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PM Should Order Payout Disclosure

Hon Roger Sowry
National List MP
Opposition State Services Spokesperson

Friday 28 January 2000

PM should order payout disclosure

The Prime Minister is being called on to demand disclosure of details of the payout to former TVNZ newsreader John Hawkesby.

Media reports today state Mr Hawkesby has won his battle for compensation.

“Helen Clark should instruct the Minister responsible for TVNZ to press the TVNZ Board to provide the information and make it public,” National List MP Roger Sowry said today.

“Marian Hobbs has already indicated she plans to be a hands-on minister with TVNZ – and this is an opportunity for her to show her stuff.

“Already there is a double standard emerging between the Government’s pre-election rhetoric and post-election reality.

“Before the election Helen Clark crusaded to make payments public.

“Releasing the details of the compensation payout is in line with her Government’s claims of openness and accountability.

“I have no doubt that the Labour and Alliance MPs would argue for the payout to be released on the grounds the public has a right to know.”


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