National Radio 8am Bulletin
Super x 2 – Israel – Deportation Mistake – Solomons – Fiji – Tranz Rail – Fletcher Sale – Taupo Lake Level
SUPER: National’s Bill English doubts the Government’s super scheme will work. Finance Minister Michael Cullen says that it will work, and that National’s surpluses of the mid 1990s would have been enough to make the scheme work.
SUPER: The retirement savings industry is welcoming the government super proposals.
ISRAEL: Intense diplomatic efforts are underway in the Middle East following the extension of. In the Gaza strip a nine-year-old boy has been killed. But the violence has not been of the scale of recent days. The roles of the UN Secretary General and the US are
DEPORTATION MISTAKE: The Minister of Immigration says a mistaken deportation of a Philippino family - who are now being brought home - was an operational mistake and she is not apologising.
SOLOMONS: Red Cross has stopped aid operations on the Solomon Islands after an aid team was attacked by armed men.
FIJI: Fiji Coup leader George Speight and his supporters are expected to appear in court today in Fiji.
TRANZ RAIL: Several overseas rail operators have expressed an interest in buying up parts of the Tranz Rail network. One firm interested is Trans Dev which runs Melbourne’s trams.
FLETCHER SALE: The AA is welcoming news that the Fletcher service station network is not being included in the sale of Fletcher Energy. The service stations will stay with a new Fletcher subsidiary Rubicon.
TAUPO LAKE LEVEL: Transpower says water levels on lake Taupo have returned to normal, removing threats of power shortages in the summer. Heavy rain in recent weeks has brought levels from 33% to 72% of capacity – about what should be expected.