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The Dominion

Fiji Coup: Martial Law - Escape to Oz With Winz - Health Jobs - Kiwi Killed In Scotland - Fourth Snake - Employment Law - Inside Political Headlines - Editorial: Transmission Gully

FIJI COUP - MARTIAL LAW: The Dominion leads today with a report that Fiji's military chief, Commodore Frank Bainimarama declared martial law last night and assumed control of the troubled Pacific Island country as the 11-day coup crisis reached breaking point. The report is accompanied by a photo of Fiji TV staff sitting in their ransacked office.

Also on the front page:

- ESCAPE TO OZ WITH WINZ: a report that about five families and people facing serious violence are paid by the Work and Income Department to move to Australia each year;

- HEALTH JOBS: a report that Managers in the Health Ministry and the Health Funding Authority were told yesterday they would have to reapply for jobs in the merged ministry;

- KIWI KILLED IN SCOTLAND: a report that a NZ man - Christopher Blair, 23 - has died in Scotland after being assaulted in an alley outside a Glasgow hotel;

- FOURTH SNAKE: a report that the fourth snake in three months to get into NZ has been found at a garden centre;

- EMPLOYMENT LAW: a report that workers should not expect big pay rises under the new industrial relations law, PM Helen Clark said yesterday;

Inside Political Headlines:

- Contingency plans to evacuate holidaymakers;
- Call made to protect media;
- Australian plans for sanctions;
- Don't be inspired by coup, Samuels advises Maori;
- Big oil companies "could learn from competition";
- Clark looks at plan to phase out diplomats;
- Social impact of casinos sought;
- Alliance's drop in polls triggers meeting;
- Robson praises videotape for violent men;
- Budget boost for Women's Affairs.

EDITORIAL - TRANSMISSION GULLY: Poltergeists hit Gully Plan. Wellington City Council gets cold feet at the last hurdle.


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