Cop that Prime Minister

Rodney Hide delivers a good spanking of the Prime Minister (ughhh that image is too much) ably assisted by Heather Roy. A good old ACT one-two punch.

Heather Roy: On the question of Taito Phillip Field's impropriety as discussed in the Ingram report, is the Prime Minister aware of Mr Field's key role in the election to the Manukau City Council of the Labour ticket, including the election of his close associate Mr James Papali'i, who is today before the courts on 14 counts of fraud and related charges arising from the operation of various trusts funded by the council, or does the Prime Minister not want to know what Mr Field has been up to in local body politics?

Rt Hon HELEN CLARK: No, because I do not follow every local body campaign closely. I can say, however, that if there is to be guilt by association, then presumably ACT accepts it on behalf of Donna Awatere Huata.

Rodney Hide: I raise a point of order, Madam Speaker. I note with interest the Prime Minister's reference to Donna Awatere Huata. Does that mean we can actually draw a strong inference in questioning the Prime Minister that Taito Phillip Field's behaviour was equivalent to her behaviour? The ACT party actually took responsibility and made sure that Donna Awatere Huata left Parliament, faced the courts of New Zealand, and, indeed, served time in jail-if that is the standard that Helen Clark aspires to, why is it not operating on Taito Phillip Field?


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