NIUE ATTORNEY GENERAL SACKED BY CABINET

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ALOFI, Nuie (May 31, 1999- Radio Australia)---Niue Attorney General, New Zealand lawyer Warner Banks, has been sacked by the Cabinet.

Banks says he was sacked over advice he gave the Speaker of Parliament after he ordered Niue's police chief to physically remove a female member from the Parliament.

Warner Banks, a former Hong Kong Magistrate and Coroner was given an hour's notice to quit, despite a contract with the government which gives either party 90 days to terminate the agreement.

"The legal advice I was giving government was not acceptable to government. That's, in a nutshell, what it's all about."

The Attorney General says he'll be issuing proceedings for breach of contract.

Meanwhile, Niue's Chief of Police, New Zealand detective Andrew Lovelock, remains in his job despite a notice to quit issued by the Public Service Commission.

He has challenged two Commission orders in the High Court and has won both cases.

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