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Prison Sex – Fiji Coup – Fiji Coup and Dollar – Government Listening – Lower Speeds – Postcard Bill – Disease Warning – Inside Political Headlines – Editorial: Taiwan

PRISON SEX: The Dominion leads today with a report that prison inmates should be able to have sex with their partners behind bars as a reward for good behaviour, Corrections Minister Matt Robson said last night.

FIJI COUP: The front page is dominated by a picture showing Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon with George Speight and UN Envoy Sergio Viera de Mello. A report syas that captive Fiji PM Mahendra Chaudhry was seen by two international leaders last night, but he was not given their unequivocal support to remain Fiji’s leader.

FIJI COUP AND DOLLAR: Another report on the coup reports that not even a coup can save the Kiwi dollar – it is now worth less than the Fiji dollar.

Also on the front page:

- GOVERNMENT LISTENING: a report that just three weeks away from delivering its first budget, the Government has redoubled its efforts to convince increasingly critical business circles that it is not deaf to their concerns;

- LOWER SPEEDS: a report that Transport Minister Mark Gosche said yesterday he would introduce greater powers for local authorities to reduce the open road speed limit to as low as 80kmh;

- POSTCARD BILL: a report that the Green Party has mistakenly been billed for an anti-green postcard that was delivered to Coromandel homes during the last election;

- DISEASE WARNING: a report that NZ and Australian health authorities issued an urgent warning yesterday to people travelling to East Timor after one person died of the mosquito borne virus Japanese encepalitis and there other cases were reported.

Inside Political Headlines:

- Nats, NZ First urge opinion poll controls;
- ACT’s payouts disclosure bill fails;
- Property law will push legal cost;
- Problems loom over Fiji travel insurance;
- Bid to dump SIS panel rejected;
- Bradford predicts uncertainty;
- City Council rejects early start on Transmission Gully road.

EDITORIAL – TAIWAN: China’s bullying of anyone friendly to Taiwan now extends to municipal relationships with Wellington.

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