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

 


Judith Collins rorts process again

Grant
ROBERTSON
Deputy Leader

28 May 2013 MEDIA STATEMENT
Judith Collins rorts process again
National’s rorting of processes for appointments to government positions has been exposed again with Judith Collins giving special treatment to Jackie Blue’s application to be Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner, says Labour’s Deputy Leader Grant Robertson.

“This National government has a record of riding roughshod over process in the interests of their cronies. The process followed by Judith Collins in this appointment was not fair. Other candidates were not treated the same as Jackie Blue – Ms Collins’ fellow National MP.

“Expressions of interest in the position closed on the 13th of October 2012. Ms Collins received a summary list of those who had applied on the 1st of November that did not include Jackie Blue’s name.

“Jackie Blue’s expression of interest was then sent to the Ministry of Justice on the 11th of November, and a new list of candidates was provided to Judith Collins on 19 December 2012, with Jackie Blue’s name included.

“This timeline shows that Jackie Blue was treated differently to other candidates. What is worse is that Ms Collins is trying to cover this up by claiming that she received Ms Blue’s expression of interest in September. The problem is that there is no paper trail in documents released under the Official Information Act to back this up.

“In fact Ms Collins originally said in answer to written parliamentary questions that she had not discussed the position with Jackie Blue before the closing date for expressions of interest on the 13th of October. She subsequently changed that answer to claim that there was a discussion in September.

“New Zealanders rightly pride themselves on living in a country where everyone gets a fair go. It seems that is not important to Judith Collins or National. She has failed to run a fair and transparent process. It’s not on, but is sadly typical of a government interested in governing only for their mates and cronies,” said Grant Robertson.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Last Night’s Debate, And The Collins Accusation

Debating is a peculiar discipline in that what you say is less important than how you’re saying it. Looking poised, being articulate and staying on topic generally wins the day – and on that score, Labour leader David Cunliffe won what turned out to be a bruising encounter with Prime Minister John Key last night on TVNZ.

Cunliffe marshalled his points better, kept Key off balance and – more often than not – was in control of the general tenor of the contest. Labour supporters would have been heartened, and given some belated reassurance that maybe the change of leadership last year had been the right decision. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On Winston Peters' Latest Bout Of Immigrant Bashing

It is only one poll, but rather than cannibalising each other's vote, Colin Craig and Winston Peters do seem to be managing to find the room to co-exist... Few are questioning how Peters got to this happy place, and what it says about the mood of the electorate. More>>

ALSO:

More Immigration News: First People Trafficking Charges

The first people trafficking charges in New Zealand have been brought by Immigration New Zealand (INZ)... The defendants have been charged under the Crimes Act 1961 for arranging by deception the entry of 18 Indian nationals into New Zealand. More>>

Collins 'Misinterprets Media Reports': "Too Compromised To Remain Justice Minister"

Bizarre claims by Judith Collins this morning that she had been cleared of inappropriate behaviour by the Privacy Commissioner demonstrates she is too compromised to remain Justice Minister, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Labour On Climate Change: Focus On The Now For The Future

A Labour Government will put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on both mitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission and implement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson Moana Mackey. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Housing Assistance Plan

So, as many as 90,000 people could derive some benefit from National’s housing assistance plans for low and middle-income earners... Yet in reality, the benefits seem likely to be insignificant, and they will be skewed towards those at the top end of the income group that’s supposedly the target. More>>

ALSO:

Election Data Consortium: National’s Worst Case Scenario At Stage One?

A month out from the general election and ipredict traders are still forecasting National’s vote to slip below current polling levels and there is potential for it to fall further. More>>

ALSO:

From The Scoop Video Archive: PM Says SIS "Told Me" About OIA Release

In a press conference immediately following an controversial OIA release of notes on an SIS briefing to then Labour leader Phil Goff, Key said "at that point [Tucker] told me he'd release it ...". Since the release of Nicky Hager's 'Dirty Politics' Key has denied being personally informed and said references by officials to 'the PM' being told briefed referred to his office. He now says the same about his own statement. More>>

ALSO:

  • Scoop Video in the news - New questions over Key claims | NZ Herald News - Stuff.co.nz
  • Earlier - Felix Marwick: Laying out facts over SIS documents - Newstalk ZB
  • Labour - Director’s letter contradicts Key’s claims
  • ACT - The Letter - 26 days to go
  • TV3 Video - Housing issue nudges Dirty Politics aside - David Cunliffe: Key's SIS explanation 'defies belief' - SIS leak came from Key's Office - Goff - Key 'categorically denies' Slater OIA discussion - Video: Key faces more Dirty Politics questions

  • TVNZ - Winston Peters: ‘Dirty Politics' is a new low
  • The Nation - Debate Between Grant Robertson And Russel Norman
  • NZ First - “The Words Mean What I Say They Mean”
  • Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Parliament
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news