Parliament

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

 

Further Collins dinner revelations use up ‘final warning’

Grant

ROBERTSON

Labour MP


19 March 2014 MEDIA STATEMENT
Further Collins dinner revelations use up ‘final warning’

Revelations in Parliament this afternoon that Judith Collins organised the dinner with Oravida executives and a senior Chinese border control official before she left New Zealand must be the last straw for Prime Minister John Key, Labour MP Grant Robertson says.

“Under questioning today, Judith Collins admitted the dinner she held in Beijing was organised well before she left New Zealand on her taxpayer-funded visit to China. She also said she knew the name and job description of the senior Chinese official that she would be meeting at the dinner.

“It is beyond belief she thought meeting such a senior official with her husband’s fellow directors did not give rise to a conflict of interest.

“Judith Collins has admitted she did not inform the Prime Minister of this meeting before she left to go to China, which flouts Cabinet rules. But the question for John Key is did she tell him this last week when she told him about the dinner?

“The Minister has tried to pass off her dinner and visit to Oravida as casual encounters. That is not true. She has misled and obfuscated throughout this saga, and once again she has been caught out been economical with the truth.

“It is now clear that her ministerial visit to China supposedly on justice related matters was discussed with Oravida’s directors before she left New Zealand and the promotion and support for Oravida while she was there were pre-planned.

“This is not what taxpayers expect of ministers. They are supposed to be working on behalf of all New Zealanders, not their family and friends.

“John Key needs to reveal whether Judith Collins told him or his chief of staff this was a pre-planned dinner and that she knew the identity of the Chinese official before she left.

“If she didn’t, she has surely used up the final warning the Prime Minister gave her,” Grant Robertson says.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Bojo Visit

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson is in town today, just over a year since his political career peaked… and then wobbled off into a grey zone of indecision...

Currently, Johnson is touring the former colonies, talking up the historical ties. More>>

 

PM's Press Conference: Boris, Infrastructure, Immigration, Drugs

Prime Minister Bill English opened this week's post-cabinet press conference by revisiting that day's announcement of 'Crown Infrastructure Partners'... More>>

Employers Pleased: Reports Of Govt Backdown On Low-Wage Immigration

MEA: We are pleased to hear that the Government is planning to review incoming immigration changes with a specific focus on how they will affect the regions. Effectively addressing skills shortages in manufacturing and other sectors needs to remain a core part of our immigration system ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Ch-Ch-Changes At IRD

Job cuts aren’t happening at the IRD, exactly. Instead, there’s apparently a ‘transformation’ in store, and jobs won’t be axed ; no, they will be ‘transformed’ before our eyes into… non-jobs, if you happen to be among the unlucky legion of 1,900 who are being lined up for transformation... More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Mental Health: Hospital Too 'Awful' For Reviewers To Visit

Jonathan Coleman has to stop the stalling over a new building for mental health services in Christchurch to replace the quake damaged Princess Margaret Hospital, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark... More>>

ALSO:

Greens Call For Govt Action: Children Sick Because Of NZ Housing

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians president-elect said today that children with preventable respiratory illnesses are being re-admitted to hospital because they're being sent back to cold, damp homes. More>>

ALSO:

Less Tax Cut, More Spending: Labour Launches Fiscal Plan

“Labour will invest $8 billion more in health, $4 billion more in education and $5 billion more for Kiwi families through Working for Families, Best Start and the Winter Energy Payment than the Budget 2017 projections for the forecast period.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Greens’ Room For Political Pragmatism

The Greens here are currently being criticized by the commentariat for not making the same kind of pragmatic choices that sunk the Democrats in Australia. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election