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- “ If Indonesia has treated the outside world with contempt over the last few weeks, it has been encouraged to do so, writes Gordon Campbell of the New Zealand Listener... See... Peace in our time - Gordon Campbell [1] .and ,:”Just in case it hadn't penetrated the dim depths that politicians suspect pass as brains among much of the fourth estate, Jenny Shipley drums it into our thick skulls at the final Apec press conference. “ See... A Tale Of Two Apecs - Mark Revington [2] .

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Habibe Up To His Neck In Bank Bali

- The Bank Bali scandal is turning into a long-running saga which has almost all the elements of a TV soap opera. John Howard reports. See... The Ongoing Bali Bank Scandal [1] .

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The Card-master Talks Law And Order

The following article was found on the web by Scoop's West Coast correspondent John Howard - it sheds some light on General Wiranto's views on the need for security and the role of the military in Indonesian society.

Deception, Deceit and Betrayal – US Dealings In Indonesia

- More revelations today from official declassifed US Commerce Department documents on United States government dealings in Indonesia. John Howard reports, “Follow the Money”. See… Deceit And Deception - US Dealings in Indonesia [1] in the Headlines wire.

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McKinnon Leaves For United Nations General Assembly

- Foreign Minister Don McKinnon leaves New Zealand tonight to travel to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, and to the Caribbean. While in New York Mr McKinnon will deliver New Zealand's statement to the General Assembly (Wednesday). See… McKinnon departs for UN General Assembly [1] in the Parliament wire.

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More Poor Economic Figures released Today

– See the facts from Statistics New Zealand… Economic growth slowed by falling exports [1] and Import Growth Continues - Stats NZ [2] , both in the Business wire. And now the interpretation. “The latest growth figures are much worse than any commentators were expecting and are an indictment of National's economic performance,” Labour finance spokesperson Michael Cullen said today. See… GDP figures indictment of government [3] . However Treasurer Bill English said business should not allow the June quarter GDP figure to damage the strength of its confidence in the growth prospects of the New Zealand economy for the three years ahead. See… Prospects For Future Growth Are Strong - Treasurer [4] . ACT says the GDP Fall Shows Shows Need For Economic Direction [5] . The Greens say the GDP is a distorted measure of progress. See… GDP A Distorted Measure Of Progress, Say Greens [6] . The Alliance say the economy is shrinking again. See… Honey, I shrank the economy - again [7] . All in the Parliament wire. ACT Leader Richard Prebble says Michael Cullen's comments on the poor growth figures in the June quarter showed the Labour finance spokesman had no idea how to get the economy going. See… Cullen has 'no idea' [8] in the Parliament wire.

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Alliance Disturbed At Canterbury Students Facing $1800 Fee Rise

- The Alliance is appalled that Canterbury and Otago Universities may have to increase fees by between $500 and $1,800 per student and is the only political party with a realistic plan to do something about it. See… Big fee increases likely for 2000 [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Wool Board Loss Shocking Failure – Jennings

- The Wool Board's announcement today that it has made an $11.5 million dollar loss is another shocking failure that wool growers have to pay for, according to ACT Rural Spokesman Owen Jennings. See… Wool Board Loss A 'Shocking Failure' - ACT [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Shipley Challenges Clark – Debate Native Logging With Me On West Coast

- It has not gone unnoticed how badly Labour has let down the people of the West Coast in particular, with their policy of a complete ban on native forest logging, Prime Minister Jenny Shipley said today. See… Shipley Challenges Clark To Debate On West Coast [1] in the Parliament wire. Richard Prebble said he thought it was an excellent idea that the first leaders' debate should be in Westport on the West Coast. See… Call for Leaders' debate on West Coast [2] in the Parliament wire.

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The End Is Nigh – Clark

- Labour Leader Helen Clark said today that with the election campaign poised to begin, three events in the past 24 hours emphasise the failure of nine years of National government and the need for a new Labour government. See… The end is nigh [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Greens Pledge To Halt Foreign Land Sales

- The Green Party today pledged to do all it could to curb the sale of foreign land to foreigners, releasing a "rural affairs" policy against such sales. See... Greens Pledge To Better Winston's Land Sale Record [1] in the Parliament wire.

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White Supremacist Sentenced To Death

- The man who was convicted of murder for dragging a black man behind a truck until he died has been sentenced to die by lethal injection by a US court. The man's father had previously pleaded with the jury to spare his son's life saying he only joined the white supremacist gang after being assaulted by blacks while in prison.

The Decline Of The Poor Continues

- A report which shows 73 percent of households cannot meet all regular bills confirms Scoop reports into the plight of low socio-economic families. See… Survey Confirms Scoop Social Decline Investigation [1] in the Headlines wire.

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