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Pot Support Up In Smoke?
Cervical Smear Inquiry
Interest Rates Up Again
Pushing Don Around
MAYDAY2K: Whose Streets? Our Streets!
MAYDAY2K: We Did It!
A Win For The Whales
Scoop Arts: A Feast Of Fools


GE Inquiry Needs Broader Membership
Easter Shopping Law Angers ACT
Greens Impressed With Auckland Transport Proposals
Goff Calls On Mugabe To Respect Rule of Law
Sales Up, Building Down
NZ's Competition Rating Down
DOC Gamble Pays Dividend
Libz Say Laila Harre Deluded
Employment Status Of Dependent Contractors
Waste Census
NZ Cattle Highly Resistant To Drench
Greens - Organics And GE Cannot Live Together

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PICTURE STORY: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00060.htm
A17 #2: Whose Streets? Our Streets!
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00061.htm
A17 #3: Police Violence In DC

TOP SCOOPS

Pot Support Up In Smoke?

- Support for the decriminalisation of marijuana is either high or in the minority, depending on which television poll you believe. See... Marijuana Support Hazy [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00058.htm


Cervical Smear Inquiry

- Other women around the country could also be affected by cervical smear misdiagnosis according to the latest revelations in the Cervical Cancer Inquiry in Gisborne. For the full transcript of the Inquiry see... Cervical Cancer Inquiry Hearing Tuesday 18 April [1] in the General wire. Meanwhile Health Minister Annette King said today it was not appropriate for her to comment on issues and evidence during the course of the Gisborne Cervical Screening Inquiry. See... Gisborne Cervical Screening Inquiry [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0004/S00043.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00257.htm


Interest Rates Up Again

- The Reserve Bank today increased the Official Cash Rate (OCR) by 0.25 per cent to 6 per cent. See... OCR set at 6 per cent [1] in the Business wire. The government has responded on the letter head of Trevor Mallard with one of the shortest press statements Scoop has seen. See... NZ Govt - Cash Rate Announcement [2] in the Parliament wire. The rise is in line with average market expectations. See... RBNZ OCR Review - OCR raised 25bps [3] . Today's decision will do nothing for growth and business confidence, said Michael Barnett, Chief Executive of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce. See... Reserve Bank - Economy On A Treadmill!! [4] both in the Business wire.
MORE REACTION:
- BILL ENGLISH - See... Acting PM put on short leash [5] ;
- JOHN LUXTON - Govt. policies begin to bite the productive sector [6] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00105.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00253.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00111.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00115.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00255.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00263.htm


Pushing Don Around

- Acting Prime Minister Jim Anderton has gone too far telling Reserve Bank Governor Don Brash what to do,” Opposition Finance spokesperson Bill English said yesterday. See... Anderton goes too far [1] . The Reserve Bank will have to raise interest rates now if it wants to retain its international credibility, and Alliance leader Jim Anderton is the man homeowners should blame, ACT leader Richard Prebble said. See... Who’s To Blame? Jim Anderton Is! [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00247.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00250.htm

MAYDAY2K: Whose Streets? Our Streets!

- The A16 and A17 demonstrations have been declared an outstanding success by demonstrators. Massive international coverage of the protests has included hourly coverage on both CNN and BBC for most of the two day period. Notably what violence there was during the action was mainly from police against protestors. Several hundred protestors remain in custody following the action. See... A17: Police Violence In DC [1] and : A17: Whose Streets? Our Streets! [2] in the Headlines wire for images of the second day of protests. .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00061.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00060.htm


MAYDAY2K: We Did It!

- Cyber anarchist Chuck0 of Mid-Atlantic Infoshop has written an account of day one of the Washinton IMF/World Bank’s protest, A16. Scoop will bring his account of day two as soon as it comes to light. See... Whose Streets? Our Streets! [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00059.htm


A Win For The Whales

- The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hon Phil Goff, today welcomed the defeat of five proposals seeking to reduce the existing level of protection of whales at the meeting in Nairobi, Kenya of member countries of the Convention for International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES). See... New Zealand welcomes news to protect whales [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00252.htm


Scoop Arts: A Feast Of Fools

- Scoop’s Film Reviewer Mark Williams checks out an unusual French comedy centred around the dinner table. See... The Dinner Game [1] . There is also more culture online: the Embassy of Italy in Wellington announces the launching of a web site [ italy-embassy.org.nz ]. See... The Embassy Of Italy Launches New Web Site [2] both in the Arts & Culture wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0004/S00036.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0004/S00037.htm


