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Top Scoop Stories - 25 October 2007 News Summary


Today's Top Scoops - October 25, 2007

LEAD STORY:

Biffo: Legislation Fails To Keep MPs Safe From Physical Attack

NZ POLITICS:

Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 25 October 2007
Justice: Cool News For Prisoners - Ombudsman On Way
Sexual Abuse: Family First Blames 70s Permissive Society For Shocking Statistics
Serious Fraud Outrage?: Govt Accused of Hustling SFO Out Of Action
Paul Buchanan: The "Guantanomisation" of NZ's national security policy
Reserve Bank: OCR unchanged at 8.25 percent
Taxation: Cullen Signals Tax Cuts
Exports: Sympathy For The Sheep Shown By Govt

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Air Travel: World's Largest Airliner Enters Commercial Service
Te Papa: Scientist James Hector's Legacy Celebrated
Reserve Bank: The Official Cash Rate (OCR) Will Remain Unchanged At 8.25 Percent
Company Results: Dominion Finance Holdings Posts Record Net Profit

WORLD:

Looking Ahead: U.S. Dep. Secretary of State John D. Negroponte On The Asia of 2012
Close Inspection: UN Rights Expert To Probe Burma Crackdown Abuses
Get Ready: Need For Preparedness For Potential Flu Pandemic
Pulling Together: World Turning Towards Multilateralism, Says Ban Ki-Moon

LIFESTYLE:

Oddspot: Cemetery Attempts To Slow Down Business
Documentaries: Masterful TV For The Nation's Minds
Rock: Gloomy New York Based Band On Way For Summer


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LEAD STORY

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Biffo: Legislation Fails To Keep MPs Safe From Physical Attack - Green Party MP Keith Locke suggests that the authorities should be looking much closer to home for the real dangers from political violence. "While I was quietly going about my business in the middle of a Parliamentary debate last night, Trevor Mallard resorted to violence against Tau Henare only a few metres away in the lobby," Mr Locke says. More >> [1]

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OTHER NEWS:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0710/S00449.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0710/S00452.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0710/S00343.htm
[4] - http://www.publicaddress.net/default,4562.sm
[5] - http://www.publicaddress.net/default,4574,pt_2_terrorism_charges_whats_involved.sm#post


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NZ POLITICS

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QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0710/S00463.htm


Justice: Cool News For Prisoners - Ombudsman On Way - The establishment of an Ombudsman for Prisons fulfils the Government's agreement with the Green Party. "This is a major victory for the justice system in New Zealand," Green Party Justice Spokesperson Nandor Tanczos says. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0710/S00464.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0710/S00346.htm


Sexual Abuse: Family First Blames 70s Permissive Society For Shocking Statistics - Family First is blaming our sex-saturated culture for the horrific rates of sex abuse, as revealed by the WHO study released yesterday. "Since the liberalisation of all things sexual since the 60's and 70's, society has been paying the cost. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0710/S00339.htm


Serious Fraud Outrage?: Govt Accused of Hustling SFO Out Of Action - The Government's announcement that it was establishing the Organised Crime Agency blindsided the Serious Fraud Office, says National's Justice & Corrections spokesman, Simon Power. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0710/S00459.htm


Paul Buchanan: The "Guantanomisation" of NZ's national security policy - Intelligence specialist and Auckland academic Paul Buchanan writes that the arrest and detention without bail of seventeen activists represents a step towards the "Guantanomisation" of national security policy in NZ. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0710/S00355.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0710/S00375.htm


Reserve Bank: OCR unchanged at 8.25 percent - Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard said: "The outlook for the New Zealand economy and interest rates remains broadly consistent with the view outlined in the September Monetary Policy Statement. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0710/S00367.htm


Taxation: Cullen Signals Tax Cuts - John Key and Bill English are clearly worried that the Labour-led government is signalling personal tax cuts in next year's Budget, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0710/S00436.htm


