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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
More Than Anybody Needed To Know About Ross Armstrong
GDP Increases 2.1% For September Year
NZ NEWS HEADLINES:
Israel Launches Large Invasion Of West Bank Camps
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News & More Is There!
The Real Deal With Catherine Austin Fitts
Saddam Capture: Satire - Celebrating With Bombings
Saddam Capture: Doubts About The Received Version
COMPLETE SCOOP SADDAM CAPTURE COMMENT:
UQ Wire: 911 Failures Of Bush Admin. On Prime Time TV
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Retirement Report Released
Hui Slams Seabed And Foreshore Proposals
Nats & United Future Skirmish Over Seabed
Airforces Finds Fishing Boats In The Sea
United Representatives Appointed To Prostitution Review
Unlisted Not In The Clear
Auckland & Government Getting On With Stuff
Tourism Doing Well
Animal Welfare, Just NotYet
Have A Green Not A Gambling Christmas
Those Were The Days Of Our Select Committees

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Israel Invades Palestine On Eve Of Christmas

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
More Than Anybody Needed To Know About Ross Armstrong

- The Auditor-General has today released a report on expenses incurred by Dr Ross Armstrong during his tenure as Chairperson of Television New Zealand, New Zealand Post, and Industrial Research Limited. See... Auditor-General’s Armstrong report welcomed [1] and the full report… OAG Report Into Ross Armstrong's Expenses [2] MORE: - TVNZ - . TVNZ Board of Directors Pleased With Armstrong Rpt [3] - NZ Post - NZ Post Welcomes Final Chapter In Armstrong Issue [4] - ACT - Armstrong Report Fails To Identify Real Villain [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00498.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00495.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00154.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00153.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00500.htm


GDP Increases 2.1% For September Year

- Economic activity increased 1.5 percent in the September 2003 quarter, following increases of 0.3 and 0.7 percent in the June and March 2003 quarters, respectively, according to Statistics New Zealand. For the year ended September 2003, the economy ... See... Household Spending Fuels Strong Economic Growth [1] and Jim Anderton… Economy stronger than expected in 3Q [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00248.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00499.htm


NZ NEWS HEADLINES:

  • MPs Holiday Leaving Fishery Officers As Targets [1]
  • Indonesian Army's Terrorising Of Aceh Must End Now [2]
  • Auckland business confidence is holding firm [3]
  • More wind power from today [4]
  • Pastoral House Sold [5]
  • TSO Figure Released At Last [6]
  • Drive safely these holidays [7]
  • TV Targets for 2004 [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00151.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00152.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00262.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00252.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00241.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00237.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00149.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00243.htm


    Israel Launches Large Invasion Of West Bank Camps

    - NABLUS, Palestine -- During a massive invasion into the West Bank refugee camp of Nablus, several West Bank cities, the Israeli occupying forces (IOF) shot and wounded 17 Palestinian citizens, including a child. See... Huge Israel Invasion in Balata 17 Wounded 1 Dead [1] ALSO: Balata: Israel Invades Refugee Camp Shoots Dead 2 [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00126.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00128.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES:

    Israeli Refuseniks Sentenced To Three Years - GAZA -- Five Israeli soldiers who refused military service in the occupied Palestinian territories have been indicted by the Israeli Jaffa military court on Tuesday. See... Five Israeli Refuseniks Indicted 3 Year Sentences [1] ALSO: 5 Israeli Objectors to Military Service Convicted [2] MORE HEADLINES:

  • Israel Bars Arafat from Christmas Festivities [3]
  • Qorei Says He Is ready To Meet Sharon Next Week [4]
  • A Bomb Attack in Baghdad Kills 10 Iraqis [5]
  • New Iraqi Health System Will Offer Care to All [6]
  • UN Radio: Reactions to Kofi Annan's Report On Iraq [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00127.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00130.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00129.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00132.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00131.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00125.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00124.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:


    Hard News & More Is There!

    - So I gatecrash this going-off Christmas party and I've been there five minutes when Hugh Sundae rides in on a Segway. I've never seen one before. "You should have a turn," someone says... See... Public Address 19/12/03 - Out And About [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00171.htm


    The Real Deal With Catherine Austin Fitts

    - Sam Smith of Progressive Review once said that corruption in Washington was a culture, not a conspiracy. US News & World Report -- once again -- proves Sam right. See... US News & World Report Doth Protest Too Much [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00170.htm


    Saddam Capture: Satire - Celebrating With Bombings

    - Baghdad-- In a show of national unity and reconciliation following the capture of Saddam Hussein, Iraqi insurgents drove car bombs into government facilities two days in a row. See... Insurgents Celebrate Capture With Suicide Bombings [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00169.htm


