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LEAD STORY:
Broken English, Brash New National Party Leader - Nick Smith Deputy Leader
Countdown To A Coup - FULL COVERAGE
Chinese Visit To New Zealand Passes Without Incident
NZ NEWS HEADLINES:
Gaza: Israel Renders 2000 Palestinians Homeless
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Scoop Columnist Catherine Austin Fitts Heads To Court
John Roughan: Miracles In The Solomons
Streets Of London: The End Of Blair's Golden Weather
Aziz Choudry: Emperor George's Scary Adventure
Stateside: When The Cat's Away
Hard News & Much More Is There!
Meditations (Politics): Upsetting The GOP Home Guard
IRAQ: The Ramadan Offensive: Is It Vietnam Yet?
IRAQ:.. Meanwhile Wolfowitz Spins Like A Top (Satire)
Bolivia's Revolution A Blow To Globalisation Agenda
Chuckman: When Will They Ever Learn?
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
GE Protest Continues In Spite Of Weather, Arrests & WCC
Dunne To Debate Cannabis & Watch Out For Fumes
ACT Begins Mapping National's New Policy Platform
NZ Committing Export Hari-Kari
Tamihere Addresses Youth Offending
NZ Scales Back Solomons NZDF Contingent
New Gas And Power Bill
New Tax Committee Chair Appointed
Marian Hobbs Not Speeding On Project Aqua

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National's New Leader.... Dr Don Brash

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Broken English, Brash New National Party Leader - Nick Smith Deputy Leader

- Dr Brash has been elected leader of the National Party at a special caucus meeting this morning. The announcement was made around 5 minutes ago to a press conference that is presently underway. See... NEWSFLASH: Dr Don Brash New Leader Of National [1] MORE: - Don Brash - Statement from National Leader, Don Brash [2] - Bill English - English pledges support to Brash leadership [3] - Nat. President - Statement by Party President Judy Kirk [4] - Winston Peters - National’s Brash Leap To Nowhere [5] - Michael Cullen - Cullen on National leadership [6] - Richard Prebble - Prebble on National Leadership [7] - Jim Anderton - Mainstream National Signs Its Death Warrant [8] - Young Nats - Young Nationals back Brash [9] - Business Roundtable - NZBR Welcomes Brash Appointment [10]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00226.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00642.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00635.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00638.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00637.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00636.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00634.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00633.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00233.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00232.htm


Countdown To A Coup - FULL COVERAGE

- In advance of tomorrow morning’s crucial Caucus meeting, Don Brash has restated his key reasons for challenging Bill English’s leadership of the New Zealand National Party… See... Why English Must Be Replaced: Brash [1] and Statement By Don Brash On National Leadership [2] MORE: - Bill English Statement from National Leader, Bill English [3] and Bill English Reacts [4] - David Carter (National) - David Carter On National Deputy Leadership [5] - Progressives - Brash-led National will alienate NZ First, UF [6] - Young Labour - "Save Bill" petition launched - Young Labour [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00619.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00609.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00617.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00610.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00611.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00612.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00215.htm


Chinese Visit To New Zealand Passes Without Incident

- It is my honour to welcome you here tonight Mr President, and to express to you and your party our pleasure that so early in your term of office as president of China you are visiting our country. See... Prime Minister's China President Banquet Address [1] MORE: - Sylvia Cartwright - - Governor-General Spch: President Hu Jintao Banquet [2] - Jim Sutton - Meat protocols open up Chinese market [3] - Jim Anderton - China arrangement on technical barriers to trade [4] - Phil Goff - NZ signs consular agreement with China [5] - Greens - Green MP to hand letter to Chinese leader [6] - Police - China's Hu Jintao's Wellington Visit Incident Free [7] - Virionyx - China's President Hu Jintao Visits Virionyx [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00613.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00618.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00616.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00615.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00614.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00625.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0310/S00192.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0310/S00252.htm


NZ NEWS HEADLINES:

