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The Dominion

Community Services Card – Oscars – Hotel Fall – Standard and Poors – Kirsty Bentley – Ansett Sale – Inside Political Headlines – Editorial: Economy

COMMUNITY SERVICES CARD: The Dominion leads today with a report that thousands more people on low incomes will be eligible for cheap healthcare after the Cabinet agreed yesterday to raise the threshold for eligibility for the Community Services Card.

OSCARS: The front-page photo shows actor Russell Crowe and his niece Chelsea at the Oscars ceremony in Hollywood last night.

Also on the front page;

- HOTEL FALL: a report that a woman fell to her death from a fifth floor balcony at a Rotorua hotel yesterday morning;

-STANDARD AND POORS: a report that New Zealand has escaped an expected credit rating downgrade that would have made interest rates rise and the dollar weakened;

- KIRSTY BENTLEY: a report that Kirsty Bentley’s family says they felt like they were on trial as police investigated her murder;

- ANSETT SALE: a report that New Zealand airlines are in for a shakeup. The sale of Ansett NZ was confirmed yesterday, the same day Qantas announced it was interested in buying a slice of Air New Zealand.

Inside Political Headlines:

- New tax breaks election promise, says Opposition;
- Maharey defends use of report on job schemes;
- PM issues warning over TVNZ news;
- Woman pays $260 for date with Clark;
- Bulk funding set to be scrapped;
- Urgent change on citizenship law urged;
- Decision to cut wine promotion funds defended;
- Sunken boat’s fate “in hands of insurers”;
- Joint smoking working party;
- Library application withdrawn.

EDITORIAL – ECONOMY: The economy is bowling on nicely but warning shots are being fired across the bows of the new government.

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