social security legislation that abolishes income and asset testing for elderly people in long term care. See... Honour Your Election Pledge Says NZ First [1] and National… Asset testing or not Labour? [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00295.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00282.htm


Smith Suing Nelson CYFS

- Nelson MP Nick Smith today goes to the Wellington District Court for the first hearing in his attempt to prosecute Child, Youth and Family for not ensuring children in it’s care are attending school. See... Smith goes to court to push truancy issue [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00294.htm


Ministers Duelling Over Arnold Hydro Scheme

- ACT New Zealand Conservation and Energy spokesman Ken Shirley is calling on the Prime Minister to settle the impasse created by two of her Ministers. See... PM Must Solve Impasse Between Ministers [1] and National… New Minister jumps to conclusions [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00293.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00280.htm


Swain’s Transport Vision Revealed

- Minister of Transport Paul Swain outlined the Government’s vision for New Zealand’s transport system over the next decade, as he opened the Road Transport Forum’s annual conference in Nelson this morning. See... Swain Outlines Transport Vision [1] and Speech Notes: Govt's transport vision address [2] MORE: - EMA- Auckland's roads shortfall $500 million [3] - Fed Farmers - Fundamental Flaws in Road Funding not Addressed [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00284.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00285.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0209/S00090.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0209/S00085.htm


Qantas Manoeuvres Cause For Concern For Air Travellers

- Representatives from Qantas are expected to meet with the Commerce Commission within the next four weeks, says National’s Associate Transport Spokesperson John Key. See... New Zealand air travellers should be wary [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00283.htm


Student Loans Inhibit Mortgage Borrowing

- New research released today by the New Zealand University Students’ Association (NZUSA) shows that some banks are rejecting applications for mortgages based on the size of graduate’s student loan debt despite the Banking Ombudsman and the Government stating that the size of a loan debt should not be taken into account when seeking finance. See... Student Debt limits access to Mortgages [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0209/S00088.htm


United Future Flexes Its Freedom

- United Future New Zealand leader, Peter Dunne, today announced that the Parliamentary caucus has decided to oppose the Tertiary Education Reform Bill and the Television New Zealand Bill, currently being considered by Parliament. See... United Future to oppose two Govt Bills [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00278.htm

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