Since 2004 Winston Peters has owed David Carter for his legal fees after a failed defamation suit. Today he finally coughed up.
You may remember this little exchange on the 5th of April, it certainly sprang to mind when reading todays news.
[quote]Rt Hon Winston Peters: I raise a point of order, Madam Speaker. I think you do. Now that he has put that at question, let me say what my response was. I said that, unlike him and the ACT party, who cheat the system, I pay up my debts if they are so found to be.
Madam SPEAKER: Well, I am sorry. That is why-
Hon David Carter: I raise a point of order, Madam Speaker.
Madam SPEAKER: No, please.
Hon David Carter: Winston Peters, since 2004, has owed me for my legal fees. I am still waiting.
Rt Hon Winston Peters: As every lawyer in the House would know, if that were true he would have a cause of action. He does not, because I am still suing him and he is trying to stop the case from going to court.
Madam SPEAKER: Would anyone else like to share on this issue?
Rodney Hide: I raise a point of order, Madam Speaker. Unfortunately, as a result of the election, Mr Ken Shirley is no longer here. But he too, I know, would like to say that he is still owed money by Mr Winston Peters for his legal bills.
Madam SPEAKER: Well, he is no longer in the House.
Rt Hon Winston Peters: I raise a point of order, Madam Speaker. What is happening here is that Mr Hide, joined by Mr Carter, are making baseless allegations on the basis-(Interruption)
Madam SPEAKER: Order! The member is talking to a point of order.
Rt Hon Winston Peters: I will back mine up with the court judgment and with the testimony of the lawyers in question, not with baseless allegations made in this Parliament. But the bad news for Mr Carter and Mr Shirley is that I am suing them and I do not intend to stop.[/quote]
Looks like the silly git has been stopped.
Peters however did not pay graciously after suffering several dismissals from the High Court which regarded Peters case as "having little merit". Finally he paid after having writ served on him whilst drinking at the Backbencher.