Investigation Into MFAT Leaks - Advisory from Derek Leask
MEDIA ADVISORY ON BEHALF OF DEREK LEASK 28 January
Investigation Into MFAT
“On 12 December 2013 the Report of the
MFAT Investigation was released making incorrect and
unproven assertions about Derek Leask.
followed immediately by unwarranted public comments.
Leask continues to receive questions about this matter from
the media. Accordingly, in order to defend his reputation
and to ensure some balance in public commentary on this
matter, he is releasing four documents as follows:
The text of advice given to him in November 2013 by his
Counsel Bruce Corkill QC.
This factual, careful and
fully considered advice underscores concerns that have
already been aired about the conduct and content of the MFAT
2, 3, & 4 The text of statements
referred to in Mr Corkill’s paper. These statements are
by Sir Maarten Wevers, Head of the Department of the Prime
Minister and Cabinet during 2012, and by Mr Neil Walter a
former Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade. They are
evidence provided by Mr Corkill to the MFAT Investigation,
but which the Investigation declined to include in its
Derek Leask was former Deputy Secretary Ministry
of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2004-2008) and former High
Commissioner to London (2008-2012).
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>