Parliament

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

 

Hugh Logan falls on sword ahead of report

Gerry Brownlee MP
National Party State Services Spokesman

20 December 2007

Hugh Logan falls on sword ahead of report

National Party State Services spokesman Gerry Brownlee says Environment Ministry boss Hugh Logan has paid the ultimate price for doing what he was asked and providing a dirt file on Erin Leigh to Minister Trevor Mallard.

“Mr Mallard was the one who publicly defamed Erin Leigh, not Mr Logan. Mr Mallard must take responsibility for the role he has played in this sorry saga.”

Mr Brownlee notes that Hugh Logan was not employed at MfE when Labour Party activist Clare Curran was ‘fast-tracked’ into employment after being recommended by David Parker.

“So Mr Logan’s resignation cannot be related to the hiring of Clare Curran or the allegations of Ministerial meddling in the department at that time.”

However, Mr Brownlee says Mr Logan’s handling of the Madeleine Setchell sacking, the provision of inaccurate information to the Minister, and the flawed evidence he gave to an earlier States Services Commission inquiry would be factors in the decision.

“But, if Mr Logan had not remembered the discussion with David Benson-Pope about Madeleine Setchell, the public may never have known that the former Minister was lying.

“It was Mr Logan who blew the whistle on David Benson-Pope, and it was only after his memory returned that State Services Commissioner Mark Prebble recovered from his amnesia.

“Though Mr Logan has not covered himself in glory, he should not be the lone scapegoat for Labour Government Ministers who have meddled in departmental affairs – even before he started in his role.


“At the heart of this issue is whether Ministers have interfered in departmental appointments for political reasons.

“We now wait with interest the SSC report on the Clare Curran contract, which is due to be released this afternoon.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Ethics Of Omicron Treatment, Plus A Playlist


As the Omicron infection wave prepares to break across New Zealand, the “red” condition is likely to be more of a form of gestural politics, than as a useful shield. Good ideas like masks and social distancing and limits on social gatherings are not going to do much to slow down the rate of infections. At base, the traffic light system has been a mechanism devised to enable businesses to continue to operate, regardless of the state or public health. It was created in response to the Delta outbreak, and it took final shape just as Omicron emerged in South Africa...
More>>



 
 


Save The Children: Thousands Join Call To Retain New Zealand’s Children’s Commissioner

More than 6000 Kiwis have joined Save the Children New Zealand’s call to retain the vital role of Children’s Commissioner, as the Government considers a new bill proposing major changes to the office, including the removal of a named Children’s Commissioner... More>>


Science Media Centre: Omicron Outbreak Would Move The Country To Red - Expert Reaction

The Prime Minister has announced if Omicron cases spread into the community, the country will move to the traffic light system's Red setting within 48 hours. Jacinda Ardern also mentioned there will be changes to the country's testing regime, with more use of Rapid Antigen Tests... More>>


Government: New Zealand Prepared To Send Support To Tonga

New Zealand is ready to assist Tonga in its recovery from Saturday night’s undersea eruption and tsunami, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare said today... More>>


TradeMe: Property Prices Increase By A Record 25% In One Year
In December, the national average asking price jumped by a quarter year on year, to reach a new high of $956,150, according to the latest Trade Me Property Price Index. Trade Me Property Sales Director Gavin Lloyd said last month’s national average asking price increase was the largest on record... More>>


Statistics: Departures Lift Border Crossing Numbers

The number of people crossing New Zealand’s border went up in November 2021, mostly due to an increase in departures, Stats NZ said today. There were 28,700 border crossings in November 2021, made up of 12,300 arrivals and 16,400 departures... More>>


Financial Services Federation: Open Letter To Government From Non-bank Lenders: The Path Forward On CCCFA Changes
Responsible lenders are not interested in telling the Government “I told you so” when it comes to unintended consequences of changes to lending laws that are now causing grief for everyday Kiwis seeking finance... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels