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Media Bias The Scoop takes a look at Backch@t's Media Bias Survey in the headlines wire.

Regulation Debate The Government has indicated it will extend controls over electricity pricing to retail companies as well as line monopolies. This follows The Commerce Select Committee recommending the Government restrict the costs that retailers are able to load on to customers who opt to shift to a competitor. ACT opposes the move, and Labour and New Zealand First are reserving their position, although they support regulation in principle. Though Winston Peters views are clear, he says "Government Must Regulate Power Prices Down " in the Parliament wire.

Saatchi's Kevin Roberts Talks The Future With Teachers - In the General wire Saatchi's Worldwide CEO and occasional Prime Ministerial dinner partner Kevin Roberts speech to the New Zealand Secondary Schools Principals' Council annual conference broadly canvasses views on a variety of aspects of New Zealand society. Not surprisingly Parliament does not escape his criticism. "Parliamentary government has lost popular respect. The debating chamber has become a focal point of negativity where inspiring and constructive ideas are an aberration, as I found out a few months ago. We get the Parliament we deserve. The tone of politics reflects the language of a nation. If New Zealanders want a positive and constructive Parliament, then we have to start talking that way among ourselves." See.. Speech: Kevin Roberts - Future of NZ.

Prison Suicide And Mount Eden - Time Will Tell - Auckland's Mt Eden Prison has become the focus for a damning account over care of teenage inmates. Scoop's Auckland correspondent Selwyn Manning discusses recent youth suicides at the prison and asks whether 902 days till a new youth facility is built could be too long for any more young crims. See.. Infocus - Mt Eden Prison Youth Inmates in the Auckland wire.

Peace In Kashmir? - Pakistan has announced a truce in the hostilities in Kashmir following two months of military clashes. The truce has been arranged to allow rebel forces to withdraw from parts of the warring province.

Soapbox: An Encounter With Black Ice -"It was a typical mid-winter's day in the northern South Island, I suppose: a heavy frost overnight, and a cold morning, sunny with a few specks of cloud. And the westernmost part of State Highway 63 is a typical South Island highway -- winding its way around hills as it follows the Buller River from St Arnaud to Kawatiri Junction. We were heading along this highway at about eleven o'clock this morning, going home to Nelson from Rotoiti Lodge near St Arnaud, when it happened." See.. Soapbox Column: Anatomy of a car crash in the Headlines wire.

Local Bodies Asked To Do Their Share For NZ Inc.- Prime Minister Jenny Shipley has called on local government to share the challenge with central Government of working to bring down costs and improve services for ratepayers and taxpayers. See.. PM Calls For Local Govt To Work To Lower Costs in the Parliament wire.

Bastile Day Petit Dejeuner - Hon Marie Hasler, Minister for Culture and Heritage and longtime Francophile, will propose a toast to France at a “petit dejeuner” being held to celebrate Bastille Day on Wednesday 14 July. See.. Parliamentary Toast To Honour France in the Parliament wire.

Flood Relief - The Far North District Council is to receive further Government assistance of $345,000 for recovery of the Hokianga communities hit by flooding in January this year, the Minister of Civil Defence, Jack Elder announced today. See.. Hokianga Flood Damage Was Avoidable - Elder in the Parliament wire.

Kiwifruit Plans Approved - Cabinet today agreed in principle to kiwifruit industry corporatisation plans for greater grower control to improve sector performance in the 21st century. See.. Govt Agrees To Kiwifruit Restructuring Plan in the Parliament wire.

Youth Crime - Justice Minister, Tony Ryall, has told the inaugural Waikato Police Conference on Maori Development that National's plan to invite the Police to consider joint patrols with probation and CYPS officers would help reduce youth offending. See.. Joint Patrols Would Help Reduce Youth Offending in the Parliament wire. The ALCP were less than happy with the announcement. See.. Brat-Pack Minister Slammed For Youth Tagging Idea in the Politics wire.

Tertiary White Paper Wars Continue - Confirmation by the Minister of Tertiary Education that the Government's Tertiary White Paper is on hold is “great news” says Labour associate education (tertiary) spokesperson Steve Maharey. See.. Labour welcomes collapse of White Paper in the Parliament wire.

More Reaction To Planned Tax Cuts - The pitiful tax cut announced by Bill English at the weekend is as good as it gets for ordinary New Zealanders under National, says Labour finance spokesperson Michael Cullen. See.. Another giant step for income inequality in the Parliament wire. Meanwhile United New Zealand leader, Hon Peter Dunne, says National has oversold its tax cuts promise once again. See.. National Oversells Tax Cuts Once Again also in the Parliament wire.

Is Breast Milk Safe? - News that hundreds of toxic chemicals have been found in the breast milk of British women is an extra incentive for New Zealand to become an organic farming nation. See.. Breast milk Scare an Organic Incentive: Fitzsimons in the Parliament wire.

