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Meat Misinformation – Police Funding – Australian Floods – ACT President – Israel – Child Violence Sentence Concerns – Foot And Mouth – Afghanistan Statues – Rental Certificate of Fitness

MEAT MISINFORMATION: Belgium Based Meat NZ staff have asked Germany’s CMA to correct a mistake made in a pamphlet alleging NZ has sheep scrapie.

POLICE FUNDING: A $15.7 million top up to police will not guarantee that police numbers will not fall further says National MP Tony Ryall.

AUSTRALIAN FLOODS Australian army helicopters will today evacuate two northern NSW towns following sewage contamination during a flood which is endangering people’s health. Around 300 people are expected to be evacuated.

ACT PRESIDENT: New ACT Party President Catherine Judd says her challenge is to bring in more supporters to the party, especially more women.

ISRAEL: Israel’s new PM Ariel Sharon says that forces loyal to Yasser Arafat are committing terrorism. Meanwhile Palestinians are accusing Israeli forces of turning their towns into prison camps.

CHILD VIOLENCE SENTENCE CONCERNS: Children’s Commissioner Roger McClay has added his voice to concerns from other groups over a six-year-sentence for a woman who bashed her son to death – as compared to 11 years for a bank robber.

FOOT AND MOUTH: Cabinet will today consider a raft of measures to raise the level of biosecurity at NZ’s entry points in response to the UK Foot and Mouth crisis.

AFGHANISTAN STATUES: The UN’s Secretary General Kofi Annan says that he has been advised by the Taleban that nearly all statues of Buddha in Afghanistan have now been destroyed. He says that the Taleban’s actions are a disservice to Islam.

RENTAL COF: Landlords are opposed to a certificate of fitness proposal for rental accommodation.

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