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Telecoms Inquiry - TVNZ Chairman - Hurricanes Catering - Racial Clash - F16s - Echelon Spy Network - Michael Campbell - Inside Political Headlines - Editorial: Elections

TELECOMS INQUIRY: The Dominion leads today with a report that Telecom has acted anti-competitively in introducing a controversial special code for Internet users, the Government said yesterday as it announced that prominent businessman Hugh Fletcher world head an $802,000 inquiry into telecommunications. The front page photo shows a pensive looking Fletcher and a fuzzy Trevor Mallard.

Also on the front page:

- TVNZ CHAIRMAN: a report that Television New Zealand's new boss, Ross Armstrong, says news-readers can expect cuts in their exorbitant salaries under his regime;

- HURRICANES CATERING: a report that it would be impossible to serve thousands of people all at once during half-time at tomorrow's opening Super 12 match between the Hurricanes and the Sharks, the WestpacTrust Stadium caterer warned yesterday;

- RACIAL CLASH: a report that a nine-year-old Maori girl was temporarily blinded and will not fully recover her sight after being hit with a stone during a racially motivated fight between children in Kilbirnie, police said yesterday;

- F16S: a report that the cost to New Zealand of scrapping the previous government's F16 jet fighter deal with the US would not be high, an American official said from Washington yesterday;

- ECHELON SPY NETWORK: a report that Prime Minister Helen Clark admitted concern yesterday about a European investigation of a satelite eavesdropping network of which New Zealand is a part. But she said she was confident information gathered in NZ was not being misused;

- MICHAEL CAMPBELL: a report that the only birthday present that golfer Michael Campbell wants today is Tiger Woods scalp.

Inside Political Headlines:

- IRD "overworked, under resourced";
- Maori Government MPs want Samuels out - ACT;
- Committee wants to question Shipley;
- Annan praises NZ Peace role;
- ABOUT THE HOUSE: Repitition triumphs over wit;
- Te Papa plea for funds gets limited response;

EDITORIAL - ELECTIONS: New Zealand ought to know how to hold elections by now.


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