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Cancer Inquiry Terms Not Broad Enough - A woman who contracted cancer after her
smear test was misread by pathologist Dr Michael Bottrill, says the time frame of the Government’s inquiry is too narrow. 20,000 smear slides from 1991 to 1996 are still to be re-tested. But of the 5000 already tested it has been found 129 were initially misread by the now retired pathologist. The woman is still battling cancer after one of her smears was misread in 1994. She says her case falls within the specified time frame but there are others who don’t.

Cut Companies Tax Says Chamber - The Auckland Chamber of Commerce says it is critical New Zealand follows Australia’s lead and slashes corporate tax rates immediately. Businesses across the Tasman are looking forward to a six cent cut. They will pay just 30 cents in the dollar, while companies here are paying 33 cents in the dollar. Chamber of Commerce chief executive, Michael Barnett says with a reduced rate the companies will be able to increase investment and in turn create more jobs.

Paedofile Ring Busted - Police want victims of a paedofile ring to come forward.
Three men have been charged with offenses involving boys aged under 16 years. They will appear in court this morning on a number of sex and drug offenses. Child porn has also been seized from a number of addresses. Police have already interviewed 15 victims from all over the Wellington region. Police say they know there are other victims out there. They can contact either the police or a help foundation phoneline.

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Gordon Campbell: On Abortion Law Reform (And The US Electoral College)

Abortion is such a polarising issue that politicians commonly avoid it like the plague. Co-incidentally though, New Zealand and New South Wales are both trying to reform their abortion laws right now, at exactly the same time – and in our case, that reform is happening for the first time in 42 years.
This week at Parliament, a special select committee began taking public submissions on the legislation being proposed. More>>

 

PM To Japan, New York: Ardern To Meet Trump During UN Trip

“I’m looking forward to discussing a wide range of international and regional issues with President Trump, including our cooperation in the Pacific and the trade relationship between our countries." More>>

PM's Post-Cab: "A Way Forward"

At Monday's post-cabinet press conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a number of actions in response to the Labour Party's mishandling of sexual assault complaints. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On Allegations Of Left Wing Media Bias

“Left wing bias” accusations date back at least to the mid 1990s... The charge of left wing bias was ridiculous then, and is ridiculous now. More>>

Next Wave Of Reforms: Gun Registration And Licensing Changes Announced

“The Bill includes a register to track firearms and new offences and penalties that can be applied extraterritorially for illegal manufacture, trafficking, and for falsifying, removing, or altering markings – which are a new requirement under the Firearms Protocol.” More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Mishandling Of The Alleged Sexual Assault

The focus of Labour’s alleged sexual assault scandal has now shifted from the party organisation to the Beehive... This is now a crisis of Beehive management and response, not something occurring at a distance within the party organisation. More>>

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'History Rectified': Rua Kēnana To Be Pardoned

An official pardon for Tūhoe prophet and leader Rua Kēnana is one step closer after the Te Pire kia Unuhia te Hara kai Runga i a Rua Kēnana: Rua Kēnana Pardon Bill was read in Parliament for the first time today. More>>

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Mental Health: Initial Mental Health And Wellbeing Commission Appointed

The Government has announced details of the initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission which will play a key role in driving better mental health in New Zealand. More>>

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people outside the meeting house at WaitangiEducation: NZ History To Be Taught In All Schools

“We have listened carefully to the growing calls from New Zealanders to know more about our own history and identity. With this in mind it makes sense for the National Curriculum to make clear the expectation that our history is part of the local curriculum and marau ā kura in every school and kura,” Jacinda Ardern said. More>>

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Sexual Assault Claims Mishandled: Labour Party President Resigns

Jacinda Ardern: “This morning I was provided some of the correspondence from complainants written to the party several months ago. It confirms that the allegations made were extremely serious, that the process caused complainants additional distress, and that ultimately, in my view, the party was never equipped to appropriately deal with the issue…" More>>

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