Jakarta Bomb – UK and German Petrol Crises – Creeping Apartheid – US vs Japanese Whaling – Casino Investigation – School Fees – Cannabis Inquiry – STDs – Fatal Accident
JAKARTA BOMB: The death toll in an underground carpark bomb in Jakarta is not yet known. The extent of the bomb blast was huge.
UK PETROL CRISIS: The British PM Tony Blair is condemning petrol protests in the UK. He says the protests are bringing real danger to real people.
GERMAN PETROL CRISIS: In Germany the Federal Government is steeling itself for a showdown with the transport industry. Steve Harris in Germany says that the government is planning not only not to cut taxes on petrol, but to increase them. Truck Drivers meanwhile are planning protests in Berlin for S26.
CREEPING APARTHEID: The PM has rejected allegations from Winston Peters that the closing the gaps policy is creeping apartheid. The PM says she takes a practical view on doing something about disadvantage.
US VS JAPANESE WHALING: The US has banned Japanese ships from fishing in US waters in protests at Japanese whaling plans.
CASINO INVESTIGATION: The Casino Control Authority has asked inspectors at the Casino to report to them on allegations made by Winston Peters in Parliament yesterday.
SCHOOL FEES: Schools are to be reminded that they cannot enforce school donations commonly referred to as fees.
CANNABIS INQUIRY: An inquiry into Cannabis reform will be conducted by the Health Select COmmittee. The National Party says it will take part and submissions have till next February to be filed.
STDS: The CEO of Procare a group of GPs is striking out against STDs among young people.
FATAL ACCIDENT: There are big delays on SH1 north of Wellington where there has been a fatal motorbike accident. Traffic is being directed over the Paekakariki Hill.