Wage Freeze – Health Boards Row – East Timor – Fiji Coup – Solomon Islands Peace – Israel Peace – Chile – Goldie Theft
WAGE FREEZE: The Deputy PM Jim Anderton says that if workers have to be restrained in their wage demands then so should their bosses and high income workers. As long as everyone takes a fair view workers will see that at least they are joining in a fair process, says Jim. The Northern Employers and Manufacturers Association agree with Jim.
HEALTH BOARDS: A split has emerged among Maori MPs over Health Reforms. Some want Iwi and Hapu to have a special place, Labour MP John Tamihere says this is not acceptable.
EAST TIMOR: Australian Peace-Keepers have shot dead two suspected militia members near the East-West Timor border. A correspondent in East Timor says Indonesia’s decision to close refugee camps may mean the militias disappear.
FIJI-COUP: George Speight and his rebels may be air-lifted to court in Suva shortly. Speight has been charged with three offences so far. Meanwhile the military are planning to take more rebels to the island.
SOLOMON ISLANDS: A long delayed cease-fire has been signed in the Solomon Islands.
ISRAEL: The Israeli PM Ehud Barak has suffered a setback with the resignation of his Foreign Minister David Levy and the Parliament has passed a preliminary vote in favour of early elections. Nevertheless Mr Barak appeared unperturbed.
CHILE: A Chilean newspaper has reported that the Chilean Courts have ruled 11 votes to 9 to lift Former General and Dictator Augusto Pinochet’s immunity from prosecution.
GOLDIE THEFT: The investigator into the theft says the thieves of a Goldie Painting in Auckland were professionals.