Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Acting Prime Minister’s Claim Defamatory

The Hon Richard Prebble said today that he had been read a press statement from Acting Prime Minister Jim Anderton claiming he had filled out an enrolment card for Wellington Central on 15 October this year and was therefore claiming a wrongful allowance for Wellington.

“The Acting Prime Minister’s statement is wrong and defamatory. I filled out no enrolment card this year giving a Wellington address, so he must be referring to my enrolment address of 43 Tinakori Rd.

“I do not live in Tinakori Rd and certainly didn’t on 15 October. I have given my address to Parliamentary Services as my family home in Titirangi Rd, Auckland.

“Following the election I decided to move to Auckland where my family are, and give Wellington politics a rest for a year. While I still love Wellington and support the Hurricanes, I have been living at my Titirangi Rd home.

“If Mr Anderton had done his homework as he has claimed he could have easily walked to 43 Tinakori Rd and seen for himself that I was not living there. And if he bothered to call me to ascertain the facts I would have told him that I now lived in Titirangi Rd.

“I am so angry to discover that it appears his candidate, who vilified me as a ‘carpet bagger’, was in fact double dipping, and that it appears the Labour candidate, whom he personally thanked, was too.

“I challenge Acting Prime Minister Jim Anderton to set up an independent inquiry to get to the bottom of this matter. I welcome any investigation into my electoral affairs as I have absolutely no doubt that I have done nothing wrong.

“I am now considering moving back to Wellington Central to run against them both as the only honest candidate,” Hon Richard Prebble.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news