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Labour must know who leak is

Gerry Brownlee MP National Party State Services Spokesman

16 May 2006

Labour must know who leak is

National Party State Services spokesman Gerry Brownlee says Helen Clark is adopting a "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" approach to the leak of sensitive Budget documents relating to Telecom.

"But how is it that employment action has already been taken against someone close enough to the process to be privy to this sensitive document, yet no one in the Government will admit knowing where it came from?

"This sort of stuff will have spread like wildfire through the Beehive. It is beyond belief that Labour does not already know which officials they are dealing with.

"But instead of exonerating departments that have done nothing wrong, the Prime Minister continues to allow a shadow to be cast across all departments."

Helen Clark told Parliament today she had spoken to the State Services Commissioner twice about the process of the investigation.

"It beggars belief that Helen Clark and her Ministers do not know who is responsible for this unprecedented leak - either from formal or informal sources.

"The foot shuffling over this exercise has hardened National's resolve to secure a Commerce Select Committee inquiry so MPs and the public have an opportunity to find out exactly what went on," says Mr Brownlee.


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