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Published: Tue 17 Oct 2006 12:17 AM
TODAY'S TOP SCOOP STORIES
SCOOP LEAD STORY
Regulation: Daily Bread About To Be Baked By Govt Recipe
QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:
NEW ZEALAND LEAD:
Climate Change: Bellamy Teams Up With NZ Coalition To "Set The Record Straight"
Defence News: Goff Outlines Defence Policy Priorities
PM's Presser: Plenty To Discuss At Upcoming PI Forum -
Local Govt: New Breed Of Manukau Leaders Challenge Old Guard
More Headlines:
Environment: We Like Fantails!
Medicines: No Change To Herceptin Funding
SCOOP INTERNATIONAL LEAD STORY:
International Affairs: Four New States Voted To Security Council Membership
UN Audio:
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Regulation: Daily Bread About To Be Baked By Govt Recipe

The Green Party is issuing a last minute appeal to the Minister of Food Safety Annette King, to allow organic breads to be exempt from mandatory folate fortification requirements, and thus protect consumer choice. A final decision on whether to require the mandatory fortification of all bread with folate will be made by the Ministerial Council of Food Standards Australia/New Zealand in about ten days time. See... Greens call for folate exemption for organic bread [1] EARLIER:Bakers Assn - Folic Acid Proposal Fundamentally Flawed [2] Soil and Health - Government call for Consumer Choice ignored by FSANZ [3] Green Party - Folate decision fails consumers [4] MOH's View Circa 2000 - Ministry Supports Voluntary Fortification [5]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00269.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0607/S00095.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0609/S00208.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0609/S00251.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0004/S00048.htm


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QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:
Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 17 October 2006 [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00306.htm
NEW ZEALAND LEAD:
Climate Change: Bellamy Teams Up With NZ Coalition To "Set The Record Straight"

- People around the world are being bombarded with reports of potentially disastrous effects of man-made global warming, said internationally famous botanist and environmental campaigner, Professor David Bellamy, in announcing in England that he has joined the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition to help set public fears at rest. See... Bellamy Joins NZ Climate Science Coalition [1] ALSO:Scoop Link - Guardian comment: Junk science [2]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0610/S00030.htm
[2] - http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1480279,00.html
Defence News: Goff Outlines Defence Policy Priorities

- Seven new defence acquisitions projects were announced today by the Minister of Defence, Phil Goff. The projects are included in the more than $1billion worth of spending remaining in the Long Term Development Plan. See... New Defence Projects Detailed [1] ALSO:NZ Govt - Goff: Defence Priorities 2007 [2] NZ Govt - Vice Chief of Defence Force's appointment extended [3]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00301.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00302.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00300.htm
PM's Presser: Plenty To Discuss At Upcoming PI Forum -

Monday afternoon the assembled media that gathers to interact with the Prime Minister was given a briefing on the upcoming Pacific Islands forum. On the agenda in Fiji this weekend is apparently plenty of Solomon Islands related issues such as the ongoing role of the Regional Assistance Mission (RAMSI), the expulsion of the Australian High Commissioner from Honiara and a recent inflammatory speech given by the Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. See... PM's Presser: PI Forum Plus Some Old Favourites [1] ALSO:NZ Govt - PM to attend Pacific Islands Forum next week [2]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00239.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00292.htm
Local Govt: New Breed Of Manukau Leaders Challenge Old Guard

- A Manukau City community board chair, Daniel Newman, has delivered a stinging attack at the old guard of leaders in NZ's second largest City. He states: “Manukau City Council is lacking the will and the strategic direction necessary to provide good policy outcomes that benefit thousands of residential and business ratepayers" and suggests a new mayor is essential to getting the city on track. See... Manukau City Needs Len Brown for Mayor [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0610/S00156.htm
MORE HEADLINES:
Successful year for New Zealand Customs [1] Public Warned To Take Care With Light Bulbs [2] Handcuffs could have prevented death [3] Pacific Is Leaders take a stand against poverty [4] The Te Puke Princess leaves Idol [5]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00283.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0610/S00325.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00178.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00177.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0610/S00150.htm
Environment: We Like Fantails!
- The votes are all in and the fantail/piwakawaka is officially New Zealand’s favourite Bird of the Year. Voting in Forest & Bird’s second annual Bird of the Year poll closed on Sunday. The fantail/piwakawaka came first with 458 votes – just a beak ahead of last year’s winner, the tui, which had 453 votes. See... Fantail/piwakawaka wins Bird of the Year 2006 [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0610/S00031.htm
Medicines: No Change To Herceptin Funding
- Today's announcement by Pharmac's clinical advisory committee not to fund Herceptin comes as no surprise, says National's Associate Health spokeswoman (Pharmacare), Dr Jackie Blue. "In response to a question in Parliament last week on whether Pharmac would be funding Herceptin, Mr Hodgson said 'we did not think that it was worth a $30 million per annum investment'." See... Hodson says cancer sufferers not worth it [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00288.htm
INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
International Affairs: Four New States Voted To Security Council Membership

- The United Nations General Assembly today elected Belgium, Indonesia, Italy and South Africa to serve as non-permanent members of the Security Council for two-year terms starting 1 January 2007. A fifth non-permanent seat, to be awarded to a member of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States, remains in contention after neither Guatemala nor Venezuela obtained the needed two-thirds majority during 10 rounds of voting today. See... One Security Council Member Still Up For Grabs [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0610/S00367.htm
UN AUDIO NEWS:
UN Audio:
UN Secretary-Designate Urges North Korea to Comply With Security Council Resolution + SPECIAL FEATURES: North Korea: UN Ambassador Pak Gil Yon explains why DPRK is building up its nuclear arsenal - Malaysia: One-Stop Centers provide victims of domestic violence multiple services under one roof.
MORE WORLD HEADLINES:
South America - COHA: Honduras To Use Private Security Forces [1] Global - Unions Join World Record Attempt To Eradicate Poverty [2] Middle East - UN Naval Force Patrolling Seas In Lebanon [3] Iraq - UNESCO Head Deplores “Ferocious" Attacks On Media [4] Pacific - Harmonisation Of Pacific Custom And Human Rights Highlighted [5]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0610/S00366.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0610/S00363.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0610/S00361.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0610/S00360.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0610/S00359.htm
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