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PM Angry At Shameful Abuse Of Parliament - the PM remains on the warpath tonight following another prominent item on the Hawkesby Affair on TVNZ's One Network News - see.. TV1 6pm News (first segment) - for a full report. This evening the PM responded describing the Labour party's actions of late as a Shameful Abuse Of Parliament. TVNZ is also in for a blast in her release. "On a matter that TVNZ thought was so extraordinary that it abandoned its normal rule not to report alleged conversations in social situations, I would have expected the reporter to have come to my office saying TVNZ now planned to run a story it had been sitting on for three days, and to seek my explanation. She did not."
APEC: Just What Is Agreement? - The confusing nature of trade negotiations and the difficulty in deciding what exactly are the terms of success and failure were underlined on the opening day of the APEC Trade Ministers; meeting in Auckland today. See.. A Confusing Day At APEC Ministers Meeting in the Headlines wire.
Confidence Hurdle Passed 61-58 - The Government has just passed a confidence vote in Parliament 61 to 58 with one abstention. The abstention was made by former Alliance MP Frank Grover now of the Christian Heritage party. The vote was part of the Budget legislation.
The House - The Scoop looks at "the Week Ahead in the House. Today began with a personal explanation from the Prime Minister in which Mrs Shipley said she had 'No Intention To Mislead'. Following that the House turned to Question Time. Questions Of The Day (1-6) covered the Race Relations Office - ACC Reforms - ILO - Wellington Public Hospital - Unqualified Teacher, while Questions Of The Day (7-12)looked at Hospital Contracts - Fiscal Forecasts - Canterbury Landfill - Immigration Representations - Schier Case - Market Rents And Maori. See the headlines wire for full coverage. This afternoon was taken up with the Government's budgetary measures, that will lead to a confidence vote this evening. The Government will win this and then turn to Crimes Act Amendments.
Cheap Sell Off, Brings A Dividend - In the headlines wire, there is coverage of TVNZ Selling Sky at a discount.
E-Commerce Pilot - In the business wireNew Zealand Post announces the start of its Electronic Billing Pilot.
New Zealand: The Colonial Power - A United Nations committee is looking at New Zealand as a colonial power in the South Pacific. See the headlines wire.
Gearing Up Peter Dunne announces United New Zealand's election team in the Parliament wire.
Labour Position Supported Steve Maharey says Mayors express concern about fate of CEG in the Parliament wire.
East Timor In the general wire, the UN On East Timor
Factory Closure - Living in global economy has led to Gillette closing a South Auckland toiletry plant in the business wire.
Strong Speech, Cold Reception Radio New Zealand are reporting that Roger Sowry' Speech: "Indigenous Peoples and Justice" did not go down well with his audience. They felt the Government did not spend money in the right places. Mr Sowry's speech is in the Parliament wire.Meanwhile, Labour says in the speech, Roger Sowry outlines a legacy of government failure, see the Parliament wire.
Wellington Hospital - The Minister of Health today released a New Wellington Hospital Discussion Paper , which he said moved significantly closer a new state-of-the-art public hospital for. See the Parliament wire. In the same wire, Mr Creech announces the membership of a Technical Advisory Group to consult over the new hospital Wellington Central MP Richard Prebble welcomed the release of the Government's discussion document and said the Government must understand Wellington's urgent need for new hospital
Labour On Henare And The PM - Labour says in the Parliamentwire that the PM's reliance on Tau Henare means anything goes. There comments follow Mrs Shipley taking a softly softly approach to her Minister's comments on the Race Relations Office.
Scoop's Simon Orme On Aussie GST - Australia's GST is about to become law, after it was passed through the Senate on Monday, just days before the current Senate ends. A GST will be implemented in Australia on 1 July 2000. In the Headlines wire today Scoop's Sydney correspondent discusses the complexity of the new Australian tax package. See..Opinion: Hot And Cold Chooks And Aussie GST.
Millions In ACC Savings - "Employers stand to save over half a billion dollars over the next two years as a result of the new ACC regime," ACC Minister Murray McCully announced today. See.. ACC Reforms A Winner in the Parliament wire.
Antarctic Conference In Christchurch - More than 300 scientists from 26 countries will descend on New Zealand this week for a six-day conference on Antarctic earth sciences. See… Major Gathering To Discuss Antarctic Science in the Science wire.
At Last There Is Something You Can Do About Flu - Glaxo Wellcome today proudly announced its new anti-influenza inhaler. See..At Last There Is Something You Can Do About Flu an Breakthrough Influenza Treatment To Be Available both in the Science wire.
No Breach - The Speaker has ruled that Jenny Shipley has no case to answer against a breach of privilege charge over her alleged "I made it up" comment. Mrs Shipley's response to the decision is in the Parliament wire.
ACC Roll-Overs Scoop takes a look at the numbers in the move to private companies from ACC. See the Headlines wire.
Tourism Pay Off Deal Delayed - The expected release of APEC commitments for Tourism Minister Lockwood Smith have led to delays in the release of the deal the government has arranged over payments made to two former Tourism Board directors.
Fraud Busting - The Government says that their benefit crime campaign found $17 million of taxpayer's money which will be paid back.
Thai Candidate Defiant - In the headline wire, the Scoop listens in on Dr Supachai Panitchpakdi talking about the race for the WTO top job.