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Kelsey On Clark On Free Trade With Singapore
The Death Of The Kiwi?
MayDay 2K Visits Auckland
Scoop World: Dicaprio, Clinton & Mother Earth
Scoop World: Zimbabwe Crisis Worsens
Scoop World: Microsoft Breakup?
Scoop Opinion: Rankin On Thursday: Risk Taking

The Criminal Gun Threat
Maori Broadcasting Skirmish
ERB Bill At The Select Committee
NZ Gives To UN Turkish Quake Relief
A Boost For Elective Surgery
A Dinner Of Trade Negotiations
GE Debate Continues
Remembering Cave Creek
Aussies Set A Bad Example In Immigration– Greens
Shared Parenting Bill Flawed
Insider Trading Review Announced
West Coast Settlement Unfair
Army Spending Decision Reckless
ACT & Youth Employment Hype

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Kelsey On Clark On Free Trade With Singapore

- As Prime Minister Helen Clark arrives in Singapore, the proposed free trade agreement she has gone there to discuss is analysed in a Q&A format by Professor Jane Kelsey. See... A Trojan Horse - Free Trade With Singapore [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00078.htm


The Death Of The Kiwi?

- A release of a study yesterday from the Institute of Policy Studies’ study on a common currency which supported the idea of a currency union with Australia. While welcoming the debate the Government does not consider the change a priority. The Greens are also not keen on the proposal, while manufacturing groups are pushing for the change.
REACTION: GOVERNMENT - Debate useful but monetary union not on agenda [1] .
GREENS - Greens say no to ANZAC dollar [2] .
UNITED NZ - Timid Labour and National Selling NZ Short [3]
MANUFACTURERS - . Common Currency Study Fires Up The Debate At Last [4]
MANUFACTURERS - Govt reaction to monetary study a slap in the face [5] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00347.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00336.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00337.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00104.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00106.htm


MayDay 2K Visits Auckland

- In Auckland every May Day for nearly 30 years workers, jobless and progressive people march up Queen Street as part of the world festival of the oppressed. This year is no exception. Around the world expectations are that this May Day will be a big one. ... See... May Day march promises to put the heat on the ECA [1] . Yesterday protestors demonstrated against a huge KFC bucket in the North Island city of Hamilton. See... MayDay Protest- first in a day of Global Action [2] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00103.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00097.htm


Scoop World: Dicaprio, Clinton & Mother Earth

- Leonard Dicaprio, the Actor involved in the Beach, a film dogged by an environmental scandal, has gone to the White House and turned interviewer to US President Bill Clinton. For a transcript of their conversation regarding Earth Day see... Interview Of The President - By Leonardo Dicaprio [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0004/S00098.htm


Scoop World: Zimbabwe Crisis Worsens

- Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has threatened to retaliate against supporters of President Robert Mugabe. See... Link: Civil war looms as Zimbabwe crisis worsens [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0004/S00102.htm


Scoop World: Microsoft Breakup?

- Justice Department antitrust attorneys are scheduled to brief White House lawyers and economic advisers today about the government's proposal to break Microsoft into separate companies. Recent speculation about Government action has caused Microsoft’s share price to plummet in recent days. See... Microsoft Briefing Planned [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0004/S00100.htm


Scoop Opinion: Rankin On Thursday: Risk Taking

- We tend to regard gambling as a vice, but risk-taking as a virtue. Indeed, risk-taking is a virtue. If nobody had ever taken a risk, then no economic development would have taken place. See... Keith Rankin - Socially Responsible Gambling [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00077.htm

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The Criminal Gun Threat

- The weekend’s crash and carry robbery of a professionally constructed fire arm strong room, is dramatic evidence of the contempt New Zealand criminals hold for the law, said ACT justice spokesman Stephen Franks. See... Crash and carry gun theft shows criminals contempt [1] . Criminal gangs are targeting licensed firearms collectors in the Wellington region with up to two hundred handguns stolen this year, the New Zealand First Law and Order spokesperson, Ron Mark, revealed today. See... Gangsters Steal Collectors’ Handguns “To Order” [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00358.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00354.htm


Maori Broadcasting Skirmish

- Comments from the Alliance's broadcasting spokesman today shows the honeymoon is over. “The Alliance bride has woken up and realised that she's living with a domineering bully of a husband,” says National's broadcasting spokesperson.. See... Honeymoon over for Maori MPs [1] Alliance MP Willie Jackson earlier today said the Government’s auctioning off the broadcasting spectrum would give Maori “peanuts."


