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

 


Collins’ Admission Reason for Key to Act

Collins’ Admission Reason for Key to Act

Judith Collins’ admission that she was involved in a baseless smear campaign against a public servant is more than enough reason for John Key to sack her as a Minister, especially as she is on her ‘last warning’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson,

"Despite claiming that the evidence about her in Nicky Hager's book was ‘false’ Judith Collins has now been forced to admit that she did send information about a Ministerial Services staff member to Cameron Slater for him to use in a baseless smear campaign.

"This is a gross abuse of the power that a Minister has and shows, yet again, that Judith Collins is unfit to be a Minister. The fact that John Key refuses to sack her confirms that this is the kind of politics that he condones and supports.

"What makes this even worse is that the smear campaign was designed to be a distraction from the story about Bill English claiming housing allowances. Despite there being no evidence that the staff member had done anything wrong at all, Judith Collins aided and abetted a disgraceful smear on his character."

"Comments on Cameron Slater's blog about the public servant were so threatening that the Police had to become involved. Judith Collins has to carry some of the responsibility for that.

"Judith Collins has claimed the information about the staff member was publicly available. This is not true, but in any case it does not excuse the Minister being involved in this kind of unwarranted smear campaign.

"This involvement in smearing a public servant sits alongside messages from Cameron Slater that describe conversations with Judith Collins about confidential ACC information relating to the Bronwyn Pullar case. John Key's refusal to investigate this new evidence is outrageous. The ACC Minister has a duty of confidentiality which she appears to have flagrantly breached for political purposes.

“Mr Key said Mrs Collins is on her last warning. The book is full of examples that should lead to her sacking.

"John Key can not sweep this story away. He, his staff and his Ministers have all indulged in the kind of gutter politics that diminishes our democracy. Labour is continuing to campaign on our positive alternative for New Zealand, but we can not stand by when innocent and defenceless public servants are used as political pawns by a Minister,” Grant Robertson said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Team Behind Trump's Throne

Forget the Putin factor. Daily, the team of charlatans, bigots and stunningly ignorant crackpots that Trump is appointing to head key federal agencies is just as alarming. These are positions with vast power and budgetary discretion over policies that stand to affect tens of millions of vulnerable Americans. Sad! More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Bill English, Abroad

If David Cameron was the closest thing John Key had to a political mentor, their successors also share a whole lot in common. Theresa May and Bill English were both propelled into the top jobs as the result of unexpected resignations, and without much in the way of credible competition from their colleagues... More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Labour Bill To Override Safety Act For Mine Entry

“Bill English has been hiding behind the legal excuse that any attempt to re-enter the mine to recover the bodies might place the mine’s owner, Solid Energy Limited, and its directors in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017

For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future? More>>

Oxfam: 30% Of NZ Owns Less Wealth Than Our Two Richest Men

The research also reveals that the richest one per cent have 20 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

ALSO:

Hospitals: Resident Doctors Set To Strike Again

Despite discussions between the DHBs and NZRDA over safer hours for resident doctors progressing during the last week, the strike planned for next week appears set to proceed. More>>

ALSO:

Not So Super Fund: More Burning Ethical Questions For Steven Joyce

Greens: Radio New Zealand reported this morning that the New Zealand Superfund has $77 million invested in 47 coal companies that the Norwegian Government’s Pension Fund – the largest sovereign fund in the world – has blacklisted. More>>

Activism: Greenpeace Intercepts World’s Biggest Seismic Oil Ship

Greenpeace crew have made contact with the world’s biggest seismic oil ship after travelling 50 nautical miles on two rigid-hulled inflatables off the coast of Wairarapa... Greenpeace radioed the master of the Amazon Warrior to deliver an open letter of protest signed by over 60,000 New Zealanders. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Why Tax Cuts In 2017 Would Be A (Proven) Bad Idea

Ever since the world fell prey to the mullahs of the free market in the 1980s, no amount of real world evidence has managed dispel one key tenet of their economic faith. Namely, the idea that if you cut income taxes and taxes on small business, a wave of individual enterprise and entrepreneurial energy will thus be unleashed, profits will rise and – hey bingo! – the tax cuts will soon be paying for themselves ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news