Who is the second conflicted minister?
Today’s extraordinary performance by David Parker and
Jacinda Ardern in Parliament raises even more questions
about NZ First’s links to a shady Provincial Growth Fund
application, National’s Regional Development spokesperson
Chris Bishop says.
“Yesterday in Question Time,
Winston Peters talked about ‘both’ ministers declaring a
conflict of interest in Future Forest Product Limited’s
bid for $15 million of PGF funding.
“We know Shane
Jones was one of them, but who was the other minister and
why is the Prime Minister and the Associate Minister of
Finance not providing straight answers?
Minister was asked directly today ‘were there other
ministers or under-secretaries who declared a conflict of
interest in the matter being discussed?’ and she utterly
failed to answer the question.
still hang over the Future Forest Products Limited
application. While Shane Jones declared a conflict in
October after returning from holiday, why did it take him so
long to do this when the application began in March?
“When was Mr Jones first aware of the application?
What involvement did he have in the application while it was
before the Provincial Development Unit?
Provincial Growth Fund is $3 billion worth of taxpayers’
money, so it’s right for questions to be asked about the
probity of the process, and right for the Prime Minister and
her Government to give the public some direct
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