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Student Loans – Lions – Waka Safety – Smart Trout – Parliamentary Security – David Lange – Student Killed – Inside Political Headlines – Editorial: Maori Language

STUDENT LOANS: The Dominion leads today with a report that Work and Income boss Christine Rankin was under no illusions about the need to get student loans processing right next time around, Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey said yesterday.

LIONS: The front-page photo shows two lion cubs who are on their way to Australia.

Also on the front page:

- WAKA SAFETY: a report that the Maritime Safety Authority has backed off making wakas carry life-jackets, despite finding that the lack of lifejackets contributed to a death and was a concern in three waka accidents around New Year;

- SMART TROUT: a report that frustrated anglers who, on the bad days, have complained that the trout were hiding from them, have been vindicated by research that has shows that the fish are becoming smarter;

- PARLIAMENTARY SECURITY: a report that security at Parliament has been beefed up since the Fiji coup, Parliamentary Services confirmed yesterday;

- DAVID LANGE: a report that former PM David Lange, a one-time Rumpole of the Auckland Court scene, has donned his wig and gown again to help a penniless friend who needed a lawyer;

- STUDENT KILLED: a report that a student from the US was killed yesterday when he fell between a train ad the platform at Palmerston North Railway station. Ian Seager Phillips, 17, of Austin, Texas, was among a group fo 63 American students aged from 12-18, with seven accompanying adults.

Inside Political Headlines:

- Minister rejects arts report;
- Churches, gays spar over de facto bill;
- Carmen in Chamber;
- NZ Matches Australia and recalls Fiji envoy;
- Prebble may face backlash at meeting;
- Victoria freezes tuition fees.

EDITORIAL – MAORI LANGUAGE: Don’t use compulsion.

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