Today in politics: Wednesday, May 29
ELITE COLLEGE STUDENTS SLURP SOUP WITH MPS
On the day that Prime Minister John Key announced the Government's "food in schools" programme, a class of boys from one of Auckland's most elite schools, King's College, sampled the goods at the Beehive's Copperfield's cafe while on a visit to Parliament. The students, from the school that Mr Key's son, Max, attends, did not appear to have brought cut lunches and made a good fist of polishing off the leek and potato soup and other food on offer.
PETERS REITERATES EVILS OF IMMIGRATION
NZ First leader Winston Peters has continued his attack on Chinese immigration, saying it will cost an extra $1billion in pension payments because of parental reunions. ‘‘Cut out the crap and face the facts, we are in trouble here and have to pay for it,’’ he told a Grey Power meeting. He also asked why former Fonterra chairman Sir Henry van der Heyden wasn’t labelled racist for warning against trusting Chinese.
CHINESE THAW OVER NZ FROZEN MEAT
Chinese authorities have given clearance for importers to collect hundreds of containers of frozen New Zealand beef and sheepmeat that has been stranded at ports. Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy said yesterday that the New Zealand embassy in Beijing said clearance had been granted. It was now up to agents and importers to collect the meat. The Ministry for Primary Industries was talking to the meat industry about compensation, Mr Guy said.
ANIMAL TESTING DEBATE GETS SIDELINED AGAIN
The Government has again avoided confrontation over animal testing after blocking Opposition attempts to have it discussed by select committee. The committee hearing submissions on the Psychoactive Substances Bill will not hear about the testing of party pills on animals after ruling it ‘‘out of scope’’. Labour MP Trevor Mallard tried to move a motion in Parliament yesterday to allow the committee to debate it, but was overruled.