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Moratorium Wars
GE Moratorium Decision Not Finalised
Widen The Cervical Inquiry
Global May Day Protests To Begin In Godzone
Nuclear Nightclub Identification
Scoop Opinion: Local Culture
Scoop Opinion: Constitutional Olympics
Scoop Opinion: Constitutional Debate

Yes Sir To No Sir
Tariff Freeze Til 2005
Veterans Pardoned
NZ On-Air- A Kiwi-Quota Reversal?
Rodney Council Decision
Organic Probe
The “Culture” At TVNZ
Libz Stand Up For Sweat Shop


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Moratorium Wars

- Green Co-Leader Jeanette Fitsimmons will tomorrow meet with the Prime Minister to discuss the GE Royal Commission and accompanying moratorium – an announcement on which was put off for another week today. Chris Holm reports. See... GE Moratorium Rustles Feathers Behind Scenes [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00028.htm


GE Moratorium Decision Not Finalised

- The Government is yet to finalise details of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into GE and discussing details of a moratorium are purely speculative at this stage, the Associate Minister of Environment Phillida Bunkle said today. The Minister was responding to reports which said the Alliance had backed down on its demands for a compulsory moratorium on all genetic engineering until after a Royal Commission of Inquiry into GE was heard. See... GE Inquiry Speculation Premature [1] . A voluntary moratorium on genetic engineering research cannot be justified on science grounds, National's Agriculture spokesman Gavan Herlihy said today. See... Gene decisions based on emotion not science [2] . Also see... GE debate must be based on rational arguments [3] all in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00105.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00109.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00108.htm


Widen The Cervical Inquiry

- Reports that Gisborne Pathologist Dr Michael Bottrill may have misread slides for different cancers should come as no surprise, says the Phillida Bunkle. Ms Bunkle co-wrote an article which broke the story last year. See... Skin-Cancer Misreads No Surprise [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00094.htm


Global May Day Protests To Begin In Godzone

- London, June 18, 1999 – Millions of pounds worth of damage caused by anti-capitalist demonstrators in London’s financial district. Seattle, November 30, 1999 – Police turn violent as thousands of protestors disrupt WTO meeting. New Zealand, May 1, 2000 – ?? See... New Zealand activists first in world to May Day 2k [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00038.htm


Nuclear Nightclub Identification

- Dutch nightclubs are getting more bounce to the ounce from technology used to secure nuclear power plants. For hospitality news IN WELLINGTON AND WORLDWIDE see... STELLA ARTOIS TAPPING THE PULSE - Apr 10 [1] in the Culture wire. To subscribe to Tapping the Pulse – CLICK HERE.. [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0004/S00017.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/cgi-bin/newsagent/new_user.cgi?form=home


Scoop Opinion: Local Culture

- Over the weekend the Government announced it was considering a radical proposal for censoring television stations, in the name of promoting local culture. What I want to know is why we can’t just let people watch what they want to. See... On The Right: Quotas A Fancy Word For Censorship [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00041.htm


Scoop Opinion: Constitutional Olympics

- I'd always thought the Olympic Games was a marathon event, requiring a lot of endurance, skill and so on to get to. See... On The Left - Constitution Games [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00040.htm


Scoop Opinion: Constitutional Debate

- Upton-on-line has been holed up in the old Legislative Council Chamber taking part in the great constitutional debate sponsored by the Institute for Policy Studies. The great, the good, the aggrieved and the grumpy (or at least 117 of them) have ... See... Upton-on-line - Special - The 'Hui From Hell [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00095.htm


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Yes Sir To No Sir

- Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced that the Queen has approved the recommendation of the government to discontinue in future the titles of Sir and Dame in the New Zealand honours system. See... Titles discontinued [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00117.htm


Tariff Freeze Til 2005

- The Acting Minister of Commerce Trevor Mallard has today announced the Government's decisions on general tariff levels. Tariffs will be frozen at current levels until at least 1 July 2005. See... Government Announces Tariff Details [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00118.htm


Veterans Pardoned

- The government announced today that it would proceed with a bill granting posthumous pardons to five New Zealand soldiers executed during World War One for desertion or mutiny following the emergence of evidence that the men suffered from shell shock. See... Government pardons Great War soldiers [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00119.htm


NZ On-Air- A Kiwi-Quota Reversal?

- The Government's backtrack on quotas will be music to broadcasters ears, Opposition Broadcasting spokesperson Katherine Rich said today. At election time the Labour party had pledged to institute a 20 per cent quota of local content on public and private broadcasters. See... Music quota about turn [1] in the Parliament wire.The New Zealand economy could face international sanctions worth millions of dollars if Helen Clark and her Government introduce local content quota, said ACT Broadcasting spokesman Penny Webster. See... Local Content Quota Serious Breach of GATT Rules [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00112.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00104.htm


Rodney Council Decision

- The Minister of Local Government, Sandra Lee, has told Cabinet today she has accepted a Ministerial Review Authority recommendation to appoint a Commission to replace the elected representatives of the Rodney District Council. See... Commission appointed to Rodney District Council [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00111.htm


Organic Probe

- Green MP and organic farmer Ian Ewen-Street said he was delighted that the Primary Production select committee yesterday agreed his request an inquiry into the New Zealand organics industry. See... Greens delighted at organics inquiry [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00088.htm


The “Culture” At TVNZ

– The Commerce Committee has presented its report to the House on the 1998/99 financial review of Television New Zealand Limited. It found a “culture of exorbitance” still existed within the State Owned network. See... Apparent “culture of exorbitance” at TVNZ [1] . The Commerce Select Committee has had to step in and demand action over the Hawkesby affair because the Prime Minister and Minister of Broadcasting have wimped out, says National. See... Committee steps in after Clark wimps out [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00087.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00067.htm


Libz Stand Up For Sweat Shop

- Libertarianz Deputy Leader Richard McGrath poured scorn on the Employment Tribunal after it fined a woman for running a 'sweat-shop'. The Thai National woman was fined over $200,000 for paying her émigré workers well under the minimum wage and holding onto their passports. See... Anti-Employment Tribunal Strikes Again [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00042.htm

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