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Scoop: Top Scoops + Just Politics (BUDGET 2004)

TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Budget 2004: Govt. Passes Centerpiece Families Package
A Budget For Kiwi Families
NZ Takes First Steps Towards Free Trade With China
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
US Democrats Launch Blistering Attack On Bush Foreign Policy
Israel Continues Invasion Of Palestine Territories
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
A Feast Of Scoop Feedback
Leo Koziol: The Day After Tomorrow Is Today!
The Real Deal: Black Budgets And Mortgage Bubbles
John Chuckman Cartoon
Sonia Nettnin: A Poem For Virtual Palestine
Guest Opinion: Bush May As Well Skip Memorial Day
Allen Roland: George W Christ

BUDGET 2004
POST BUDGET NEWS
Budget 2004: Government Passes Its Working For Familes Package
Fishhook For Beneficiaries Found In Family Bill
Budget 2004: Post Budget Announcements
Budget 2004: Ministers Post Budget Speeches
Budget 2004: Counter Reaction
BUDGET DEBATE SPEECHES

BUDGET REACTION - FULL COVERAGE
Parliamentary Reaction:
NZ First
ACT
Greens
United Future
Non Parliamentary Political Reaction:
Health Sector Reaction:
Education Sector Reaction:
Union Reaction:
Business Sector Reaction:
Other Reaction

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees
Nine Meaures To Protect NZ's GE Free Status
Youths Should Have Been Charged With Attempted Murder
ACT Calls For Compensation For Customs Computer Crash
Privy Councillors Thanked For Their Service
Tourism Success Due To People Says Burton
NZ's Interests Served By Respect For Human Rights

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Finance Minister Michael Cullen Addresses The Media
http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=budget2004
Click for FULL COVERAGE BUDGET 2004

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Budget 2004: Govt. Passes Centerpiece Families Package

- The centerpiece of the budget, the Working for Families package, has passed its third reading in the house this afternoon with the support of United Future, The Greens and New Zealand First. See... Poverty dramatically reduced [1] MORE: - National - Urgency: desperate Government fakes it [2] - Greens - Something Rotten In 'Family-Friendly' Bill [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00648.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00646.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00652.htm


A Budget For Kiwi Families

- Parliament is presently sitting under urgency to pass a budget bill providing for wide ranging changes to family support, the accomodation supplement and the family tax credit which are expected to boost the incomes of 300,000 kiwi families by up to $170 a week over a three year period. As usual Scoop has the most comprehensive coverage available on the Internet with commentary, all the news and full reaction, all in real time. See... Scoop Budget 2004 Full Coverage [1]

SMART LINKS JUMP TO POST BUDGET NEWS DEVELOPMENTS [2] JUMP TO GOVT. BUDGET PRESS RELEASES [3] CLICK TO JUMP TO BUDGET REACTION (incl.. Political, Business, Education & Health) [4] CLICK TO JUMP TO BUDGET PREVIEWS [5] CLICK TO JUMP TO PRE-BUDGET ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REACTION [6]


[1] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=budget2004
[2] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=budget2004#postbud
[3] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=budget2004#presskit
[4] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=budget2004#reaction
[5] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=budget2004#preview
[6] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=budget2004#prebud


NZ Takes First Steps Towards Free Trade With China

- New Zealand and China are today taking the first formal step towards closer trading links with the signing of a Trade and Economic Cooperation Framework at a ceremony in Auckland. See... China-New Zealand trade framework signed [1] MORE: - Greens - What's Chinese for fair trade, Helen? [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00659.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00650.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • House Values Continue To Grow [1]
  • Incredible Film Festival declared "dead" [2]
  • Rialto Picks Up Hottest Titles From Cannes [3]
  • Stop-Inghams-Ge.org Campaign Day: 28th of May [4]
  • Territorial On Top Of The World [5]
  • Animal Action Week Of Activism [6]
  • Input and Output Prices Fall [7]
  • Sheep Numbers Show Slow Growth [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0405/S00319.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0405/S00178.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0405/S00175.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00303.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00301.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00295.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0405/S00327.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0405/S00326.htm


