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Speaking from the UN Compound in Dili by phone to Radio New Zealand New Zealander Andrew Ladley of the UNAMET mission
says the compound is now secure as it is being defended by a new army unit which has just arrived.
"Labour Leader Helen Clark's credibility has been dealt a major blow with defamation proceedings against her over her
claims about surgery at Ascot Hospital," Health Minister Wyatt Creech said today.
The Prime Minister, Rt Hon Jenny Shipley and the Minister of Defence, Hon Max Bradford, this morning announced the
Government had agreed to deploy HMNZS Te Kaha to Darwin.
Labour Leader Helen Clark said today that the National Government's excuses for President Habibie and the Indonesian
Government are wearing very thin.
Arrangements will not be able to be made in time for an urgent meeting of foreign ministers today to discuss the crisis
in East Timor.
APEC And East Timor - Slaughter In East Timor - Indonesia's Attendance At APEC
For the merest moment in time the East Timorese glimpsed the possibility of an end to 24 years of the brutal and illegal
occupation that had cost a third of their population.
As the forces of chaos gather strength in East Timor APEC faces its greatest challenge. Scoop's Alastair Thompson
argues we owe it to the people of East Timor not to give up hope.
The balance of payments deficit has reached a crisis point. At $6,374 million in the last year, every New Zealander is
spending $33 dollars a week more on imported goods, than we earn from the sale of our nation's exports, said Alliance
leader Jim ...
WORKING TOGETHER: LABOUR ON EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS Labour believes that legislation governing employment relations should
recognise the interdependence of workers and employers; promote and sustain economic growth; and assist in achieving a
fair distribution ...
Political parties are chattering about the `knowledge-based economy' phrase, but is their heart really in it?
EAST TIMOR: Australia - Indonesian Attendance At APEC - Ministers' Meeting - UN - Dili - NZ Military - Protest ---
OTHER NEWS: APEC Traffic Problems - Scott Watson Trial - Y2k and Health - Labour Social Security Policy
Labour's employment relations policy would right many of the wrongs of the past nine years by redressing the imbalance
of the Employment Contracts Act and by encouraging collective organisation and good faith bargaining.
State Services Minister Simon Upton has announced a major change of direction for the State Services Commission. The
announcement is the key element of a major re-assessment of monitoring within the core public sector that has already
seen new arrangements ...
Events over the past week have now brought the true situation in East Timor into the open, and in the process the
innocence and naiveté of the wider international community has been harshly exposed. Scoop's Alastair Thompson analyses
the latest ...
Labour's social security policy is tailored to offer New Zealanders security and opportunity in the new century, says
Labour Leader Helen Clark.
Labour Wellington Central candidate Marian Hobbs said she will campaigning vigorously for local votes from National
Party supporters in light of the almost certainty of National pulling out of the Wellington Central race.
Ethnic Cleansing - Meningitis - Troops Ready - Brash Salary - IR Policy - Iwi Agreement - State Services Commission -
Social security under Labour will work harder to include people in society rather than shut them out, says Labour
social welfare spokesperson Steve Maharey.
"Labour will repeal the Employment Contracts Act because it is unfair, contravenes important ILO conventions and has
failed to increase productivity or growth," Labour finance spokesperson Michael Cullen said today.