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Montana Decision Good For The Sharemarket – Franks
Gosche Proposes Tougher Car Safety Rules
Student Debt Spiralling Out Of Control
Nats Offer Labour Support For Air NZ Deal
Submission Opposing Snooping Bill
Mapp Demystifies Goff’s Creative Accounting
Rail Nostalgia Clouds The Issues
Sobering Reading For Dalziel On Aged Care
Treasury Confirms Borrowing To Save Super Madness
Bridge Toll Releif For Mt Maunganui Drivers Welcomed

POLITICS FROM TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Sludge Report: Where's The Real News?
Hard News Is Here
Dangly Earrings: The Fashion Statement With A Social Message
Sludge Report: It’s The Economy Stupid!
Economy Less Than 1% Bigger Than It Was A Year Ago
PSA Appalled At Probation Officer Mass Suspensions
Goff Welcomes Slobodan Milosevic Extradition

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Montana Decision Good For The Sharemarket – Franks

- The Montana Committee's decision that Lion must dispose of 19% of the Montana shares will strengthen respect for the New Zealand sharemarket, ACT Commerce spokesman Stephen Franks said today. See... Montana Decision Strengthens Sharemarket Respect [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00456.htm


Gosche Proposes Tougher Car Safety Rules

- New standards for frontal impact protection systems for passenger cars were one of the key proposals in a package aimed at significantly boosting vehicle safety in New Zealand, Transport Minister Mark Gosche said today. See… Vehicle Safety Package Released [1] and Vehicle Safety Proposals - Q & A's [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00453.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00454.htm


Student Debt Spiralling Out Of Control

- Student debt will cripple the economy within the next two decades unless the government moves with some urgency to address the increased financial burden that has been placed on students over the past decade according to Chris Hipkins, President of the Victoria University of New Zealand says. See... Student Debt Set To Cripple NZ [1] and Labour Exacerbates Student Loan Crisis - Nats [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0106/S00026.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00450.htm


Nats Offer Labour Support For Air NZ Deal

- "Comments reportedly made by Finance Minister Michael Cullen at a select committee this morning make it clear that politicking by the junior coalition partner has brought the issue of the overseas shareholding in Air New Zealand to a standstill," Mrs Shipley said. See... National Offers Way Ahead On Air New Zealand [1] and Nats Hysterical Haste To Sell Out Flag-Carrier - Anderton [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00434.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00459.htm


Submission Opposing Snooping Bill

- I am totally opposed to any extension of powers, and to any spying or electronic snooping upon citizens of New Zealand, by either the department you act for, or by any other governmental/private agency of New Zealand or any other state's agency - including "friendly" foreign powers. See... Submission on GCS (Echelon Spying) Bill - NZ [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0106/S00125.htm


Mapp Demystifies Goff’s Creative Accounting

- Justice Minister Phil Goff has robbed the Legal Services Agency to pay Community Law Centres, National's Justice spokesman Wayne Mapp said today. See... Phil Robs Peter To Pay Paul [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00451.htm


Rail Nostalgia Clouds The Issues

- Common sense has been replaced by emotion in the debate about railways, ACT MP Penny Webster said today. See... Playing With Trains At The Taxpayer's Expense [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00449.htm


Sobering Reading For Dalziel On Aged Care

- Things are so bad in the Aged Care industry that the Service and Food Workers Union has dedicated a large chunk of its latest magazine to spelling out just how poor conditions are and how tight funding is for elderly care, National's Senior Citizens spokesperson Dr Lynda Scott said. See... Union Campaigns Against Elderly Care Shortfall [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00448.htm


Treasury Confirms Borrowing To Save Super Madness

- Treasury has today confirmed that the government would have to borrow most of the contributions to the Superfund over the next five years. See... Treasury Confirms It - Govt Borrowing For Super [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00433.htm


Bridge Toll Releif For Mt Maunganui Drivers Welcomed

- The Rt Hon Winston Peters MP, Leader of New Zealand First, today welcomed the news that the tolls were being taken off the Tauranga Bridge and said that they had been unduly harsh on the people of Mount Maunganui. See... Peters Welcomes Tauranga Bridge Tolls Removal [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00460.htm


TOP SCOOPS


Sludge Report: Where's The Real News?

- As Foreign Minister Phil Goff sounds off about the handing over of European war criminal Slobodan Milosevic on the TV news tonight, please spare a thought for a news event of considerable more import, far closer to home. See... Sludge Report #90 – Closer To Home [1] . See also... PNG Government Puts Off NZ Parliamentary Visit [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0106/S00160.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00461.htm


Hard News Is Here

- GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES ... Most of the court cases we televise just aren't that interesting as news television. Seriously, when was the last time you saw an Employment Court case on TV? But this one, with spin doctors shadowing both sides and the plaintiff giving a virtuoso performance as herself, is almost constructed for broadcast. See... HARD NEWS 29/7/01 - The Ultimate Fashion Victim [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0106/S00156.htm


Dangly Earrings: The Fashion Statement With A Social Message

- The following email, urging women to get their Christine Rankin styled glad rags on in support of women workers, is doing the rounds across the country. Meanwhile, broadcasters Robert Rakete and James Coleman both donned Rankinesque dangly earings on TV3’s The Panel last night, and Alliance MP Phillida Bunkle wowed Parliament’s debating chamber with a short skirt and a pair of weighty ear decorations. Is a fashion craze with a social message about to sweep the nation? See... Dangly Earring Craze Snowballing [1] . See also... Scoop Images: Steve Maharey's Hit Record [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0106/S00154.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0106/S00157.htm


Sludge Report: It’s The Economy Stupid!

Reading the headlines in the papers lately, C.D. Sludge has been rather surprised to read, over and over again, reports appearing to indicate that the NZ economy is AOK, hunky-dory, in short, a box of birds. It isn't. - See... Sludge Report #91 – NZ's Flat (Or Is It Shrinking?) Economy [1] . See also... Sludge Feedback: Shrinking Or What? [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0106/S00155.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0106/S00159.htm


Economy Less Than 1% Bigger Than It Was A Year Ago

- No change in GDP was recorded in the March 2001 quarter, according to information released today by Statistics New Zealand. This follows a 0.4 per cent increase in the December 2000 quarter, a 0.9 per cent increase in the September 2000 quarter, and a 0.6% contraction in the June 2000 quarter. See... Economic Activity Flat in March Quarter [1] REACTION: - Deutsche Bank -NZ: GDP - March 2001 Quarter [2] - Govt - GDP Result Disappointing But Historic - Cullen [3] - ACT - New Direction Needed To Get Economy Growing [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0106/S00273.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0106/S00277.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00443.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00455.htm

PSA Appalled At Probation Officer Mass Suspensions

- “There have been mass suspensions in the Community Probation Service this morning,” said PSA national secretary Richard Wagstaff. “We are appalled that the Probation Service has taken this aggressive approach... See... Mass Suspensions In Probation [1] . See also… Probation Workers Vote To Fight On [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0106/S00123.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0106/S00120.htm


Goff Welcomes Slobodan Milosevic Extradition

- Foreign Minister Phil Goff has welcomed the decision by Serbia's reformist government to extradite former leader Slobodan Milosevic to stand trial before the War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague. See... Goff Welcomes Extradition Of Milosevic [1] and Amnesty Welcomes Milosevic's Transfer [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0106/S00439.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0106/S00127.htm

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