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Coalition Tension – Petrol Price Rises – Drowned Baby – Possum Control – Silver For Cyclist

- COALITION TENSION: Prime Minister Helen Clark rounded on outspoken Alliance MP Willie Jackson yesterday as the smooth-running coalition machine showed signs of engine wear. Mr Jackson, who attacked Associate Energy Minister Paul Swain yesterday, told the Dominion that Alliance MPs had not been briefed about a crown minerals policy at the centre of a Treaty of Waitangi row.

- PETROL PRICE RISES: Petrol prices have risen another 4c a litre and diesel 7c a litre to a record 92.9c, with another diesel rise likely.

- DROWNED BABY: While police and forensic scientists examined the home of the 11-month-old baby who was found washed up on the banks of a Wairarapa river yesterday, a 39-year-old woman appeared in Lower Hutt District Court charged with the abandonment of her baby son.

- POSSUM CONTROL: Genetic research is vital if the estimated 60 million possums in New Zealand are to be controlled, the Royal Commission on Genetic Engineering has been told.

- SILVER FOR CYCLIST: “Hillbilly” Blenheim cyclist Mark Inglis won silver in the 1 kilometre time trial on the first day of competition at the Sydney Paralympics, despite never having ridden on an international velodrome surface before he arrived in Sydney a week ago.

Inside Political Headlines:
- Forum predetermined, says National;
- Fire Service has little left to spend;
- Extend auditor general’s powers, says committee;
- Concern, but no ban on space saver tyres;
- Apec advisors call for debate on globalisation;
- Christmas deadline for Maori gas claim;
- Jane Clifton About The House: Just don’t mention the latte;
- Client manager for trade group.

Editorial: Waves of disapproval.

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