Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Clark Defies Ombudsman

"Helen Clark is defying the Ombudsman by refusing to release sensitive documents regarding discussions between the Labour Party and the CTU about wage restraint for working families," National's Finance spokesman Bill English said today.

"Miss Clark made an undertaking to the Ombudsman to release the documents to me by 14 March, but the documents have not been released.

"I first sought these documents in December last year, and accepted in good faith a promise from her office that the papers would be available by February 14, two weeks after the statutory deadline. It is now six weeks past the statutory deadline and there is no sign of these documents being released. Miss Clark has broken a promise to me, and a promise to the Ombudsman.

"I can understand why Miss Clark is worried about the content of the documents, but she is not above the law. There is a good deal of public interest in any arrangement the Labour Party has made with the CTU, and because of its economic significance those arrangements should be made public.

"Helen Clark's refusal to release the documents on time can only create suspicion that the documents are being doctored, or that she needs to prepare the ground for their release. I suspect she will hold them until the Thursday before Easter to minimise public attention.

"I have asked the Ombudsman today to urgently address Miss Clark's failure to meet her obligations under the law, and her failure to keep her promise to the Ombudsman," Bill English said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news