Oil Prices – Interest Rates – Defence – Auckland Teacher – American Spy – Nurses – Apple Row – Tourism Boom - US Elections – Act of Settlement
OIL PRICES: The Road Transport Forum says it will take time for 10 cent falls in the price of diesel and petrol to flow through to consumers via freight rates.
INTEREST RATES: The Governor of the Reserve Bank says the health of the world economy will be the main factor influencing interest rate rises next year.
DEFENCE: The Minister of Defence says NZ needs to make its own decisions on defence. National says that the government is ignoring clear warnings in an Australian defence white paper.
AUCKLAND TEACHER: An Auckland school has welcomed the lifting of name suppression on a former teacher with HIV who is facing charges of sexual assault against school pupils.
AMERICAN SPY: A court in Moscow has found an American citizen Edmond Pope guilty of espionage and has jailed him for 20 years. Mr Pope’s family say he is dangerously ill.
NURSES: Nurses say they will be tempted by approaches from a hospital in Melbourne of up to $200 a week more to move to Melbourne.
APPLE ROW: The National Pipfruit Growers organisation says it has lost confidence in ENZA following ENZA’s decision to take an injunction action against other apple exporters. The Minister of Agriculture says the injunction will just increase
TOURISM BOOM: A Tourism Conference being held in Auckland is being told there will be 2.5 million tourists coming to NZ by 2006, up from 1.6 million now.
US ELECTIONS: Lawyers representing the Presidential candidates in the US Elections have been battling it out over 25,000 allegedly tampered with absentee ballots.
ACT OF SETTLEMENT: Britain’s Guardian Newspaper will support legal action to bring the Act of Settlement in line with European Law. At present only those who are Catholics and not divorcees are allowed to serve as monarch