Business Confidence – Fiji Coup x 3 – Property Bill – Middle East Peace – Nazis – Spain – Cancer Inquiry - Concussion
BUSINESS CONFIDENCE: NZIER Fall in Business Confidence to levels similar to those in the Asian Economic Crisis and in 1992. National is critical of the Government. Finance Minister Michael Cullen says that many of the factors affecting confidence are outside of government control.
FIJI COUP: Fiji’s political and economic stability hangs in the balance as the country waits for the appointment of a new Government. In the latest clashes the Fijian police and military have stormed the prison where prisoners had taken hostages. The Fijian military says they are disappointed that sanctions in the form of preventing them from working as peace-keepers are being considered.
FIJI COUP: About 100 ethnic Indian families have left their homes to escape from terrorist attacks. The attacks occurred after George Speight’s relatives took prisoners in a village.
FIJI COUP: Meanwhile a Suva court has issued an arrest warrant for Speight on a charge of dangerous driving.
PROPERTY BILL: Select Committee hearings begin today into a marriage and de-facto relationships bill. While some aspects of the bill appear to be being softened National and ACT are expected to step up their opposition.
MIDDLE EAST PEACE: President Clinton is urging the two sides in the Middle East Peace talks to conclude a deal in 48 hours. In two days the President heads to Japan for a G8 summit. The White House has described the talks as a slog.
NAZIS: Germany has signed a deal to pay $1 billion to forced slaves who worked for the third reich. The deal does not end moral responsibility for the holocaust.
SPAIN: Spaniards have mounted a wave of protests against the Basque seperatist group Eta following three recent attacks. Eta called off a ceasefire in December.
CANCER INQUIRY: The Cervical Cancer inquiry in Gisborne is hearing from a Sydney pathologist and an Auckland gynaecologist.
CONCUSSION: NZ Rugby League is supporting a uniform stand-down in sport for all those who suffer from concussion.