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

 


Time for Collins to face up to conflict of interest

Grant Robertson
Labour MP

9 March 2014

Time for Collins to face up to conflict of interest

Judith Collins' denials that she did anything wrong in visiting the Shanghai office of her husband's company on a taxpayer-funded trip late last year are becoming increasingly untenable, Labour MP Grant Robertson says.

“The public condemnation of Judith Collins' actions is growing. Three major newspaper editorials in recent days have all concluded not only that there was a conflict of interest in the trip, but that the Minister's denials are arrogant and out of touch with the public mood.

“Her hubris, as one editorial calls it, is rubbing off on her colleagues. John Key has now repeated the diminishing of the visit as ‘popping in on the way to the airport’.

“That is not true. This was a well-planned photo opportunity to endorse a company that Judith Collins has an interest in.

“It was not a naive action, but a deliberate one that takes the mickey out of New Zealand taxpayers who footed the bill for her travel.

“Now is the time for Judith Collins to admit she is wrong and apologise.

“If she is not prepared to do that, then John Key needs to take action if his claims of high standards for Ministerial behaviour will have any credibility,” Grant Robertson says.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Midwives On Pay Equity: Historic Bill Of Rights Case For High Court

“We have been left with no choice.” That from Karen Guilliland, the Chief Executive of the New Zealand College of Midwives, as the organisation prepares to file a pay parity discrimination case on the basis of gender under the NZ Bill of Rights Act in the High Court. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Children’s Commission Report On CYF

Accusing the overworked and underfunded staff at Child, Youth and Family of a “dump and run culture of neglect” is the kind of luxury that a Children’s Commissioner can afford to indulge in from his own comfy perch in the bureaucracy. More>>

ALSO:

Mt Eden Prison: Serco Inquiry Extended

A two month delay to the Government investigation into prison fight clubs shows the extent of problems within the Serco circus, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis. More>>

ALSO:

Health And Safety: Late Addition Of National Security Provisions A Concern

The New Zealand Law Society has expressed its significant concerns at the last-minute addition to the Health and Safety Reform Bill of provisions for a closed material procedure for court proceedings where national security is involved. More>>

ALSO:

Rugby And Beer: World Cup Alcohol Bill Passes

ACT MP David Seymour’s Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Extended licensing hours during Rugby World Cup) Bill completed its third reading by 99 to 21... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news