    US Democrats Launch Blistering Attack On Bush Foreign Policy

    - George W. Bush promised us a foreign policy with humility. Instead, he has brought us humiliation in the eyes of the world. See... Al Gore Address on Iraq Policy - May 26, 2004 [1] . See also... John Kerry on Security & Strength for a New World [2] and Kerry Calls for a New National Security Policy [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00247.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00266.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00265.htm


    Israel Continues Invasion Of Palestine Territories

    - NABLUS, Palestine -- The Israeli occupying forces (IOF) started a wide offensive on the city of Nablus and its suburbs, in which two homes were blown up while troops occupied houses and public buildings there. See... IOF Onslaught Turns to Nablus [1] ALSO: Turkey is Latest Critic of Israel’s ‘Terrorism’ [2] - IOF Invades Deir El Balah, Demolishes Houses [3] - Israel: British journalist arrested [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00256.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00258.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00257.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00254.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • Security Council Discusses Draft Iraq Resolution [1]
  • WHO Attempts To Control Ebola Outbreak In Sudan [2]
  • UNICEF Ready To Aid Sudan’s 15 Million Children [3]
  • Lebanon: Investigation Call Into Protester Deaths [4]
  • Afghanistan: Anti-Narcos Arrive To Curb Drug Trade [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00255.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00250.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00252.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00253.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00248.htm


    SCOOP FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT - FULL COVERAGE

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00241.htm
    Italy:
    Photo-Essay: Monte Cassino Abbey

    For more see... http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=fc
    Italy Assignment: Full Coverage...

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    A Feast Of Scoop Feedback

    - American Politician Under Fire for Attacking Bush's Iraq Policy - The Iraqi Prisoner Scandal's growing stain - Iraq - US Citizen Concerned by Prisoner Abuses - US Citizen Advocates Law of Jungle - NZ Foreign Policy in Relation to Current ... See... Scoop Feedback: Foreign Policy, Iraq, Iraq & Iraq [1] - Cullen and the Judiciary - Dr Nick Smith MPs Stand on Crimes Amendment Bill No.2 - Opposition to Civil Union Bill - Objection to Legislation - Crimes Amendment Bill No 2 - Smoking OK – Crimes Amendment Bill No 2 Not OK - Sunday Star-Times Sub ... See... Scoop Feedback: Sex, Hon. Cullen & The Judiciary [2] - Condolences Are Extended To The Mercer Family - Victim had plan to save children - Domestic Violence Fear- Mercer Case - Race Relations - ACT's Comments Regarding Maori and Blankets See... Scoop Feedback: Domestic Violence & Race Relations [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00279.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00278.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00277.htm


    Leo Koziol: The Day After Tomorrow Is Today!

    - This article is being reposted to mark the opening of the film in cinemas this week. The movie is fast becoming part of the cultural ''zeitgeist''. See... Naked in Nuhaka: The Day After Tomorrow [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00284.htm


    The Real Deal: Black Budgets And Mortgage Bubbles

    - Investors benefit from understanding the federal budget, credit policies and covert intervention that drive markets -- often overriding fundamental economics. How has the US governmental apparatus become so powerful in the marketplace and what does it mean to the health of our economy? How unstable is the mortgage bubble and where are the opportunities for investors if the bubble bursts? See... America's Black Budget & Manipulation Of Markets [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00268.htm


    John Chuckman Cartoon

    - Cartoon by John Chuckman See... Chuckman Cartoon: Is Kerry Part Of The Problem? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00283.htm


    Sonia Nettnin: A Poem For Virtual Palestine

    - Thick mist : after midnight : desert : rose blooms : moonlight : petals beneath See... Sonia Nettnin Poem: Words Burn Pages [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00282.htm


