Parliament

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

 

Raging Rankin Resign

Alliance MP Grant Gillon demands a formal apology, and is taking advise as to whether the Associate Minister of Social Services, Work and Income, Mr McCardle, mis-lead Parliament on Tuesday over the antics of WINZ Chief Executive, Christine Rankin.

Today an anonymous WINZ manager who was present at the conference, confirmed Grant Gillon's allegations that yet more tax-payers money had been wasted on an extravagant Michael-Jackson type performance where Christine Rankin dressed up in a silver suit and danced in front of video images of world leaders like Martin Luther King and Ghandi.

'Not only has the Minister potentially mislead parliament, but the question must be asked, has WINZ CEO Christine Rankin mislead the New Zealand public?'

On National Radio's Morning Report on Wednesday 21st July , Christine Rankin denied the allegations. She said:

'It is absolute nonsense.....what a shame that you would believe that, or that the public of New Zealand would believe that, an!
d I think that that is an indicator of where the level of this debate has been taken to.'

On Tuesday Mr McCardle accused Grant Gillon and the opposition of 'stretching to a remarkable degree, the bounds of credibility around some of the claims it has made.'

He went on to say that Grant Gillon was 'whipping up silly little criticisms.'

'These extravagant antics by the WINZ CEO are yet more evidence of a department that has totally lost direction,' said Grant.

'As recently as Tuesday night a report from the Social Services Select Committee was tabled in Parliament. This report severely criticises the newly re-structured WINZ for failing to adequately train front line staff, the woeful mis-handling of student allowances, and delays in integrating the computer systems.

'None of these expensive gimmicks are doing anything to deliver a vital service to the most vulnerable in our community.

'A private sector mentality has obviously invaded the public service. Following hard on !
the golden handshake scandals, it seems a culture of extrav!
agance is leading to a kind of copy cat version of the 'Tories-in-Tutus' scandals that plagued the British Conservative party before they spectacularly lost the last election in 1997, said Grant Gillon.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election