Thursday, 11 September 2008

Two standards of political integrity -

ABC in Australia reports:

Clark finds no reason to sack 'belligerent' Peters

By New Zealand correspondent Kerrie Ritchie
Posted 50 minutes ago
New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark has indicated she does not intend to sack her Foreign Minister, Winston Peters, despite the continuing investigation into undeclared political donations made to his New Zealand First Party.
Ms Clark has released a statement saying there is no basis for her to remove Mr Peters from his ministerial job.
Mr Peters has given evidence at a Privileges Committee hearing that he had no knowledge of a $100,000 donation from a billionaire businessman named Owen Glenn. The donation was never declared.
The Prime Minister says she has been advised by senior Labour colleagues that key issues remain unresolved and there is conflicting evidence from Mr Peters and Mr Glenn.
But she did take a swipe at Mr Peters, saying it is difficult to insist on due process for the outspoken minister because his behaviour is often belligerent.

and that comes hot on the heels of a story in the Herald about an aussie minister getting sacked for getting tanked stripping to his budgie catchers and then lying about it.

They must think our politicians have no integrity at all.

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