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Super Warning Ignored – Foetal Defect Tests – Sporty PM – Queen Kills Old Bird – Petrol Price Rise – Saltmarsh Mozzies

- SUPER WARNING IGNORED: Finance Minister Michael Cullen chose to ignore a Treasury warning that his proposed superannuation fund was likely to result in New Zealanders saving less, a Treasury document shows.

- FOETAL DEFECT TESTS: The Health Ministry’s ethics committee is going to consider letting fertility doctors use tests that will screen out faulty human embryos so they are not implanted into mothers’ wombs.

- SPORTY PM: Prime Minister Helen Clark showed off her tennis skills at Wellington East Girls College yesterday, after announcing that the school will get a new gymnasium.

- QUEEN KILLS OLD BIRD: The Queen has delivered a silent rebuke to animals who objected to her killing a wounded pheasant with her bare hands, by wearing pheasant feathers in her hat to Church after she had been criticised for wringing the neck of the bird.

- PETROL PRICE RISE: BP increased the price of its petrol by 5c a litre and diesel by 7c yesterday.

- SALTMARSH MOZZIES: Suspected exotic southern saltmarsh mosquitoes that can carry the Ross River virus have been found in the East Cape.

Inside Political Headlines:
- US military ticking-off for NZ draws Clark fusillade;
- Holmes laughs off MP rumours;
- Government to wrap up four bill for Christmas;
- Air NZ, Qantas cautious over open-skies pact;
- Tainui upset by ministerial cold shoulder – chairman;
- Exporter help in pipeline;
- School suspension tally alarming, saysACT;
- New Year start for Auckland jet ski laws.

Editorial: We don’t need party puppets.

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