Resignation is appropriate says PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1 September 1999
APPROPRIATE SAYS PRIME MINISTER
"I believe David Bale's
resignation as Chief Executive of the Lotteries
Commission is appropriate," Prime Minister Jenny Shipley
"In March 1998 the Government moved to
require Crown agencies to disclose in bands the salaries
of senior executives. We believed that taxpayers had a
right to know where their money was going.
Cabinet's directive was not reflected in the Lotteries
Commission's 1998 Annual Report. The commission's
explanation for this was that privacy issues relating to
the Chief Executive's salary were being explored with the
"The Cabinet's directive placed
greater weight on the public's right to know than on the
privacy concerns of highly paid executives.
that Ministers were not advised about his salary package
before his current contract was concluded. Had they been
consulted, I'm sure they would have offered some free and
frank advice on an appropriate salary level.
appreciate Mr Bale's contribution to the Lotteries
Commission over the last 12 years. But many other senior
public officials have also made very significant
contributions to New Zealand while being paid far less than
this salary," Mrs Shipley said.
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