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Scoop Today - Parliament Opens, Cricket Victory

As New Zealand's Parliamentarians were sworn in today Russia look set to be electing itself an alarmingly right-wing government and the Black Caps had an historic victory in Hamilton....

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Big Victory For Kiwi Cricketers

- The Black Caps have pulled off a huge win against all odds over an astounded West Indian side in Hamilton today, thanks largely to the magnificent efforts of Kiwi all-rounder Chris Cairns. Jonathan Hill writes. See... Big Victory For Kiwi Cricketers [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00095.htm


Worrying Landslide to the Right Likely in Russian Elections

- Scoop's Alastair Thompson says the trend in the Russian elections is a swing to the hard right not seen since the 1930's rise of fascism in Nazi Germany. He argues that if you are alarmed by this news you have every right to be. See... MMP Russian Style - A Right Wing Landslide [1] in the Headlines wire. For analysis on the Russia / Chechnya crisis see below.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00094.htm


Y2K Preparing For A Period Of Uncertainty

- Sydneysiders are hoarding up to six months worth of food, water and batteries as millennium bug panic builds, according to yesterday's Sydney Sunday Telegraph. John Howard looks at Y2K. See... Y2K Preparing For A Period Of Uncertainty [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00093.htm


Busy, Bruising Parliament Set To Begin

- The first parliament with a new government for nine years opens today and the rest of the week promises to be both busy and bruising. Jonathan Hill writes. See... The Week Ahead In Parliament - New Govt Takes Over [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00092.htm


Turia Swears Allegiance to Treaty of Waitangi

- Labour MP Tariana Turia created a stir at the swearing in of MPs at parliament this afternoon. Turia swore her own oath, swearing allegiance to the Queen and the Treaty of Waitangi. She was forced to repeat the oath without her own comments.


New Zealand's Richest Man Supports The Arts

- New Zealand's richest man, Douglas Myers, has made a $1.5 million donation to Auckland University's new arts centre to help stop the brain drain. But are we also neglecting the ‘retired brains’ in our society? John Howard reports. See... New Zealand's richest man supports the arts [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00090.htm


Rangitikei Re-Count A Non Event

- The National Party’s Rangitikei candidate Simon Power is going to parliament after the Rangitikei re-count diminished his lead over Labour's Craig Walsham from 293 to 289 votes. The re-count was requested by ACT after 120 votes went wissing from the seat. ACT said the re-count was necessary to maintain the integrity of the ballot. Police are investigating the missing votes but do not suspect theft.


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Alliance Welcomes Minimum Wage Increase

- The $22 a week increase in the minimum wage announced is being welcomed by the Alliance. See... Alliance Welcomes Minimum Wage Increase [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00076.htm


Parliament's first petition - Alexandra flood

- ACT's agriculture spokesman Gerry Eckhoff will present the first petition to the new Parliament when it is convened this week. See... Parliament's first petition - Alexandra flood [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00078.htm


Cooperative government moving quickly – Anderton

- Alliance leader and Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton is attributing the rapid pace of action by the new government to the co-operative approach the Alliance and Labour are taking to the new coalition. See... Cooperative government moving quickly [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00077.htm


Big Win For Pharmaceutical Companies

- In a groundbreaking decision, the New Zealand Court of Appeal has found against Pharmac and for the pharmaceutical industry to allow 'Swiss-type' claims in a patent. A Swiss-type patent is a form of patent that gives protection to the results of research into new uses for known pharmaceuticals. See... Big Win For Pharmaceutical Companies [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE9912/S00085.htm


Work Beginning on Monitoring at Poor Knights After Oil Slick

- The Department of Conservation has begun work on setting up a monitoring programme at the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve, following a recent oil spill that reached its internationally recognised waters. See... Work Beginning on Monitoring at the Poor Knights [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE9912/S00083.htm


Don’t Forget The Drivers Licence

- Motorists are being reminded by the Land Transport Safety Authority to take their driver licences away with them if they are going on a summer holiday. See... Cap, shirt driver licence [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE9912/S00082.htm


Hospital Services Reduced As 34 Jobs Go - PSA

- The now certain loss of 34 clerical jobs at Health Waikato will significantly reduce in-patient services for the community and mean hospital clinics will be less often and fewer in size, the PSA say. See... Hospital Services Reduced As 34 Jobs Go - PSA [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE9912/S00080.htm


NZ's Credibility On Line With F-16's - Mapp

- New Zealand’s credibility as a western democracy prepared to pull its weight is on the line over the F-16 fighter contract, says National Party Defence spokesperson, Dr Wayne Mapp MP. See... NZ's Credibility On Line With F-16's - Mapp [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00075.htm


New Government Warned Not To Rush Tax Bill

- ACT Finance spokesman Rodney Hide has warned the new government not to rush through legislation to increase taxes under urgency in the week before Christmas. See... New Government warned not to rush tax bill [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00074.htm


Time For Minister To Remember Promise To Students Over EUB – Vernon

- “For the second time this week the Minister of Social Services and Employment has proved that his word means nothing,” says National’s Work & Income spokesperson Belinda Vernon. See... Time For Minister To Remember Promise To Students [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00073.htm


HortResearch Surprised At GE Tamarillo Protest

-HortResearch is surprised that protesters feel a need to target the Kerikeri Research Centre with a weekend long protest against a small trial of transgenic tamarillos. See... Tamarillo protesters ignoring the benefits [1] in the Science wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC9912/S00007.htm

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