Clare Curran has drawn the short straw for Labour’s plagiarism scandal, admitting it was her who cut/pasted whole paragraphs from other media to claim as their own thoughts and ideas.
Accusations of plagiarism have been levelled at Labour, with passages in the party’s flagship “Future of Work” document appearing to have been copied directly from the Economist.
In his first major speech as Labour leader, Andrew Little announced a commission to look at the future of work and prepare the economy for the impact on jobs and job security of automation and technology.
Led by finance spokesman Grant Robertson, the commission released its technology paper on Thursday which, after feedback, will help form its policies for the 2017 election campaign.
A team of independent expert advisers was helping 10 MPs to investigate themes including the impact of new technology and demands for greater workplace flexibility.
It’s understood the passages in question were contributed by the party’s ICT spokeswoman, Clare Curran, who has apologised.
“A large number of documents were used during the research for this paper, from many sources over a period of weeks and months.
“These paragraphs should have been cited in the final text and I apologise for the oversight. The document has been updated on our website.”
Robertson did not immediately return calls for comment.