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After A Long Night In The Kremlin Putin Wins
The Bobbing, Bubbly Economy
Crowe At The Oscars
Scoop Sport: Australia Chasing Easy Target
Scoop Sport: Overdose Of Aussie National Anthem Expected
Talking Timber
Scoop Sport: Motomura Motors OUT Of The Final
Scoop Opinion: Greens On Fighter Jets
Scoop Opinion: Following Aussie Drivers
Scoop Opinion: A Real Luddite?

A “Super” Tax Haven Plugged
Our Place Defended
Press Council To Give Craccum Ruling
NZ To Back International Criminal Court
New Primary Health Policy
Children Need Protection From The Media
Dial A Dog
Library Court Action Over
NZ Has Gas
Hubbards Workers On Strike
Bad Dads
No More Beneficiary “Brutality”
Superbug Resists Drugs
IT Sector Is Booming
Dairy Mega-Merger Fails
Internet Fraud Busts
What About Wine?


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After A Long Night In The Kremlin Putin Wins

- Early election results in from the Russian Presidential elections could not have been closer to the line. Alastair Thompson reports on a Russian election result containing considerable surprise. See... Scoop News Analysis - Sleepless In Moscow [1] in the Headlines wire. Later this afternoon Putin's victory appeared clear see...Putin Wins In First Round [2] . Click to see a graph from a Russian news site - http://www.allnews.ru/ [3] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00102.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00104.htm
[3] - http://www.allnews.ru/


The Bobbing, Bubbly Economy

- Economic activity increased in the December quarter by 2.2 per cent, said Government Statistician Len Cook when releasing the latest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures. After the small dip in growth in the June quarter, the economy recovered strongly. See... Economy remains buoyant [1] in the Business wire. The economy is “belting along” with encouraging signs of a pick-up in agricultural production, manufacturing and business investment says Finance Minister Michael Cullen. See... Economy belting along but off low base - Cullen [2] . How is Finance Minister Michael Cullen going to explain away spectacular growth in the economy under the management of the previous National Government, asks National. See... For once Dr Cullen should be speechless [3] . ACT Finance spokesman Rodney Hide said today that the GDP growth figures gave a lie to Michael Cullen’s dire warnings of the state of the economy all through last year. See... Cullen should keep his hands-off a good thing [4] all in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0003/S00136.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00456.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00453.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00459.htm


Crowe At The Oscars

- New Zealander Russell Crowe finds out tonight whether he will become the first New Zealander to win an Oscar for “Best Actor”. Recent internet polls have shown Crowe is ranked third in the popularity stakes behind actors Kevin Spacey and Denziel Washington. See... Crowe Up For An Oscar [1] in the Headlines wire. Also see... Scoop Oscars Link: After Tumult, Hollywood Ready [2] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00100.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0003/S00128.htm


Scoop Sport: Australia Chasing Easy Target

- Australia looks set to win the second test against the Black Caps at the Basin Reserve. With a day in hand Australia was recently (4.40pm) on 100 for 2 chasing 174 to win.


Scoop Sport: Overdose Of Aussie National Anthem Expected

- Brace yourself for an Aussie gold rush come September. Once the 2000 Sydney Olympics start, 'Advance Australia Fair' will be heard close to 30 times. In sad comparison, 'God Defend New Zealand' will only be dusted off for two or three plays. Scoop Sport’s Simon Kay reports. See... OLYMPICS: McIntosh on track for golden goal [1] in the Sport wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SP0003/S00035.htm


Talking Timber

- West Coast Mayors are to meet Government ministers this Thursday to discuss a development package following decisions to end the harvest of beech timber on the West Coast. Trucker Tom Arnold wants the Mayors to take a message to ministers. Scoop's West Coast Correspondent John Howard reports. See... Scoop Feature: West Coast Mayors Prepare To Talk Timber [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00101.htm


Scoop Sport: Motomura Motors OUT Of The Final

- Unseeded American Michael Joyce scored an upset win in the final of the US$25,000 Gallagher International Challenger in Hamilton with a well thought-out victory over top seed Goichi Motomura of Japan. See... TENNIS: Top seed upset in Challenger final [1] . Also see... TENNIS: Top seed cruises into Challenger final [2] both in the Sport wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SP0003/S00032.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SP0003/S00031.htm


Scoop Opinion: Greens On Fighter Jets

- The Greens were pleased but not surprised by the government's decision to cancel our order for 28 F-16 fighter jets from the United States. It was a commonsense decision says MP Keith Locke. See... Scrapping F-16s A Good Start [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00444.htm


Scoop Opinion: Following Aussie Drivers

- Transport Minister, Mark Gosche, is calling for more government funding for public transport and says he's determined to make it a priority. But why isn't government following the New South Wales example. John Howard writes. See... Scoop Opinion: Carparking Tax Mooted [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00099.htm


Scoop Opinion: A Real Luddite?

