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New Zealand Defence Framework Unveiled
SLUDGE: What Rodney Told Investors In Fiji
The Pro-GE Campaign, The Greens & Free Speech
Scoop Business: SOEs Under Scrutiny
Scoop Opinion: A Week Of It - The Budget

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The Unions Boycott Of Fiji
Speight In The New Government?
Speight Spurns The Fijian Media


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New Zealand Defence Framework Unveiled

- "New Zealand's defence capabilities at the moment represent a confused view of the roles our armed forces are likely to be called upon to perform." See..PM's Statement On Defence Policy Framework [1] in the Parliament wire. FULL COVERAGE - The Policy Statement - THE GOVERNMENT’S DEFENCE POLICY FRAMEWORK [2] - NATIONAL - Defence statement avoids hard decisions [3] - GREENS - Business as usual for defence brass [4] - UNITED - Defence Review Produces Half Way House Solution [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00427.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00432.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00430.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00429.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00428.htm


SLUDGE: What Rodney Told Investors In Fiji

- Sludge is delighted to provide the following transcript of the speech delivered by ACT MP Rodney Hide at the Investors International conference in Fiji in January last year. See... Sludge Report #14 – Rodney’s Speech In Fiji (1) [1] and Sludge Report #15 (Part 2) [2] , both in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00072.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00073.htm


The Pro-GE Campaign, The Greens & Free Speech

- New Zealand trade officials and diplomats are taking part in a pro-GE campaign aimed at influencing the outcome of the Royal Commission on Genetic Engineering, Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said today. See... Trade officials and diplomats in pro-GE campaign [1] in the Parliament wire. “The attack by the co-leader of the Green Party on the New Zealand Life Sciences Network (Inc) is an attempt to prevent the public hearing anything which contradicts the Greens’ view of the world and therefore, nothing less than an attack on free speech.” So says a pro-GE group the Life Sciences Network. See... Greens attack free speech [2] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00410.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00063.htm


Scoop Business: SOEs Under Scrutiny

- The New Zealand Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation today released a study of the economic performance of five State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) in the period 1989 to 1998. Airways Corporation, recently embroiled in a controversy regarding its overseas operations, got top marks. Others like farming SOE, Landcorp, were not so lucky. See... ISCR releases SOE study [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0006/S00116.htm


Scoop Opinion: A Week Of It - The Budget

- “A boring budget? Responsible, but unimaginative…..misses vital element?” The variety of responses to Michael Cullen’s first balancing of the books were often more interesting than the budget itself. A Week of It's Chris Holm writes on the budget reaction. See... A Week Of It: Is Anything Right With Budget 2000? [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00069.htm

FIJI COUP


The Unions Boycott Of Fiji

- “The claim by the president of the CTU that the NZ unions' illegal strikes in support of a Fiji boycott is ‘;sanctioned by international law’ is astounding,” Opposition Industrial Relations spokesperson Max Bradford said today. See... How is Fiji boycott sanctioned by law? [1] in the Parliament wire. Meanwhile, trade union leaders in the Fiji Islands have warned that any "solution" to the Pacific country's political crisis based outside the 1997 multiracial constitution will lead to more economic sanctions. See... Fiji Unions Stand Firm In Spite Of Harassment [2] in the International wire. Also see...Trade unions urged to use heads and hearts on Fiji [3] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00406.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0006/S00096.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00057.htm


Speight In The New Government?

- Fiji's military regime says it will include some people nominated by rebel leader George Speight in a civilian interim government, according to media reports. See... Military regime agrees to some Speight nominees [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0006/S00099.htm


Speight Spurns The Fijian Media

- SUVA: Fiji rebel leader George Speight called it a day yesterday when he announced that he would not be holding any more press conferences for the international media, the Fiji Sun reports. See... Speight Spurns Press Conferences [1] . Also see... Pina Blasted Over Media Freedom [2] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0006/S00098.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0006/S00097.htm

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