Parliament

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

 

Political staff should give answers under oath

Phil
GOFF

MP for Mt Roskill
22 August 2014 MEDIA STATEMENT

Political staff should give answers under oath

The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff.

“Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is sufficiently serious for the Inspector General Cheryl Gwyn to use the full powers available to her to question those likely to have been involved.

“Cameron Slater knew what was in the records held by the SIS and knew that their release was to be expedited. He said he was ‘sworn to secrecy’ over his source.

“Only the SIS director and the political staff in the Prime Minister’s office to whom he gave this information could have leaked it.

“It is unlikely the director would have committed such a partisan and illegal act. It is the Prime Minister’s office that had the political motivation and connections with the Whale Oil blogger to do this.

“The unprecedented misuse of the SIS for political purposes is a serious offence. Ministers and the Leader of the Opposition are sworn to confidentiality and deliberate leaks by them would result in their removal from office.

“The politicisation of the SIS cannot be tolerated in a democratic society.

“John Key’s chief of staff Wayne Eagleson and former senior advisor Jason Ede must be required to give evidence on oath about their part in leaking the information and their involvement in dirty politics.

“The outstanding question is whether it is believable that the Prime Minister’s staff would have committed such actions without the agreement and knowledge of John Key. Given the seriousness of such behaviour, it seems extraordinarily unlikely that they would have done this without the Prime Minister’s approval,” Phil Goff says.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

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, which seems to work rather like a secular version of the Rapture.

Except that at IRD, not even your shoes will be left behind. More>>

 

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>>

Gordon Campbell: On Being Humane About Welfare, Child Support, And Tax

It made for an unusual Venn diagram, but Greens co-leader Metiria Turei and Finance Minister Steven Joyce were briefly sharing some common elements this week in the set that says – hey, don’t use the powers of the state in ways guaranteed to make the system you’re trying to defend worse, not better. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election