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

 


Doubt lingers on after Cabinet Office advice kept secret

Doubt lingers on Collins after Cabinet Office advice kept secret

Doubt about Judith Collins’ visit to the Chinese headquarters of Oravida will linger while the Cabinet Office advice about any conflict of interest is kept secret, Labour MP Grant Robertson says.

“Judith Collins is arrogantly trying to diminish her visit to Oravida’s office. The reality is this was a well-planned photo opportunity on a taxpayer-funded trip to a company where the Minister’s husband is a Director, and who donated more than $55,000 to the National Party.

“That raises serious issues about conflict of interest.

John Key has said the Cabinet Office assured him there has been no breach of ministerial rules but without seeing what questions were asked and exactly what that advice says, the public cannot be confident that all questions about conflict of interest have been dealt with.

“Judith Collins said she didn’t endorse the company’s product, yet her photograph and comments praising Oravida remained on its website until they were highlighted this week.

“This reeks of a conflict of interest.

“National ministers have been painfully aware since the demise of Pansy Wong that they need to avoid at all costs doing anything in their role as a Minister that looks like it benefits them or their families.

“John Key said he would demand a high standard of behaviour. Judith Collins’ behaviour falls far short of that and of what most New Zealanders would expect from their ministers,” says Grant Robertson.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news