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The Dominion

Territorials – Picasso – Holmes Show – Marriage Law Reform – Ferris Fright – Bluff Oysters – Race Attack – Inside Political Headlines – Editorial: Whistle Blowing Law

TERRITORIALS: The Dominion leads today with a report that New Zealand’s Territorial troops or “volunteer soldiers” are being sent to East Timor to top up the peacekeeping force because the army says it is under resourced.

PICASSO: The front-page photo shows artist June Gillies with a stained glass version of a Pablo Picasso masterpiece.

Also on the front page:

- HOLMES SHOW: a report that Dominion readers would prefer Linda Clark to Paul Holmes as the front-person for the current events show Holmes by a margin of more than 10 to 1. 68% wanted Linda Clark, 26% wanted Susan Wood and only 6% wanted Paul Holmes to front the show.

- MARRIAGE LAW REFORM: a report that the government wants to give gay, lesbian and de facto couples the same property rights as married people, in a move that could pave the way for legal recognition of homosexual relationships;

- FERRIS FRIGHT: a report that a school fair ended in terror for a father and young son when they were flung from a ferris wheel spinning out of control at St Mary’s School in Auckland;

- BLUFF OYSTERS: a report that bluff oysters should not be eaten in huge quantities because of cadmium levels that could have serious health effects, according to a Health Ministry diet report;

- RACE ATTACK: a report that a Chinese tourist who was based in the face while holding her baby in Auckalnd yesterday was told by her attacker “go back to your own country”.

Inside Political Headlines:

- POLITICAL WEEK: Minister of everything keeps plenty of cooks in the kitchen;
- Qantas eyes A$1 billion stake in Air New Zealand;
- Coasters march against Government’s $100 m “bribe”;
- Review of Commonwealth McKinnon’s key challenge;
- Anderton praised for coalition role;
- NZ e-commerce under fire;
- Tokelau’s future “in hands of its people”;
- CD offers guidance on national anthem.

EDITORIAL – WHISTLE BLOWING: The new law for whistle blowing misses its target.

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