  • Social Forum Aotearoa 21-23 November 2003 [1]
  • ERMA Hearing for Crop and Food GE Onions Trial [2]
  • Child, Youth And Family Agrees Terms Of Reference [3]
  • September Imports Flat [4]
  • Meat Trade To China Formalised [5]
  • Destiny New Zealand 2003 Party - Policy Overview [6]
  • Activists prepare to 'lock horns' at rodeo [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00222.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00220.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00235.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0310/S00258.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0310/S00257.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00226.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00224.htm


    Gaza: Israel Renders 2000 Palestinians Homeless


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    IMAGE: Palestine Territories Being Systematically Destroyed

    - Palestinian President Yasser Arafat on Sunday slammed Israel’s demolition of three multi-storey residential buildings in the Gaza Strip as a “catastrophe” after more than 2000 Palestinians were rendered homeless. See... Arafat, Roed Larsen Deplore Israel’s Demolitions [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00280.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

    On Iraq

  • Wolfowitz Responds to Attack on Baghdad Hotel [1]
  • Middle East
  • Israel to Build A Wall on the Jordan Valley [2]
  • Rights Group: Hospital Raids Violate Int’l Law [3]
  • PNA Ahmad Qurei’: Apartheid Wall Most Hideous Breach Ever Known [4]
  • IOF Hit Al Zahra'a Hard on Ramadan Eve [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00276.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00281.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00279.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00278.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00277.htm


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Scoop Columnist Catherine Austin Fitts Heads To Court

    - On the 29th of October, a trial begins in a Federal courtroom in Washington DC. The defendant in the case is our own distinguished advisory board member Catherine Austin Fitts. See... Chris Sanders: Where is the Collateral? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00223.htm


    John Roughan: Miracles In The Solomons

    - Three great historical events changed forever the history of Solomon Islands. In the first days of Bell's killing in East Malaita in 1927, it did not seem at the time much of an historical event. See... John Roughan: Great Expectations? No, Miracles! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00222.htm


    Streets Of London: The End Of Blair's Golden Weather

    - Six years ago the Labour Party swept to power on the back of it’s youthful image. Tony Blair was a young and active 44-year old leader, bring forth a new age of govt. See... Streets Of London: Star Crossed Leaders [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00221.htm


    Aziz Choudry: Emperor George's Scary Adventure

    - Fresh from visiting California’s Governor-Terminator, His Imperial Majesty jetted off to Asia … See... The Emperor Goes To Asia and Talks Terror [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00220.htm


    Stateside: When The Cat's Away

    - "Who wants to be the City's mayor? I am." I can't help thinking that's the tune that was going through Supervisor Daly's head last Wednesday as he swore in two members of his own choosing for the Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco. See... Of Mice At Play And Beast-Men At Work [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00216.htm


    Hard News & Much More Is There!

    - One of the tests of major political party leadership - and Prime Ministerial potential - is being able to smoothly run one's own ascension, by dint of coup or otherwise. If you can't do that, how can you run the country?... See... Public Address 28/10/03 - A Feast Of Blogs [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00215.htm


    Meditations (Politics): Upsetting The GOP Home Guard

    - My father says I should not call Bush and his fellow travellers bastards. Not because they aren't bastards, but because it might make them mad. Though a life-long Republican, my father is as outraged as I am by the duplicity, hypocrisy, and bald-faced lying ... See... Martin LeFevre: Bastards by Any Other Name [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00218.htm


    IRAQ: The Ramadan Offensive: Is It Vietnam Yet?

    - History loves to repeat itself. On January 31, 1968, soldiers from North Vietnam launched what has become known as the Tet Offensive. See... UQ Wire: The Ramadan Offensive [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00227.htm


    IRAQ:.. Meanwhile Wolfowitz Spins Like A Top (Satire)

    - Deputy Secretary of Defense says US won't be deterred by attack, but that he's getting the f*** out of Baghdad. See... Wolfowitz Says Attack Proves Iraqis Want Freedom [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00219.htm


    Bolivia's Revolution A Blow To Globalisation Agenda

    - Bolivian Uprising is Another Blow to Corporate Globalization in Latin America - Interview with Jim Schultz, executive director of the Democracy Center, conducted by Scott Harris See... Bolivian Uprising Blow to Corporate Globalization [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00225.htm


    Chuckman: When Will They Ever Learn?