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00356.htm


ERB Bill At The Select Committee

- The Government’s controversial industrial relations legislation the Employment Relations Bill has begun to be heard by a parliamentary select committee. The Service & Food Workers Union, the union representing low-paid workers in cleaning, catering, caregiving, hospitality and food says that the Employment Relations Bill (ERB) will help restore some of the wrongs of the past few years. See... "ECA Just Plain Wrong" Says Union [1] . ACT Party leader Richard Prebble rejects this notion. See... Rabble Rousers Rant Rubbish [2] . He says the Government has tried to hide the influence of powerful unions in drafting the legislation. See... Unions Wrote Radical Employment Bill [3] in the wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00105.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00349.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00352.htm


NZ Gives To UN Turkish Quake Relief

- Prime Minister Helen Clark announced today that New Zealand is donating $200,000 to a UNICEF programme aimed at meeting the health and nutritional needs of children affected by last year's devastating earthquakes in Turkey. New Zealand Engineering Consultancy companies have signed deals to help rebuild the affected region. See... NZ donates $200,000 to Turkish quake recovery [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00353.htm


A Boost For Elective Surgery

- Health Minister Annette King today announced an extra $21 million for elective surgery, and said she was delighted to tick off another item on the Government's pre-election pledge card. See... Health Minister Ticks Off Another Pledge [1] . The Health Minister's plans to spend just over $20 million more on surgery are just a drop in the bucket on what Labour promised New Zealanders, Opposition Associate Health spokesperson Lynda Scott said today. See... There Must Be More, Annette [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00344.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00357.htm


A Dinner Of Trade Negotiations

- "I'm delighted to be with you this evening and to welcome you all to New Zealand and to Queenstown - we are honoured to have you here. I hope you will enjoy your stay and that the enchanting surroundings of Queenstown will aid your discussions." Trade Negotions Minister Jim Sutton speaks to an international gathering in Queenstown. See... Sutton Remarks To The AFTA/CER Task Force Dinner [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00348.htm


GE Debate Continues

- The Greens will be watching Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton with interest to see how he explains how genetically engineered crops are 'compatible' with organic production. See... Greens intrigued by Minister's claims [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00346.htm


Remembering Cave Creek

- “The concept of atonement is not new. But it seems right to me that Governments show a growing willingness to accept responsibility years after the misconceived action or inaction of their predecessors, as well as an awareness of the need for appropriate remedial measures." Conservation Minister Sandra Lee remembers the Cave Creek disaster when 13 people died after a nature viewing platform collapsed. See... Sandra Lee On 5th Anniversary Of 'Cave Creek' [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00345.htm


Aussies Set A Bad Example In Immigration– Greens

- The Green Party wants the Government to distance itself from Australia's treatment of asylum seekers which contravene Australia's international obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention and other international treaties. Australia recently sent home over 400 ethnic Albanian refugees who had fled ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. See... Australia Setting Bad Example On Asylum Seekers [1] in the Parliament wire. The comments follow Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel's meeting yesterday with her Australian counterpart. See... Meeting with Australian counterpart very positive [2] in the Parliament wire. The Minister of Immigration's announcement that she is considering letting more people into New Zealand on working holiday visas will be welcomed by the tourism industry, Tourism Industry Association New Zealand Chief Exe cutive Glenys Coughlan said today. See... Tourism industry will welcome more working visas [3] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00350.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00335.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00145.htm


Shared Parenting Bill Flawed

- The Family Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society considers the Shared Parenting Bill, due to be introduced into Parliament in May this year, is misconceived and fundamentally flawed. See… Shared Parenting Bill "Fundimentally Flawed" [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00101.htm


Insider Trading Review Announced

- The Acting Minister of Commerce, Trevor Mallard, today announced the scope of the government’s proposed review into insider trading regulation in New Zealand. See... Insider Trading Review [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00339.htm


West Coast Settlement Unfair

- The Government wants to further strangle the West Coast with what ACT is describing as the ‘underhanded and unfair’ strings it has now attached to the $100 million offered in exchange for the region’s native timber logging industry. See... Government Strings Strangle West Coast [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00334.htm


Army Spending Decision Reckless

- “The unilateral announcement by the Prime Minister that the future defence spending priority is the Army is reckless,” ACT leader Richard Prebble said today. See... More Unilateral Decisions By Clark [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00331.htm


ACT & Youth Employment Hype

- The New Zealand University Students Association (NZUSA) has today rejected ACT’s senseless stance on youth employment, which fails to address the real issues concerning youth. See... ACT Sensationalises Youth Unemployment [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00102.htm

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