News and Current Affairs.
The Middle East hostage crisis continues today with American William Higgins killed in Lebanon and fears for other hostages in the country, including Terry Waite. Multiple reports.
The Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA) is hopping mad today at what is says is a bad case of Government bullying. The Government wants Principals and senior teachers to be paid on contracts, and the new Boards of Trustees to have a bigger say on teaching standards. But the Teachers’ union says it hasn’t agreed to these changes, and has accused the Government of railroading them through. Speakers: Ruth Chapman (PPTA President), David Lange (Prime Minister).
The tough new insider trading law has been in place for seven months now, and its full effects are only just being felt. While the commercial world wants to see the practice stamped out, it’s concerned the Government has gone too far. Speakers: Roger Douglas (Former Finance Minister), Paul Collins (Brierley Investments), Brigid Willis (Commercial Lawyer), Stephen Franks (Commercial Lawyer, Colin Patterson (Securities Commission).
Two men are dead following another air craft crash in Auckland, the second in less than 24 hours. The privately owned helicopter went down in hills near Whitford in South Auckland.
Meanwhile there was a fruitless search for the body of the pilot of the cargo plane which crashed on takeoff from Auckland Airport last night.
Speculation over a possible Cabinet post for former Finance Minister Roger Douglas continued to mount today. Hawke’s Bay MP Bill Sutton claims Douglas’s re election is Labour’s last chance for unity. Speaker: Bill Sutton (Labour MP).
Fisheries Officers have seized more than five tonnes of illegally taken Paua, the biggest haul ever.
A prostitute is being forcibly held in Sydney Hospital after she tested positive for AIDS.