Ombudsman concerned partnership school transparency
Chief Ombudsman concerned about proposal to reduce
transparency and accountability in partnership
The Chief Ombudsman’s submission to the
Science and Education Select Committee on proposal in the
Education Amendment Bill that "The Ombudsmen Act 1975 and
Official Information Act 1982 do not apply to a sponsor of a
partnership school kura hourua" is now available on our
website. You can read it here
Scoop copy of submission
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Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand
The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.
To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.
The counter-argument, well articulated by security analyst Paul Buchanan on RNZ this morning, is that this particular drone attack can be said to amount to an extra-judicial execution of a New Zealand citizen by one of our military allies, in circumstances where the person concerned posed no threat to New Zealand’s domestic security. More>>