Thursday, February 16, 2006


TVNZ's board has been referred to the Privileges Committee for a possible breach of Parliamentary privilege. Good. Their actions - trying to punish someone for testimony before a Select Committee - were outrageous, particularly in light of their status as a crown-owned company, and they deserve to be spanked hard for it. That said, I am deeply uncomfortable that Parliament is able to act as a court in its own case here, and it strikes me that it would be better if these powers were specified in law and left to the regular court system, rather than Parliament acting as both judge and jury.