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95bFM: The Wednesday Wire with Paul Deady 11/06/08

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The Wednesday Wire Hosted By Paul Deady

1220 – Petrol, AA Mike Noon
We start the show today with a look at petrol. It's quite expensive now isn't it? We're all feeling the pinch at the pump, but surprisingly, according to the Ministry for economic development, petrol sales are still rising! Regardless, economic commentators say prices will keep rising for the foreseeable future. Bummer.

At 1220 the head of the AA Mike Noon will be on the line to talk about the grand scheme. A lot of people, including leaders from the G8 like China, Japan, India and the US, are saying it's a supply problem and have called in OPEC, who give us almost half of all the world's crude oil, to turn the taps up a bit. But then oil companies here say it's all about the weakening dollar and speculation trading in Singapore. I imagine somewhere betwixt the 2 lies the truth...

1245 – Jim Anderton on UN Food Summit
At 1245 I'll be talking to our Agriculture Minister Jim Anderton about the recent UN food summit held in Rome. He lead the NZ delegation to the summit which has copped a fair amount of flak for failing to produce any concrete steps to alleviate the food crisis. The summits final statement was wishy-washy at best, and many say the delegates attending failed to see the big picture and instead bickered over their own political priorities. I'll be asking Mr Anderton if he thinks the summit was a success.

1300 – Matthew Bristow, Colombia
At one o'clock I'll be speaking with a man named Matthew Bristow, all the way from Bogota, Colombia. He's a British journalist working there, and runs the blog colombia-reports. We'll be talking about Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez's recent about face on the Colombian guerrilla revolutionary group FARC, or the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Up until Saturday he's been a staunch supporter of FARC, but now says armed revolution in Latin America is over, and has called on FARC to release its 750 hostages and negotiate peacefully. Matthew will give us some background to the group and their struggle with the Colombian government, and tell us whether Chavez new position has changed, or will change, the situation inside the country

1320 – Counterclockwise
Kevin List joins us from scoop's Wellington bureau for today's counterclockwise. He went to Michael Bassett's book launch and will report on how it was receieved, and he may venture an opinion on Waitakare mayor Bob Harvey's suggestion that the capital of NZ be moved to Auckland.

1340 – John Payne, President of the NZ Institute of Dog Control Officers
Then to finish the show, we'll be talking dogs. Bad dogs. The government is currently putting together the Dog Control Amendment Bill which will ban certain breeds of dog from being brought into the country, force other breeds to be neutered, and others to be muzzled in public. This follows 2 vicious attacks in the last week. I'll be talking to (above) about his thoughts on law change, as well as the ins-and-outs of people in his profession.

Aucklanders can tune in at 95 on the FM dial.

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