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Sludge On The Budget - It’s Wrong!
Michael Cullen Delivers The Budget
Scoop Business: Balance Of Payments Deficit
Cholera Vaccine Withdrawal - GE Panic?
More Action Against The Oil Giants
Scoop World: Solomons Sitution Worsens
SLUDGE: Rodney, Fiji, And Free Money
KEITH RANKIN: Electricity Report The Best Of A Bad Job

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Petrol Prices Rise Again
NZ & Australia Talk Defence
NZ Human Rights Record Under Scrutiny
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SCOOP BUDGET SPECIAL - CLICK HERE


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Michael Cullen's First Budget Due This Afternoon

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Sludge On The Budget - It’s Wrong!



- CD and assorted Sludge have been locked up in the Beehive since 11.30am with a remarkably disappointing budget. True it contains a new lingo. But as the government has already announced most of it - what is left comes as a bit of an anti-climax. See... Sludge Report #13 - The Budget Is Wrong [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00062.htm


Michael Cullen Delivers The Budget

- Part One of Finance Minister Michael Cullen's speech details how the Government will spend it's $736 million surplus on business assistance, research & development and the Ministry of Economic Development. Part Two continues a break down of R&D and also looks at education and training. For information on employment, “closing the gaps”, health, law & order, environment, arts and revenue see Part Three. - MICHAEL CULLEN 1 - Budget Speech Part 1 [1] . - MICHAEL CULLEN 2 - Budget Speech Part 2 [2] - MICHAEL CULLEN 3 - Budget Speech Part 3 - The Rest [3] . - PARLIAMENT WIRE LINK - instant reaction [4] - TREASURY PAGE LINK - here [5] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00059.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00060.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00061.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/parliament.htm
[5] - http://www.treasury.govt.nz/pubs/bmb/budgets/2000/toc_bud.htm

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Scoop Business: Balance Of Payments Deficit

- The March 2000 quarter current account balance recorded a deficit of $1,015 million, said Acting Government Statistician Dianne Macaskill. This was $1,933 million lower than the deficit recorded in the December 1999 quarter. See... Balance of Payments Remains Steady [1] in the Business wire


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0006/S00096.htm


Cholera Vaccine Withdrawal - GE Panic?

- "In March 2000 the Ministry of Health approved the registration and sale of the worlds first Oral cholera vaccine, in New Zealand." The company that produced the vaccine stands by its product. See... Oral Cholera Vaccine No Longer Available In NZ [1] in the Business wire. The decision comes in the wake of cholera vaccine found to contain a living genetically modified organism not approved under current laws. See... GM Cholera Vaccine Withdrawn [2] . And... Moratorium On Genetic Modification [3] . Also see... First Release Of GE Organism An Outrage - Greens [4] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0006/S00097.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00252.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00289.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00250.htm


More Action Against The Oil Giants

- The Commerce Commission is taking more action against two oil companies. Mobil and Caltex, because of their alleged misleading advertising of petrol prices. See... More Commission action against oil companies [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0006/S00095.htm


Scoop World: Solomons Sitution Worsens

-Reports from the Solomon Islands say the economic situation is deteriorating. While the debate on whether and when a new PM should be appointed continues in Parliament reports are that the economy on the islands has virtually shut down. The Prime Minister has resigned ahead of a confidence motion scheduled for today. See... PM Resigns Ahead Of Vote [1] . Meanwhile, Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Patterson Oti says he is disappointed Australia did not respond to the government's request for Australian peacekeepers to be sent to the Pacific country. See... Oti 'Disappointed' In Australia [2] both in the International wire. Also see...NEWSFLASH: Solomons PM Resigns [3] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0006/S00087.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0006/S00088.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00051.htm


SLUDGE: Rodney, Fiji, And Free Money

- C.D. Sludge has now caught up with the MP who made a trip to Fiji last year to attend a seminar of Investors International, the principal of which, Rudolf van Lin, was later arrested and charged in the US with Securities fraud. See... The Sludge Report #12 – Rodney’s Trip To Fiji [1] . In Parliament on Wednesday NZ First Leader Winston Peter’s took up C.D. Sludge’s interest into the Investor’s International investment scheme and asked questions about ACT MP Rodney Hide’s involvement with the group. For the full transcript of Peter’s speech see... Winston Peters on Investors International [2] in the Parliament wire


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00053.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00295.htm


KEITH RANKIN: Electricity Report The Best Of A Bad Job

- The Caygill Report on the electricity industry (released Tuesday) is a moderate and sensible attempt to make the best of a bad job that cannot be undone. See... Keith Rankin - Let the People Profit [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00057.htm


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Petrol Prices Rise Again

– BP, Caltex and Mobil have all moved to lift their prices for petrol and diesel citing rising international price rises as the reason. For BP’s explanatoin see... Soaring Oil Costs Force Petrol/Diesel Price Rise [1] . Also see Mobil’s release... Mobil Oil raises petrol and diesel prices [2] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0006/S00102.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0006/S00088.htm


NZ & Australia Talk Defence

- The New Zealand Minister of Defence, Mark Burton, and the Australian Minister for Defence, John Moore, met in Wellington on 15 June 2000 for the annual Australia-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ talks. See... Australia – New Zealand Defence Ministerial Talks [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00290.htm


NZ Human Rights Record Under Scrutiny

- New Zealand's inclusion for only the third time on Amnesty International's annual list of countries violating human rights is a wake-up call to our national attitudes about asylum-seekers, AI Executive Director Ced Simpson said yesterday. See... NZ Appears In Amnesty International Report [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00042.htm


Inaction Causes Waste In Fishing

- “At least $95,000 is being ripped out of the Hawke’s Bay/Wairarapa economy every month because a few individuals in Wellington are stopping Ngäti Kahungunu* from fully developing $32 million of fishing assets,” Harry Mikaere, Chairman of the Treaty Tribes Coalition, said today. See... $95,000 Being Ripped Out Of Hawke's Bay Monthly [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00043.htm

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