    Guest Opinion: Bush May As Well Skip Memorial Day

    - President Bush might prefer to skip Memorial Day this year. In the buildup to the invasion of Iraq, he sold us a fantasy of military triumph with minimal American deaths. Most people bought it. See... Guest Opinion: Count The Dead [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00281.htm


    Allen Roland: George W Christ

    - George Bush actually believes this picture (above) which is one of the reasons he does not take accountability for the intelligence failures of 9/11 , the W.M.D. intelligence debacle, the illegal ' outing ' of a CIA case officer or the recent Iraqi prisoner ... See... Allen L Roland: Who Bush Answers To [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00280.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00272.htm
    MOTORNET: Pushing The Envelope - The BMW 5

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    BUDGET SPECIAL... FULL COVERAGE BUDGET REACTION

    (this section updates the Scoop budget reaction coverage bulletin sent out yesterday)

    BUDGET 2004 – POST BUDGET DEVELOPMENTS

    Budget 2004: Government Passes Its Working For Familes Package

    - The Working for Families package takes aim at child poverty and will reduce it dramatically, says Social Development and Employment Minister Steve Maharey. See... Poverty dramatically reduced [1] MORE: - National - Urgency: desperate Government fakes it [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00648.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00646.htm


    Fishhook For Beneficiaries Found In Family Bill

    - Green MP Sue Bradford says a major benefit cut has been hidden inside the Government's Future Directions (Working for Families) Bill. See... Something Rotten In 'Family-Friendly' Bill [1] - Nandor Tanczos - Green delight as What's Up? is saved [2] - Keith Locke - A safer world means more aid, not more spooks [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00652.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00658.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00655.htm


    Budget 2004: Post Budget Announcements

    - John Tamihere - Budget 2004: delivering for Maori [1] - Ruth Dyson - Kids Help Foundation Trust [2] - Trevor Mallard - Govt backs healthy active NZ with extra funding [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00641.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00657.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00643.htm


    Budget 2004: Ministers Post Budget Speeches

    - Steve Maharey - Working for Families: reducing child poverty [1] - Hon Michael Cullen - Cullen NZIM Breakfast Briefing [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00647.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00642.htm


    Budget 2004: Counter Reaction

    - Education Minister Trevor Mallard said he was amazed at National's promise to scrap the free early childhood education announced in the budget, and to get rid of the extra funding that will go to both community-based and privately-run early childhood ... See... English would halt free early childhood education [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00656.htm


    BUDGET DEBATE SPEECHES

    - Govt. - Rt Hon Helen Clark Budget Speech [1] - National - Leader of the Opposition Post-Budget speech [2] - NZ First - Rt Hon Winston Peters - Budget speech [3] - Greens - The Day After Tomorrow - Rod Donald Speech [4] - Progressives - Budget 2004 Debate: Speech by Jim Anderton [5] - ACT - ACT's Richard Prebble - Budget 2004 Speech [6]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00626.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00624.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00613.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00625.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00621.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00637.htm


    BUDGET 2004 – THE REACTION - FULL COVERAGE

    Parliamentary Reaction:

    National - Don Brash - Budget 04: Don Brash labels Budget 'cynical' [1] - John Key - Disappointing Budget for 4 out of 5 households [2] - Katherine Rich - Labour makes more kiwi families rely on hand outs [3] - Katherine Rich - Government gets it wrong - Katherine Rich [4] - Bill English - Budget: 25,000 young children excluded [5] - David Carter - Desperate Sutton stoops to lying on biosecurity [6]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00600.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00605.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00604.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00623.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00628.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00649.htm


    NZ First

    - Brent Catchpole - Exporters Bear Brunt Of New Tax Initatives [1] - Winston Peters - Budget Fails NZ's Future [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00595.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00616.htm


