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TVNZ 6pm news bulletin, Wednesday, 13 September, 2000
Article: Mathew Loh

NEW Zealand First leader used parliamentary privilage on Wednesday to allege a huge cover-up by Sky City Casino, Auckland, over staff dishonesty. A ministerial inquiry into Mr Peters' allegations is to be launched while Sky City admits staff thefts and dismissals but denies any cover-up.

National MP Murray McCully has the accused the govt of being "up to their eyeballs" in dealmaking in relation to selling TVNZ to offshore interests including Rupert Murdoch. PM Helen Clark dismissed the claims as "rubbish".

A massive pyrimid scheme - nicknamed 'maximus' - has collapsed leaving debts of about $1.3 million.

The stake has been raised in Britain's fuel crisis with police having to clear the way to pumps as up two thirds of the country's petrol stations have run dry.

Noxious fumes threw Syney airport into chaos on Wednesday while NZ House was opened as the official NZ focus at the games.

Green MPs Nandor Tanzocs and Sue Bradford have returned from protests during a meeting of the World Economic Forum in Melbourne.

Labour and National have agreed to work together to see the success of a free-trade agreement with Singapore with PM Clark describing it as a "win, win situation".

Documents have been issued proving the Australian govt and PM at the time (1975) Gough Whitlam had advanced warning of Indonesian military intentions regarding East Timor and did not alert foreigners working in the area. Five journalists were eventually killed.

The third rotation of Kiwi air crew is about to occur in East Timor with the helicopter teams involved in last weeks heroic airlift of threatened people from violent West Timorese refugee camps due for deserved rest.

An investigation is ongoing into the drowning of two Auckland children.

The Fast Ferry services between Wellington and the South Island are being re-evaluated in the wake of a ruling which will reduce their speed.

The Bush campaign in the USA presidential elections is under fire for allegedly using subliminal messages in advertising to portray a negative image of rival democrats.

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