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Where's the Accountability?

Where's the Accountability?

ACT New Zealand Finance Spokesman Rodney Hide said today that it was clear that Helen Clark was applying two standards in Government: one for Maori and one for everyone else.

"She has held no one to account for the Te Mangai Paho scandal. Minister Parekura Horomia still draws the big salary even though he spent months misleading Parliament - answering questions with responses that were false and incomplete.

"It's clear that the guillotine is being winched up on Te Mangai Paho chief executive Trevor Moeke.

"The Te Mangai Paho Board is reviewing his performance. The facts are plain. The review is just to make the process tidy. He's a goner.

"But what about Parekura Horomia? Why won't Helen Clark be reviewing his performance?

"The scandal occurred because of his sloppiness. It was hidden because of his failure to answer questions correctly. When the scandal was finally exposed, he never lifted a finger to deal to the wrong-doers or the wrong-doing.

"And now Helen Clark won't lift a finger over Horomia. We now have two streams of funding : one for Maori and one for everyone else. And we clearly have two standards of accountability.

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