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Scoop Today - A National Day Of Mourning

NOTE FROM THE SCOOP TEAM....Well it seemed like a good idea at the time to have a supporters page. There was supposed to be another week of supporting. In the circumstances Scoop will now understand if All Black supporters do not send in their pictures. On the other hand there's another World Cup in 2003....





Sasha, born 11.52pm on Saturday, had a message for the All Black front row yesterday, "push as hard as my mum and you'll be fine". Unfortunately the All Blacks ran into the same Scots referee who spooked them in Sydney and a French team seemingly in the midst of a rapture - and lost 43 to 31. The All Blacks now get to play the Springboks for the consolation prize of coming third to France and Australia. Scoop's free advice to those traumatised by the preceeding news....go back to bed... those who are not may wish to have a look at.. A Story You Would Probably Rather Not Read [1] in the Headlines wire.

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All Blacks Lost Because of Lack of Pride and Identity – Henare

- The All Blacks lost against the French today because they lacked pride in themselves and their country, Mauri Pacific Leader Tau Henare said today. See… All Blacks Lacked Pride And Identity: Henare [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Clark Pleased All Blacks Lost – McCully

- “Helen Clark seems to be the only New Zealander pleased that the All Blacks lost their World Cup semi-final match”, Sport Minister Murray McCully said. See… Labour pleased with All Blacks loss [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Upton On Line – Getting Out Of The Twickenham Gloom

- As New Zealanders arise numb from this morning's horror at Twickenham, politicians must pick themselves up to fight the election campaign. Labour will be tempted to revel in the ‘doom and gloom’, National must find a way out of it. See… Upton On Line - Getting Out of the Gloom [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Lucky Punter Makes A Bundle On AB Loss

- The TAB says a lucky Wellington punter had $400 on France to win by 12 points in this morning's semi-final. At 150 to 1 odds the punter is now $60,000 richer.

Aussie Through To Final

- Australia outkicked the Springboks in the first semifinal in the World Cup. In a hard-fought game, the Wallabies always looked to have the edge and clinched the game in injury time when Larkham made the first drop goal of his career.


217 Die In EgyptAir Tragedy

- A Cairo-bound EgyptAir Boeing 767 that crashed off the US coast on Sunday killing 217 people on board plummeted towards the Atlantic Ocean in “a very rapid descent”, the head of the US National Transportation Safety Board has said. See… 217 Die In EgyptAir Crash [1] in the Headlines wire.

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Australia Thinks Big

- On Thursday the Australian Federal Government announced that it and state government's would spend a massive A$480 million to complete the rail link between the northern and southern coasts - nearly 90 years after the idea was first floated. John Howard reports. See… Australia Thinks Big [1] in the Headlines wire.

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Delamere Should Consider A Week At The Mount

- A group of imprisoned asylum seekers currently locked up at Auckland's notorious Mt Eden Prison are refusing food. Their protest is against a pathetically slow bureaucracy which appears arrogant and bullish in its dealing with the seekers' claims for residency. One person can resolve this issue: Tuariki Delamere. Minister, it's time to wake up to commonsense. See… Delamere Should Consider A Week At The Mount [1] in the Auckland Wire. See Delamere's statement... Delamere rejects asylum-seekers' claims [2] in the Parliament Wire.

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Alliance Launch Welfare Policy: $20 More

- A $20 a week cash boost for beneficiaries and reduced abatement rates to help beneficiaries into work feature in the Alliance’s social security policy. See… Cash boost for benefits [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Information Campaign Launched On Drinking Age Changes

– “The Government has commenced an information campaign to make young New Zealanders aware of the 1 December changes to the drinking laws,” Education Minister, Nick Smith and Justice Minister, Tony Ryall, said today. See… Information Campaign Commences On Drinking Age [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Student Loan Debt Skyrocketing

- The number of students owing over $50,000 tripled in the ten months between August 1998 and June 1999 while the number of students owing between $40,000 and $50,000 has more than doubled. See… Large Loan Debtors Not Alone [1] in the Education wire.

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Bradford Warns Of Union ‘Threats’

- Incoming CTU president Ross Wilson’s threat to call on overseas unions to undermine a future centre-right government shows the desperation of unions to again dominate workplaces, Enterprise and Commerce Minister Max Bradford says. See… Threat Reveals Union Agenda [1] in the Parliament wire.

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ACT Launch Local Government Policy

– ACT say businesses and hard working New Zealanders are struggling not just under the costs of central government but also under the burden of local government rates and charges. Rates for households and businesses are too high. See… Making Local Government Work For Ratepayers [1] and Fairer Rates, Better Services - ACT [2] in the Parliament wire.

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Peters Speech: Breaking the Old Two Party Stranglehold

– The strongest hints yet that Winston Peters and NZ First will avoid coalitions in favour of sitting on the cross-benches and voting issue by issue. See… Peters Speech: Breaking Old Party Stranglehold [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Saturn And Telecom Reach 0867 Agreement

- Saturn and Telecom announced today they had signed an Internet Traffic Agreement covering 0867 calls. See… Saturn And Telecom Reach 0867 Agreement [1] in the Business wire.

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Election ’99: More Than A Good Tune Required

- The weekend launches of the election campaign's by Labour, National and NZ First leaders, looked like they all took lessons from their US colleagues. John Howard reports. See… More Needed Than A Collection Of Good Tunes [1] in the Headlines wire.

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Three Parties Launch On Sunday

- Labour, National and NZ First all launch their election campaigns this afternoon. In the Parliament wire, the focus is on employment. See… Speech: Labour Leader Helen Clark To the launch of the Labour Campaign for the 1999 Election… Speech: Labour Leader Helen Clark [1] . Enterprise and Commerce Minister Max Bradford said the disruptions to the National Party launch were by desperate members of the ‘Labour-Alliance bloc’. See… Disruption Sign Of Desperation [2] in the Parliament wire. Also see the PMs speech... PM Shipley’s National Party Campaign Opening Spch. [3]

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Labour’s Three Per Cent Unemployment a Hoax – English

- Treasurer Bill English said Labour's aim to bring the unemployment rate down to 3% was an old hoax. See… 3% unemployment target an old hoax [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Spraydrift Decimates Garden Centre – No Redress – Greens

- Auckland's Sunhill Garden Centre, unlikely to get legal redress after being decimated by spraydrift this week, is a victim of Government inaction in introducing regulations to clamp down on chemical spraying, the Green Party says. See… Spraydrift decimated Garden Centre victim of Gov [1] in the Parliament wire.

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NZ Slammed For Increasing CO2 Emissions in Germany

- New Zealand has been slated for its large increases in CO2 emissions since 1990, at an international climate change conference in Germany this week. See… NZ slated as 'fossil of the day' [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Student Loan Interest Rates Set To Rise Under National

- Labour associate education spokesperson (tertiary) Steve Maharey said news that student interest rates will increase under National was further illustration of the major difference in policies between the two parties. See… Student interest rates going up under National [1] in the Parliament wire.

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