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National Radio Midday Bulletin

Syndicate Bust - Meat Companies - Sweat Shop - Employment Bill- Exporters Happy - Search Off - Spanish Elections - Stabbing Remand - Exporters Happy - Medical Misadventure - Electrical Inquiry - Casino Gunjumping - Ham Message Sparks Alert - The Queen’s Removal

SYNDICATE BUST: The police are expecting to make numerous arrests to shut down an international syndicate in Auckland believed to be involved in people smuggling, counterfeiting and drug trafficking.

MEAT COMPANIES: Meat companies and Muslims are waiting to find out whether MAF veterinarians will go on strike. The companies say the strike for better pay could stop live meat exports shipment and affect a holy Muslim festival.

SWEAT SHOP: The employment court is investigating a sweat-shop in an Auckland factory after seven Thai women alleged they were made to work under horrendous conditions for low rates or pay.

EMPLOYMENT BILL: The Green Party has pledged support for the Government’s Employment Relations Bill, the Government’s planned replacement for the Employment Contracts Act, which will be introduced into Parliament tommorrow.

EXPORTERS HAPPY: The export industry is delighted at the Government’s change of policies which will give exporters financial support breaking into overseas markets.

SEARCH OFF: Blenheim Police have called off the search of a man who went missing while diving with three others in the Malborough Sounds last week saying further searches in the treacherous waters would put others lives at risk.

SPANISH ELECTIONS: In Spain a left-wing Government has come to power in national General elections capitalising on it's coalition with the right wing Nationalists.

STABBING REMAND: A man accused of a multiple stabbing of three people in which two young children died last year has appeared in an Auckland district court and was remanded in custody.

MEDICAL MISADVENTURE: The Health Funding Authority has said it hopes to develop better procedures to insure against medical misadventure.

ELECTRICAL INQUIRY: A government select committe has recieved over 300 submissions into the electricity industry as part of a Ministerial Inquiry into competition in the electricity market.

CASINO GUNJUMPING: The company building the country’s newest casino in Hamilton says it is not jumping the gun, by starting construction even though it’s license is being appealed by local residents.

HAM MESSAGE SPARKS ALERT: A message received by a ham radio operator in Canada has sparked off a search and rescue operation for climbers in the Nelson’s mountain lakes area.

THE QUEEN’S REMOVAL: Auckland City Council’s remove to replace pictures of the Queen and Prince Phillip in council chambers with more indigenous art has caused an outcry from both the Christian Heritage Party and royalists.

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