Article Title:Rainbow Labour MPs divided over Ellis petition
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:19th June 2003 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:1900
Text:The three Rainbow Labour MPs are divided over the Peter Ellis petition, with only Georgina Beyer being a confirmed signatory. The office of Chris Carter has stated that he has no position on the case and that it is a matter for examination by the appropriate authorities. Tim Barnett's office this morning issued the following statement to "Since the bulk of the events, and alleged events, around the Civic Creche took place in my electorate, I have taken a keen interest in the matter. I also visited Peter twice while he was still in prison. "The petition is, as I understand it, addressed to Parliament. It may well come to the Justice and Electoral Committee, which I chair. I think it's best for me not to pre-judge that." Meanwhile, one of the Christchurch Civic Creche workers acquitted after being charged with child abuse is today supporting calls for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the case. Gaye Davidson says that she feels it would have been better if she and the other arrested creche workers had gone on trial with Ellis, so the jury would have heard all the incredible charges and ridiculous stories. All four of the women who were arrested along with Ellis in 1992 had their charges dropped before the case went to trial. Ellis was freed in 2002 after serving a six-and-a-half year prison sentence for abusing creche children.    
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