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There were two very good speeches in the General Debate in the House today from opposition leaders. Both of them showed just how dodgy Nick Smith’s record is, and why he should be, yet again, stood down as a Minister.
Russel Norman began his speech by comparing two agendas competing in New Zealand at the moment
1) “A smarter greener more compassionate New Zealand”. (clearly of Labour and The Greens.
2) Government’s agenda of “Dark, dirty and heartless”
Norman goes on to use the example of Nick Smith’s interference in the submissions for the proposed Ruataniwha Dam. (See Adam Bennett’s report a couple of days ago, on the pressure on Smith).
David Cunliffe also gave a very rousing speech, in which he makes a few jokes at the expense of Birther Hooton, and his clumsy and failed smear attempts. Cunliffe is on fire here, and talks about the Key government having reached it’s tipping point, and “looking tired, ragged and desperate.
Cunliffe goes on to focus on the real issue the government is covering up, that of the Ruataniwha Dam and a Minister of Conservation who,
is such an endangered species that he couldn’t even claw his way into the chamber, Mr Speaker.
Cunliffe spells out three “capital crimes” of which the “endangered Minister” is guilty.
Self contradiction (with Smith’s changing story over the DOC submission)
Repeat offending (Smith’s history of scandals, e.g his letter of support for Bronwyn Pullar, through the Exclusive Brethren, to being found guilty of contempt of court.)
How long before Key steps up and yet again removes this dodgy Minister from his portfolio?
And today Cunliffe raised further questions about interference to suppress the economic concerns about the Dam project as expressed by the Ministry of Primary industries.
“Dark, dirty and heartless” – indeed.
“I haven’t followed everything step by step, it hasn’t seemed necessary to be honest, but I have complete confidence in him.”