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F16 Debate: Show Me The Money!
Craccum Goes Over The Top
Thirsty Nations And The Fight For Clean Water
Taiwan Straits Showdown
Chechnya: Police Action Or War Crime

Logging Plans Will Cost Jobs
Brand New Zealand Sells
Overseas Doctors Need Action!
Cancer Inquiry Terms Of Reference
Indian Immigration Inquiry Call
ACC Tennis Match
Cannabis Reclassification Proposal
Auckland City Forecast –The Economy Will Be Fine
Squid Fishery Kills Sea Lions Unacceptably
PM Goes To Chile
The Trust Will Be With You – Always - Anderton
Jamaican Fungus To The Rescue
Minimum Wage Rise Good For Kids
Cullen Talks To Accountants
Incorporation Schemes “Unethical And Foolish” - Cullen

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Show Me The Money!

- A row has broken out over whether money had been allocated to pay for the purchase/lease of F16 aircraft from the US. Scoop's Chris Holm reports. See... Row Over Missing F16 Money [1] in the Headlines wire. See also... Max Bradford: PM Telling Porkies On F16 Money [2] and Bill English: Govt can't hang its F16 decision on funding [3] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00023.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00089.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00094.htm


Craccum Goes Over The Top

- “The problem is not that suicide is being discussed. The problem is the way that this tragic and difficult subject has been callously sensationalised by Craccum whose readership represents the age group most at risk." ACT's Muriel Newman on the Auckland University student newspaper which published two articles - one on how to commit suicide and another criticising youth suicide councilling services as a waste of money. The editor of the magazine has defended his right to publish the stories. See... Craccum Article Callous & Irresponsible [1] in the Parliament wire. National's Youth Affairs Spokesperson Simon Power is not impressed either. See... Suicide serious, Craccum editor should resign [2] in the Parliament wire. Scoop will be republishing the offending articles shortly in the Headlines wire so readers can judge for themselves.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00092.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00095.htm


Thirsty Nations And The Fight For Clean Water

- Ministers from around the world will meet in the Hague on March 21 and 22 to help defuse dangerous friction between thirsty nations jousting for water supplies. John Howard reports. See... A Meeting Of Thirsty Nations [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00022.htm


Taiwan Straits Showdown

- With China and Taiwan caught in emotional domestic politics and the United States in between, the Taiwan Strait has entered a volatile period that will last months beyond Taiwan's March 18 presidential election. John Howard reports. See... China, Taiwan and The US - Tensions Rise [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00021.htm


Chechnya: Police Action Or War Crime

- Russia has had a terrible century. In fact Russia - and certainly the Russian peasantry - have arguably had a bum deal for as long as anyone can remember. Alastair Thompson discusses developments in Chechnya in the context of the upcoming Russian Presidential election. See... Editorial: Democracy, Faith And A People Betrayed [1] in the Headlines wire. See also the latest from the Chechen rebels... Kavkaz News: Fighting At Foot Of Black Mountains [2] and Testimony before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations from Human Rights Watch…War Crimes In Chechnya - the Response of the West [3] both in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00018.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0003/S00031.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0003/S00030.htm

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Logging Plans Will Cost Jobs

- Thousands of jobs in regional New Zealand are at-risk from Labour's forestry policies according to the Furniture Association of New Zealand. National is calling on the Government to rethink its policies opposed to sustainable forestry on the West Coast. See... Govt Puts Exports And Jobs At Risk - National [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00096.htm


Brand New Zealand Sells

- Being uniquely New Zealand is helping companies become globally successful, say researchers from Victoria University of Wellington. See... New Zealand Brand Good For Business [1] in the Education wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0003/S00009.htm


Overseas Doctors Need Action!

- United New Zealand Party leader, Hon Peter Dunne, is calling on the Government to live up to its pre-election pledges to ease the plight of overseas doctors unable to practice in New Zealand. See... When Will Something Be Done For Overseas Doctors? [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00093.htm


Cancer Inquiry Terms Of Reference

- Health Minister Annette King has announced the terms of reference for the inquiry into failures in smear test examination in Gisborne. She also said she would be recommending the appointment of a Canadian pathologist, Professor Maire Duggan, to the Gisborne Cervical Screening Inquiry team. See... New Member Appointed to Gisborne Team [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00091.htm


Indian Immigration Inquiry Call

- United New Zealand Party leader, Hon Peter Dunne is calling for a full inquiry into the operations of the New Zealand Immigration Service Office in New Delhi. See... Call For Inquiry Into New Delhi Immigration Office [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00090.htm


ACC Tennis Match

- The Insurance Council says the ACC ball is now firmly in the government's court. See... The ACC Ball Is Now In The Government's Court [1] in the Politics wire. Meanwhile the Employers and Manufacturers Association says the Government’s setting of ACC premiums higher than needed to cover workplace accident costs demonstrates already the manipulation its scheme is prone to.. See... Government back setting ACC premiums; inflationary [2] , also in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00027.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00024.htm


Cannabis Reclassification Proposal

- Christchurch Legalisers have recommended that the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 be amended to accommodate Class D restricted drugs. The move would be “in anticipation of a probable shift in the legal status of cannabis” See... Mild Greens deliver Class D Drug solution. [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00026.htm


Auckland City Forecast –The Economy Will Be Fine

- For Auckland, a city recently obsessed by weather-watching for America’s Cup, there is good news in a forecast of another kind. See... Pick-Up In Forecast For City Economy [1] in the Auckland wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0003/S00015.htm


Squid Fishery Kills Sea Lions Unacceptably

- An unacceptable number of sea lion kills has forced the early closure of the Auckland Islands squid fishery, Fisheries Minister Pete Hodgson said today. See... Sea lion kills force closure of squid fishery [1] in the Parliament wire. The Forest and Bird Protection Society has welcomed the decision. See... Sea Lions Safe ...For Now - Forest And Bird [2] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00079.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00025.htm


PM Goes To Chile

- Prime Minister Helen Clark leaves for Chile on Thursday to attend the inauguration of President Ricardo Lagos Escobar. She will also have discussions with Latin American leaders on how their countries and New Zealand can co-operate more closely on a range ... See... PM to push new links with Latin America [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00077.htm


The Trust Will Be With You – Always - Anderton

- Deputy PM and Minister of Economic Development makes a speech to launch a reinvigorated Public Trust. See... The Public Empire Strikes Back - Deputy PM [1] . However ACT spokesperson Own Jennings sees government plans for the Public Trust Office as a move to the dark side especially for investors. See... Exposure concern for taxpayers? - ACT [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00075.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00085.htm


Jamaican Fungus To The Rescue

- The Central American garden escapee Mist flower, currently the most widely spread plant pest in the north is coming under attack from an introduced Jamaican fungus. See... Jamaican Mistflower fungus invades the north - DOC [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0003/S00017.htm


Minimum Wage Rise Good For Kids

- Youth Affairs Minister Laila Harré is rejecting claims that today's minimum wage increase will penalise young and unskilled workers. See... Minimum wage increase will protect young workers [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00083.htm


Cullen Talks To Accountants

- You have asked me to talk about the Government’s proposed economic, tax and commercial goals. I am going to try and do that in the context of talking about the interface between the government and yourselves as people who offer accountancy services to public agencies. See... Cullen's Speech To Accountants [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00082.htm


Incorporation Schemes “Unethical And Foolish” - Cullen

- The promotion of schemes for high earners to incorporate themselves in order to avoid the new 39 cent income tax step is “unethical and foolish” Finance and Revenue Minister Michael Cullen said today. See... Crack-down promised on dodgy trusts/incorporations [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00081.htm

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