    Saddam Capture: Doubts About The Received Version

    - Do you believe the U.S. government is capable of lying to the American people about these important issues? See... Is US Govt. Capable Of Lying About Saddam Hussein? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00168.htm


    COMPLETE SCOOP SADDAM CAPTURE COMMENT:

    - One Autocratic Belligerent Deposed, One to Go [1] - Ernest Partridge: "We Got Saddam!" - So What? [2] - Meditations (Politics): Evil Trying Evil [3] - World Sighs With Relief As Saddam Is Rescued [4] - Top 10 Comments Made By Saddam On Capture [5] - UQ Wire: We Caught The Wrong Guy [6] - Scoop Link: TIME: Notes from Saddam in Custody [7] - Saddam Flushed WMD Stash Down Toilet [8] - Firas Al-Atraqchi: Saddam Must be Tried in Iraq [9] - Public Address 15/12/03 - History Pivots [10] - Stateside with Rosalea: I Really Think So [11]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00163.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00162.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00153.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00151.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00152.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00137.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00145.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00142.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00130.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00132.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00129.htm


    UQ Wire: 911 Failures Of Bush Admin. On Prime Time TV

    - For the first time, the chairman of the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks is saying publicly that 9/11 could have and should have been prevented, reports CBS News. See... UQ Wire: CBS - 911 Attack Was Preventable - Kean [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00160.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas

    - My people, what have I done to you? I have loved you with an incomprehensible Love! Where I am, I also want men to be with Me. You still do not know Me. See... Katya Rivas: Call Me by My Name; Call Me Jesus! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00167.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Retirement Report Released

    - The government will carefully examine the report of the Periodic Report Group on ways to encourage more New Zealanders to save for their retirement and will respond formally in the new year, Social Development and Employment Minister Steve Maharey said today. See... Retirement income report welcomed [1] MORE: - Retirement Commission - Untapped potential for saving at work [2] - Periodic Report Grp. - Retirement income group says no crisis [3] - Business NZ – Superannuation report misses a few key points [4] - CTU - Time to Move on Workplace Super [5]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00485.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00150.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00148.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00263.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00254.htm


    Hui Slams Seabed And Foreshore Proposals

    - The Hongoeka foreshore and seabed hui held in Porirua on Thursday unanimously rejected the Government's proposals as confiscation and theft, a denial of access to justice and fair legal remedies; and a premeditated extinguishment of iwi, hapu, whanau and Treaty-guaranteed rights. See... Hui slams Government seabed plan [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00147.htm


    Nats & United Future Skirmish Over Seabed

    - National's Gerry Brownlee gets a 'D' for comprehension after misconstruing - "wilfully or otherwise" - United Future's position on the foreshore and seabed issue, the party's leader, Peter Dunne, said today. See... Dunne: Time for Nats to work for New Zealand [1] and United Future can't have it both ways [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00503.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00486.htm


    Airforces Finds Fishing Boats In The Sea

    - Several contacts were made with fishing vessels on a surveillance flight conducted over the Ross Sea by an RNZAF Orion Aircraft on Thursday. See... Vessels detected by Ross Sea surveillance flight [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00502.htm


    United Representatives Appointed To Prostitution Review

    "As Minister of Justice I have appointed two of the representatives on the committee. They are Susan Martin and Sister Catherine Hannan. Both were nominated by Peter Dunne, leader of United Future," Mr Goff said. See... Goff names Prostitution Law Review Committtee [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00501.htm


    Unlisted Not In The Clear

    - Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel is still considering whether to exercise the declaration power contained in the Securities Markets Act 1988 in relation to the Unlisted securities trading facility. See... Minister still considering Unlisted venture [1] . Meanwhile…Waipara Hills Wine Estate joins Unlisted [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00493.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00260.htm


    Auckland & Government Getting On With Stuff

    - Auckland Issues Minister Judith Tizard has used the final Auckland Mayoral Forum of 2003 to reflect on achievements made under the Auckland-government partnership. See... Achievements for Auckland-government partnership [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00491.htm


    Tourism Doing Well

    -Minister of Tourism Mark Burton is today congratulating the tourism sector for another remarkable year. See... Visitors continue to make major economic contrib. [1] and Visitor Arrivals Up 7 Percent [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00490.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00247.htm


    Animal Welfare, Just NotYet

    - An extension to the time required for completing the four deemed codes of animal welfare was issued today. See... Extension Granted On Animal Welfare Codes [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00489.htm


    Have A Green Not A Gambling Christmas

    - Green MP Sue Bradford is warning New Zealanders not to gamble on a happy Christmas. See... Don't gamble on a happy Christmas [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00487.htm


    Those Were The Days Of Our Select Committees

    - This is the final press release for the year. The first press release for 2004 will be on Friday, 23 January. See... Select Committee Business For The Week [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00483.htm

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