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The Scoop On Scoop - The Race For Wellington Central - No Boris At APEC, Latest PM Instead - RCD, Meat Pie Standards and Anti Sex Slavery Laws - New CEO For Telecom - Clinton Orders Media Control During Crisis and much more…

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The Scoop On Scoop

- The discerning people at Lava magazine have published an article about us, today we have republished it with their permission, see... Lava Magazine: The Scoop On Scoop [1] in the Headlines wire.

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The Race For Wellington Central - Who Should Face Prebble?

- Scoop's Jonathan Hill looks at the issue of who should run against Richard Prebble in the crucial seat of Wellington Central - Labour's Marian Hobbs or the Alliance's Phillida Bunkle. For whoever is left standing, the stakes are high. See… Wellington Central - Who Should Face Prebble? [1] in the Headlines wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00050.htm

Scholarships For Postgrad Science and Technology Students

- The government is expected to announce scholarships for postgraduate science and technology students next week as part of a drive to keep them in the country. The New Zealand University Students' Association says the move is angering the general student body and is addressing the problem not the cause. See… National Can't Deal With The Real Issues [1] in the Education wire. Labour agrees, calling the move 'knee jerk'. See… Govt. tertiary plans 'kneejerk' - Labour [2] , also in the Education wire.

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Top 20

- For a list of today's top 20 rating items on Scoop see... Scoop Ratings - Today's Top 20 [1] in the News Monitor wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/NM9908/S00077.htm

Clinton Orders Media Control During Crisis

- John Howard reports that President Clinton has signed yet another Executive Order establishing a State Department unit that will control the flow of US government news overseas, especially during crisis. See… US Unit Established To Control Info During Crisis [1] in the Headlines wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00051.htm

New CEO For Telecom

- The new Telecom Chief Executive Officer will be Theresa Gattung, currently the Group General Manager Services. See… New Chief Executive Appointed For Telecom [1] in the Business wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU9908/S00051.htm

Family Planning Threatens Legal Action Against Christian Heritage

- The Family Planning Association is furious over claims by Christian Heritage leader Graeme Capill regarding a booklet on the options for pregnant women. The FPA refused to distribute the government funded booklets as they considered them biased and say Capill is trying to create conflict between the government and the FPA. See Capill's release… Family Planning Against Informed Consent [1] in the Parliament wire and the FPA response… FPA Slams Capill Over Abortion Booklet [2] in the General wire.

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RCD, Meat Pie Standards and Anti Sex Slavery Laws

- There is lots of action in the Australia wire today: Sex Slavery Bill Passed - The Australian Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Amanda Vanstone, today welcomed the successful passage through Parliament of legislation to outlaw sexual slavery and servitude. See… AUS: New Law to Combat International Sex Trade [1] . RCD Report - Five new reports provide the first comprehensive assessment of the effects of the rabbit calicivirus disease (RCD) since its release in Australia in 1996. See… AUS: Effects Of Rabbit Calicivirus Disease [2] . Pie Standards - The Australia New Zealand Food Authority has released the draft standards for meat pies. Have your say. See… AUS: ANZFA On Meat Pie Standards [3] . All and much more in the Australia

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Newlands Interchange Wins Award

- The $17 million Newlands Interchange on the way out of Wellington won it's builder, Fulton Hogan, one of two major awards at the New Zealand Contractors' Federation's annual Caltex construction awards. To see why and what else was recognised see… Constructor's Interchange And Dam Win Top Awards [1] in the General wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE9908/S00074.htm

Govt. About Face On Funding Voluntary Welfare Groups

- The government has changed its mind and decided to fund voluntary welfare umbrella groups. A new funding contract between CYPFA and volunatry groups providing social services has been signed. See… CYPFA / Umbrella Groups Sign New Funding Contract [1] in the General wire. Labour say the move is cynical and unreliable. See… Govt's welfare group funding cynical, unreliable [2] in the Parliament wire.

