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Labour caught in double standard on notices

Katherine Rich National Party MP

11 September 2005

Labour caught in double standard on eviction notices

National Party MP Katherine Rich says the Labour Party has been caught out contradicting itself in a double standard on its offensive eviction notices sent to some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

"On the same day, David Benson-Pope was apologising to Dunedin residents who'd received this bad taste propaganda, Pete Hodgson was defending it on Newstalk ZB.

"Labour should get its story straight. It is either sorry for the hurt and the shock it has caused, or it is not."

Mrs Rich says Helen Clark herself should be the one doing the apologising, given the public 'outrage' she displayed at a recent campaign by Telecom.

"In July, Helen Clark was urging those who received a 'broadband speeding ticket' from Telecom to complain to the Advertising Standards Complaints Board."

At the time Helen Clark was quoted as saying 'It makes it look as if you have done something wrong. It's not funny'.

"Helen Clark's employing a double standard here. On one hand she condemns a business for its advertising, and on the other she allows her campaign strategist to go on the radio and defend these eviction notices.

"It's time for Helen Clark to apologise," says Mrs Rich.

Hodgson defends eviction notices –

http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/newsdetail1.asp?storyID=79913

David Benson-Pope apologises for eviction notices –

http://www.odt.co.nz/article.php?refid=2005,09,10,1,00102,3fb8f375546b32e ef58506ae40c18b4b

Attached: Helen Clark comments: 'Joke falls flat with heart patient' - July 14.

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