Parliament

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

 

Don should tell the truth, the whole truth


Don should tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth

Green Co-Leader Rod Donald is demanding that Don Brash come clean on the role the National Party played in the Exclusive Brethren businessmen's anti-Green smear campaign.

"These were lying leaflets which Don lied about," Mr Donald says. "Now he's lying about his lies. That's an awful lot of lying connected to man who wants to be our Prime Minister. Frankly, I don't believe he deserves that honour because Kiwis simply can't trust a word he says.

"On Monday, when I asked Don Brash about these pamphlets, he assured me that he knew nothing about them whatsoever. I took Don at his word because I believed he was an honourable man. I now know that he deliberately lied to me.

"The following day, he was quoted in The Press that he knew 'absolutely nothing' about the pamphlets. It's now clear that that was an outright lie, and it's high time that Dr Brash apologised to Kiwis for lying to them through his teeth."

Mr Donald said that now that it was clear Dr Brash knew about the smear campaign in advance, it was imperative he explained precisely the extent of his knowledge.

"Don Brash should tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. He's now saying he encouraged the Exclusive Brethren businessmen in their smear campaign, showing a great deal of enthusiasm for it in their recent meeting, and he now faces a number of crucial questions about his attitude towards the smear campaign.

"Was Dr Brash aware the pamphlets contained lies about the Green Party? Did Dr Brash seek to understand the nature of the smear campaign before endorsing it? Is there any group wishing to attack Labour and the Greens that Dr Brash wouldn't encourage in such smears? Would he also have been enthusiastic had the National Front told him they planned a smear campaign? Did Nick Smith or anyone else connected with or employed by the National Party provide the Exclusive Brethren businessmen with information for their pamphlets?

"These are questions that Dr Brash must answer if he is to start inching out of the hole he's dug for himself. For now, though, Kiwis can have no doubt that the National Leader simply can't be trusted."


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods (is the dollar up or down?) the outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country... More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Submissions Summary: The People's Commission On Public Media

This Summary is a preliminary report from the People’s Commission. It brings together views and aspirations of the hundreds of people who made submissions, attended public meetings, filled out the online survey and made speeches to our Panel. More>>

Housing Plans: Protest Over Ihumatao Development

Ihumatao in Mangere, next to the airport in Auckland, holds the archaeological remains of 1000 years of food production; from when Maori first landed in the area, through to early European settler agriculture and right up until today. More>>

ALSO:

Negotiations: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word.. More>>

ALSO:

Contains Highly Colloquial Language: Your F**king Guide To Government Formation

The following message is in no way endorsed by the Electoral Commission. They are f**king done with this election. More>>

NZ Emissions Up 50% 1990-2013: Report Confirms CLimate Change Impacting NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: Inland Revenue Steps Back From Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election