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Nick Smith takes sentence on the chin

Hon Dr Nick Smith Nelson MP

02 April 2004

Nick Smith takes sentence on the chin

Nelson MP Nick Smith says the fine imposed over his contempt case allows him to move on and focus on reform of the Family Court.

"I'll take this on the chin and move on. If this is the price that must be paid to open up the Family Court to scrutiny, it will be worth every dollar.

"On top of this $5000 fine, I also have a huge legal bill.

"I am extremely grateful to the 500-plus New Zealanders who have supported me through this nine-month ordeal.

"I must also thank my Parliamentary colleagues and particularly the people of Nelson who have been so supportive and loyal to my family and me.

"I still question whether this prosecution was justified, given the special circumstances of this case.

"Meanwhile, I can today confirm that this penalty makes a by-election less likely.

"However, I still require an unequivocal ruling from the Speaker that my position as an MP is beyond question, given the view of the Judges and the High Court Registrar that the law is unclear," says Dr Smith.


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