Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Lessons must be learned from the MFAT leaks

Lessons must be learned from the MFAT leaks

Lessons must be learnt from the mistakes made in the MFAT leak investigation, following the announcement that $209,000 was paid to Paula Rebstock as part of the $500,000 cost of the report that failed to identify who leaked confidential Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade cabinet papers, the Public Service Association said today.

This was in response to answers given to an oral question in Parliament to the Minister of State Services by Labour Party MP Hon Maryan Street.

“One of the most poorly-handled change management processes we have ever seen in the public sector has been followed up by this expensive and ineffective investigation,” says Brenda Pilott, PSA National Secretary.

“The report helped to create a climate of fear at MFAT, where staff feel pressured into remaining silent amidst the worry that if they speak out, they will be victimised.

“The leak followed a consultation process that left many staff feeling unable to express their views or offer their expert opinions based on decades of public service.

“From the beginning of the MFAT change process to the release of the final report on the leaks, this sorry saga has seen failure on the part of all involved.

“I urge all concerned to take on board the lessons learnt to ensure that this situation is not repeated in other parts of the public service.

“If MFAT had conducted a change process that genuinely engaged with staff from the beginning, the Government would not have had any reason to waste the money spent on this report,” said Brenda Pilott.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news