Roughan on Pullar Scandal: Someone deserves a medal

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John Roughan has described the leaker as a hero for outing Bronwyn Pullar and her stand-over scam with Michelle Boag:

Somebody in or near the Accident Compensation Corporation deserves a medal. I was going to award it to the minister, Judith Collins, but she is suing those who suggest it was she who ensured the name Bronwyn Pullar was brought to public notice, so it can’t have been her.

I hope my hero is the case manager at ACC who accidentally emailed that file containing personal data on 6700 people to a persistent claimant last year. When news of that “massive privacy breach” hit the papers, I couldn’t summon much concern. Email accidents can happen in an instant.

But when the corporation then accused the recipient of an attempt to use the accident to advance her own claim with threats that she would go to the media if her claim wasn’t met, I rejoiced. It is so rare to see a public body return serve.

They didn’t name Ms Pullar but the Herald on Sunday got hold of an email to the minister from the indomitable Michelle Boag that identified her, along with Ms Boag’s own supporting role.

Ms Boag plays hard ball too. She said it was the ACC staffer they met in December who had made any benefit conditional on the return of the data.

Well, all we know is that three months after that meeting ACC’s security lapse was made public. That suggests the ACC staff resisted Ms Pullar’s injury claim, unlike its previous minister, Nick Smith, who succumbed eventually to her appeals to intercede.

ACC staff were not swayed by their minister’s interest in the case. And when the information that Boag says they did not threaten to release was released, someone fought back, putting the whole story out. Brilliant.

Rare, brave, refreshing and brilliant.

He is scathing of the integrity, or lack of it from Bronwyn Pullar:

If a few of the 6700 ACC claimants whose details were inadvertently sent to Pullar’s computer were reportedly victims of sexual abuse, their cases would have offered her no comparison with hers, a physical injury 10 years ago.

I prefer to assume she would have the decency not to peer into their details, but then she didn’t have the decency to return or destroy the file as soon as she realised what had happened.

That failure disgraces her I think, regardless of what the police might decide about her subsequent dealings with the ACC.

  • Simo

    A vortex of hate – belongs to the lefties & MSM who ooze this persona naturally.

  • Peter Wilson

    Judith Collins, but she is suing those who suggest…..so it can’t have been her.

    That’s the best line I’ve heard in a while from a journalist. Although it pails with comparison when he accuses Pullar of threats without any evidence.

    • Kimbo

       “Judith Collins, but she is suing those who suggest…..so it can’t have been her.

      That’s the best line I’ve heard in a while from a journalist”.

      You’d have to be really really stupid to be the leaker and then take the
      steps Collins has inviting your bluff to be called. It would be instant
      career ending stuff. Doesn’t equate with the political track record
      Collins has accumulated, nor would it be a sensible risk given she is
      future PM material, and probably has ambitions fro the role one day.
      High risk for minimal reward.

      Not even a partisan like you, Peter Wilson
      really believes she is that stupid – unless you are indeed that stupid?

      “Although it pails with comparison when he accuses Pullar of threats without any evidence”.

      Without any evidence?! There has been a flood of it in the last two
      weeks. Only the truly stupid believe the disingenuous denials and spin
      Boag and Pullar are putting on this. Hold one – I’ve just answered the
      question I asked before I asked about you being stupid. I don’t usually
      like to throw that description around, Peter Wilson, and there’s times I
      don’t mind you playing devil’s advocate.

      But there comes a point when willful biased interpretation of events just gets ridiculous…

      • Peter Wilson

        It’s not about devil’s advocate Kimbo. Basically, I don’t like bullies, and so I’m weaving my conspiracies in the same manner as those on the other side.

        Here’s a good example (all due respect to you) :


        Without any evidence?! There has been a flood of it in the last two weeks. Only the truly stupid believe the disingenuous denials and spin Boag and Pullar are putting on this

        This statement is effectively saying that evidence now includes:  “disingenuous denials and spin.”

      • Kimbo

        Stop being willfully obtuse, Peter Wilson.

        Evidence: Boag and Pullar threatened ACC with the information that Pullar had received, seeking a favourable quid pro quo review of Pullar’s case.

        Spin: They were only informing ACC in order to protect their information systems, and to safeguard the Corporation, Minister, and the Board.

      • Kimbo

         @ Peter Wilson

        Fact: Pullar could have deleted/returned the information immediately.

        Fact: She didn’t

        Fact: If she had destroyed it immediately, every half-arsed plot theory about the sinsiter significance and potential double-bluff surrounding Pullar would have died a still death

        Fact: Government departments are useless, and make dumb mistakes on a regular basis

        Fact: Okkam’s razor posits that the simplest explanation is to be preferred. Read Roughan again. That is what he is saying.

  • BJ

    Fact – If the first person in this pathetic saga (Pullar) had acted with integrity, this small minded of no importance to the rest of NZ and good for nothing distraction from the important issues ‘of the day’ non event, would be dead and buried – where it belongs.

    And for the record, despite being suspicious, wary and distrusting by nature that I am – I do believe that this current National Party has a culture of integrity starting from the top down.

  • Salacious T Crumb

    Two women with personality disorders who try a rort getting outed nationally. It should happen more often.

    • Philip ure a cock

      It did: H1 and H2′s tyrannical reign

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