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The Final Question Session For The Session
– Today after question time the house moved into urgency. Questions today - expected to be the last of the Parliamentary session - covered… Polls On The ECA – Student Loan Interest – GE Food – Road Toll – Tomorrow’s Schools - Mental Health Funding…See... Questions Of The Day (7-12)  - and… PM Comments and Rising Poverty – Housing Retort – Shrinking Economy Explained – Whakatane Hospital Discrimination? – Death Of Mrs Heenan (not asked) – Govt View On Anti-defection Legislation…See... Questions Of The Day (1-6)  . Both in the Headlines wire.
South Pacific Forum And Globalisation
- African leaders began meeting this week to discuss the effects of globalisation on small economies, while at the South Pacific Forum, Pacific nations have been accused of being too dependent on outside powers. Smaller trade and economic blocs are a possible outcome. John Howard reports. See... South Pacific And Africa Face Up To Globalisation  in the Headlines wire.
McCully Lies About ACC Policy - Dyson
- ACC Minister Murray McCully insulted the convenors and participants at the International Forest Industry Safety Conference today by lying about Labour's ACC policy and the National Government's ACC "reforms", Labour ACC spokesperson Ruth Dyson says. See… McCully insults industry and the truth  in the Business wire.
Retail Sales Rise Slightly
- Retail sales (nominal, s.a.) rose by 1.3% mom during August, following a fall of 0.2% July. That volatility is largely related to uneven trading day patterns. The monthly trend measure rose by 0.4%. See… Deutsche Bank - NZ: Retail Sales - August 1999  in the Business wire.
Security To Tighten Around Tane Mahuta
- The Department of Conservation is planning to improve security at Tane Mahuta following a recent attack of vandalism on the bridge that provides access to this popular West Coast tourist spot. See… Security Increase Planned At Tane Mahuta  in the General wire.
Greens GE Petition Presented Today - 91,000 Signed
- Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons' petition calling for a moratorium on growing or selling genetically engineered food in New Zealand was presented to Parliament today. See… GE petition reaches 91,000 - presented today  in the Parliament wire.
Self Interest Driving Legal Aid Claims - Ryall
- Justice Minister Tony Ryall said it was only the self-interest of lawyers that opposed amendments to the funding of legal aid. See… Self Interest Driving Legal Aid Claims  in the Parliament wire.
Henare Supports Elder Quitting
- "Mauri Pacific fully understands Jack Elder's decision to step down at this year's election," its Leader, Tau Henare, said today. See… Henare Supports Elder's Retirement  in the Parliament wire.
Bradford Speech To Massey / Auckland Teacher Coll. Merger
- "I am delighted to be here to formally launch the collaboration of the Massey University College of Education and the Auckland College of Education. The resulting new Massey University Graduate School of Education is the first of its kind in this country." See… Bradford Speech To Launch New School of Ed.  in the Parliament wire.
Serene Sri Lanka Not So Serene
- Walking around in downtown Colombo, with its magnificent Ocean front on one side and its colonial buildings on another, it is easy to forget about a war being fought in the country somewhere in the North - Scoop’s Indian correspondent reports from a recent trip to Sri Lanka See... Fear and Loathing in "serene" Sri Lanka  in the Headlines wire.
TVNZ and Telecom Get It Together For The Millennium
- New Zealand’s leading broadcaster and New Zealand’s leading telecommunications company have joined together in a programme designed to put every New Zealander on screen for the Millennium. See... Telecom One New Zealand Challenge  in the Business wire.
NZers Not Rushing To Enrol
- At the end of the first week of the campaign enrolments remain steady and there is no great influx of people rushing to get on electoral roll. At the end of last week 2,384,160 people were on the roll, 86.5% of those eligible. The general roll has 2,242,477 enrolled and the Maori 141,683. 371,670 are not yet enrolled. Notably there are still only 76.6% of those aged 18 - 29 enrolled (147,241 still to enrol).
Govt Ducking Says Maharey
- The Government appears determined to duck Parliamentary questions on the Auditor-General's inquiry into the Work and Income NZ chartered aircraft affair, says Labour's social welfare spokesperson Steve Maharey. See... Govt ducking questions on Winz debacle  in the Parliament wire.
Farmers Turns Ninety
- In October 1909, founder Robert Laidlaw opened his successful catalogue mail order company, Laidlaw Leeds, trading from small premises in Auckland's Fort Street. He eventually sold this business to the Farmers' Union Trading Company and took over ... See... Grand Old Lady Of Retailing Turns 90  in the Business wire.