TV3 News 6pm
Political Poll - East Timor - Middleton Elects Trial By Jury - Internal Affairs Former Employee Charges With Fraud
Labour has been given a message by the
latest TV3 C.M Research Poll. It needs the Green Party in
Parliament to become Government. And National is short of
gaining a majority as AC lags in the polls.
The gap between the two major parties is closing. Labour has 40% of the Party List vote, National 36%, Alliance 8%, ACT 7%, New Zealand First 4%.
New Zealand First needs Winston Peters to win the Tauranga seat if it is to gain
representation in Parliament.
The poll gives Labour 49 seats in Parliament, Alliance 10 seats, Greens 2 seats [if it wins a constituency seat] New Zealand First 5 seats [if it wins a constituency seat],United 1 seat, National 45 seats, ACT 9 seats.
Labour needs the Alliance and the Greens to govern. National, ACT and United can
only make it to 55 seats and would need New Zealand First to get to the required 60 seats to form a colaition Government. But there is a problem here; ACT’s Richard Prebble refuses to work with New Zealand First leader Winston Peters.
In the preferred Prime Minister stakes Jenny Shipley is ahead on 23% [up 3%], Helen Clark is on 20% up 2%.
The poll shows Mrs Shipley gaining in popularity, an expected phenomenon post the APEC leader’s summit and her stance on the East Timor crisis. However, 55% of pollsters thought she was out of touch, compared to 26% waving the finger at Helen Clark.
East Timor - The Government has decided to increase
the humanitarian aid to East
Timor, but will not be taking any refugees into New Zealand. And Kiwi soldiers will have to wait until tomorrow to find out whether they will receive extra pay for their peacekeeping tour of duty. Meanwhile a fire fight on the East/West Timor boarder has kept the island in a constant state of danger.
Middleton Elects Trial By Jury - Karla Cardnow’s stepfather elected a trial by jury as he appeared in the Wanganui District Court on charges of threatening to her murderer. Mark Middleton arrived in court today to cheers from about 40 supporters.
A former Internal Affairs employee has been
charged with fraud after police
investigations into an alleged passport fraud scam. Investigations are continuing into the actions of a 30 year old Auckland man. Two other Aucklanders have also been arrested on fraud charges.