5AA Australia: On this week’s Across the Ditch bulletin on 5AA Australia, host Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning discuss the aftermath and implications of revelations that New Zealand’s National-led Government has been involved in smear campaigns and sinister hits on their opponents.

More fallout from the revelations in the book Dirty Politics is in evidence with the Prime Minister John Key’s credibility under question.

There has been much to suggest John Key has either lied to the public or has been so relaxed about keeping on top of his prime ministerial responsibilities that it smacks of incompetence.

And now the latest polls are out showing a decisive slump in support for the Nationals. Labour however has yet to gain any ground. The parties benefiting from PM John Key’s demise are the Greens, the Conservatives, and New Zealand First!

Selwyn Manning says: For background material on this issue, here is an analysis piece that I wrote that provides an incite into this issue:


Also, after the Wallabies drew with the All Blacks in Sydney, effectively shutting the world champion side out of a record unbeaten 18 international Rugby tests… the All Blacks came back last Saturday at Auckland’s Eden Park to win 51 to 20.

The draw showed everyone how the All Blacks can be beaten, and the trouncing of Australia showed everyone just how formidable this team can be when the ball goes its way.

South Africa’s Springboks will be determined to knock the stuffing out of the All Blacks.

While here in NZ, all eyes are looking ahead to the Rugby World a cup next year.

Recorded on 28/08/14 – Captured Live on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/multimedia-investments-ltd

Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.