MORE SCOOPS

GE Inquiry Needs Broader Membership

- Opposition Industry spokesperson John Luxton today wrote to the Government urging wider membership for the Royal Commission on Genetic Engineering. Membership of Commission must be broadened [1] in the Parliament wire. MORE REACTION: - LIFE SCIENCES NETWORK - Greenpeace fears baseless [2] ; - ROGER SOWRY - $5m Royal Commission unjustified - SSC [3] - ASSOCIATION OF CROWN RESEARCH INSTITUTES - Commission A Barrier To Extremism [4] ;


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00264.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00082.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00242.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00088.htm


Easter Shopping Law Angers ACT

- Parliament’s Commerce Select Committee is being taken to task by ACT for failing to do any work on a Bill to clean up the country’s shop trading laws that currently penalise retailers for opening on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. See... Prebble Angry That Shop Trading Bill Ignored [1] and Re: Shop Trading Hours (Abolition of Restrictions)- Letter [2] , both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00262.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00265.htm


Greens Impressed With Auckland Transport Proposals

- Green Party transport spokesperson Sue Kedgley today congratulated Infrastructure Auckland on its far-sighted plans to spend over $500 million on public transport over the next five years. See... Auckland's public transport investment crucial [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00261.htm


Goff Calls On Mugabe To Respect Rule of Law

- Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff, says that the Zimbabwe Government must uphold the rule of law and stop the violence which is occurring there. See... Goff Urges Support for Rule of Law in Zimbabwe [1] in the Parliament wire. Meanwhile ACT Leader Hon Richard Prebble today said it was appalling that the Prime Minister, Helen Clark had waited until she was in London before making any statement on the plight of white farmers and their families in Zimbabwe. See... Clark Statement On Zimbabwe For Blair Not Farmers [2] in the Parliament wire. Libertarianz deputy leader Richard McGrath called on the government to open its borders to white Zimbabwean farmers, as that country sinks further into lawlessness. See... Open Our Borders To Zimbawe’s Farmers - Libz [3] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00260.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00259.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00086.htm


Sales Up, Building Down

- Latest quarterly analysis of GST sales and purchases show the trend increasing steadily since May 1998 according to Statistics New Zealand. See... GST Sales and Purchases Continue Upward Trend [1] . The downward trend in the number of consents issued for new dwellings continued in March 2000, reflecting the pattern of falling monthly totals evident since August 1999. Two thousand and ninety seven permits for new dwelling were issued in March. See... Falling Trend in Dwelling Permits Continues [2] both in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00117.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00116.htm


Competition Rating Down

- “The further fall in New Zealand's rating for international competitiveness underscores the deterioration of the quality of economic policy in recent years” the executive director of the New Zealand Business Roundtable, Roger Kerr, said today. See... Worrying Fall In Competitiveness Rating [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00114.htm


DOC Gamble Pays Dividend

- The Associate Minister of Maori Affairs and Minister of Conservation Hon Sandra Lee says a high-risk gamble taken by DOC to save a rare Maori medicinal plant from total extinction has paid dividends. See... DOC gamble brings Maori medicinal plant back [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00254.htm


Libz Say Laila Harre Deluded

- “The Minister for Women’s affairs, Hon. Laila Harre, must be totally deluded given her short-sighted condemnation of shared parenting”, said FARE spokesperson Darryl Ward in response to the Minister’s appearance on Morning Report today See... Minister of Womens Affairs Totally Deluded [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00085.htm


Employment Status Of Dependent Contractors

The Government's proposal to draw so called “dependent contractors”; within the framework of its new employment law is about to pose a major headache for businesses using independent contractors, according to the Employers & Manufacturers Association. See... Dependent contractor clause in new employment law [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00087.htm


Waste Census

- Landfill management practices across the country need improvement, according to the Ministry for the Environment's 1998/1999 Landfill Census, to be released today by Environment Minister, Marian Hobbs. See... Landfill Census Highlights Problems [1] in the Parliament wire. See also Green Party reaction... Revolution Required In NZ Waste Management [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00256.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00268.htm


NZ Cattle Highly Resistant To Drench

- Green Party Agriculture spokesperson Ian Ewen-Street said he was concerned but not surprised at a study which shows New Zealand cattle have the highest level of resistance to drench in the world. See... Drench Resistance Shows Dangers Of Chemicals [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00267.htm


Greens - Organics And GE Cannot Live Together

- Green Party MP Ian Ewen-Street said today he strongly disagreed with comments made by the vice-chairman of Federated Farmers, Tom Lambie, that biotechnology and organics are compatible side by side. See... MP refutes Fed Farmer biotechnology claims [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00266.htm

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