Today in Politics: Thursday, February 6
Attempts to get $1.2m from spy base trio dropped
The Government has dropped attempts to sue three men who caused more than $1 million in damage to a spy base in Marlborough. In 2010 Dominican friar Peter Murnane, farmer Samuel Land and teacher Adrian Leason were acquitted of criminal charges but the court found them liable for $1.2 million in damages. All three have said they had no money to pay damages and Father Murnane, who is in his early 70s, has not had a bank account for half a century.
Scotland the Brave links to MP’s ‘great gay rainbow’
Maurice Williamson's ‘‘great gay rainbow’’ speech is continuing to echo around the world. This week one of his Twitter followers forwarded him the news that Scotland, by a vote of 105-18, had become the 17th country to legalise same-sex marriage despite opposition from church organisations. ‘‘Wonderful to see Scotland the Brave take action. My ancestors are all from East Lothian and Duns Castle [near Berwick-upon-Tweed],’’ the Pakuranga MP replied.
Free trade deal report gets broadside from lobby group
The Sustainability Council’s report querying estimates that a Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal could be worth up to $5.5 billion a year has itself come under fire for its own assumptions. Kim Campbell, boss of employers lobby group EMA, said it was wildly misleading and failed to factor in the big cost if the deal went ahead without New Zealand. If it did go ahead ‘‘our standard of living would be enhanced as a result of the extremely handsome trade gains we believe would be made’’.
Aussie supermarket tactics don’t impress Buy NZ Made
The Buy NZ Made campaign has waded into the stoush over Australian supermarkets’ refusal to stock New Zealand goods, calling the move ‘‘aggressive’’ and ‘‘disappointing’’. It said its own position was different. ‘‘We have no intention of taking a protectionist stance by suggesting that people avoid products that aren’t New Zealand-made,’’ spokesman Scott Willson said. ‘‘Consumers can buy things that aren’t made here if they wish.’’
The Dominion Post