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Petrol Prices – Major General Controversy – Angry Victim – So Close – Protocol Raises Eyebrows

- PETROL PRICES: Oil companies played Santa Claus yesterday, cutting wholesale fuel prices by up to 6 cents a litre, then a startling 10c as Shell dismissed competitors’ cuts as “not good enough.”

- MAJOR GENERAL CONTROVERSY: Controversy surrounds allegations made by the NZ First defence spokesman yesterday that army chief Major General Maurice Dodson spent $30,000 of taxpayers’ money to take his wife on overseas trips.

- ANGRY VICTIM: An elderly man brutally beaten and left for dead by three burglars during a home invasion was angry to hear that one of his attackers had had his prison sentence reduced by three years.

- SO CLOSE: A young bride in a Hawke’s Bay cemetery yesterday was just four steps from the arms of her husband-to-be when she collapsed and died in the church they were to be married in on Saturday.

- PROTOCOL RAISES EYEBROWS: Giving cigarettes and chewing tobacco to indigenous Kanak leaders in New Caledonia was a symbolic gesture, Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff said yesterday.

Inside Political Headlines:
- Police joke cops angry reaction;
- MP’s expertise concerns new vice-cancellor;
- NZ defence has Australia worried;
- ‘Useless’ remark explained;
- Race clause to stay in job law;
- Williamson rejects suggestions;
- Jane Clifton About The House: Bleating hell, we surrender.

Editorial: Full and final means that.



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