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Yesterday's top 20 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Scoop Images: Falling Down Mt Victoria

Thanks are due to Theonering.net for forwarding us the following shot (from EMPIRE MAGAZINE) of several Lords of the Rings stars falling down what appears to be... our very own Mt Victoria....but then again it could be anywhere...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00150.htm


2: Dover Makes Personal Statement

Former Maori Affairs Minister Dover Samuels has made a further personal statement to Parliament declaring previous criminal convictions against him.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00001.htm


3: Rod Donald abducted by aliens

"Green Party co-joint-leader Rod Donald seems to have been abducted by aliens and replaced with an extraterrestrial lookalike," National's Senior Whip John Carter said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00515.htm


4: US Embargo Against NZ Sweatshops

You can just imagine the scene: The young, fervent idealists arrive in the hall at dusk, after a hard day's work on campus. The co-leader leads them in a rousing rendition of the Internationale then, suitably energised with sympathy for the oppressed workers ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0007/S00124.htm


5: SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 1 August

Today’s Questions concerned the subjects of: John Tamihere – Baby Bashing – Special Education – ERB x 2 – Special Benefit x 2 – ERB – Burglary Response Times – Dover Samuels And Al Morrison – Whanau, Hapu and Iwi – FBT Changes.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00002.htm


6: ALRANZ Commends Holmes Treatment

"ALRANZ strongly commends Paul Holmes for the mature, responsible, balanced and intelligent discussion of competent minors and medical confidentiality on Monday evening." Craig Young, ALRANZ Research Officer said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0008/S00004.htm


7: The Employment Relations Bill: better than ever

"The Employment Relations Bill has been improved by the Select Committee process," said the Minister of Labour, Margaret Wilson on the tabling of the committee's recommendations today. By listening carefully to employers, managers, employees and unions the Select ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00008.htm


8: ERB Bill Has Been In Bookshops All Day!

The Governments attempts to silence opposition MPs has become farcical, said ACT Leader, Hon Richard Prebble.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00007.htm


9: Does protest need a vision?

Very soon, you will hear more of the anti-corporate protest movement that first came to British attention in the "Stop the City" protest on 18 June last year and to world attention on the streets of Seattle last November.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00147.htm


10: RICHARD PREBBLE’S - Letter from Wellington

The Employment Relations Bill will dominate Parliamentary politics for the next three weeks. The Bill should have returned from select committee today after a mammoth session, which included a record number of submissions. More than 400 oral submissions ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00511.htm


11: Irish Eyes: Ireland Is Not Disneyland

Of course the weather in Disneyland is perfect. It goes without saying that the sun shines brilliantly and the rain only falls in a delightful arc from sprinklers on the bright flowers and not on the happy people queuing.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00146.htm


12: The Employment Relations Bill and the Treaty

The Minister of Maori Affairs and the Minister in Charge of Treaty Negotiations have outlined government thinking on the relationship of the Treaty of Waitangi to the Employment Relations Bill.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00009.htm


13: Prebble’s Breach Grandstanding Says Clark

The Government is unlikely to lodge a complaint against ACT leader Richard Prebble, even though he almost certainly breached Parliamentary privilege, Prime Minister Helen Clark said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00151.htm


14: Correctives Welcome New Ministers of Maori Affairs

"Helen Clark is to be commended for taking the Maori Affairs portfolio so seriously that she has appointed two Maori MPs to occupy the role, given that Parekura Horomia is a large-boned Labour MP, or MPs.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0007/S00125.htm


15: Bill Betrays Employers

The Employment Relations Bill as reported back to Parliament betrays the people who create jobs, says Employers' Federation President Robyn Leeming.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00011.htm


16: NZOC should take strong stand on Todd

The New Zealand Olympic Committee should give Mark Todd the opportunity to refute or deny allegations of cocaine and exclude him if he won't, Alliance leader Jim Anderton says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00020.htm


17: Letter to Margaret Wilson

You have informed the public that there are errors in the Employment Relations Bill handout that ACT is distributing throughout New Zealand via its public seminars.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00017.htm


18: Scoop Images: Wilson's ERB On Its Final Lap

Labour Minister Margaret Wilson at today's press conference to announce details of the final version of the Employment Relations Bill tabled in Parliament today. The bill is expected to be passed under urgency next week. Images from IMAGE TIME

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0008/S00003.htm


19: Act’s Deplorable Breach Of Privilege

New Zealand First Industrial Relations Spokesperson, Peter Brown MP, has accused the ACT Leader, Richard Prebble of breaching parliamentary privilege over the Employment Relations Bill as a stunt to revive his flagging political career.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00509.htm


20: "Govt. gets an "F" for ERB"

National will repeal the Employment Relations Act and replace it with legislation that does not get in the way of small business and more jobs, National's Industrial Relations spokesperson Max Bradford said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0008/S00016.htm


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