27 Sep 2018

The Panel with Jo McCarroll and Richard Langston (Part 1)

From The Panel, 4:03 pm on 27 September 2018

So-called waka-jumping bill could be passed tonight. One school of thought is that this signifies the death throes of the first-past-the-post electoral system. And a leaked report apparently claims the former MP Meka Whaitiri caused bruising of a press secretary's arm after grabbing them. Is this and should this "woman-handling" incident mean the end of her career? Political commentator Richard Harman says this situation is very different form cases where MPs have had a go at each other. Hundreds of pages of documents relating to the appointment - and letting go - of the unmaterialised role of Chief Technology Officer for the New Zeland government have been released today. Much of it redacted. These documents included communications between former Minister of Digital Services Clare Curran and the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Bill Hodge of the University of Auckland tackles this curious employment situation. The PM's been charming Steven Colbert on The Late Show, she's been talking trade with Justin Trudeau.