Parliament

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

 

Audit report shadows McCardle's farewell

Labour
2000 web site
The Auditor-General's report on Work and Income NZ's chartered plane extravaganza is the skeleton in departing minister Peter McCardle's closet, says Labour social welfare spokesperson Steve Maharey.

"The delay in tabling the report meant Peter McCardle could give his valedictory speech today without having to explain Winz's culture of extravagance. How convenient for him."

The Office of the Controller and Auditor-General is expected to indicate today when it will table its report on Winz's use of charter planes to fly senior managers to a Wairakei conference in June.

Winz spent $165,000 getting 105 people to Wairakei on a mixture of chartered and commercial flights.

"Although the Office of the Auditor-General initially aimed to table the report on Tuesday, which would have enabled questions about it in Parliament, the release has been delayed by some of those being consulted on the draft.

"I think many New Zealanders will find it suspiciously convenient for the Government and Mr McCardle that Parliament has been denied the chance to debate this report.

A report by former Chief Ombudsman Sir John Robertson on the performance of Winz chief executive Christine Rankin in relation to the chartered aircraft affair and other matters is also being withheld, by State Services Commissioner Michael Wintringham. Labour has asked for an Ombudsman's review of that refusal.

"Parliament might have been denied the chance to question the Government about how Winz got away with it. But they can't hide forever."

© 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