Update: Labour had accused Banks of not declaring the $15,000 donation from SkyCity as required under local government electoral law. The law is strict. If he is charged and convicted he’ll be kicked out of Parliament. Key will have to take his portfolios if Banks didn’t declare the money.
Len Brown and John Banks both accepted $15,000 donations from SkyCity in 2010. Now, as Auckland mayor and the swing vote in Parliament on gambling, their positions on the Nats’ shabby ‘law for sale’ deal with SkyCity are both vital and compromised. Fortunately, both of them recently got payrises to quarter of a million dollar salaries. So they can afford to undo this conflict of interest. Make the cheques out to problem gambling, boys.
[note: Brown is cowardly refusing to state a position on the pokies for convention centre deal. He used to be strongly anti pokies. But, for some idiot reason, he’s pro the international convention centre, which will barely pay its way, if at all, and will be a costly white elephant for council and government with continual demands for ‘subvention’ (ie marketing subsidies). So, his principled and logical objection to pokies has been shelved.]