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Scoop Ratings - Top 20 at 2pm

The Top 20 rating stories as of 2pm today were...

1: Speech to Bright Future Launch, Avalon, 18 August

The Bright Future programme is one of the ways the Government will contribute to building a stronger, more diversified economy in the future.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00297.htm


2: Time to rid NZ of "National evil", say ALCP

"Prohibition is a National evil" say ALCP candidates, Blair Anderson and Kevin O Connell, warning voters against the moral posture and pseudo-leadership of the National government. The comments follow the youth affairs Minister's facile ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00047.htm


3: Inflation Just Around The Corner - Reserve Bank

The Reserve Bank has, as expected, kept its cash rate static in today's Monetary Policy Statement. However the markets are expected to tighten slightly following the announcement as the bank is forecasting increasing inflationary pressure over ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00068.htm


4: To Those Who Have It Shall Be Given

The APSU Student Union is not impressed with the "5 Steps" announced today by National.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00052.htm


5: APEC: What it means for New Zealand Business

In just four short weeks, New Zealand will be the focus of significant international attention as we host the APEC Leaders' Summit here in Auckland. Already, I've seen signs in Auckland advising motorists of which routes may be closed due to the APEC ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00293.htm


6: Cannabis Out Of Closet, But Don't Hold Your Breath

Scoop's Jonathan Hill looks at why we are unlikely to see the urgent issues associated with skyrocketing cannabis use addressed in the near future.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00069.htm


7: What Makes Parliament Tick? - Speaker

Since I was elected in 1978, Parliament has been evolving rapidly. At that time it was very much under the control of the Minister in charge of the Legislative Department, usually the Prime Minister. So much so that one of my predecessors had to go to the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00286.htm


8: Timberlands Book Makes Worries For Government

A book launched today using a package of documents from Timberlands' West Coast's public relations company may prove damaging to the government, especially the Prime Minister.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00065.htm


9: Brain Drain Bribery

"The 'Five Steps' package trumpeted today by the government is another case of politicians trying to bribe us with our own money," says Libertarianz Spokesman Peter Cresswell. "Expect to see Ministers posing for photos with scientists ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00051.htm


10: Coast Action Network creation of Timberlands: FACT

Secrets and Lies, a book released yesterday by Nicky Hager and Bob Burton, proves once and for all that Coast Action Network (CAN) is a creation of Timberlands and their PR companies.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00050.htm


11: Shandwick Apologise To New Zealand - NFA

Shandwick, Timberlands' Wellington public relations company, should apologise to New Zealand for all the secretive manipulation it has done for Timberlands, said Native Forest Action spokesperson, Dean Baigent-Mercer.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00049.htm


12: 1999 Vital Statistics

The estimated number of live births in New Zealand in the June 1999 year totalled 56,843. This compares with 56,514 births in the June 1998 year, Deputy Government Statistician Dianne Macaskill said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE9908/S00095.htm


13: Officials Issue Warning of Deadly Stomach Disease

Already over 40 cases of the disease have been reported this year compared to a total of 80 over the past five years.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9908/S00080.htm


14: Timberlands evidence to be probed

The Prime Minister faces a grilling in parliament next Tuesday over her involvement in Timberlands' public relations activities.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00285.htm


15: Kevin Roberts Speech: Nine Muses

I delivered it in Manila. What an amazing experience to be in the Philippines! Typhoons and the 50th anniversary of Ace Saatchi & Saatchi. The Philippines business community were an optimistic and receptive audience for the speech, and the media were buzzing ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU9908/S00064.htm


16: Lest We Forget

Today is the anniversary of Jenny Shipley's best ever decision - sacking Winston Peters. Mr Peters has been busy trying to rewrite history but let's remember he was Treasurer for nearly two years and his period in office was disastrous, says ACT ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00296.htm


17: New Book's Revelations Shocking - NFA

Native Forest Action is shocked by the revelations in Secrets and Lies by Nicky Hager and Bob Burton, and says that Timberlands has lost all right to have control of public native forests.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00044.htm


18: National Radio Midday Bulletin

New Policy - Quake - Reserve Bank - Education - Timberlands - Chubb - Court - Police - WINZ - Prison Staff - Baby Blood - Shooting Victim

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/NM9908/S00117.htm


19: State Company Targets Labour Party

For the last year the primary target of Timberlands' PR campaign has been the Labour Party, owing to management fears that a change of government in November would lead to its native forest logging being stopped. The new book, Secrets and Lies, shows ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00039.htm


20: Reserve Bank MPS: Summary of Economic Projections

Summary of economic projections...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU9908/S00071.htm

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