5AA Australia: Across The Ditch With Selwyn Manning & Sean Perry
In this bulletin of Across The Ditch Selwyn Manning and Sean Perry discuss the first fatal shark attack in New Zealand since the 1970s, and also how the NZ Supreme Court has given the National-led Government a green light to go ahead with a partial sale of state owned assets.
Fatal Shark Attack: An award winning television and short film director was the victim of a Great White shark attack yesterday, at Muriwai ocean beach (north-west of Auckland). Adam Strange (46) was swimming alone at around 1:30pm when he was attacked by the shark. Witnesses said all of a sudden there was blood everywhere, and a short time another shark was also spotted. Police recovered Adam Strange’s body later in the afternoon.
Over the past week, a number of Great White sharks had been spotted off Auckland’s west coast ocean beaches. Yesterday authorities closed the beaches to swimmers.
Also Discussed: The New Zealand Supreme Court has given the National-led Government a green light to begin its partial sell-off of a cluster of state owned enterprises – including Mighty River Power, one of New Zealand’s largest power generator companies.
The Government has faced delays on being able to sell off up to 49 percent of shares in the companies, even after it campaigned on the plan during the 2011 General Election. The delay has turned the Government into a desperate-seller, and debate is now raging over whether the sales will generate the previously estimated $5-7 billion its says it needs to drag it out of its current deficit hole.
Across The Ditch broadcasts live on 5AA.com.au and webcasts on LiveNews.co.nz.