Dissembling from David Cunliife

Check this out.. amazing double speak from David Cunliffe. He weasels around on SkyCity…and I also think the bit where he refuses to have a personal opinion about MPs pay is hugely wrong footed.

Shouldn’t the person vying to be the next Prime Minister offer an opinion when he’s asked?

So they have campaigned relentlessly against the Sky City deal – but they won’t kill it.  Smells like hypocrisy to me.

Prime Minister John Key claims Labour MPs are privately offering assurances that they won’t overturn a deal with Sky City for an international convention centre.

But the claim was denied by Labour leader David Cunliffe, who accused Key of making it up.
Key made the claim today after Parliament’s commerce committee recommended the International Convention Centre bill be passed.

Under the deal, SkyCity will build a $400 million convention centre in return for gambling concessions.

The committee reported that it had sought advice on the ability of a future Parliament to repeal the legislation after the deal included provision for compensation to Sky City should the agreement be overturned.

It was told by Crown Law that any future Parliament could amend the legislation but unless it expressly overrode the compensation provisions, compensation would be payable.

Key said today no Parliament could bind a future Parliament and “that’s true of any laws”.

That was the risk any commercial operator took.

“Legislatively they can change any law they want but ultimately there’s also contract law in New Zealand and future parliaments would probably be mindful of cutting across contract law because that has implications for other things that take place.”

But Key said he did not believe Labour would overturn the deal, despite its opposition to the gambling concessions granted.

“They wont go there. Because Labour is already telling SkyCity they won’t,” he said.

Asked what he based his claim on, Key responded: “They wont get rid of the deal…that’s what I’ve heard around the traps in Auckland. I won’t divulge my sources.”

But Cunliffe denied there had been any discussions with SkyCity.

“I believe he’s making it up again… I have made no such commitment.”

Cunliffe refused to elaborate on what they would do in regards to the deal should they form the next government but said it was within the scope of future parliaments to reduce the number of pokie machines.

“When we become the Government we will look carefully at issues of gambling harm, we will take a principled and rational approach. To the extent that that contract is inappropriate it could be subject to a future parliament.”

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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.