We've had a very productive day in Wellington, and now we're home. We briefly dallied with the idea of popping into Parliament to watch Question Time, and now that we're catching up with the day's news, we're beginning to wish we had! A whole lot happened today while our back was turned, and our attention was directed elsewhere.
It's been all on for young and old this afternoon, with the main issue of the day being ACC. Andrew Little sought and won an urgent debate on the resignations of John Judge, two of his board members, and now of CEO Ralph Stewart. Their departures have rather callously been described by Andrew Little is his speech in the urgent debate as "like rats from a sinking ship".
Labour continues to allege that Nick Smith manufactured a financial crisis in ACC in 2009. Strangely, Labour objected to Nick Smith tabling the audited accounts of ACC for the 2007-8 and 2008-9 years, showing losses in total of around $6billion for those two financial years alone. And Labour continues to allege that National plans to privatise ACC. Little, Chris Hipkins and Grant Robertson can repeat the allegation until they are breathless and hoarse, but it won't make an untrue allegation true.
In contrast, Kevin Hague, one Green MP for whom we have some considerable respect for gave a measured and factual speech in which he actually urged Judith Collins to stay on and oversee a change in the dysfunctional culture of ACC which has flourished since long before National came to power in November 2008.
And the other story, although overshadowed by the ACC debate is the decision of the Auditor-General to look into the tendering process for the SkyCity convention centre. Although the Greens see this as vindication for their opposition to a project that will provide hundreds of jobs, we welcome the investigation, because we do not believe that the Government has anything to hide.
And through it all, Hekia Parata's class-size backdown of just six days ago now seems like it was a lifetime ago. Has Labour picked the wrong battle again?