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IBM Pulls Out Of INCIS Competition Law Revamp The Economy According To English Trade Deficit Growing As Exports Fall - Three Dead In Manukau Killing - Disaster Poll For Government - Good News For Smaller Parties - Hearing On Butterfly-killing Maize and much more...

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IBM Pulls Out Of INCIS

- IBM has pulled out of the police's problem plagued INCIS Computer system. Early details are in the headline wire [1] . More will follow shortly, Bill Birch says the Government will now do a review of the computing needs of the Police. Labour's George Hawkins is demanding a full inquiry. [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00037.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00140.htm


Competition Law Revamp

The Government has unveiled its overhaul of competition law. They are detailed in the Parliament wire. [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00139.htm


The Economy According To English

- The Treasurer, Bill English in a speech [1] outlines his views on what is wrong and right with the economy.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00142.htm


Trade Deficit Growing As Exports Fall

- Merchandise exports, after the removal of seasonal effects, fell for the second consecutive quarter and were 2.4 per cent lower in the June quarter 1999 than in the March quarter 1999. See... Overseas Merchandise Trade - June 1999 [1] in the Business wire. Labour says the figures are alarming and show the need for a clear export strategy. See... Alarm bells in economic data [2] in the Parliament wire. Green Co-leader Rod Donald said the figures were a lesson to all APEC visitors who were considering giving up all domestic protection. See... NZ's Trade Crisis Lesson For APEC Visitors [3] in the Parliament wire


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU9908/S00031.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00130.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00134.htm


Three Dead In Manukau Killing

- The bodies of two children and one woman have been found in a suburban house in Totara Heights, Manukau City. See... Triple Killing in Manukau [1] in the Auckland wire. In the latest Police are now working out what happened. [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9908/S00036.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9908/S00041.htm


Disaster Poll For Government - Good News For Smaller Parties

- The latest Herald Digipoll published today shows more worries for the government and a swing towards smaller parties rather than the big two. See... Small Parties Benefit From Poor Govt. Polling [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00035.htm


Imperial Cleared To Buy Kiwi Tobacco Assets

- The Commerce Commission will not act against Imperial buying New Zealand tobacco assets, but will continue to monitor the BAT/Rothmans merger See... Imperial Cleared To Buy NZ Tobacco [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU9908/S00033.htm


Hearing On Butterfly-killing Maize

- Tomorrow the Environmental Risk Management Authority will be holding a public hearing into growing genetically engineered maize - a crop similar to another which has been shown to kill Monarch butterflies. The Green Party warn of the crop in the Parliament wire and say it is not the first contact New Zealand has had with the crop. See... Greens Warn Of Butterfly-killing Maize In N [1] Z. A protest is being held outside ERMA tomorrow morning.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00133.htm


Tighter Security For Engineered Trials

- The chief executive for the Environmental Risk Management Authority Bas Walker says tighter security may be required to protect genetically engineered trial crops from sabotage and vandalism. His comments come after the Authority investigated the uprooting of a crop of transgenic potatoes at Lincoln earlier this year.


Deadline For Hospital Submissions 5pm Today

- If you haven't had your say on the new Wellington Regional hospital get cracking now. See... Wgtn Hospital Submission Deadline 5pm Today [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE9908/S00050.htm


Creech, Elias To Privy Council

- The Queen has approved that Wyatt Creech MP and Chief Justice Sian Elias are to be appointed to the Privy Council. See the brief announcement in... Creech, Elias Appointed To Privy Council [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE9908/S00049.htm


Condition Of Shot Knifeman Worrying Hospital Staff

- The condition of a man shot by police in Greenhithe on Auckland's North Shore last week is causing hospital staff concern. See... Shot Man's Condition Concerning [1] in the Auckland wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9908/S00040.htm


Queen To Visit The Republic Of Australia?

Despite the upcoming referendum in Australia that may remove her as the head of state, the Australian Government says the Queen is still to visit. [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AU9908/S00051.htm


Samoan Assassin Sentenced To Death

- A 34 year old Samoan man has been sentenced to death after pleading guilty to the murder of Public Works Minister Luagalau Levaula Kamu. See... Death Penalty For Samoan Assassin [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00031.htm


The Cancer Of Ideas

- In his Sunday Soapbox [1] , Matthew Thomas finds that the evolutionary theory of memes, or `viruses of the mind', can be used to explain recent media coverage of cancer treatments.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00032.htm

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