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

 


Straight answers please, Mr Key

Straight answers please, Mr Key


New Zealanders must be able to rely on the word of the Prime Minister, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

“This is especially critical in such a sensitive area as New Zealand security and intelligence. His word is all New Zealanders have to go on.

“Mr Key let New Zealanders down with half-truths at best over the 2011 appointment process for Ian Fletcher as the new head of the GCSB, a process that he personally intervened in.

“He has confirmed today in the House that his office arranged two breakfast meetings with Mr Fletcher, straining belief that the role was not discussed as Mr Key claims.

Mr Key had confirmed the interview panel three days prior to the June 2011 breakfast, and the State Services Commission shortlist for the position was dismissed by Mr Key three weeks later.

“New Zealanders also rightly expect clarity over Mr Key’s and his officials’ knowledge of the police and intelligence operation against Kim Dotcom.

“The Prime Minister would not rule out in the House today that officials of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet were present at a meeting held on 14 December 2011 to brief on Operation Debut against Kim Dotcom. He must now clarify whether he was briefed by those officials.

“Equally, New Zealanders expect clarity over the policies governing the use of domestic intelligence by international partners, especially where the lives of New Zealand citizens could be at risk.

“New Zealanders have a right to expect their intelligence agencies to operate within domestic and international law.

“Straight answers are required from the Prime Minister on all these matters,’’ said David Cunliffe.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Royals: The Prince Of Wales And Duchess Of Cornwall To Visit

Prime Minister John Key welcomes today’s announcement that the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit New Zealand in November. This will be the second joint visit for Their Royal Highnesses to New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Tracey Martin Replaced: Ron Mark Is New New Zealand First Deputy Leader

Clayton Mitchell was the successful candidate for the Associate Whip position. Winston Peters was re-elected as Leader by the Caucus. Ron Mark was elected as the Deputy Leader with effect from 10am, Friday, 3rd July. More>>

ALSO:

Rebuild Rebrand: "Regenerate Christchurch" To Replace CERA

The regeneration of Christchurch will be the city’s focus for the next five years as local leadership progressively takes control of the rebuild, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

ALSO:

Nauru: Scholars Urge Minister To Act On Deteriorating Democracy

“Since the 2013 election in Nauru, there has been a series of disturbing developments on the islands that indicate a severe deterioration in the state of its parliamentary democracy and in the rule of law,” say the scholars. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: NZ Begins Presidency Of UN Security Council

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed the start of New Zealand’s month-long Presidency of the United Nations Security Council in New York. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Cash For Charter Schools, Mould For State Schools

“Recently released financial statements show the Whangarei charter school He Puna Marama received $3.9 million in government funding to the end of last year. Yet their audited accounts show they only spent $1.4 million on education, leaving almost $2.5 million over two years unaccounted for." More>>

ALSO:

Kiwirail Plans Shift From Electric: National Urged Not To Take Backwards Step

The National Government shouldn’t drag New Zealand backwards by replacing its climate friendly electric trains with carbon-polluting diesel trains, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Capital Connection:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news