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Govt Reviewing Off-the-scale Diesel Sulphur Levels
Parental Leave Good For Babies, Good For Society
Draconian Smoking Restrictions Not The Way
Lamb To US Fiasco Underscores WTO Flaws
Get Regulating Electricity Industry – Peters
NGOs, Get Involved In Trade talks
Mallard Decides Future Of Wainuiomata Schools
These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees
Hobbs On Environmental Initiatives

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Hard News Is Here!
Pay The Cost Of Sounds Murder Closure, Shipley Urges Police
Lindsay Perigo: And Then A Hero Comes Along
Do Something About Inappropriate Appointment, Goff Told
Why We’re Paying More For Our Dairy Here


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Govt Reviewing Off-the-scale Diesel Sulphur Levels

- Associate Energy Minister Paul Swain says the government shares concerns about the sulphur levels in New Zealand diesel and agrees that current levels are out of step with European countries. See... Government says sulphur levels in diesel too high [1] MORE: - Green - New Zealand's dirty diesel international disgrace [2] - ARC - ARC Supports Cleaner Diesel Nationwide [3] - BP - Mobil Stalling Over Low Sulphur Diesel, Says BP [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00330.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00301.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0106/S00035.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0106/S00179.htm


Parental Leave Good For Babies, Good For Society

- “From a baby’s point of view, New Zealand should introduce paid parental leave without delay”, Commissioner for Children, Roger McClay, told the New Zealand Kindergartens Inc Conference in Blenheim today. See... Paid Parental Leave Good For Children [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0106/S00083.htm


Draconian Smoking Restrictions Not The Way

- The Government needs to go back to the drawing board with smoking legislation, ACT Internal Affairs Spokesman Penny Webster said today. See... Smoking Legislation Must Go Back To Square One [1] and Smoke-free Amendment Bill submissions [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00341.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00331.htm


Lamb To US Fiasco Underscores WTO Flaws

- Green Party Agriculture Spokesperson Ian Ewen-Street MP today said the whole fiasco with the WTO case involving New Zealand lamb imports to the United States highlighted serious flaws in binding free trade deals. See... World Trade Organisation Not Working - Greens [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00335.htm


Get Regulating Electricity Industry – Peters

- New Zealand First Leader, Rt Hon Winston Peters, today expressed his disappointment at the “timid approach shown by the Minister of Energy Hon Pete Hodgson, towards protecting electricity consumers from the fleecing they are taking from the electricity supply companies”. See... A Timid Response So Far Minister - Now Regulate [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00329.htm


NGOs, Get Involved In Trade talks

- New Zealand groups should take advantage of the World Trade Organisation's plans to involve non-government organisations in dialogue on issues to be discussed at its November ministerial meeting in Doha, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said. See... NGO Involvement In WTO Meeting In Qatar [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00332.htm


Mallard Decides Future Of Wainuiomata Schools

- The Minister of Education, Trevor Mallard, today announced his decision regarding the review of schooling in Wainuiomata. See... Decision On Wainuiomata Schools [1] . See also... Laptops For Students [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00340.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00339.htm


These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees

- This week the committee heard evidence from the Minister of Maori Affairs on Tuesday night and Thursday morning on the 2000/01 Supplementary Estimates and the 2001/02 Estimates for Vote Maori Affairs. See... Select Committee Business 15-22 June [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00342.htm


Hobbs On Environmental Initiatives

- We pride ourselves on our Clean Green 100% Pure image, but the environment is in trouble. Many of our urban beaches and streams are unsafe because of contamination from farm runoff, stormwater drains and sewage overflows. See... Hobbs Environment Speech [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00333.htm


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Hard News Is Here!

- GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES ... ideas are a dangerous commodity. Quite how dangerous was demonstrated this week when a few laboratory ideas escaped into the wild and caused widespread civil panic. See... HARD NEWS 22/06/01 - Wild Ideas [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0106/S00120.htm


Pay The Cost Of Sounds Murder Closure, Shipley Urges Police

- Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley today expressed shock over reports that Police 'cannot afford' to recover two objects which they believe have a 'high probability' of being the bodies of murdered Blenheim teenagers Ben Smart and Olivia Hope. See... Police Must Assist Hope And Smart Families [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00343.htm

Lindsay Perigo: And Then A Hero Comes Along

- Seeking & finding kindred spirits - in the flesh, in literature, in movies, in music, in science, in industry, in any area of rational endeavour - while living up to one's own standards in pursuit of one's own goals, brings in its wake a joy that will remain standing even if it takes a pounding from the "drooling beast" & goes wobbly at the knees occasionally. See... Lindsay Perigo: Carpe Diem! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0106/S00118.htm

Do Something About Inappropriate Appointment, Goff Told

- National's Corrections spokesperson Brian Neeson has accused Justice Minister Phil Goff of rank hypocrisy over the appointment of former Mongrel Mob frontman Harry Tam to a senior position in a Government Department. See... Goff's Rank Hypocrisy On Mongrel Mob Appointment [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00336.htm


Why We’re Paying More For Our Dairy Here

- Green Party Agriculture Spokesperson Ian Ewen-Street MP today said globalisation was one of the main reasons why New Zealanders were facing up to a 22 per cent price hike for domestically produced dairy products. See... Domestic Dairy Price Hikes Globalisation's Fault [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00338.htm


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