    ACT

    - Rodney Hide - ACT's Hide Says Tax Rate Should be 20c/$1 [1] - Other MPs - ACT Responds To The Budget [2] - Heather Roy - Budget Shows Minister Has Learned Nothing [3] - Muriel Newman - Long Wait For Nothing [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00618.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00617.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00638.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00636.htm


    Greens

    - Rod Donald - Budget offers help for today, but not for future [1] - Mike Ward - Imagine how artistic the Budget could be [2] - Nandor Tanczos - Green delight as What's Up? is saved [3] - Keith Locke - A safer world means more aid, not more spooks [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00619.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00615.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00658.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00655.htm


    United Future

    - Peter Dunne - United Future: Hard work beats hot air [1] - Peter Dunne - Dunne & the Budget’s family assistance moves [2] - Marc Alexander - Victims’ support money must be well-directed [3] - Bernie Ogilvy - Ogilvy: student debt relief ‘a welcome first step [4] - Murray Smith - Smith delighted at restorative justice funding [5] - Judy Turner - Turner welcomes mental health funding [6]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00590.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00630.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00634.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00633.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00632.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00631.htm


    Non Parliamentary Political Reaction:

    - Automobile Assoc. - An Opportunity To Address Looming Roading Crisis [1] - Automobile Assoc. - Roads not even worth a mention in budget spend-up [2] - Parent's Centre -Budget response: The good, the bad, and the stupid [3] - Young Labour - Budget Gains for Young People Welcomed [4] - Forest & Bird - Welcome Budget projects but Vote Conservation cut [5] - The Alliance - Cullen's Black Budget [6] - The Alliance - Alliance Response To Budget [7] - Salvation Army - A Budget that Tackles Poverty [8] - Grey Power - Grey Power Reacts To Budget [9] - Caritas - . Budget delivers to children - Caritas Aotearoa [10] - Maxim - Maxim Institute - real issues - No. 112 [11] - Democrats - Budget not a 21st Century solution [12] - Children's Commissioner - Commiss. welcomes budget assistance for children [13] - Christian Heritage - Budget Ignores Mums At Home [14]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00298.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0405/S00321.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00296.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00297.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00307.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00306.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00294.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00305.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00304.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00300.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00299.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00291.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00293.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00284.htm


    Health Sector Reaction:

    - Plunket - Plunket Says Family Focus Is A Good Start [1] - Richmond Fellowship - Youth Services a Priority [2] - Medical Assoc. - NZMA welcomes funding increases [3] - Public Health Assoc. - A 1st Step To Eradicate Health Problems Of Poverty [4] - Health Researchers - Budget Stops Slide Backwards For Health Research [5] - NZNO - Budget Signals Money For Nurses’ Pay [6] - HFANZ - Cash Injections No Panacea for Public Hospitals [7] - Auckland DHB - Orthopaedic Funding Boost Welcomed [8]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0405/S00121.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0405/S00124.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0405/S00117.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00292.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0405/S00116.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0405/S00115.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0405/S00113.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0405/S00112.htm


    Education Sector Reaction:

    - ATSA - Removal of Work History criterion [1] - ATSA - Student support changes should help students [2] - OPSA - Small Step in Right Direction [3] - ITF - Extra funding welcome - 250,000 target needs work [4] - Early Childhood Council - A Bouquet to Steve Maharey [5] - Education Forum - Free childcare for some will cost us plenty [6] - QPEC - Budget 2004 : Disheartening Delay to Modest Help [7] - Early Childhood Council - The Socialist Road to Free Childcare [8] - Childcare Association - Budget Delivers Significant Funding Increases [9] - School Trustees - Little Recognition Of School Boards’ Needs [10] - Maori Students - Budget supports Maori tertiary students [11] - Education Forum - Allowances Expansion A Cost The Country Can’t Bear [12] - AUS - Universities starved in Budget [13] - Vice-Chancellors - Limited Increase In University Funding [14] - NZEI - NZEI Applauds Major Education Announcement [15] - NZUSA - Student campaign wins more allowances [16] - Kindergartens - Budget 2004: Early Childhood Education Funding [17] - Student Teachers - Budget gets 40% mark [18]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0405/S00119.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0405/S00113.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0405/S00111.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0405/S00118.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0405/S00117.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0405/S00115.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0405/S00112.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0405/S00110.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0405/S00109.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0405/S00108.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0405/S00107.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0405/S00106.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0405/S00105.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0405/S00104.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0405/S00103.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0405/S00102.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0405/S00101.htm
    [18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0405/S00099.htm


