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

 


Step Aside From GCSB And SSC for Judicial Inquiry


Rt Hon Winston Peters
New Zealand First Leader
5 April 2013

Step Aside From GCSB And SSC for Judicial Inquiry Urges Peters

New Zealand First has called on the Prime Minister to step aside as Minister responsible for the Government Communications Security Bureau while an independent inquiry is held into the appointment of Ian Fletcher and John Key’s role in the process.

Rt Hon Winston Peters has also demanded that State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie step aside on the issue of Mr Fletcher’s appointment so the inquiry can find out why he failed to uphold a proper independent process for selecting a suitable candidate for the country’s top security job.

Mr Peters says Deputy Prime Minister Bill English should immediately act as the Minister responsible, and a top civil servant should be appointed to manage the State Services Commission’s (SSC) responsibilities in this matter.

“Mr Key claimed that a ‘change manager’ was required back in May 2011. Nowhere in the advertisements for a new Head of the GCSB is that specified.

“Why would it be when the Kim Dotcom matter had not broken at that particular time?

SSC head Rennie claims that the appointment occurred under a ‘well constituted board’ and further that there ‘was a comprehensive selection process’.

“Both claims are fallacious. The Chief Executive of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Maarten Wevers chaired the board.

“The selection process interviewed only one person but we know of two who were not interviewed and there were at least half a dozen qualified candidates in Wellington who were never approached.

“We know of one candidate who was told ‘we have already selected the candidate’.”

Mr Peters says morale at the GCSB has never been lower.

“The head of the GCSB holds an extremely sensitive position dealing not only with threats to New Zealand’s security but also threats to our allies.

“There are many highly sensitive areas and managing them requires expert and knowledgeable leadership. You simply cannot appoint an old mate with a nudge, nudge, wink, wink approach.

“It is clear from the information becoming available that there are serious discrepancies in statements from the Prime Minister and the State Services Commissioner.

Mr Peters says the GCSB’s mission is to identify security threats to New Zealand and its allies.

“Unfortunately there are those that suspect that the biggest threats are the Prime Minister and the State Services Commissioner and their respective roles in this appointment matter should be immediately scrutinised by an independent senior judge.

“The Prime Minister had a right to choose the candidate in this appointment but he has no right to pervert the process by which suitable candidates contend for the position.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: The PM’s Hair-Pulling Power Trip

There have been striking differences between (a) the account of the waitress involved in the hair-pulling incidents, and (b) the account being given by Prime Minister John Key. The version by the waitress is available here and is recommended to anyone yet to read it. By her account, there were multiple instances of hair-pulling and these persisted and persisted long after she had made her annoyance clear to Key – who had also been advised by his wife, and by other café staff that the behavior was evidently not being welcomed. More>>

ALSO:

War: What’s To Commemorate?

Gordon Campbell in Werewolf: Is there anything that can be validly commemorated on this 100th anniversary of Gallipoli? Beyond, that is, a fleeting sense of empathy with the thousands of soldiers killed or wounded on April 25 1915 and in the months thereafter, until the whole thing was finally called off in December 1915. More>>

MORE IN WEREWOLF:

ALSO:

Peter Ellis Case: Minister Declines Request For Commission Of Inquiry

Justice Minister Amy Adams has declined a request from supporters of Peter Ellis for a Commission of Inquiry on the basis that an inquiry cannot be used to determine the liability of any person. More>>

Quakes: New Process For Red Zone Crown Offers

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced a process to give everyone a say on the Crown offers to owners of vacant, commercial/industrial and uninsured properties in the Residential Red Zone. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Battle Obama Is Waging Over The TPP

For the past two and a half years, this column has been arguing that the fate of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal will hinge on whether US President Barack Obama can win Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) from Congress... Last week, the White House finally, finally unveiled a draft TPA Bill. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Govt Breaks Free Doctors Visit Promise To Kids

Documents obtained by the Green Party show that the Government decided to fund only 90 percent of doctors’ visits for children suffering from an injury in an attempt trim the cost of the so-called “free” visits. More>>

ALSO:

Other Wars: Extension Of NZDF Commitment In Afghanistan

The New Zealand Defence Force’s commitment of mentors and support staff to the Afghan National Army Officer Academy in Afghanistan has been extended out to December 2016, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

PM's Press Conference: Auckland Property Prices Increasing "Too Rapidly"

John Key accepted that Auckland property prices 'are going up too rapidly” in a press conference held today in Wellington, however he said that this is not anything new. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: ANZAC PMs Concerned About ISIL Bringing The War Home

Prime Minister Key and Prime Minister Abbott spoke of the bond formed between Australia and New Zealand in the “baptism of fire” of Gallipoli. Abbott stated that New Zealand and Australia’s values and interests are linked, and this is reflected in the joint operation in Iraq which will begin shortly. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news