Auditor General to investigate Jones

ᔥ NZ Herald

The Auditor General has announced that she will investogate Shane jones over the Bill Liu cash for citizenship scandal:

The Office of the Auditor General has announced it will conduct an inquiry into Labour MP Shane Jones’ decision to grant citizenship to Yong Ming Yan in 2008.

A statement from the Office of the Auditor General said Francis Cooke QC would lead the inquiry into Mr Jones decision to grant citizenship against the advice of Department of Internal Affairs officials who had said he did not meet good character requirements, had multiple identities and was under investigation by Immigration at the time.

The terms of reference include the policies and practices of the Department of Internal Affairs in advising Mr Jones, how and why Mr Jones decided to grant citizenship and any other matters the Auditor General considered desirable.

The OAG noted that the inquiry was being done with the agreement of Mr Jones, who has not commented on the decision. The decision on Yan was delegated to Mr Jones by then Internal Affairs Minister Rick Barker who passed it on due to a potential conflict of interest because he knew Yan.

Contrary to David Shearer’s request to just look at the decision process the Auditor General will also look at teh decision and will presumably investigate Jones’ claims of torture, death and organ harvesting for Bill Liu should he be sent back to China.

This of course is where Jones is in terrible trouble because as a Permanent Resident there was no possibility of Bill Liu being sent to China just because he didn’t get citizenship.

  • Russell Belding

    I hope the AG has the authority to “follow the money” and the ability to dig into suspicions that money had influence here. So those with documents related to this now know where to send copies. The participation of Shane Te Pou and Dover Samuels in this affair is of interest even if soley because they have been suggested as players. No sense in saying more as I have only suspicions, no evidence of shonkiness.

  • Vlad

    Good outcome, NZ needs this.

  • Blokeintakapuna

    Excellent! Let’s hope the OAG also casts the magnifying glass as far and as wide as possible – including the “swearing in ceremony” and why so quickly? As well as the other Labour Ministers who were there on the fringes at the time.

    Will the OAG be requesting Auntie to return to answer some searching questions about exactly what she knew at the time? She was the PM, the captain of the ship, the CEO – the person where the buck ultimately stopped at her desk (pun intended?) Or will Auntie be like King with the Hughes and the terrifyied, escaping naked teenag boy fiasco and claim she didn’t know anything about it – even though it was at her house?

  • Jimmie

    Good – I hope the AG is very thorough and this drags on for 6 months to a year, coz combined with the Collins court case these will continually remind NZ of what quality of folk inhabit the Labour caucus.

  • tom sawyers aunty polly

    whats the betting the outcome will be similar to that conducted by by noel ingram qc into taito….

    • Sooty

       Hopefully it will not have the same outcome as aunty Hellen and her police chief handbag are not in control any more.

  • Adolf Fiinkensein

    This may well turn out to be the second time in recent memory where the Ausitor generall has royally screwed Labour.

    RB, go back and read the terms of reference.

    “how and why Mr Jones decided to grant citizenship and any other matters the Auditor General considered desirable.”

    Seems to cover it.  Jones and Shearer will now join Mallard and Little as they conjcurrently shit themselves.

  • http://keepingstock.blogspot.com/ Inventory2

    Terms of Reference are here: http://www.oag.govt.nz/media/2012/citizenship

    The inquiry

    The inquiry will examine: 

    * the policies and practices of the Department of Internal Affairs
    when advising the Minister on applications for citizenship, in
    particular where the applicant’s ‘good character’ is in question;* how and why the Minister decided to grant citizenship to Mr Yan; and* any other matters the Auditor-General considers it desirable to report on.

    Francis Cooke QC has been appointed to lead the inquiry, which is
    being carried out under sections 16 and 18(1) of the Public Audit Act
    2001. We will publish a report when the inquiry is completed.

    They are far wider-ranging ToR’s than Shearer tried for, and it sounds as though he is far from a happy chappie. And the “any other matters…” one gives the A-G power to look at pretty much anything related to the whole issue. I’d suggest that Shane Jones might already be working on his CV.

    • AngryTory

       I’d suggest that Shane Jones might already be working on his CV.

      Why? he’s totally unemployable in NZ, and once he has his fraud & bribery convictions, will be totally unemployable elsewhere.  In a fair and just world he’d starve in the gutter, but as it is he’ll live large on the benefit and MP’s super.

      • Gazzaw

        Bound to be a job somewhere on the Treaty gravy train for him.

      • AngryTory

        hard to get on a gravy train from inside Paremoremo

    • jabba

      is Carol Beamount preparing for her call up?

      • Gazzaw

        Bad news for me jabba. The streets of Maungakiekie have been blessed by her absence for the last few months.

      • Troy

        A bastard replaced by a bitch – but that’s labour all over.

    • Gazzaw

      I agree Inv2. A bit of an own goal for Shearer I think.

    • frosty

      Already working on it – it would have been finished after 5 minutes!  And 4 of those minutes would have been spent trying to fill the empty space after the cover sheet…

  • Cullen’s Sidekick

    Waste of time. The outcome will be a slap in the wrist with a wet bus ticket with some words like – processes are not clear, must have been careful – blah blah blah blah

    • Pukakidon

       Unfortunately you are probably correct.   Not much really comes out of these.

    • AngryTory

      Yeah – like “Tiler” Field. 

  • AngryTory

     Contrary to David Shearer’s request to just look at the decision process the Auditor General will also look at teh decision and will presumably investigate the bucket loads of cash funnelled by Liu & Te Pou to Labour

  • Phar Lap

     Just been reading Latest Investigate magazine’s editorial.Headline reads .”Possum in the Headlight.” Amongst some comments on the Shane Jones allegations,one comment sticks out.He discovered an EIGHT THOUSAND DOLLAR donation to Lie-bour MP Dover Samuels. Made out byby one “Tamaki Wu”.according to theofficialdonation records.He said who ever heard of an Asian with a Maori first name.So what would you know,Tamaki’s Wu’s address turned out to be a house owned by Daniel Phillips,who believe it or not,just happened to be an advisor to SHANE JONES.believe it or not for the second time,our wee Daniel’s brother Shane, was working for MR  YAN,who paid Shane ten thousand dollars to get him citizenship.Perhaps the Auditor  General is up with the play,if she is not i am quite sure the man to blow the lid or cover of the alleged scam including a guy called Cunliffe as well as TWO OR THREE OTHER WELL KNOW EX LIE-BOUR PARTY CABINET MINISTERS. Is the man who owns” Investigate Magazine”,which is published bi monthly,Ian Wishart all credit to him.

    • Pukakidon

       Here is hoping

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