Exports: Sympathy For The Sheep Shown By Govt - Following a review of New Zealand's policy for exports of livestock (sheep, cattle, deer and goats) for slaughter, Cabinet has agreed it needs to control the trade more tightly. Govt reviews policy on livestock exported [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0710/S00428.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Air Travel: World's Largest Airliner Enters Commercial Service - The Singapore Airlines A380 enters commercial service today, with its first flight - SQ380 - from Singapore to Sydney, Australia. The brand new A380 super-jumbo will depart Singapore Changi Airport at 0800hrs and is expected to arrive at Sydney Airport at 1725hrs to a grand welcome ceremony, after a flight of almost seven and a half hours. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0710/S00371.htm


Te Papa: Scientist James Hector's Legacy Celebrated - A symposium celebrating the legacy of the 'father of New Zealand science', James Hector, will be held at Te Papa on 8 November. James Hector's name is familiar to most NZer's through Hector's dolphin, Mount Hector in the Tarauras, the Hector Range near Queenstown, and the tiny coal-mining settlement of Hector on the West Coast. Few people, however, know much about the life of this Scottish-born doctor and scientist. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0710/S00046.htm


Reserve Bank: The Official Cash Rate (OCR) Will Remain Unchanged At 8.25 Percent - Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard said: "The outlook for the NZ economy and interest rates remains broadly consistent with the view outlined in the September Monetary Policy Statement. The labour market remains tight, domestic income growth continues to expand on the back of strong commodity prices, and core inflationary pressures persist. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0710/S00367.htm


Company Results: Dominion Finance Holdings Posts Record Net Profit - Dominion Finance Holdings net profit after tax is up 33% to $9.4 million for the six months ended 30 Sep 2007 compared to the same six month period ended 30 Sep 2006. Rick Bettle, Chairman of Dominion Finance Holdings Ltd (DFH) says it is a very pleasing result given the recent uncertainty for investors in the finance company sector. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0710/S00353.htm


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WORLD

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Looking Ahead: U.S. Dep. Secretary of State John D. Negroponte On The Asia of 2012 - This is the most dynamic region of the world, now and for the foreseeable future. Asian countries are increasingly driving globalization, drawing together as a region, and integrating in every way, including by strengthening ties across the Pacific. The United States has always been a Pacific power, and we will remain an active leader of a broader Asia-Pacific community. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0710/S00584.htm


Close Inspection: UN Rights Expert To Probe Burma Crackdown Abuses - The United Nations independent human rights expert on Myanmar said today he would use his upcoming official visit to the troubled country to verify allegations of abuses during the recent Government crackdown on peaceful demonstrators, determine the numbers and whereabouts of those detained or killed, and collect testimony about what happened. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0710/S00577.htm


Get Ready: Need For Preparedness For Potential Flu Pandemic - Warning that the H5N1 virus responsible for bird flu could still transform itself into the next human influenza pandemic, a senior UN specialist has stressed the need to ensure that the world can respond promptly and effectively in the case of an outbreak. "Given the potential magnitude of human suffering and economic consequences, we need to be getting ourselves prepared for it" . More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0710/S00570.htm


Pulling Together: World Turning Towards Multilateralism, Says Ban Ki-Moon - The world is moving in favour of the UN but the Organization must strengthen its ability to produce results in the areas of peace and security, development and human rights. "More people and governments understand that multilateralism is the only path in our interdependent and globalizing world," Mr. Ban said in his message. "Global problems demand global solutions - and going it alone is not a viable option." More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0710/S00572.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Oddspot: Cemetery Attempts To Slow Down Business - Waitakere Cemetery and Crematorium now has a heart defibrillator - just to be on the safe side. It is not uncommon at cemeteries for congregation members to have a heart attack while attending the funeral of a loved one. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0710/S00266.htm


Documentaries: Masterful TV For The Nation's Minds -
Maori Television's International Documentary slot, Pakipumeka o te Ao, screens every Tuesday at 8.30 PM. Upcoming documentaries include the story of a Hawaiian historian and anthropologist Marion Kelly. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0710/S00254.htm


Rock: Gloomy New York Based Band On Way For Summer - The National formed in 1999, when five friends from Cincinnati, Ohio met again after all of them had relocated to Brooklyn, NY. For years, the band had received critical praise but it wasn't until 2005's 'Alligator' that a wider audience finally discovered them. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0710/S00256.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, October 25, 2007

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