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National Radio 8am Bulletin

Same Sex/De Facto Relationship Reform –Lisa Blakie – Soldier Makes Sacrifice – Chechnya – Zimbabwe – Internet 0867 – Microsoft - PAYE

SAME SEX/DE FACTO RELATIONSHIPS: The National party says the rights of defacto and same-sex relationships should be advanced but they should be kept separate from married relationships. Jenny Shipley says other relationships are important but they should not carry the same status as marriage. Margaret Wilson says that the emphasis should be on how to deal with things when relationships break down.

LISA BLAKIE: Police working on the Lisa Blakie homicide refuse to comment on statements from a Darfield man who says he is the prime suspect in the case. Police say they will continue examining a Darfield house today.

SOLDIER MAKES SACRIFICE: The man who led NZ’s force to Bougainville says he has had to resign from a part-time job to take up a 12 month appointment with the army. He had asked to take leave without pay but was refused.

CHECHNYA: Russia has refused UNHCR head Mary Robinson access to five detention centres in Chechnya. She had asked to visit five camps named in an Amnesty report.

ZIMBABWE: Britain has raised concerns about recent violence in Zimbabwe on the eve of a Europe/Africa summit. Britain says it is willing to consider land redistribution to poor farmers but not to Robert Mugabe’s cronies.

INTERNET 0867: A fledgling internet service provider Iforfree says Telecom has cut access to its 0867 service and is in breach of its agreement. Telecom says it is protecting its revenue.

MICROSOFT: Negotiations over the future of Microsoft have broken down. Now a US judge is expected to rule later this week in the case.

PAYE: Reforms to the way employers handle PAYE are being considered by the IRD. Policy Manager Robin Oliver says the work is at an early stage. Employer organisations and banks say the changes make sense.


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