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Inflation Lives - The Food Price Index fell by 0.7 per cent in the June 1999 month following a fall of 0.4 per cent in May and unchanged food prices in April, but at the same time the Consumers Price Index rose by 0.2 per cent in the June 1999 quarter, said Government Statistician Len Cook. See the business wire.

Paying A Dividend - Keith Rankin in his Thursday Column has a look at Tax Cuts according to Tau, Dick and Bill. See the headlines wire.

The House: Urgency Contnues - Last night, the House made slow progress through contentious legisalation. See House: Slow Progress, Language, RMA And Cows in the headlines wire. This morning the House has been debating changes to the Human Rights Act and the introductiof arms control legislation and broke out of urgency while considering the Child Support Amendment Bill (No. 5). The House will resume at 2pm for Question Time.

Reforming Milk - Long debated changes went before the House last night. John Luxton’s speech is in the Parliament wire. ACT says farmers won't be rushed through submissions, while Farmers say the time frame will be very tight as a special select committee considers the proposals in a short time. The Alliance says the end result could be the dairy industry potentially headed for overseas ownership. . ACT gives the legislation cautious support. While Peter Dunne says producers must have their say. While Labour says it wants more dairy reform consultationSee the parliament wire.

Police Evict Rent Striker - In the Auckland wire, there is extensive coverage of the eviction of a HNZ tenant.

Thoughts On The RMA - In the Parliament wire, Simon Upton's speech to the Local Govt. Conference outlines his views on what's right and wrong with the Resource Management Act. His release on the RMA. legislation introduced last night is in the Parliament wire. In the same wire, Labour says it opposes the RMA changes. While Greens say the Resource Management Act survives

Human Rights - The House has also been debating a new human rights Bill, that the Minister says offers a compromise Aussie Pests - The Conservation Minister has placed Aussie Lorikeets on the unwanted list. See the Parliament wire.

Arms Legislation - Also during urgency the House sent on to select committee, the Government’s Gun Registration Bill. ACT says Gun Registration Won't Address Real Cause of Crime, while a pro-gun lobby says the Arms Feel-Good Legislation Will Cost Lives

Voter Registration - In the general wire, there is a report that 500,000 Voters are still to enrol.

Crime Concerns - Mayors have expressed concerns about police staffing and crime. In the Parliament wire, Labour says it will answer community policing concerns
, but the Labour President is well off the mark says Maurice Williamson

The House Yesterday - As the House continued under urgency last evening, Maori issues dominated. See House: Te Reo, Tempers and Tantrums. The House completed the Education (Te Aho Matua) Amendment Bill and will also consider amendments to the Resource Management Act and the introduction of the Dairy Restrucuring Bill. Coverage in the headlines wire.

Industry Policy - In the parliament wire, there are details on the Labour party's industrial training policy. Petrol Prices Increase - Petrol prices are on the way up with the major franchises annoucing an increase of three cents a litre. Most are expected to follow suit

Special Education Spending - In the Parliament wire, the Governmentcommits $34.5 Million to Special Education spending. Labour says while they welcome the money the changes highlight ad hoc implementation

For Sale Or Not - Dr Cullen has leapt on reported comments from the Treasurer Bill English, that after the election a National Government would sell TVNZ and other assets. Dr Cullen says it is Same old, same old."> But Mr English says the asset sale policy is unchanged, which will disappoint ACT who welcomed the move. All that in the Parliament wire.

On The Edge - Admire him or wonder about him, Kevin Roberts is always worth a read. In the general wire, he talks about "The New Zealand Edge".


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