Mallard wants to see Key in court
Wed, 18 Jul 2012 5:54a.m.
ACC Minister Judith Collins' defamation case against two Labour MPs kicks off in the High Court at Auckland on Wednesday.
One of them, Trevor Mallard, has indicated he wants Prime Minister John Key to give evidence.
Ms Collins alleges Mr Mallard and Andrew Little accused her of leaking a confidential ACC email to the media during the Bronwyn Pullar affair.
She demanded an apology but they refused, and she's going ahead with a defamation action.
The case management conference will be held before Justice Geoffrey Venning on Wednesday.
Such conferences are generally not public.
Justice Venning and the lawyers will try to set a hearing schedule.
Mr Mallard says he wants the court schedule to be flexible enough to allow Mr Key to give evidence while Parliament is in recess, his spokesman told NZ Newswire.
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18/07/2012 7:48:04 p.m.
ACC isn't paying for this court battle... COLLINS's is paying for it out of her own pocket it was defamation against her!
18/07/2012 4:15:18 p.m.
Mallard spends all his time grandstanding or muck-raking...we pay him a huge salary, but does he ever do any work?
18/07/2012 2:33:46 p.m.
Don't blame Mallard - this is all Collins' fault. Besides, ACC is suffering a worse case of brain injury than many of its claimants.
18/07/2012 1:17:26 p.m.
ollins released information the previous day before she was questioned in parliament... if the information stacks up then collins was the leak.
Doesnt really matter anyway... the woman has lost her grip on her ministerial portfolio and should be standing down voluntarily anyway.
What a shambles between her and Nick Smith.
18/07/2012 12:19:39 p.m.
What a joke. This will cost the taxpayer millions of dollars again. ACC should be spending this money on rehabilitation for the injured. ACC has just become a world class organisation in fighting people in court at all levels.
18/07/2012 11:29:51 a.m.
One must wonder why Mallard is attempting to get so much media exposure, especially since Shearer got the top job.
It is true that ACC needs a serious overhaul ASAP, but there is still an uneasy feeling that both Mallard and Little have an ulterior agenda.
18/07/2012 10:53:05 a.m.
unanswered questions wrote:
Total waste of time and tax dollars!ACC has a lot of unanswered questions.
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