    Union Reaction:

    - CTU - Budget Pays Social Cost of Low-Wage 90s Policies [1] - PSA - Budget positive for working people [2] - Unite - Hunger Doesn't Wait [3] - EPMU - Income package is welcome, say workers [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00288.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00287.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00285.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0405/S00313.htm


    Business Sector Reaction:

    - Institute of Management - Money To Raise Management Capability Welcomed [1] - Meat & Wool - Meat & Wool Industry Smiles At Budget [2] - Fed Farmers - Farmers: Cash Cows For Cullen's Cash Carrots [3] - ACRI - Science enterprises pleased with Budget [4] - Auckland Chamber - Is This As Good As It Gets? [5] - Auckland Chamber - Social Spend-Up – Thanks To Business [6] - Business Roundtable - Government Gives Up On Growth [7] - EMA (Northern) - A budget of hand outs not hand ups [8] - Wellington Chamber - See... Budget Addresses New Zealand’s Present Needs [9] - Business NZ - 'Spend now pay later' Budget [10] - Regional TV - Regional television gives budget black mark! [11]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0405/S00325.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0405/S00314.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0405/S00309.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0405/S00069.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0405/S00307.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0405/S00302.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0405/S00306.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0405/S00305.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0405/S00304.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0405/S00303.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0405/S00300.htm


    Other Reaction

    - Council For International Development - What About The Others? [1] - NZCSS - Budget Represents A Hand-Up [2] - Refugee and Migrant Service - Refugee resettlement support strengthened [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00286.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00282.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00280.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees

    Sixteen committee meetings were held this week, all in the parliamentary complex. See... Select Committee Business to 28 May 2004 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00654.htm


    Nine Meaures To Protect NZ's GE Free Status

    - Green Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says Maf must take all possible steps to contain any contamination from the GE maize distributed as a result of the Biogenetic certification fiasco. See... 9 Steps MAF Must Take To Contain GE Contamination [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00653.htm


    Youths Should Have Been Charged With Attempted Murder

    - Citing American law, United Future's Murray Smith today said the three youths jailed yesterday for attacking a pregnant 16-year-old with the aim of making her miscarry, should have been able to be tried for attempted murder. See... Smith: Charge should have been attempted murder [1] and Sentences for attacking pregnant teen flawed [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00651.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00645.htm


    ACT Calls For Compensation For Customs Computer Crash

    - ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff today called on Customs Minister Rick Barker to ensure compensation for all exporters who lost money due to the Customs Department's computers crashing. See... Compensation For Exporters [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00644.htm


    Privy Councillors Thanked For Their Service

    - Attorney-General Margaret Wilson has attended a reception in London to mark the last sitting of New Zealand judges on the Privy Council. See... Attorney-General thanks privy councillors [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00640.htm


    Tourism Success Due To People Says Burton

    - After four days and an estimated 28,000 appointments, Tourism Minister Mark Burton has given participants at New Zealand’s largest trade show the night off. See... People are at the heart of tourism success [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00635.htm


    NZ's Interests Served By Respect For Human Rights

    - New Zealand's national interests, including security and trade, are best served by a foreign policy with a strong human rights perspective, Chief Human Rights Commissioner Rosslyn Noonan said today. See... Human Rights Have Important Role In New Zealand [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00302.htm

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