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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY:
Scoop Images: Stars On Courtenay
Business Tax Returns Get Free-Post
NZ NEWS HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Molesworth & Featherston On Politics & Biz This Week
St Molesworth
The Latest From Public Address
Centre for Research on Globalization Editorial
Pentagon's Iron Hammer In Iraq Likely To Blowback
Raff Ellis: Why America Is Hated
More Commentary On Turkey's Visit To Iraq
John Kaminski: Do You Believe What You Read?
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Aquaculture Moratorium Extension Needed – Minister Says
Blows Exchanged In Immigration Debate
Primary Health Organisation Report Released
ACT's Letter – Richard Prebble Is Back
Another Auckland Teenager Killed By Drugs
Scampi Report Released By Select Committee
New Pornography Laws Introduced
DOC Accused Of Wasting Money On Feel Good Projects
Mogadon Out Of Touch With Working Folk - Robson
Anderton Stoush With Forestry Industry Gets Personal

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http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00021.htm
Stars on Courtenay - A Photo Essay
Elves, Rohan, AllBlacks, Jumbos, Liv & Pete

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Scoop Is In The House

– For today’s questions for oral answer see... Questions for Oral Answer - Thursday, 20 November [1] . Come back this evening for the uncorrected transcript of the answers.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00023.htm

LEAD STORY:
Scoop Images: Stars On Courtenay

- Elven guards, Rohan riders, AllBlacks captains, low flying Jumbos & Liv Tyler and Peter Jackson were among the sights snapped at the Embassy Theatre door by Scoop's David McLellan yesterday. See... Scoop Images: Elves Rohan AllBlacks Jumbos & Liv [1] . Also on the fringes of the red carpet was Theonering.net [2] 's Demosthenes providing a glimpse of the view from inside the media melee. See… Scoop Images: ROTK Stars On Courtenay (1) [3] and (2) [4] MORE: Scoop Images: ROTK Stars Caught On Webcam (1) [5] (2) [6] Scoop Images: The Return Of The Ringers Party (1) [7] - (2) [8] - (3) [9]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00021.htm
[2] - http://Theonering.net
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00020.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00019.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00017.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00018.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00001.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00002.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00003.htm


Business Tax Returns Get Free-Post

- Businesses will be able to free post their payments of GST, PAYE and fringe benefit tax from the beginning of next year, Revenue Minister Michael Cullen announced today. See... Free post for business tax payments [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00016.htm


HEADLINES:

  • NZ Life Care Refuses to Return to Mediation [1]
  • New DVT research shows flight socks essential [2]
  • Ahmed Zaoui Public Meeting In Wellington [3]
  • Zimbabweans hope CHOGM increases Mugabe pressure [4]
  • Is Justice Available To All? – Law Commission Speech [5]
  • Peterellis.org offers financial aid to NZ Govt. [6]
  • Air NZ's Frodo Makes Starring Appearance [7]
  • NZ World Affairs – conference honours Vic Academic [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0312/S00011.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0312/S00009.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00016.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00015.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00014.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00011.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0312/S00009.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0312/S00004.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Molesworth & Featherston On Politics & Biz This Week

    - In the complimentary edition this week of the only New Zealand publication to avoid leading with Lord of the Rings…Fish, employment law changes, transport, interest rate decision this week, changes to public finances, the government’s swelling coffers, Qantas launches a discount airline, a bit about the movies and review of Telecom’s Jetstream ‘service’. See... Molesworth & Featherston - 2 December 2003 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00032.htm


    St Molesworth

    - See... Top 10 Good Things About Being Gerry Brownlee [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00031.htm


    The Latest From Public Address

    - So I saw the Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. Unlike Russell Baillie, who seems genuinely torn between his duty to let the people know what's going on, and sticking to his contractual obligations not to, I have no such dilemma... See... Public Address 02/12/03 - No Spoilers [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00030.htm


    Centre for Research on Globalization Editorial

    - As we go to press, the borders of Syria are being threatened. The Bush administration has identified Syria as the next stage of "the road map to war". See... Michel Chossudovsky: The Bipartisan War Agenda [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00029.htm


    Pentagon's Iron Hammer In Iraq Likely To Blowback

    - Pentagon's Operation Iron Hammer in Iraq Could Foster More Support for Anti-U.S. Insurgency - Interview with Rahul Mahajan, author of "Full Spectrum Dominance: U.S. Power in Iraq and Beyond," conducted by Scott Harris See... Iraq Iron Hammer Likely to Foster More Insurgency [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00028.htm


    Raff Ellis: Why America Is Hated

    - When Italy invaded the Sudan, it had nothing to do with jealousy of the Sudanese polity. They simply wanted a share of colonial Africa, like the other Europeans had taken before them. See... Raff Ellis: Do Our Enemies Covet Our Way Of Life? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00026.htm


    More Commentary On Turkey's Visit To Iraq

    - Forget "The eagle has landed." On Thursday, the turkey landed - on many Americans dinner plates, and on the runway of the airport formerly known as Saddam Hussein International. See... Guest Opinion: A Coward Goes to Baghdad [1] . Cartoon by John Chuckman See... Chuckman Cartoon: Turkey Is Served [2] EARLIER: - Stateside: Still Raining Cats And Doggerel [3] - Satire: New Big Boom in Iraq - Jobs [4] - Chuckman Cartoon: A Turkey Scoots Into Iraq [5]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00025.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00027.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00009.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00008.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00005.htm


    John Kaminski: Do You Believe What You Read?

