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

 


Milk Maid’s Explanations Turn Sour

Rt Hon Winston Peters
New Zealand First Leader
19 March 2014

Milk Maid’s Explanations Turn Sour

The Key Government is contaminated with the taint and smell of corruption from Oravida’s milk maid, Minister for Justice Judith Collins, says New Zealand First.

“There was nothing spontaneous about Ms Collins’s contact with her husband’s company while in China. This was an intentional business meeting,” says Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“She was invited by the company before she left New Zealand but it was one big cover-up.

“She did not tell the Prime Minister and did not put it in her trip report on her return yet she had lunch with the Oravida executives and dinner with the executives and a senior Chinese border official. She also visited Oravida’s offices.

“Instead of just popping in as she says, she went out of her way – in fact, in the opposite direction to the airport where she was to board a plane later.

“The visit and meetings were an intentional business meeting to secure advantage and benefit for Oravida. Its own executive had said, before the minister’s trip, that Oravida was having problems after the botulism scare.

“But the milk maid wants us to believe she never talks to her husband or her close friends about Oravida, yet they are all executives.

“And where is the copy of her reply to Oravida’s invitation? Her office wants another 20 days before providing it, what is the problem?

“We have a Cabinet Office Manual to protect the public from corrupt practice - but sensible Ministers know it is also to protect them.

“The irony is that the ostensible reason for Judith Collins official trip to China was to talk about probity and principle in Government affairs.

“The Prime Minister must take the ultimate responsibility for the failure of his Minister.

“Where was the integrity, the standards, the care and the probity?” says Mr Peters.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

No Charges: Outcome
Of Operation Clover Investigation

Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls in the Waitemata Police district and wider Auckland area.

Following a lengthy and complex investigation, charges are not being laid by Police at this time regarding 8 incidents involving 7 victims and 5 suspects. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

UNICEF Report: NZ Cautioned On "Stagnating" Child Poverty

An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession. More>>

ALSO:

Funding Report: Two Pathways For Transport In Auckland

Commissioned by Auckland Council, the group was asked to investigate two possible pathways for raising $300 million per year ($12 billion over 30 years) to pay for the improvements needed to help fix Auckland’s transport system. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Equal Pay Win In Court Of Appeal

CTU: The Court of Appeal has made a historic decision paving the way for a substantial equal pay claim for aged care workers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Finishing Line, And Amazon’s Woes

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny… More>>

ALSO:

TV3 Video: Three Die On Roads Over Labour Weekend

The official holiday period ended at 6am Tuesday, with three deaths on the roads during the Labour Day weekend. More>>

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news