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New Billboard - The Alliance Get Heavy in Wellington Central


Prebble Inches Ahead In Wellington

- A TV One News Colmar Brunton Poll shows ACT leader Richard Prebble two percentage points ahead of Labour candidate Marian Hobbs. Prebble's support has risen from 47 to 49 per cent and Hobbs' has slipped one point to 47 per cent. The poll was of 500 voters with a margin of 4.4 per cent.

Oil Prices Continue Up and Up

- Don't say Scoop didn't warn you. World oil prices have today hit US$28 per barrel, up from US$25.80 last Thursday. John Howard reports. See... Oil Prices Hit Record Post Cold-War Highs [1] in the Headlines wire.

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A Magical Oddity

After observing the celebrations of the last completely odd day for 1112 years last Friday, Scoop on a hunch decided to check whether the date was also a prime - that is, a number indivisible. See... Scoop Oddity: There's Magic In Them There Numbers [1] in the Headlines wire.

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- While it is not immediately apparent on the surface - given the focus on bringing you breaking news before the traditional media - Scoop is actually a fully featured free electronic library as well as a news site. See... SCOOP ADVISORY: Scoop Keeps Getting Better [1] in the Headlines wire.

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Scoop’s Hiding to Nothing Election Predictions

- Well with a week to go Scoop’s Jonathan Hill and Alastair Thompson put their pride on the line and have a guess at the election outcome. A hiding to nothing we know, with the chances of embarrassment high, but such is the competitive nature of this organisation… See... ELECTION 1999: Jonathan Hill's Election Prediction [1] , SCOOP ELECTION: John Howard's Election Picks [2] and ELECTION 1999: Alastair Thompson’s Predictions [3] in the Headlines wire. Also see... Selwyn Manning's Election Predictions [4] in the Auckland wire.

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Another Personal Grievance Claim Set to Cost A Bomb

- Another employee personal grievance, likely to cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars, is heading towards the Employment Court. This time it's against West Coast SOE Coast Health Care Ltd. John Howard reports. See... Another Personal Grievance To Employment Court [1] in the Headlines wire.

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Lower Growth in Wage Rates Continues

- Salary and wage rates (including overtime) surveyed for the September 1999 quarter were 1.5 per cent higher than a year earlier. This follows an increase of 1.9 per cent in pay rates for the September 1998 quarter when compared with the same quarter. See... Lower Growth in Wage Rates Continues [1] in the General wire.

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Immunisation Too Important To Be Election Football – Doctors

- The immunisation of New Zealand children is too important to be used as a pre-Election political football, the New Zealand Medical Association says. See... Doctors Urge Action on Immunisation [1] in the General wire.

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Labour’s Commitment to State Sector Welcomed

- The Labour Party's state sector policy shows a 'clear understanding of what afflicts the public service and, more importantly, what must be done to improve it,' the PSA national secretary Paul Cochrane said. See... Commitment to public services welcomed - PSA [1] in the General wire.

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National Radio To Broadcast in FM

- Government has approved Radio New Zealand’s proposal to start broadcasting National Radio in FM giving listeners a better sound quality, the Minister responsible for Radio New Zealand, Hon Marie Hasler said. See... National radio to move to FM frequency [1] in the Parliament wire.

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ACT ‘Toughest on Crime’ – Prebble

- Crime is a growth industry that needs to be bankrupted. One in seven New Zealanders have reported a crime against themselves or their property - more than half a million offences each year. Around 93% of prison inmates were on an unemployment benefit ... See... ACT: Toughest On Crime [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Govt Too Slow Investigating Loan Cases

- Otago University students have highlighted a problem which the Government should have started investigating years ago, Labour associate education spokesperson (tertiary) Steve Maharey said. See... Student loan problems highlighted [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Peters Speech – Only NZ First Can Stop Labour’s tax Rise

- Extracts from a speech by Winston Peters to a public meeting at the Capitaine Bougainville Theatre, Forum North, WHANGAREI at 1230pm ,Tuesday 23rd November 1999. See... Only NZ First Can Stop Labour Tax Hikes [1] in the Parliament wire.

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A Y2K problem for Telecom

- The Alliance wants Telecom regulated to make it compete fairly and bring down telephone costs for households and businesses. See... Telecom’s Y2K problem…Fair competition [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Progress Made On Digital TV For New Zealand

- Major progress has been made towards the successful introduction of Digital Terrestrial Television, Communications Minister Maurice Williamson says. See... Progress Made On Digital Terrestrial Television [1] in the Parliament wire.

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State Sector To Thrive Under Labour – Upton

- State Services Minister, Simon Upton, reminded New Zealanders that the State Sector in New Zealand was looking at a burst of almost unprecedented growth should Labour and the Alliance form a government. See... Labour And The State Sector [1] in the Parliament wire.

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More Vigorous Approach Towards Immunisation – Govt

- “A more vigorous approach to getting more children immunised, especially those who have been hard to reach in the past, has been worked on to lift the number of children immunised," Health Minister Wyatt Creech says. See... More Being Done To Get Families Immunised [1] . The comments were made after Labour health spokesperson Annette King released a report which she says condemns the current approach to immunisation. See... Immunisation - the secret report [2] . Both in the Parliament wire.

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Better Intervention Needed With Youth / Minorities – Drug and Alcohol Agency

- The increase of substance abuse and dependence among young people and minority ethnic groups is concerning the National Society on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, according to its 1999 Annual Report, released today. See... Intervention Needed With Youth - Drug Agency [1] in the General wire.

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Greens Call For GE-Free Wellington

- Green Party candidate for Rongotai Rich Wernham and Ohairu Belmont candidate Caron Zillwood today wrote the Mayor and Councillors of Wellington City Council calling on council to declare themselves a GE-(Genetic Engineering) Free Zone. See... Greens Call For Wgtn To Become GE Free [1] in the Politics wire.

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Prebble On ‘Truth in Sentencing’

- ACT Leader Richard Prebble held a press conference in Wellington's Bolton Street Park today to highlight the violent crimes being committed by offenders released early from prison. See... Parties Against Truth In Sentencing Must Front Up [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Survey Of Bank managers Shows Loan Scheme Study Required

- The Ministry of Education's refusal to investigate the economic implications of the student loans scheme has been questioned by the Alliance's education spokesperson Liz Gordon. See... Survey of bank managers loan study needed [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Anderton Praises Grey Power Advice To Change Government

- Praise for Grey Power's 'how to vote advice' from Alliance leader Jim Anderton, who says Grey Power has worked out the best way to ensure a strong coalition. See... Alliance welcomes Grey Power’s voting advice [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Concern Over Voter Confusion With MMP

- Labour MP Lianne Dalziel is concerned that confusion is still prevalent about MMP less than a week out from polling day. See... MP concerned by MMP confusion [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Government Announce Flood Aid Package

- Two hundred Task Force Green workers will be sent immediately to help clean up after the floods in Otago and Southland, Prime Minister Jenny Shipley said. See... Flood Support Package Announced [1] in the Parliament wire.

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