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Clark must clean up Hawkins' mess

4 February 2005

Clark must clean up Hawkins' mess

Helen Clark must move quickly to clean up the disaster being caused by George Hawkins in the Police portfolio, says National's Law and Order spokesman, Tony Ryall.

He is commenting on a report of a woman having to wait 50 minutes for police to respond to a 111 call for help to deal with a drunken intruder, just a day after Mr Hawkins told Parliament that police were meeting the 10-minute response goal.

"What is going on here?

"It is quite clear that the Police Minister is out of his depth.

"The Police portfolio is a complete and utter mess and something must be done about it urgently.

"George Hawkins is not capable of handling this job. Public confidence is being eroded daily.

"So far, Helen Clark has done nothing but endorse him and keep him in his job. But it is now time she got involved and took decisive action before we have more disasters on our hands," Mr Ryall says.

ENDS

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