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Fiji Coup – Employment Relations Bill – Parachuting Hijacker – Bra With Brains – Wellington Restaurants – Inside Political Headlines – Editorial: Americas Cup

FIJI COUP: The Dominion leads with the headline “IT’S BLACKMAIL – Chiefs crumble, rebels defiant”. The paper reports that gunmen at the centre of the Fiji coup would not free their hostages despite Fiji’s most powerful chiefs agreeing to a racially biased constitution a spokesman said last night. The story is accompanied by a picture of George Speight looking menacing.

Also on the front page:

- EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS BILL: a report that PM Helen Clark is believed to want aspects of the Government’s controversial labour relations legislation toned down;

- PARACHUTING HIJACKER: a report that a man wearing a blue bonnet and toting a grenade and a gun hijacked a domestic passenger flight in the Philippines yesterday, robbing passengers before parachuting out;

- BRA WITH BRAINS: a report that experts are developing a bra with a brain which adjusts its own straps;

- WELLINGTON RESTAURANTS: a report that Wellington’s top public health official, Stephen Palmer, said the “shocking state” of some local restaurants had put him off eating out.

Inside Political Headlines:

- Police compliants process worries Goff;
- Historic chance to set record straight;
- Tatoos and the young now a rights issue;
- Cabinet members disclose interests;
- Defence talks first since Aussie doubts;
- Advisers from Treasury scarce in Beehive;
- State house rents bill attacked for “asset testing”;
- 200 teaching jobs on line at Massey University;
- Coalition adamant: no sex in prison;
- Council’s gully decision “petty” – angry critics say.

EDITORIAL – AMERICAS CUP: The bubbling champagne used to celebrate the victory in retaining the Auld Mug has gone flat.


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