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Window Smashed, Bus Bombed

- Richard Prebble's electorate office window had a rock thrown through it last Thursday night as a campaign of vandalism against ACT in Wellington Central appears to be escalating. Jonathan Hill reports. See... Vandalism Campaign Against Prebble Escalates [1] in the wire.

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Turkish Quake Survivors Struggle For Food, Shelter

- The survivors of Turkeys second big earthquake in three months are struggling to find food and shelter and many are fleeing the area, fearful of yet another big quake. Scoop’s Jonathan Hill reports. See… Turkish Quake Survivors Struggle For Food, Shelter [1] in the Headlines wire.

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EgyptAir Voice recorder 'Not Conclusive'

- The cockpit voice recorder from doomed EgyptAir flight 990 has been plucked from the planes wreckage on the Atlantic ocean floor but as yet it has yielded no conclusive information. Jonathan Hill reports. See... EgyptAir Voice recorder 'Not Conclusive' [1] in the Headlines wire.

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Unpaid US UN Dues - The Abortion Concession

- Officials of the White House and Congress met on Monday (NZDT) in an attempt to break the budget logjam in a deal over overseas abortion funding and US$1 billion in outstanding UN dues owed by the US. John Howard reports. See... Unpaid US UN Dues - The Abortion Concession [1] in the Headlines wire.

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Who Says There’s No Humour In The Campaign?

– A new web site taking a light hearted and rather dissenting look at the ACT Party has sprung up on line. See… [1] . Scoop would welcome information about other such sites. This one, like a supposed Young Nats site which appeared earlier this year, would appear to break the rules on the use of political party logos.

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INTERFET Troops To Dance in the Streets

– Yes, believe it or not John Farnham and Kylie Minogue, no less, are to ‘entertain’ the troops in East Timor at a special Christmas concert on December 21. So much for valuing their contributions… See… Christmas Concert For Interfet Troops In Timor [1] in the General wire.

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Kevin Roberts Speech – Risk, Risk Anything!

- Kevin Roberts address to the Graeme Bringans Education Trust Dinner, Auckland, November 12, 1999. See also... See... Kevin Roberts Speech: Risk, Risk Anything! [1] in the Business wire. See also.. [2] , Robert's web-site, which has just posted a suite of biographies on heroes from the edge.

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National / ACT Coalition a Bad Idea – Anderton

- A National-Act government would implement policies that New Zealanders abhor, Alliance leader Jim Anderton said. See... New Zealand should scrutinise National-Act policy [1] See also... 25 bad ideas - National Act Agenda [2] in the Parliament wire.

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ACT Launch Rural Policy

- ACT Leader Richard Prebble has launched ACT's rural policy in Tariki, just south of Inglewood, in Taranaki. See... ACT Standing Up For Rural Property Rights [1] and ACT Will Get Government Off the Back of Rural NZ [2] in the Parliament wire.

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Prebble Demands Apology For ‘Allegations of Racism’

- ACT Leader Richard Prebble has responded to comments by Labour’s Epsom candidate David Jacobs’ saying they are “extraordinary offensive and misleading”. Prebble has demanded an apology. See... Clark Must Apologise - ACT [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Massive Jump In Foreign Bank Profits

- Profits made by foreign investors in New Zealand banks have leapt to more than $2 billion, the Green Party has revealed. See... Massive jump in foreign bank profits [1] in the Parliament wire.

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China Entering WTO Good News For Kiwi Farmers

- Agreement between China and the US on China’s accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is excellent news for New Zealand farmers, manufacturers and service suppliers, according to Trade Minister Lockwood Smith. See... China-US Deal Good News For New Zealand [1] in the Parliament wire.

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National Lying In Campaign Ads – Labour

- Labour Deputy Leader Michael Cullen says the increasing desperation of the National Party's campaign is shown by the fact they've now resorted to “outright lies” in their advertising. See... National's campaign of lies continues [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Petrol Prices on the Way Back Up

- Shell is raising petrol prices by three cents per litre and diesel by one cent per litre tomorrow night. Shell says the rise is due to pressures on crude oil. The increase is the seventh since the beginning of the year. There is no word yet on whether others will follow the move. Shell gave a warning this was coming last week. See… Shell Says Forces Putting Pressure On Petrol Again [1] in the Business wire.

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Green Party Spouse Challenges Burton To Shearing Competition

- Harry Parke, husband of Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons has challenged Prime Minister's Spouse Burton Shipley to a shearing competition, to take place on Wednesday November 17 in the Coromandel. See... Shearing challenge to Burton Shipley [1] in the Parliament wire. This morning Burton declined the offer.

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SIS Called in Over Leaked Phone List

– The Prime Minister has asked the Security Intelligence Service to investigate a security breach which saw a top secret telephone list posted on the internet. The list was posted in the US and contained the Prime Minister’s personal cell phone number, limosine number and pager number and those of top cabinet ministers and staff. The list also contained the cell phone number for the Director General of the SIS.

New Tranz Rail Ferry Terminal Approved For Clifford Bay

- Conservation Minister Nick Smith today announced that he had approved the major Resource Management Act (RMA) consents for the new Clifford Bay Port development proposed by Tranz Rail. See... Tranz Rail Gets Go Ahead For Clifford Bay Terminal [1] in the wire.

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National and ACT Billboards Made in Australia

- National and Act are using election campaign billboards made in Australia. National and Act's vinyl billboards were made by Metro Media in Brisbane Australia. See... National and Act agree on exporting jobs [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Anti Organics campaigner Funded by Monsanto

- Dr Denis Avery, a visiting United States scientist who has been quoted in the New Zealand media rubbishing organic agriculture, is not the unbiased voice he claims to be say the Greens. See… See... Anti Organics Campaigner Funded By Monsanto [1] in the Parliament wire.

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PHARMAC To Subsidise Two New Heart Drugs

- PHARMAC is to subsidise two more drugs to help fight heart disease after reaching an innovative agreement with the drugs’ supplier, AstraZeneca. See... PHARMAC funds two more heart drugs [1] in the General wire.

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Christchurch City Council Look At Going GE-Free

- A seminar on the genetic engineering of food will be held by the Christchurch City Council next year. See... Council To Investigate GE-Free Cit [1] in the Politics wire.

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New Marine Reserve Opens

- Conservation Minister Nick Smith today officially opened New Zealand’s sixteenth and largest mainland marine reserve, Te Tapuwae o Rongokako in a dawn ceremony at the reserve, sixteen kilometres north of Gisborne. See... Te Tapuwae O Rongokako Marine Reserve Opened [1] in the Parliament wire.

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NZ Post Take 30 Per Cent of Silent One

- New Zealand Post Limited has signed an agreement to take a 30 per cent shareholding in Wellington based software development company Silent One Limited. See... New Zealand Post Takes 30% Stake In Silent One Ltd [1] in the Business wire.

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A Worry When Treasurer Can’t Read Tables – Anderton

- It's a bit of a worry that the Treasurer can't read a table of figures, Alliance leader Jim Anderton said, following Bill English's admission that he couldn't work out the Alliance alternative budget. See... Treasurer can't read a table of figures [1] in the Parliament wire.

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