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Cunliffe knew PM’s advisor was subject of probe


Cunliffe knew PM’s advisor was subject of probe

National Party Immigration spokesman Lockwood Smith says the acting Immigration Minister has confirmed today that David Cunliffe knew it was Mary Anne Thompson who was at the centre of an inquiry into illegal decision-making at the Pacific division.

“So now we know that the ambitious David Cunliffe knew that the PM’s one time head of department was at the centre of the Oughton report. What we don’t know, is whether Mr Cunliffe told any of his colleagues, or specifically Helen Clark – especially given her demands for ‘no surprises’ from ministers.

“Mr Cunliffe knew that Mary Anne Thompson was the subject of an inquiry from April 2007, but we are being expected to believe that he took no interest in the findings of that report and told no-one about it until it was finally made public in April this year.

“It is certainly hard to accept that the ambitious Mr Cunliffe could resist telling his colleagues that Mary Anne Thompson might be in hot water.”

Dr Smith says Mr Cunliffe should clear up the matter.

“He should reveal precisely what he was told when he was briefed that an inquiry was about to begin. He should also lay out what he was told when that inquiry was completed, and state what he said to his colleagues in between times.

“Mr Cunliffe does not need to wait for the results of an official inquiry into the Oughton report and the illegal decision-making at Immigration. He can deal with these serious questions today.”


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