Here’s a test

The Northland Age - - Local News -

If Win­ston Peters does not suc­ceed in his le­gal ac­tion against the Crown, At­tor­ney­Gen­eral David Parker must com­mit to seek­ing costs, ac­cord­ing to the New Zealand Tax­pay­ers’ Union. “Win­ston Peters cer­tainly has the right to sue the govern­ment, just as any in­di­vid­ual does. How­ever, the At­tor­ney­Gen­eral needs to ex­er­cise in­de­pen­dence and pro­tect the in­ter­ests of tax­pay­ers, re­gard­less of the case’s out­come,” co­founder David Far­rar said. “Namely, if Mr Peters ei­ther loses his case or with­draws his claim (as he has with oth­ers), the Crown should seek full costs to en­sure tax­pay­ers aren’t left foot­ing the le­gal bill. We re­alise it will be dif­fi­cult for David Parker to seek costs from his boss, the act­ing Prime Min­is­ter, but this is an im­por­tant test of his in­de­pen­dence and in­tegrity.”

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