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- Hone Harawira · John Key · Jacqui Dean · Justice Ministry

promised not to sell state as­sets in its first term in power, but maybe Waitaki MP Jac­qui Dean didn’t get the memo. The sec­ond-term MP told Te Papa bosses at a se­lect com­mit­tee hear­ing on Wed­nes­day that if cash­flow be­came a prob­lem for the mu­seum, they ought to sell the sur­prise suc­cess of the sum­mer: the colos­sal squid. A stunned board chair­man, John Judge, stopped for a mo­ment be­fore calmly re­spond­ing that the board would re­sign ‘‘en masse’’ be­fore sell­ing the pop­u­lar mon­ster from the deep.

are al­most a con­tra­dic­tion in terms but one le­gal aca­demic has an idea for com­bin­ing the two. Can­ter­bury Uni­ver­sity law pro­fes­sor Philip Joseph spoke to Par­lia­ment’s priv­i­leges com­mit­tee about sanc­tions for MPs who break court or­ders in the House. Though ad­mit­ting he was ‘‘no techno’’, Dr Joseph sug­gested one so­lu­tion could be to give the Speaker a ‘‘mute but­ton’’ that could be pushed when­ever a sup­pres­sion was flouted. A scep­ti­cal Jus­tice Min­is­ter Si­mon Power quickly wor­ried that the power would be too widely used. Alas, it could only af­fect live broad­casts – and not the real thing. for ri­val news chan­nels TV One and TV3 over claims of pinch­ing each other’s footage. The state broad­caster was first out for blood with claims that the com­pe­ti­tion had swiped im­ages of Maori Party MP Hone Harawira. TVNZ spokes­woman Andi Brother­ston even re­sorted to ring­ing other me­dia to claim le­gal action was im­mi­nent. Prob­lem is, TV One’s claim to the moral high ground evap­o­rated when its new show Q+A nicked TV3’s quotes from Prime Min­is­ter John Key. An em­bar­rassed One News ed­i­tor Paul Pa­trick was forced to apol­o­gise to his ri­vals and prom­ise it wouldn’t hap­pen again. A dis­hon­ourable draw then?

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