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July 28, 2009

Bennett round-up

Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 8:08 pm

I’m never home in time to watch the news but I made a special effort tonight and streamed it on my work computer. Fran Mold and Duncan Garner both regurgitated identical nonsense about how Bennett was a battler who was ‘being staunch’ and that Ministers revealing confidential information to the media was no big deal. Idiots.

(Incidentally, the ‘live crosses’ that both networks love are even sillier in the middle of winter when the cross is always to a reporter standing on a street in pitch darkness somewhere. After three or four of these in a row I felt like I was watching a Monty Python skit.)

Charles Chauvel is complaining to the Privacy Commissioner about Bennett. This could go either way: she might find that giving confidential information to the country’s largest newspaper is such a violation of rights that each woman is entitled to a seven figure payout; it seems more likely she will conclude that the Minister ‘did not follow procedure’ and meekly recommend that a committee be set up to clarify the law for future reference.

Key has stood by his Minister so it’s hard to see her getting sacked – the risk is that the Prime Minister will look like a fool if Bennett is found to have broken the law and the PM was ‘relaxed and comfortable’ about it.

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9 Comments »

  1. Bennett was a battler who was ‘being staunch’
    Oh sure, a cute little bogan for all seasons. Here endeth the Judas sheep phase of Bennett’s career.

    Comment by joew — July 28, 2009 @ 8:28 pm

  2. she did have the battler thing going for her. now she’s the tatler.

    Comment by Neil — July 28, 2009 @ 8:39 pm

  3. If this is the “higher standard” that Mr Key is relaxed about, I’d hate to see what he considers “uncomfortable”

    Comment by GarethW — July 28, 2009 @ 8:53 pm

  4. Yes, John Campbell was similarly disappointing. I was relieved that he had Sue Bradford to contend with.

    Comment by Tidge — July 28, 2009 @ 8:59 pm

  5. According to David Slack, she can see Russia from her office! I think qualifies her as an excellent future deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs.

    Comment by Tom Semmens — July 28, 2009 @ 9:04 pm

  6. Here’s a couple of questions to get the Opposition started…

    Did she or any of her Ministerial Office staff request information from MSD on the individual circumstances of Jennifer Johnston and Natasha Fuller and if so what dates?

    What specific information did the Minister or her office staff seek from MSD on the individual circumstances of Jennifer Johnston and Natasha Fuller?

    Did the information the Minister and her office staff requested from MSD contain the caveat that that the information was for background use only and not for release?

    Did the Minister instruct her office staff to release this information to the NZ Herald and if so, in what form?
    Did the Minister or her Ministerial Office staff consult MSD on the release of this information and if so what was the response and advice from MSD?

    Did MSD advise the Minister in any form about the use or potential release of details of this information?

    Did the Minister seek the advice of her office staff including the Minister’s MSD and Work and Income private secretary over the release of this information, and if so what was their advice?

    Did the Minister’s private secretaries for MSD and Work and Income seek guidance from the Ministry when the Minister announced her intention to release this information? If so, what was the advice they received?

    Did the Minister seek advice on the release of this information from the Cabinet Office or the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet before her office released this information? If so, who did the Minister consult and what was their advice?

    Did the Minister seek advice on the release of this information from any of her Cabinet colleagues before she released this information? If so, who did the Minister consult and what was their advice?

    Did the Minister inform the Prime Minister, or any member of the Prime Minister’s office about her intention to release this information? If so what was their response?

    Comment by Pete — July 28, 2009 @ 9:18 pm

  7. “Oh sure, a cute little bogan for all seasons.”

    Nice!

    Comment by llew — July 28, 2009 @ 9:22 pm

  8. I have said elsewhere, if you complain about the Health system does that mean your health records are up for grabs?

    Comment by Don — July 28, 2009 @ 10:55 pm

  9. @don, if that’s the case, i’m fcked.

    is this bennett’s 2nd strike? rankin being the 1st?

    Comment by Che Tibby — July 29, 2009 @ 7:03 am


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