An Ombudsman’s interim decision released about the existence or otherwise of legal advice on the multimillion dollar Saudi sheep deal shows MFAT has failed to back up the Prime Minister’s claims on the matter, says Labour MP David Parker.
“The Prime Minister and Murray McCully have both repeatedly claimed that there was a legal risk to New Zealand taxpayers that justified the payment of $4m to a Saudi businessman.”
“The Ombudsman has said MFAT are refusing to disclose whether a legitimate legal risk ever existed, now claiming this would prejudice New Zealand’s international relations.
“It’s an absurd position but a very revealing one.
“If the advice did exist, then Ministry officials would have confirmed National Ministers’ assertions; but instead they’ve chosen to hide behind ‘international relations’ to avoid Ministers’ embarrassment.
“How can the Minister and PM credibly say admitting the existence or otherwise of a legal claim would prejudice New Zealand’s international relations, when both have already publicly asserted the legal risk justified the payment?
“By hiding behind potential threats to international relations, there’s only one credible explanation; no advice existed.
“The excuse has always been hollow. Read more »
Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister
Born to Lose, Lived to Win
Baddest Mother…… of Rock ‘n’ Roll
Lemmy was a true hell-raiser and his tales of half a century of hard partying often left interviewers lost for words. Even in his older years he’d hang out in The Rainbow Bar on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, with a glass of bourbon in one hand and a Marlboro red in the other, wearing his famous cowboy hat and the Iron Cross around his neck. And he sure lived life to the full. So much so, fans were beginning to think he was actually immortal.
He previously admitted he drank a bottle of Jack Daniel’s every day from the age of 30, he took speed for THREE decades, had run ins with the police and was rumoured to have bedded 2,000 women.
Lemmy made the shocking admission about his whisky addiction in the documentary Live Fast Die Old and fans were stunned when he revealed he’d cleaned up his act in 2013 after a health scare.
But he didn’t give up on his unhealthy lifestyle altogether, instead, he cut down on cigarettes and swapped from Jack Daniel’s and coke to vodka and orange – reportedly to help with his diabetes. Although, during an interview his assistant wondered whether swapping from one 40 per cent spirit topped with sugar to another 40 per cent spirit topped with sugar was really going to help.
“I like orange juice better,” Lemmy said. “So, Coca-Cola can f off.”
Who is going to be held to account for the massive increase in assaults on guards since Serco were given the boot?
Assaults on prison guards by inmates have increased by more than 100 in the last year.
But the Department of Corrections say that a three-year staff safety plan will “directly contribute to making prisons a safer environment”.
The Department of Corrections Annual Report was released at 4pm today and revealed that in the 2015/16 year just under 20 staff were seriously assaulted by inmates while on the job, and more than 450 minor and non-injury assaults were also reported.
In 2014/15 there were less than 10 assaults on staff classed as serious and just under 400 minor or non-injury incidents were recorded.
The report comes two days after three Corrections officers were assaulted – one of them seriously and requiring hospital treatment – by a group of prisoners at Auckland Prison.
The report, signed off by Corrections chief executive Ray Smith, revealed that the prison population has more than doubled since 1996.
Back then just 4079 people were incarcerated in New Zealand, compared with 9798 as of September this year. Read more »
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Who would ever have a guessed…a dodgy Meatworkers union boss caught stealing from his own dodgy Meatworkers union accounts.
Remember I busted these guys a few years back for dodgy accounting.
No surprises then that one ratbag union boss is before the courts for stealing his own member’s money.
An Invercargill man is facing multiple charges totalling nearly $55,000 for allegedly misusing a meatworks company’s union expense account.
Court documents reveal Jamie David Clark, 61, faces more than 35 charges between 2007 and 2015. Read more »
This video shows us New Zealand’s future. One Nation is surging in the polls despite getting nothing but negative coverage from News Media and even though it’s MPs have been consistently disrespected and attacked by the other political parties. Nothing the media or the other political parties say or do affects One Nation’s popularity because the public has had enough. Islamic Immigration has become a major concern to the Australian public and One Nation is the only party prepared to do something about it.
New Zealand will reach that point if nothing is done to control Islamic immigration. We can only hope that one of our existing parties or a new party will be formed to protect us when we get to that point. It is a pity that most people will not look to Australia as a lesson for us so that we can prevent New Zealand from getting to that point. Sadly just as Australia chose not to learn from Europe I fear New Zealand will not learn from Australia’s mistakes.
Apparently, there is a housing crisis everywhere.
In the UK they are looking for solutions to their own housing crisis.
Most first-time buyers can only dream of buying a home for less than £50,000 – but it is possible if you’re prepared to go ‘modular’.
This involves selecting pre-fabricated, low-cost modules of various sizes which are then put together by skilled craftsmen.
The customer can then choose the interior design, giving an end-product which could be an office, hotel, school or house – and that includes starter homes.
The Modulhus, one such starter home, has now been crowned winner of an annual shoestring design competition. Read more »
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It’s OK when the left do it.
The media won’t touch it.