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Simon Orme: Why We Are Unwelcome Over There
Kiwis Considered A Liability By Australia Says Prebble – PM Not Amused By Press Association
Mt Eden Prison Conditions May Violate Human Rights
Vertical Limit Grinched At The Post
Terms Of Trade Rise
Breaking Up TVNZ
Richard Prebble Writes From The Hill
Rosalea Barker: A Cautionary Tale For Spoiled Children
Howard's End: Lessons From The US For Local Govt.
Guy’s World: Swinging Through The Cultural Landscape
Women Will pay Price For Pill Funding Changes
Eminem Too Adult For His Fans
Dad’s Not Getting The Recognition They Deserve
Sludgegate Update: The Air Thickens
Employers Political Update

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Simon Orme: Why We Are Unwelcome Over There

- Kiwi bashing has broken out in Australia in the lead up to Christmas, culminating in the revelation of a new deal between Canberra and Wellington, under which Kiwis moving to Australia need to meet the standard Australian immigration criteria to qualify for social security and other benefits. Simon Orme in Sydney Backgrounds the dispute. See... Australia – ‘Tis the Season for Kiwi Bashing [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00057.htm


Kiwis Considered A Liability By Australia Says Prebble – PM Not Amused By Press Association

- The Australian government has decided that New Zealand is a liability and not an asset says ACT leader Richard Prebble. See... Migration Speech Extract Hon Richard Prebble [1] and ACT – The Party With Policies To Bring NZ Home [2] . See also Jenny Shipley's view on the Tasman contretemps... NZ Government damaging Trans-Tasman relationship [3] . Earlier, on Friday night, the PM issued a statement critical of a story published as front-page lead in Saturday’s Dominion and elsewhere around the country from the New Zealand Press Association. See... NZPA report recklessly irresponsible [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00158.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00157.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00168.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00150.htm


Mt Eden Prison Conditions May Violate Human Rights

- The lawyer of 19-year-old Shannon Leonard, who hanged himself in Mt Eden prison on 3rd December, said at a public meeting on Saturday that the time had come to ask whether the conditions in the prison were a violation of human rights. See... Calls For Legal Action Following Death In Custody [1] and Peter Williams QC speech against Mt Eden Prison [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00053.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0012/S00040.htm


Vertical Limit Grinched At The Post

- Latest box office figures from the US show the New Zealand-made film Vertical Limit, starring Aoraki Mt Cook has just been pipped at the post for first place by Dr Seuss, How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Vertical Limit Pipped For Box Office Top Placing [1] and Scoop Images: NZ's New Southern Film Star - Aoraki [2] . Earlier...NZ FilmVertical Limits Tops US Box Office [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00055.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00056.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00049.htm


Terms Of Trade Rise

- The terms of trade for merchandise rose by 5.5 per cent in the September 2000 quarter, latest Overseas Trade Indexes released today by Statistics New Zealand show. A rise in the terms of trade means that more imports can be funded by a fixed quantity of exports. The terms of trade index is now at its highest level since the March 1995 quarter. See... Terms Of Trade Rise [1] and Latest Statistics Confirm Export Growth [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0012/S00067.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0012/S00068.htm


Breaking Up TVNZ

- The Government and TVNZ will jointly appoint commercial advisors to undertake a feasibility and viability study on establishing Broadcast Communications Limited (BCL) as a State Owned Enterprise separate from TVNZ. See... Feasibility Study On TVNZ/BCL Separation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00163.htm


Richard Prebble Writes From The Hill

-For ACT Leader Richard Prebble’s latest missive from the hill see... Richard Prebble's Letter From Wellington #42 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00162.htm


Rosalea Barker: A Cautionary Tale For Spoiled Children

- The superstitious among us say things come in threes, so I wonder if Al Gore is at home in the VP mansion listening to his Van Morrison collection, trying to choose a soundtrack for his concession speech. Russell Crowe and Don Johnson both searched ... See... Rosalea Barker: One Shot Deal Don't Matter [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00048.htm


Howard's End: Lessons From The US For Local Govt.

- New unfunded mandates from central government will likely force district and regional councils to spend more ratepayer's money in social and environmental areas as part of two central government reviews of laws governing them. See... Howard's End: Lessons From The US For Local Govt. [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00050.htm


Guy’s World: Swinging Through The Cultural Landscape

- “You guys looked just like a couple of Elvises,” he said. If I’d been feeling pedantic I would have corrected him - the correct plural of Elvis is, of course, Elvi . See... Guy’s World: Culturally Appropriate, With a D.A. [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00051.htm


Women Will pay Price For Pill Funding Changes

- “The Health Minister must step in and stop Pharmac from turning the funding of the contraceptive pill upside down,” National Associate Health spokesperson Lynda Scott said today. See... See... Pharmac Savings Made At Women's Expense [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00153.htm


Eminem Too Adult For His Fans

- The Classification Office has restricted Eminem's album The Marshall Mathers LP to people aged 18 years and over. See... Censor Restricts Eminem Album To Those 18 And Over [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0012/S00016.htm


Dad’s Not Getting The Recognition They Deserve

- “The job Kiwi dads do is completely unacknowledged,” re-elected NZ Father&Child Society president Philip Chapman said at the organisation's AGM last Saturday. See... "Dads Underacknowledged" [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0012/S00019.htm


Sludgegate Update: The Air Thickens

- “Surprising things happen on Waiheke and the air is rarely thin.” Thus spoke Bruce Bissett in the Sludgegate trial today, and the courtroom air itself later became thick with argument - legal and otherwise. See... Sludgegate: Surprising things happen on Waiheke [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0012/S00032.htm


Political Update

- Union breaches ERA Actions by the Waterfront Workers’ Union appear to be in breach of the Employment Relations Act, says NZEF’s Anne Knowles. See... Political Update Fri 8 Dec 2000 (No. 39/00) [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0012/S00041.htm

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