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Collins must admit misleading Parliament

Iain
LEES-GALLOWAY

ACC Spokesperson
16 April 2014 MEDIA STATEMENT
Collins must admit misleading Parliament

ACC Minister Judith Collins must front up and admit she has misled Parliament over ACC’s policy to stop paying compensation to clients who refused to fill in its privacy form, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says.

“Judith Collins claimed Labour signed off on the policy to stop paying weekly compensation in 2006.

“However the evidence she provided did not back up her assertion. In fact it proved that in 2006 ACC’s policy was still to accept amendments and conditions for clients’ approval for ACC to gather information.

“It was in 2009 – under National’s former ACC minister Nick Smith – that the Corporation began cutting off compensation to clients who refused to fill in the form.

“Judith Collins relied on a 2006 briefing paper to answer questions in Parliament today about the debacle. However she claimed not to know all the details of the three-and-a-half page report, which she referred to as ‘such a long briefing paper’.

“To come to the House and give answers that are factually incorrect and then provide evidence proving they are factually incorrect is a breath-taking display of arrogance from a lazy minister who couldn’t even be bothered to read her briefing papers properly.

“Judith Collins is skating on thin ice. Surely the Prime Minister’s final warning has finally run its course,” Iain Lees-Galloway says.

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