- I can see the responses of some to this column now – “this guy's stuck in the past, doesn't know what he's on about - needs to try thinking for a change” and other responses. However, it's not as bad as all that. See... On The Left - Luddite or Realo? [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00112.htm

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A “Super” Tax Haven Plugged

- The Government will introduce a special ‘fund withdrawal tax’; to counter avoidance of the new 39 cent top tax rate by use of employer superannuation schemes, Revenue Minister Michael Cullen said today. See... Government to counter avoidance through super [1] . Dr Cullen's brand new tax on superannuation savings breaks his pre-election promise of no new taxes and creates administrative headaches for employers and employees, Opposition Revenue Spokesperson Annabel Young says. See... New Tax - New Headache [2] . ACT agrees. See... New tax breaches Labour’s election pledge [3] all in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00450.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00461.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00460.htm


Our Place Defended

- The Government has announced a review into the National Museum Te Papa Tongarewa to examine how the museum gathers funding and how it displays its work. The review team has been criticised by a Wellington City Councillor because of their Auckland bias. National and United New Zealand agree. See... Helen Clark is out of step on Te Papa [1] . Also see... Te Papa Review Team A Cheap Set-Up [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00454.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00449.htm


Press Council To Give Craccum Ruling

- The chairman of media-regulatory body the Press Council says it will consider two complaints regarding the Craccum newspaper’s article on suicide. The council became involved last month when Auckland University’s Student Newspaper Craccum published a “how-to” article on killing oneself. See... Press Council On Craccum Suicide Articles [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0003/S00069.htm


NZ To Back International Criminal Court

- The Government has begun formalising New Zealand's support for establishing an International Criminal Court, Foreign Minister Phil Goff said today. See... NZ Closer To Backing International Criminal Court [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00448.htm


New Primary Health Policy

- Health Minister Annette King today signalled a “bold new approach” to primary health care in New Zealand. See... Primary Health Care Discussion Paper Launched [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00457.htm


Children Need Protection From The Media

- “Children have the right to safely access and participate in the media” said Commissioner for Children, Roger McClay, at the Children’s Rights in the Media forum in Wellington this afternoon. See... Children’s Rights in the Media forum [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0003/S00068.htm


Dial A Dog

- Guide dogs around New Zealand are looking for a few hours of help from their two-legged friends. See... See... 0800 Dog Day - Calling All Volunteers [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0003/S00070.htm


Library Court Action Over

- An application for a Judicial Review of the National Library's proposed restructuring has been withdrawn. See... Library Court Action Withdrawn [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00452.htm


NZ Has Gas

- Suggestions that New Zealand is about to run out of gas are misleading and will panic the market unnecessarily, the country’s largest LPG supplier said today. See... NZ has lots of gas [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0003/S00135.htm


Hubbards Workers On Strike

- Food workers employed by Hubbards, the flagship company of Social Responsibility advocate, Dick Hubbard, will begin protest action today over their pay and conditions. See... Workers At Hubbbards Protest [1] in the wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0003/S00067.htm


Bad Dads

- Government figures released today answer some questions surrounding the 14,000 fathers escaping financial responsibility for their children under section 70A of the Domestic Purposes Benefit. See... Government Answers More Questions on 14,000 Father [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00442.htm


No More Beneficiary “Brutality”

- The Social Services and Employment Minister, Steve Maharey,has axed the work-for-the-dole scheme after releasing a July 1999 report which claims the scheme is a failure. Maharey says the report was suppressed by National. See... Report shows work-for-the-dole scheme failing [1] Seasoned employment activist Sue Bradford of the Greens agrees. See... Work-for-the-dole should be scrapped now [2] . The new Government's rash decision-making will trap beneficiaries on benefits, says National. See... Labour denies beneficiaries a chance [3] . The Minister of Social Services is being dishonest and misleading in his use of the report says ACT. See... Minister Misleads To Axe Community Work [4] all in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00441.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00446.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00451.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00447.htm


Superbug Resists Drugs

- A 2150 per cent increase during the last decade in the incidence of the most common antibiotic-resistant superbug in New Zealand is alarming, Green Party Health Spokesperson Sue Kedgley said today. Alarming increase in antibiotic-resistant superbug [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - ”http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00443.htm


IT Sector Is Booming

- The latest statistics about the New Zealand Information Technology market show a booming industry worth billions of dollars to New Zealand. See... Latest IT Statistics Show A Booming Industry [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00440.htm


Dairy Mega-Merger Fails

- The proposed merger between New Zealand’s two biggest dairy companies failed because both sides could not agree on their respective worths. Acting Agriculture Minister Michael Cullen has said that the Government was disappointed at the outcome. See... Merger Announcement Disappointing: Cullen [1] National's Agriculture spokesperson agrees. See... Call for new dairy deal [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00435.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00439.htm


Internet Fraud Busts

- New Zealand's Ministry of Consumer Affairs has taken part in the largest ever international crackdown on Internet fraud. See... Internet Fraud Sites Put on Notice [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00433.htm


What About Wine?

- The Government is halving its contribution to the export promotion of wine - despite all its rhetoric about regional development and support for exporters -- Nelson MP Nick Smith said today. See... Halving of wine promotion budget hypocritical [1] in the Parliament wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00438.htm


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