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Published: Wed 5 Oct 2005 05:00 PM
TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS:
Former Muldoon and Bolger Govt Minister John Falloon Dies
Security Book Signing Event Tonight
Afghanistan - Kiwi Soldiers Destroy Large Cache Of Russian Ammo
Ratings War Sees TVNZ Remove Judy Bailey From Top Anchor Slot -
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Scoop Report: And It’s Goodbye From Him – Ronnie Barker Dies
Aotearoa Student Press Association Backs Salient Magazine
Progressives Take Aim At Bush's Pit Bull
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
SCOOP COLUMNS:
No Right Turn On The Prospects For Progress
It's Not Easy Being Green
Cindy Sheehan On The Hearts & Minds Of Capitol Hill
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Former Muldoon and Bolger Govt Minister John Falloon Dies

Former National Party Minister Dies - National Party Leader Don Brash today paid tribute to the Hon John Falloon, a man who made "a tremendous contribution to the development of the New Zealand economy". "Mr Falloon had a remarkable career in politics, spanning almost 20 years and covering a range of portfolio areas." He held portfolios under both Rob Muldoon and Jim Bolger, and was Minister of Agriculture from 1990 to 1996. "On behalf of the National Party, I extend my heartfelt sympathies to Mr Falloon's wife, Philippa, his children and extended family," says Dr Brash. See... Brash pays tribute to Hon John Falloon [1] ALSO: Jim Sutton on John Falloon, MP [2] Anderton Says John Falloon Will Be Missed [3] Clark pays tribute to memory of John Falloon [4]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00019.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00020.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00021.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00022.htm
Security Book Signing Event Tonight
- Paul Buchanan is holding a book signing event at Time Out Books in Mt Eden, Auckland, this evening at 6:30pm. He launched his book “With Distances Comes Perspective” on Tuesday Sept 27 in Auckland. The book: “With Distance Comes Perspective” examines and expands on Paul Buchanan's writings over the past few years, commentaries that observe and distil the complexities of security and foreign affairs policy. See... Paul Buchanan Book Signing 6:30pm Wednesday [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00080.htm
Afghanistan - Kiwi Soldiers Destroy Large Cache Of Russian Ammo
- Members of the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team (NZPRT) in Afghanistan have destroyed a large cache of ammunition. The ammunition was accumulated from throughout Bamyan Province and was the largest cache destroyed to date by the 6th Contingent in Afghanistan. Much of the ammunition destroyed was of Russian origin and included mortar bombs, artillery shells and a large quantity of small arms rounds. It was destroyed in a single blast in the uninhabited Jare Surkhakzau Valley, northwest of the Kiwi base, near Bamyan City. See... Kiwi's Destroy Largest Ammunition Cache to Date [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00029.htm
Ratings War Sees TVNZ Remove Judy Bailey From Top Anchor Slot -
TVNZ Chief Executive, Ian Fraser, said TVNZ has decided not to renew her contract. "I hope to explore fresh options with her for next year, in roles that continue to make the best use of a major talent." Bailey has been presenting ONE News for 18 years, making her TVNZ's longest serving news presenter. Head of News and Current Affairs, Bill Ralston, said: "This marks the end of an era in TVNZ News. She has enjoyed a record run as a presenter and this was largely a reflection of the rapport she built up with viewers." Judy Bailey said: "It's been very special to be part of so many New Zealanders' lives for so long – but it is time to move on – I'm ready for a new challenge." See... Judy Bailey Stepping Down From TV One News [1] ALSO: Bailey A Scapegoat For Incompetent Management [2]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0510/S00026.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00018.htm
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Dalley Decision Welcomed [1] Bali explosions - update 9, 4.20pm, 4 October [2] Rolleston facility increases youth justice beds [3] Neil Finn Gives Childfund A Hand [4] Kiwi Music Fills Aotea Square [5] WEATHER:Milder Conditions Likely to Continue [6]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00028.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00025.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00027.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00026.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0510/S00027.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0510/S00006.htm
Scoop Report: And It’s Goodbye From Him – Ronnie Barker Dies
- Scoop's Kevin List writes that British comedian Ronnie Barker died yesterday, after a long illness, aged 76. During the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s there was scarcely a Ronnie Barker-free week on New Zealand television. Mr Barker's large and jolly presence first filled New Zealand's screens in flickering black and white with the prison comedy Porridge. No studies have yet been done to show if the crime rate increased in New Zealand following the portrayal of life inside as a series of jolly escapades. It was in the later, full colour comedy skit show The Two Ronnies that Mr Barker really cemented a place in the New Zealand psyche. There would be precious few Salvation Army thrift stores that don't have a dusty Two Ronnies comedy album lurking near the Wilbur Smith books. See... And It's Goodbye To Ronnie Barker [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00065.htm
