Prime Minister Helen Clark told a packed press conference today that Minister of Economic Development Trevor Mallard fully supported the government's $14 million anti-violence campaign.
When asked about his scuffle with National MP Tau Henare, Clark said it was all Henare's fault.
'Mr Henare needs to take a good hard look at himself,' she replied. 'There's absolutely no excuse for hitting a lame duck.'
NB. Will Mallard be up on assault charges for whacking Henare? Wlil it go to the Privileges Committee? Or will Mallard get away with it? Or is it a case of different rules for parliamentary politicians?