    - Did you know there's a war game played by Air Force types that posits a situation where the United States in the year 2017 conducts a preemptive first strike on China by using a next-generation space shuttle, which swoops down and annihilates strategic ... See... John Kaminski: Levels Of The Game [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00023.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas

    - Dissolve yourself in Me like a small drop of water in a glass of wine. See... Katya Rivas: Now I Have Admitted You to My School [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00024.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Aquaculture Moratorium Extension Needed – Minister Says

    - Minister of Fisheries Pete Hodgson confirmed today the need for an extension of the current moratorium on processing new marine farm resource consent applications. See... Limited extension of aquaculture moratorium [1] MORE: - National - Govt dithering threatens $multi-million industry [2] - MEC - Extension to the aquaculture moratorium [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00010.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00013.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00013.htm


    Blows Exchanged In Immigration Debate

    - The National Party Asian Relationships spokeswoman says for New Zealand to mature as a country it must conduct a reasoned, commonsense debate on immigration. See... National backs reasoned debate on immigration [1] MORE: - NZ First - Steve Tells Truth About Immigration [2] - Hon. Steve Maharey - New strategy targets employment for migrants [3] & Helping migrants and refugees into work [4] - Matt Robson - NZ First brochure not in the spirit of Christmas [5] - Postal Workers - False and misleading information from NZ First [6]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00024.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00017.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00020.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00019.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00014.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00012.htm


    Primary Health Organisation Report Released

    - Health Minister Annette King says regular reports on implementation of the Primary Health Care Strategy will help the sector realise the strategy's full potential. See... King welcomes PHO report [1] MORE: - Victoria University -PHOs support strategy problems with implementation [2] - Medical Assoc. -Report should improve PHO development - NZMA [3] - MoH - Ministry of Health welcomes PHO feedback [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00018.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0312/S00005.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0312/S00010.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0312/S00008.htm


    ACT's Letter – Richard Prebble Is Back

    - Parliament is in recess, so our lifestyles and property have been safe. On Tuesday it resumes with an attack on liberty: a trade union law – making it harder to sack, and forcing successful tendererers to take the previous contractor’s workforce – ... See... Prebble’s The Letter [1] MORE COLUMNS: - Hon Steve Maharey: Maharey Notes [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00008.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00021.htm


    Another Auckland Teenager Killed By Drugs

    - New Zealand First youth affairs spokesperson, Craig McNair is calling on the Government to implement his party’s youth policy on drugs after a 23-year-old male and his 15-year-old male friend were found dead in a Glen Innes garage. See... Another Tragedy [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00028.htm


    Scampi Report Released By Select Committee

    - ACT New Zealand has always maintained that the ex-gratia payment to fishers, recommended by a majority of the Primary Production Select Committee is inappropriate, ACT New Zealand Fisheries Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff said today. See... Payment To Fishers Inappropriate [1] MORE: - Ministry Of Fisheries - MFish On Select Committee Scampi Inquiry Report [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00027.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00018.htm


    New Pornography Laws Introduced

    - People producing, trading or distributing objectionable material such as child pornography will face up to 10 years' jail under tough new penalties in legislation introduced to Parliament by Justice Minister Phil Goff today. See... Censorship law changes introduced [1] MORE: - United Future - Alexander applauds anti-child porn law [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00022.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00026.htm


    DOC Accused Of Wasting Money On Feel Good Projects

    - The Department of Conservation appears to have plenty of money available for “feel good” projects and not enough to protect our rare natural treasures, said New Zealand First conservation spokesperson, Edwin Perry MP. See... DOC Funds For "Feel Good" Projects [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00025.htm


    Mogadon Out Of Touch With Working Folk - Robson

    - If Dr Brash is seriously concerned about low paid workers he would be supporting four weeks leave. See... Nats out of touch with low income families [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00015.htm


    Anderton Stoush With Forestry Industry Gets Personal

    - Jim Anderton has once again chosen to play the man not the ball in his latest outburst. Embarrassingly for Mr Anderton, he got it wrong again. See... Who advises this man? [1] and Jim's statement.. National's appalling ineffectiveness [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00011.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00009.htm

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