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Yesterday's top 20 rating items on Scoop (excluding Hobbits) were...

1: Sludge Report #13 - The Budget Is Wrong

CD and assorted Sludge have been locked up in the Beehive since 11.30am with a remarkably disappointing budget. True it contains a new lingo. But as the government has already announced most of it - what is left comes as a bit of an anti-climax.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00062.htm


2: The Sludge Report #12 – Rodney’s Trip To Fiji

C.D. Sludge has now caught up with the MP who made a trip to Fiji last year to attend a seminar of Investors International, the principal of which, Rudolf van Lin, was later arrested and charged in the US with Securities fraud. And an organisation which ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00053.htm


3: Budget Speech Part 1

Budget Speech Introduction Mr Speaker, I move that the Appropriation (2000/2001 Estimates) Bill be now read a second time. It is with a sense of honour and privilege that I present today the Labour-Alliance Coalition's first budget. The Budget 2000 does ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00059.htm


4: Budget Speech Part 2

The knowledge economy This Government is committed to assisting the transformation of the economy from our current over-reliance on commodity production to the knowledge intensive industries of the future. The knowledge economy encompasses e-commerce ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00060.htm


5: Budget Speech Part 3 - The Rest

Employment I am confident that an active industry policy, harnessed to a streamlined and much improved training system, and a vibrant research and development programme, will generate quality jobs. A job though, at any price, is not the standard that ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00061.htm


HOBBIT STORIES...
6: Scoop Image: Where The Hobbits Are
7: Scoop Images: WORLD EXCLUSIVE: BAG END!
8: Scoop Images: And Not A Hobbit Was Stirring


9: Sludge Report #10 - Free Money For Greedy Mystery

Today's Sludge Report relates a strange tale involving the visit of a NZ MP to Fiji on a speaking trip, free money for the secretive and greedy, and a so called "financial freedom" movement which promotes tax avoidance, offshore trusts and VERY high yield ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00034.htm


10: Investing in knowledge (Budget)

NB This statement contains additional information to the statement in today's Budget information pack. All references to increased funding in this statement are net increases in 2000/01 compared to 1999/2000. Figures in the Budget pack statement mostly comprised ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00291.htm


11: Bill's Budget: No Dough - No Place To Go

"A National budget this year would be a complete non-event, utterly incapable of making any sort of difference," Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00273.htm


12: TVNZ A Fiscal Basketcase?

Today’s Budget Broadcasting allocations will reveal if TVNZ is to become a fiscal basketcase, said ACT Broadcasting spokesman Penny Webster. “The benchmark for Marion Hobbs’ Ministerial performance will be the future she assures TVNZ. If local culture ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00284.htm


13: Sludge Report #11 – More Evidence In Money Mystery

What follows is a transcript of conversations recorded with leading figures in the Free Money for Greedy Mystery described in Sludge Report #10.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00043.htm


15: SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 14 June 2000

Today's Questions concern: Truth In Sentencing - School Zoning And Balloting- Budget Growth Forecasts - Immigrant Doctors - Maori Spectrum And Quest Communications - Bulk Funding - Government Procurement - R&D Taxation - Highway Patrol - ILO Conventions ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00054.htm


16: NZ Appears In Amnesty International Report

New Zealand's inclusion for only the third time on Amnesty International's annual list of countries violating human rights is a wake-up call to our national attitudes about asylum-seekers, AI Executive Director Ced Simpson said yesterday.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00042.htm


17: Road Safety 2000

The government's reduced tolerances announced in last week's road safety package is designed to save lives and prevent injuries on New Zealand roads and highways, the Minister of Transport Mark Gosche said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0006/S00251.htm


18: Scoop Images: Wellywood's Favourite Starlet

Movie star Liv Tyler takes a break from a hectic schedule of filming for the Lord of the Rings trilogy earlier this year for a spot of shopping on Wellington's Willis St - photo Kevin Stent of the Sunday Star Times.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00023.htm


19: Knight Completes Remarkable Merino Story

Bologna, Italy. 13 June 2000. - Software entrepreneur Sir Gil Simpson tonight closes the loop on a remarkable supply chain that started under the gaze of Aoraki/Mt Cook and finished in front of European business and political leaders.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0006/S00078.htm


20: Balance of Payments Remains Steady

The March 2000 quarter current account balance recorded a deficit of $1,015 million, said Acting Government Statistician Dianne Macaskill. This was $1,933 million lower than the deficit recorded in the December 1999 quarter. However, if the effect of ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0006/S00096.htm


21: Bizarre Life In A Siege City

SUVA: It's an irony of this bizarre insurrection in Fiji, now in its fourth week, that the country has been "celebrating" two public holidays in two successive weeks: Today Fiji, which is on the verge of becoming a Commonwealth pariah, is celebrating ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0006/S00083.htm


22: Simon Orme: Mainstreaming - NZ Electricity Inquiry

The NZ electricity inquiry report (1), released this week, is a move toward the international mainstream in electricity regulation, which is not a surprise given the Australian and British leanings of the inquiry panel. Simon Orme writes from Sydney.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0006/S00049.htm


23: "Just bloody regulate it" say drug reformers

Drug law reformers say that Parliament's Health Committee should expeditiously review the legal status of cannabis - "and quick smart", because the committee is already sitting on drug scheduling legislation, the Misuse of Drugs Amendment ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0006/S00040.htm

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