Accomodation Stats - Statistics New Zealand's latest Accommodation Survey shows a drop in the number of nights spent by guests in commercial accommodation between May 1998 and May 1999. See.. Motel and Caravan Park Guests Down in the Parliament wire.

Clear Vs Telecom In High Court - Telecom has sought orders in the High Court aimed at safeguarding its ability to recover money Clear owes Telecom for interconnection payments. See.. Telecom Seeks Certainty Over Clear's Mounting Debt in the Business wire.

Can Asia Recover Too Fast - Reserve Bank Deputy Governor, Murray Sherwin today warned of a risk that the faster than expected return to growth in Asia could reduce progress with still needed reforms in some countries. See.. Asian Recovery Carries Risks That Reforms Stall in the Business wire. In the same wire there is a speech from the Reserve Bank. See.. Speech:RBNZ -Reforming the Financial Architecture in the Business wire.

Ossie Outrage At Lamb Tariffs - State and Territory Ministers Joined the Federal Government in Condemning the US Decision to Impose Restrictions on Australian Lamb Exports See.. State Ministers On Lamb Tariffs in the Australia wire.

Tax and Government Spending Policy Outlined The Treasurer's Speech: - Brilliant Back-Yarders - to the National Party conference is in the Parliament wire. He is proposing modest changes to the middle rate and lifting slightly where the top rate kicks in. See National's Tax Policy Outlined in the headlines wire for the details. Also in the Headlines wire, The Scoop looks at the dangled tax cuts and asks "How Much Would It Cost?"

Speech Reaction - Michael Cullen says Mr English's speech was Bad economics and feeble politics. Helen Clark says National out of ideas, out of time, out of touch While Rodney Hide says the Treasurer fails to lift National's game. All in the Parliament wire. Richard Prebble says fiddling with tax codes is not wanted.

Nat Conference - Jenny Shipley yesterday gave her Keynote Address. The speech is in the Parliament wire. In the headlines wire, The Scoop is Dissecting The PM's Speech. Helen Clark says the PM's speech was tired and defensive. See the Parliament wire.Today, Don McKinnon has also given a speech 'New Zealand Inc in the World' that outlines National's foreign policy.

National Conference Snippets - Trade Minister Lockwood Smith shocked delegates by apologising for failing to stop the US imposing tariffs on our lamb. He says he's felt the decision very deeply and has paid tribute to the Prime Minister and Jim Bolger, for helping control the damage. Also at the conference the Senior Citizens Minister, David Carter, ruled out restoring the superannuation cuts. Mr Carter says even now it is not sustainable and the ageing population puts pressure on political parties to agree on such a super scheme. The Justice Minister, Tony Ryall, proposed giving judges the power to send parents to parenting courses and the use of electronic tagging for youth offenders.See Speech: Ryall - Secure Communities. Meanwhile, Labour says Max Bradford's kick start of the economywon't work. Also in the Parliament wire, we have Lockwood Smith's speech to the National Party conference.

Sue McKenzie Survives - National Party elected official Sue McKenzie has survived a rare attempt to oust an official. The move followed the public release of her memo on winning women back to National. To see what got her fellow members backs up cast back through our files to Politics: National, Women And The Faithful

Crisis Time For Auckland - In the Auckland wire, The Scoop looks at report that says it is crisis time for Auckland Region's Councils with transport and traffic problems, inefficient and untrusted communication, remarkably high rates... councils are failing and nowhere is this more so than in Auckland.

Grumbling Smoker - The Libertarianz Tobacco and Alcohol Deregulation Spokesman, is horrified that doctors can stands by and watch while smokers suffer and die for lack of oxygen therapy. See Social Cleansing -Smokers Go First in the politics wire.

Elder Believed Dead - In the Auckland wire, the body of a man believed to be of Sonny Tawhiao has been Released to his Marae.

When My Baby Smiles At Me I Go To Rio - Lockwood Smith is leading a trade mission to South America. See the Parliament wire.

Blacked Out The All Blacks shut out South Africa to win the first test of the tri-nation series by a record margin, but the The Sporting Scoop says the record win did flatter, see the headlines wire.

The Central Question - The Scoop takes a look at "Hobbs And Bunkle And The City Council Deal" in the headlines wire and finds potential political allies are battling it out.

I Have A Little List - The Green Party says in the Parliament wire that their list selection is the most democratic

Net Tax Deferred - In the business wire, IHUG And Telecom Announce 0867 Agreement . Telecom says in response to feedback from its ISP customers, particularly The Internet Group Limited (IHUG) as one of the country's leading ISPs, Telecom New Zealand Limited is deferring the implementation of its 2 cent per minute charge for residential Internet calls

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