MARIJUANA: The Speaker of the House has called for a report into allegations that an Alliance Press Secretary and a
political journalist smoked a joint in parliament’s debating chamber during a Press Gallery party earlier this week. The
journalist is denying it.
WINZ: WINZ paid $9000 to consultants for them to write a briefing paper for the incoming government.
VENEZUELA: A devastated Venezuela is trying to start rebuilding the country and burying up to 40,000 dead. The
government is calling for international help and the Pentagon is supplying body bags.
REFUGEE: A refugee has returned to NZ only 10 days after being asked to leave and return to the Soviet Union.
AGRICULTURE: The Minister of Agriculture has turned down restructuring plans for the Kiwifruit Marketing Board on advice
from the Crown Law Office.
AUCKLAND: An Auckland woman who’s parcels have not arrived overseas – despite being posted in October - says a refund of
fees is small compensation.
PARLIAMENT: Parliament rose for the Christmas break last night after the government succeeded in pushing new tax
legislation through all stages.
CHECHNYA: Russian troops in Chechnya have promised to secure the area within three weeks.