    - We've all met them, people who stubbornly hurl themselves in the wrong direction, stopping only when they violently collide with reality. It is a painful way to learn, but those afflicted with the disability seem unable to learn in any other way. See... John Chuckman: Banging Your Head Into Walls [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00224.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas

    - Beauty and charity live fused in one single manifestation that adapts itself to the present needs and encourages according to the persons I choose for such manifestation. See... Katya Rivas: Do Not Fear the Difficulties… [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00217.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    GE Protest Continues In Spite Of Weather, Arrests & WCC

    - “The peaceful occupation at Parliament remains. Five people have been arrested but we intend to stay until the people’s moratorium starts tomorrow” said spokesperson Lenka Rochford. See... GE-Free Camp Continues Despite Arrests [1] MORE: - GE-Free Camp: Dawn on Independence Day [2] - Peaceful Protest Continues [3] - National GE Free Coalition On GE-Free Tent Protest [4] - GE Protest Wellington Mayor Issues Trespass Notice [5] - Open Letter to Kerry Prendergast [6]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00234.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00230.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00229.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00225.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00218.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00217.htm


    Dunne To Debate Cannabis & Watch Out For Fumes

    - United Future leader, Peter Dunne, says he will debate publicly with Green MP, Nandor Tanczos, on the abuse of cannabis, on certain conditions. See... Dunne agrees to cannabis debate [1] and Progressives debate Nandor, go mad [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00641.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00640.htm


    ACT Begins Mapping National's New Policy Platform

    - ACT New Zealand Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today said she was appalled at the Ministry of Social Development's 2003 annual report that so unashamedly promotes the spending of more than $2.1 billion on Maori "clients". See... Where's the Benefit in Benefit? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00628.htm


    NZ Committing Export Hari-Kari

    - New Zealand is about to commit export-suicide, Green Party Co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons warned today, in the wake of the latest GE scandal to rock our food industry. See... Subway shambles shows why moratorium must stay [1] and Make my sandwich GE-free [2] MORE: - Greenpeace - Government ''We Are Ready For GE'' Made Farce [3] - Greenpeace - Hobbs lost plot blaming Greenpeace for GE incident [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00624.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00621.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00227.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00219.htm


    Tamihere Addresses Youth Offending

    - The impression one gets from reading newspapers and watching the television news is an explosion of youth offending, of young criminals running amok, committing more and more serious offences in ever greater numbers. See... Succeeding with young offenders - Tamihere Speech [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00645.htm


    NZ Scales Back Solomons NZDF Contingent

    - In keeping with the overall scaling down of the Regional Assistance Mission in Solomon Islands (RAMSI), New Zealand’s military contingent will be decreased over the coming months, Minister of Defence Mark Burton announced today. See... NZDF involvement in Solomon Islands scaled back [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00644.htm


    New Gas And Power Bill

    - The Electricity and Gas Industries Bill introduced to Parliament today will set the legal framework for the next phase in the development of New Zealand's electricity and gas industries, says Energy Minister Pete Hodgson. See... New legislation for electricity and gas industries [1] and Electricity and gas: new legislation new direction [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00632.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00629.htm


    New Tax Committee Chair Appointed

    - Revenue Minister Michael Cullen today paid tribute to the work of Colin Blair, chairman of the advisory panel that oversees the Rewrite of the Income Tax Act, who is to step down after eight years in the position. See... Chairman change in Tax Rewrite Advisory Panel [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00630.htm


    Marian Hobbs Not Speeding On Project Aqua

    - The community will have at least till the end of February to make submissions on notified Waitaki catchment applications, including eight Project Aqua consents, Environment Minister Marian Hobbs said today. See... Plenty of time to comment on Waitaki applications [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00620.htm

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