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Unease between Labour And Alliance - Labour has announced it will charge no
interest on loans while students are studying, and interest on repayments will only begin once a graduate begins earning above $25,000 a year. Fees will remain but the policy will eventually work towards a flat fee for all full time courses. But the measures come nowhere near what the Alliance has already promised, which is scrapping fees altogether, interest free loans and the introduction of a student allowance at doll levels. Any Labour/Alliance coalition government is bound to face wrangles over which elements of which policy would be adopted.

Anticipation Of More Raids On Militia - Yesterday 150 UNAMET troops and Blackhawk helicopters raided militia locations in the east of Timor island detaining 15 suspected militia members and confiscating weapons. The raids follow killings of independence supporters, including priests and nuns. The mission is reported as providing immediate support to hundreds of people and is expected to be repeated today.

Bradford Asks To Borrow Radios - Defence Minister Max Bradford is expected to ask for help to equip New Zealand peacekeepers, when he meets with the USA Defence Secretary William Cohen later this morning in Darwin.

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