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National Radio 7am Bulletin

East Timor – Defence Report – Farm Trade – Wages of Lotto – Double Death – Israel – Ansett Strike – New Young Persons Centre – Big Norm

EAST TIMOR: A UN worker has been stabbed and killed marring an otherwise peaceful independence referendum yesterday. A UN spokesman says it is very sad. More than 90% of those who registered to vote, voted yesterday. NZ MP observers amazed at the enthusiasm of East Timorese to vote.

EAST TIMOR: The UN is claiming a triumph. At a press conference yesterday a spokesman says - “Whatever the outcome, today the eagle of liberty has spread its proud wings over the people of East Timor, and nothing by Gods grace will chase it away.”

DEFENCE REPORT: Defence debate sharpens differences between Labour and the government. National is sticking to current policies. Everyone else wants to change and Labour’s Geoff Braybrooke says that the consensus means that there would definitely be change under labour.

FARM TRADE: A meeting of the Cairns group of farming nations have pledged to make freeing up agricultural trade a key priority in WTO talks.

WAGES OF LOTTO: Michael Wintringham will today face questions about Lotto Boss David Bale’s $400,000 salary.

DOUBLE DEATH: Police in West Auckland are continuing an investigation into the deaths of two men aged 19 and 21 found in a house yesterday.

ISRAEL: Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have resumed talks over implementing the Wye River accord.

ANSETT STRIKE: The Travel agents association is worried that another Ansett strike is looming. More disruption for the consumer would be bad news they say.

NEW YOUNG PERSONS CENTER: CYPFS is reassuring residents in South Auckland that a new young persons centre

BIG NORM: The Canterbury museum is showing an exhibition on the life of times of late PM Norman Kirk.

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