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- GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES ... it's not long now. Only four weeks till our date with democracy. And, my, can't you tell? The government cuts a deal with IBM to get Incis out of the courts and off the agenda. See... HARD NEWS: Presentation Reality and Winston Peters [1] in the wire.

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Privy Council Sends Lange Back To Wellington

- Scoop understands the appeal of former PM David Lange to the Privy Council in his defamation action against North and South magazine has been delivered in London. See... NEWSFLASH: Lange Defamation Decision Referred Back [1] in the wire.

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SCOOP INTERACTIVE: Inspired by the picture of Jonah now adorning Scoop’s front page - submitted by an ardent expatriate Jonah fan - Scoop has decided to run an interactive Scoop campaign in support of the All Blacks World Cup bid. SCOOP WANT’S YOUR PICTURE! See... Scoop Launches All Black Supporters Photo Gallery [1] for details on how you can get your mug - or preferably General Mehrtens mug - on Scoop’s Front Page! All Black fans can also show support for the All Blacks with new All Blacks supporters ribbons. The ribbons are available free from Air New Zealand Travelcentres – For more info see … Wear black and white to show you back the ABs [2] .

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Marshall Replaced at Halfback

- Reserve halfback Byron Kelleher has replaced Justin Marshall in the starting line up for the weekends World Cup semi-final against France. Coach John Hart says Kelleher’s style is more suited to the French game. The only other change is Royce Willis replacing Ian Jones as reserve lock. Andrew Mehrtens is expected to play but has been bracketed with Tony Brown. The game is on Monday, 4am (NZT) and the full side is: Taine Randell (captain), Andrew Mehrtens or Tony Brown, Christian Cullen, Alama Ieremia, Jonah Lomu, Bryon Kelleher, Tana Umaga, Jeff Wilson(vice-captain), Robin Brooke, Carl Hoeft, Josh Kronfeld, Norm Maxwell, Craig Dowd, Anton Oliver, Reuben Thorne.

Pakistan Military Regime Campaigning To Recover Huge Loans

- The new military regime in Pakistan, which overthrew the government on October 12, has begun a campaign to recover billions in outstanding bank loans. The Armenian political killing has parallels. John Howard reports. See… Pakistan Regime And Armenian Parallels [1] in the Headlines wire.

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Election 1999: Leaders Debate Highlight of Big Week Five

- The biggest laugh of campaign week five came from the Libertarianz on Thursday. Deputy Leader Richard McGrath said he was tempted to join the National Party after Annette King claimed the government was responsible for a 'sexually transmitted disease time-bomb'. Jonathan Hill writes. See… Election 1999: Leader's Debate Highlight Of Week Five [1] in the Headlines wire.

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Tempers Flare In Wellington Accomodation Row

- Alliance candidate Phillida Bunkle is sending out letters to every household in the Wellington Central electorate this weekend asking voters whether they think she should withdraw from the race. See… Tempers Flare In Wellington Accommodation Row [1] in the Headlines wire. Also see… Bunkle Asks Voters - Should I withdraw? [2] in the Parliament wire.

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Bunkle Complains To Press Council Over City Voice Article

- “Time will tell whether Phillida Bunkle is telling the truth about Wellington Central” says National MP Annabel Young in response to news that Bunkle has complained to the Press Council over an article that suggested she was endorsing the Labour candidate in Wellington Central. See… Bunkle Complains To Press Council [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Inflation Figures Released

- The Food Price Index rose by 0.3 per cent in the September 1999 month, said Deputy Government Statistician Ian Ewing. This follows a fall of 0.6 per cent in the August 1999 month and an increase of 0.5 per cent in the July 1999 month. See… Food Prices Rise in September [1] in the Business wire. The Consumers Price Index rose by 0.6 per cent for the September 1999 quarter. An increase of 8.1 per cent in petrol prices and an increase of 25.4 per cent in motor vehicle re-licensing, registration and warrant of fitness charges were mainly responsible. See… Consumer Prices Rise in September Quarter [2] . Both in the Business wire. Treasurer Bill English said the inflation result showed that the period of low inflation New Zealand had enjoyed through most of this decade was continuing. See… Low inflation continues [3] in the Parliament wire.

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Delamere Denies Claims of Teenage Asylum Seekers

- Immigration Minister, Hon Tuariki Delamere, has rejected claims from 18 asylum-seekers being held in Mt Eden jail that they are being treated unfairly. See… Delamere rejects asylum-seekers' claims [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Rodney Hide Launches IRD Book

- ACT finance spokesman Rodney Hide today released his book ‘The Power to Destroy’ that he says blows the lid off the IRD to expose how taxpayers are treated by unjust tax laws and an out-of-control government department. See… New Book Tells Tax Victims' Stories [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Clark Astonished Shipley Turns Down Debate

- Labour Leader Helen Clark said today that she was astonished at the Prime Minister’s refusal to debate her on Radio Pacific’s Jenny Anderson show. See… Clark: Shipley continues to hide [1] . Labour MP Pete Hodgson said the Prime Minister was doing a splendid job of emulating her predecessor’s hermetically-sealed election campaign in 1996. See… Labour: Shipley shows cowardice [2] . Both in the Parliament wire.

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New Zealand Losing Through Immigration – Alliance

- 'We're losing more people overseas than we're gaining, those who come here with skills are not able to use them and in the end its New Zealand that misses out,' said Alliance spokesperson on immigration, Matt Robson. See… Time to face the facts: immigration [1] in the Parliament wire.

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ECA Delivering For Women – Shipley

- The Employment Contracts Act has allowed women to reap rewards after years of being stuck, Prime Minister Jenny Shipley said. See… Women Make Strong Gains - PM [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Landonline Debacle Must Be Probed

- John Luxton must front up to the Landonline computer debacle and accept an inquiry into the project, says Labour lands spokesperson Jim Sutton. See… Landonline computer blowout must be probed [1] in the Parliament wire.

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The Achievements Of Housing NZ – Ryall

- “Housing New Zealand has had a good year in meeting its social objectives but more work needs to be done,” HNZ Minister, Tony Ryall, said today. The company made a profit of $117 million, but spent $125 million on building new homes… See… The Highlights of Housing NZs Year [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Nats Busy In The Sack – Libertarianz

- Libertarianz Deputy Leader Richard McGrath says he was tempted to join the National Party after Annette King claimed that government was responsible for a 'sexually transmitted disease time-bomb'. See… Nats Busy In the Sack? [1] in the Politics wire.

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Labour and Employers Get Cosier Over Employment Policy

– “Labour’s employment policy appears to be a genuine effort to address some practical issues,” Employers’ Federation CEO, Steve Marshall says. “And it appears to be reasonably fiscally responsible…” See… Labour’s Employment Policy [1] in the Business wire.

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Phillida Bunkle Endorses Tactical Voting

- THE Alliance candidate for Wellington Central, Phillida Bunkle, has finally endorsed tactical voting in the electorate by urging people to give their electorate votes to Labour. See... City Voice: Bunkle urges “Hobbs/Alliance” vote [1] in the Headlines wire. Also from City Voice today the latest City Voice Forum report
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