TONIGHT ON BACK BENCHES: Watch Wallace Chapman, Damian Christie, the Back Benches Panel and special guests go head to head over the week’s hottest topics!
HADEN FUMBLES: Rugby World Cup Ambassador Andy Haden keeps his role despite being under fire for describing the Crusaders recruitment policies as, “Once they’ve recruited three, that’s it. That’s their ceiling. Three darkies-no more.” Do we have a problem with race? Are we a racist nation? Apparently, Helen Clark thinks so according to actor, Sir Ian McKellen. How much further do we need to go for equality?
TOOTH ACHES: Trips to the Dentist can cause more pain in the pocket than in the mouth. Do we ignore our oral health? Is going to the dentist too expensive? Is it time for the Government to provide assistance for dental care for adults, too? And do we need to make sure all of our water is Fluoridated?
WHALE TALES: Peter Bethune is on trial in Japan accused of charges related to the incident between his powerboat, the Ady Gil, and a Japanese Whaling ship. And on Wednesday, Greenpeace is delivering a petition to Parliament in support of Saving the Whales. What should be our official position be on Whaling? And can the Government do anything to help Peter Bethune in his defence?
Join us for a night of LIVE pub politics from the Backbencher Pub: Wednesday, 2ND of June. Our Panel: ACT MP John Boscawen, Progressive Party Leader Jim Anderton, Labour MP David Shearer, and National MP Nicky Wagner.
We film LIVE so come to the Backbenchers Pub across the street from Parliament from 7:30pm to be part of the discussion or tune into TVNZ 7 at 9:10pm to watch the programme. TVNZ 7 is now available on Freeviewch. 7) or on the SKY Platform (ch. 97). Or you can watch online at TVNZ.CO.NZ/BACK-BENCHES (