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No Boris At APEC, Latest PM Instead

- The Russian news agency ITAR-Tass is reporting the acting Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will attend next month's APEC summit meeting in Auckland. Boris Yeltsin being too ill. See… Vladimir Putin To Represent Russia At APEC [1] in the Auckland wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9908/S00058.htm

Viagra For Veterans Demeaning - NZ First

- New Zealand First Defence Spokesperson for Veterans Affairs, Ron Mark, says the government's talk of giving New Zealand war veterans discounted Viagra is demeaning and does nothing to address their major concerns. See… Viagra Pathetic Token Hand-Out [1] in the Parliament wire. Also on veterans issues, Winston Peters today contrasted the government's willingness to assist North Korea's nuclear industry with it's refusal to assist New Zealand veterans of British nuclear tests. See… Nuclear Hypocrisy [2] in the Parliament wire.

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A Student Brain Drain Or Not?

- Comments by the Minister for Tertiary Education Max Bradford that the Student Loan Scheme Is Not Causing A "Brain Drain' [1] has certainly provoked some response. Labour's Steve Maharey disagrees saying further review of the scheme is required. See… Brain drain statistic backs need for loan review [2] in the Education wire. The New Zealand University Students' Association say Bradford's comments show he is out of touch. See... Bradford Out Of Touch [3] in the Education wire. The Canterbury Students' Association say the government must commission research into the anecdotal evidence. See… Brain Drain Needs Research [4] , also in the Education wire.

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More Petrol Price Hikes On The Way

- Fill up your car today. Mobil is increasing its petrol prices by three cents per litre from midnight tonight and the other companies have indicated they are likely to follow. This would be the third three cent rise in one month. The increases follow the 50 per cent price rise in crude oil prices over recent months.

Minister Disciplines The Troops

- In a new twist to the public service excess story, the Defence Minister says the Chief of Defence Force has advised him 'with regret' that 60 Defence Force staff attended a Masters of Business seminar at a total cost of $39,447. The Minister has disciplined the defence force by cutting $100,000 from the personnel development budget. See... Defence Budget Trimmed After Expensive Seminar [1] in the Parliament wire. Meanwhile Green Party Co-leader Rod Donald said Max Bradford provided the information only because he was forced to in response to a parliamentary question. See… Military Spend-Up Revealed Under Green Pressure [2] in the Parliament wire. NZ First say the officers who authorised the spending should have their pay docked. See… Dock Officers Pay - NZ First [
3] in the Parliament wire.

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Challenges Remain On Geneva Anniversary

- Recent conflicts in Kosovo and Africa continue to challenge the international community to comply with both the letter and spirit of the four Geneva Conventions, 50 years after they were adopted, Associate Foreign Minister Simon Upton said today. See… Challenges Remain For Geneva Conventions [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Red Tape Cut In Telecommunications

- Growing competition in the international telecommunications market has led the Government to reduce red tape on companies offering international telephone services in New Zealand, Communications Minister Maurice Williamson announced today.See… Telecommunications Red Tape Removed - Williamson [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Treasury Papers Call For Spending Control

- Treasurer Bill English said today papers from Treasury showed that the Government needed to keep a careful control over new spending. See… Treasury Papers Show Need For Controls On Spending [1] in the Parliament wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00208.htm

IHUG Brothers Workplace Cowboys - Service Workers Union

- Recent positive publicity surrounding Tim and Nick Wood's wealth and dominance as successful business entrepreneurs due to the success of their internet company IHUG failed to dig deeper into the 'cowboy culture' of their workplace", said the Service Workers Union. See why in the Business wire… IHUG Brothers Cowboys In Workplace - SFWU [1] .

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU9908/S00048.htm

Hospital Paper Pre-judges Site

- United New Zealand leader and Ohariu Belmont MP, Hon Peter Dunne, is disappointed this week's discussion document on the new Wellington Hospital pre-judges Newtown as the best site for the hospital. See… Hospital Discussion Document Pre-Judges Site [1] in the Parliament wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00202.htm

NZ Could Be Asked For More In East Timor

- The United Nation's Secretary General has proposed a restructuring of the UN Mission to East Timor that could see more New Zealanders placed in the troubled region. See... NZ May Be Asked To Commit More to East Timor [1] in the Headlines wire.

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The Simmering Republic Debate

- The republic referendum debate in Australia has taken two major turns already this week. Scoop's Sydney correspondent Simon Orme looks at this week's developments. See... The Republican Debate Just Got Hotter [1] in the Headlines wire. For the argument over the preamble to the constitution, see the proposed preamble [2] and John Howard's latest interview [3] on the subject.

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