Aotearoa Student Press Association Backs Salient Magazine
- The Aotearoa Student Press Association (ASPA) spoke out today in support of Salient’s decision to publish an article on student fees based on leaked information, and condemned the actions of Victoria University in taking out an injunction against Salient and seizing 6,000 copies of the magazine. See... ASPA Supports Salient [1] . The offending ASPA article can be read by clicking here. [2]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0510/S00013.htm
[2] - http://www.geocities.com/waihekemana/salient.html
Progressives Take Aim At Bush's Pit Bull
- Bush has nominated his Texas crony as a stealth appointment to the Supreme Court. Although the Senate will be hard-pressed to discover Harriet Miers's positions on the critical issues, she does have a long record of loyalty to Bush, whom she calls ... See... Marjorie Cohn: Harriet Miers - Bush's Pit Bull [1] MORE: Angie Pratt - If She Doesn't Answer the Questions Then Vote No [2] UQ Wire - Miers Briefed Bush on Bin Laden Memo [3] State Department - Bush Nominates Harriet Miers to U.S. Supreme Court [4] US Rep. John Conyers - Conyers Requests Nominee Harriet Miers Information [5]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00074.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00047.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00066.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00051.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00035.htm
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
Kosovo: Annan Receives Comprehensive Review Report [1] Initiative Will Put A Value To Unpaid Work [2] UN Economic Chief Warns Of Slowing Global Economy [3] State Dept. Daily Press Briefing October 4, 2005 [4] COHA Opinion: Noriega's Latin American Policy [5] Council Strongly Condemns Bombing In Bali [6] Paying Pollsters to Ask About Bush Impeachment [7] Iraq Constitutional Referendum Prep Near Complete [8] Greenpeace Tackles Climate Change In Egypt [9] Significant weapons seizure in Sydney [10]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00077.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00076.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00075.htm
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[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00071.htm
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[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00067.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00060.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00058.htm
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SCOOP COLUMNS
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No Right Turn On The Prospects For Progress
- Last Parliamentary term is seen as a high-water mark for progressive social legislation, with Acts such as the Civil Union Act, Relationships Act, and Prostitution Reform Act perceived as causing a conservative backlash against the government. See... No Right Turn: The Prospects For Progress [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00077.htm
It's Not Easy Being Green
- Despite a well intentioned and highly publicized meeting, big business still finds the Green Party scary. By the way the media has portrayed this it seems like we are all supposed to be worried that the ‘anti-business Greens’ may well form part of the next government. On the contrary I would be more worried if big business and their lobbyists weren’t afraid of the Green agenda. See... Greens Shouldn’t Waste Time With Greed Merchants [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00076.htm
Cindy Sheehan On The Hearts & Minds Of Capitol Hill
- The past week in DC found me in many offices of our elected officials: Senators, Congresspersons, pro-war, "anti-war," Democrat, Republican. With a few notable exceptions, all of our employees toed party lines. See... War-Hawk Republicans and Anti-War Democrats [1] MORE ON THE DC MOBILISATION: Bob Fitrakis - Military Grade Biological Bacteria At Peace Demo? [2] Freepressed (Satire) - Reporters stay home until un-newsworthy event ends [3] & Counter-protesters contemplating smaller venue [4] Marjorie Cohn - Marjorie Cohn: Bush's Twin Masters [5] Marc Ash - From Camp Crawford To The Streets Of DC [6] Bob Fitrakis - Winds Of Change Blow Through DC, Bush Flees [7] Remi Kanazi - The Bells of Liberty (Poem) [8]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00070.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00073.htm
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[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00048.htm
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[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00006.htm
MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:
Ivan Eland - Time to Fire Karl Rove and Libby [1] Russell Brown & Ors. - Public Address 05/10/05 - Big Day [2] Remi Kanazi - Friday Night Lights: Game Time in Gaza [3] Jason Miller - Viewing Terrorism through a Different Lens [4] Sanjay Upadhya - Embrace Of Estrangement [5] Remi Kanazi - Remembering Edward Said [6] Between The Lines - Hunger Strike by Gitmo Detainees Enters 2nd Month [7] Kamala Sarup - Mahatma Gandhi's 136th Birthday Celebration [8]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00069.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00078.htm
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[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00068.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00067.htm
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