Why not? Minister Why Not?

John Armstrong points out Damien O’Connor’s abject failure in the house yesterday.
[quote]Whether it was poor judgment or simply bad advice, Damien O’Connor got it all wrong in Parliament yesterday.

The Corrections Minister could have used the snap debate on his department’s monitoring of Graeme Burton’s parole to offer a belated apology of some kind to the killer’s victims and their families.

But instead of an apology, Mr O’Connor told the House he felt like "almost apologising" to the family of Karl Kuchenbecker, the Wainuiomata father-of-two killed by Burton, because the National Party had dragged them into the debate for "cheap politicking".

Quite what was going through his mind was not clear.[/quote]

The minister is a lame-duck, shoot him now.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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