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Alliance Setbacks – Fiji Coup – Office On The Net – Surrrogate Fraud – Alcohol Tax – Morning After Pill – Inside Political headlines – Editorial: Fiji Coup

ALLIANCE SETBACKS: The Dominion today leads with a report that the Alliance is facing setbacks on two of its key policies, with Labour unwilling to fund the Kiwi Bank proposal or back 12 week’s paid parental leave.

FIJI COUP: The front page picture shows a youth smashing a stick onto a car at Fiji’s Parliament. An accompanying report says that Fiji’s military rulers defied coup leader George Speight yesterday and named a new interim PM, sparking skirmishing around the parliament complex where Speight is holding hostages.

Also on the front page:

- OFFENCE ON THE NET: a report that a ban has been lifted on registering seven “offensive” words as domain names on the Internet in New Zealand;

- SURROGATE FRAUD: a report that a woman running a surrogate motherhood agency allegedly committed fraud to get fertility drugs and post office boxes;

- ALCOHOL TAX: a report that punters should expect to pay more for a pint at the local pub from today after the government raises excise tax on alcohol by 1.8%;

- MORNING AFTER PILL: a report that a new morning-after contraceptive poll will be available free from today in an attempt by the Government and Pharmac to reduce the number of abortions and unwanted pregnancies.

Inside Political Headlines:

- Cullen’s business-friendly drive misses a gear;
- Health strategy ready for public;
- Tis a true tale of rags to riches;
- Telecom, INL reject bad-faith bargaining claims;
- Waterfront dispute leader Barnes dies aged 92;
- Report on shooting nearly complete;
- Freed hostage too scared to comment on Speight;
- Pharmac’s new chairman named;
- Wilson relaxed on PM’s involvement;

EDITORIAL – FIJI: A death blow to democracy.

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