Dover Samuels – Murder Case Opened – Telecom and 0867 – ERB – Goldie Theft – Sydney Traffic Problems – Mark Todd
DOVER SAMUELS: Dover Samuels today made his third personal explanation to Parliament in two months, he revealed that he had twice served time in jail. He said he had been convicted of theft and for selling liquor without a license. The prison sentences were news to the PM and the Labour Party. He also revealed three other convictions. Samuels says he was surprised about the details of his robbery conviction coming out in the open last week and asked police for his file. Today was his first opportunity to explain himself. TV3 believes that when the PM sacked Samuels she had no idea how much was in Samuels’ past. Samuels is facing rape allegations from a teenager whom he had a relationship with 14 years ago. The police decision on the rape charges is probably due back in the next couple of weeks. The Labour Party says there are no moves underway yet to expel Samuels from the party yet. Last week when news of the robbery conviction came out he said he was sick of this. He is standing up and defending himself. This is a very questionable strategy to be taking. – JANE YOUNG
MURDER CASE OPENED: Four years ago Jason Kearney’s car was found abandoned in the Hunua Ranges. Police now agree that Kearney was murdered – as the family have thought for some time. Police have launched a homicide investigation as a result of a tip-off. The foul-play could have involved cannabis they say. Kearney may have had a drug plot in the ranges – but police say he was a small grower.
TELECOM AND 0867: Telecom is being taken to court by the Commerce Commission and could be fined up to $5 million over its 0867 internet phone system.
ERB: The Government today unveiled its Employment Relations Bill. Business is unhappy about this. The final draft of the bill has not watered down the return of union muscle. Some changes have been made but there will be more union led collective bargaining under the legislation. An Employers Federation spokeswoman says that there are several parts of the bill she doesn’t like. The bill is expected to be passed under urgency next week.
GOLDIE THEFT: A Goldie painting worth up to $80,000 has been stolen from the Auckland Museum.
SYDNEY TRANSPORT PROBLEMS: Sydney Airport malfunctions this morning leaving 1000s of passengers stranded. A power failure closed Air Traffic Control. The latest problem have people worried that the city is not ready for the Olympics. On the trains another derailment today. Olympic spokesman says the best way around the city will be by foot.
MARK TODD: Deputy PM Jim Anderton has climbed into the saddle and has asked Todd to either deny the cocaine claims or give up his position in Sydney. The Olympic Committee was not interested in responding to Mr Anderton’s comments. As it stands Todd is in the team.