The people who do the corruption rankings must be corrupt

Because New Zealand only fell one spot, to number two.

Colin Hamilton writes:

New Zealand has fallen from its top spot as the world’s least corrupt country being pushed out by Scandinavian nation Denmark.

In the 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index released today New Zealand was ranked the second least corrupt out of 174 countries.

The index which compiled by Transparency International, ranks countries based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be.

A country’s score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of zero (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).

New Zealand’s score of 91 was second only to Denmark on 92.

Last year the two nations were tied on 91 and in 2012 they were tied on 90.

New Zealand was the only non-Scandinavian nation in the top five while Australia slipped out of the top 10 to eleventh place with a score of 80 points.

Now, depending on your political proclivities, you’d expect New Zealand to have plummeted. ¬†Either because of the National Party and me, or because of Kim Dotcom, Hone Harawira, Laila Harre, Matt McCarten, David Cunliffe, Lyn Prentice, Martyn (Martin) Bradbury, and Russel Norman.

But either way, how did NZ only slip one rating point?

Bryce Edwards continues: Read more »

Union slush funds and meddling dominating Victorian elections

The Victoria State Election is underway and already the Liberal party is focussing on the selection of Daniel Andrews and his connections with the CFMEU.

Private global accounting firm Moore Stephens‚Äô costing of Labor‚Äôs policies will finally be released today ‚ÄĒ just two days before the election and after more than half a million voters have already cast their ballot. Labor chose Moore Stephens after refusing to submit its policies for scrutiny by Treasury.

Treasurer Michael O‚ÄôBrien has hit out at the firm, highlighting how the accountants audited the discredited CFMEU‚Äôs WA branch. ¬† Read more »

Does middle NZ care about any of this Robbo?

On Grant Robertson’s website he claims this:

Demonstrating the values that were instilled in him from an early age, Grant has quickly made an impact as a progressive Labour MP. Among the measures that have earned him plaudits are a successful bill to “Mondayise” public holidays, the promotion of ethical investing by state-controlled funds, and his championing of the living wage. In his time in the Labour caucus he has held a number of portfolio responsibilities, including¬†Economic Development, Employment, Skills and Training, and Associate Arts, Culture, Heritage. Grant was Labour‚Äôs deputy leader from December 2011 to September 2013.

So basically Grant has done nothing of any real note.

He has appealed to the liberal elite wankocracy by coming up with gay policies that no one in middle New Zealand cares about.

To cap that all off he used his sponsoring of a bill to filibuster in order to prevent, unsuccessfully, the progress of voluntary student unionism. As David Farrar said at the time:

A number of organisations in New Zealand have enabling legislation such as the Scout Association. Another example is the Royal Society of New Zealand ‚Äď they needed their 1997 legislation updated to incorporate the humanities in their objects and make some governance changes.

Only an MP can introduce a bill into Parliament so a private body needs to find an MP to agree to promote their bill and steer it through the House. They will often ask the local MP, but it can be any MP. And if the MP agrees, they have basically a duty of care to that organisation to use their best efforts to get that law changed. This is normally very easy, as these changes are rarely controversial.

The Royal Society of New Zealand Amendment Bill was introduced in September 2010. It should have passed into law in early 2011. but instead it remains stuck on committee stage and now can not pass before the election. ¬† Read more »

Neutral public service? Not any more

This is an email being sent to PSA members this morning.

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The thin veneer is peeling off the Internet MANA “movement”

Georgina Beyer, bless her cotton socks, is not for sale:

issue74Internet Mana candidate Georgina Beyer has gone rogue and come out swinging at her party’s so-called visionary, Kim Dotcom.

She says [Kim Dotcom] is pulling the strings and is in politics for all the wrong reasons Рincluding revenge.

Internet Mana’s the party that’s big on going big – big names, big productions, big personalities. But now it seems it’s got big problems too.

“Who is pulling the strings? Well, the big man himself,” says Ms Beyer.

Ms Beyer, a former Labour MP and New Zealand’s first transgender MP, is Mana’s candidate in the southern Maori seat of Te Tai Tonga.

She believes Dotcom is tearing her party apart. Read more »

Fran O’ on David Cunliffe rising from the ashes

David Cunliffe finally injected himself into the election race this week with a confident – if not triumphal – performance in the first television leaders’ debate.

For long-time Cunliffe watchers this was hardly a surprise.

He has always excelled as a debater and did not (for once) overlay his performance with that occasional smirking hint of moral superiority which can make the bile rise.

That he managed to win the debate – despite Labour having been comprehensively knocked in two political polls in a row – was a triumph of discipline and will.

A lesser politician would have found it very difficult indeed to come off the back foot under the full glare of the cameras against New Zealand’s most popular Prime Minister.

What was a surprise – and again shouldn’t have been – was the lack-lustre performance of John Key.

Key has been knocked by the Dirty Politics revelations. Read more »

Keen voter offers $5 for unused voting papers on Facebook


That looks decidedly dodgy…

Who is Craig Hoyle, and why is he trying to buy his friends’ voting papers? Read more »

Real conspiracies: Rock Enrol

A reader writes

So Hager seems to think he has an amazing discovery that you and DPF support National.¬† What, are blogs supposed to be neutral?¬† If he wants to see blatant bias he should see the Grey Star – supposedly a neutral newspaper, but never publishes anything good about National – even when we had the windblown timber bill the headline was ‘Labour deciding whether to support bill’.

But there’s a bigger corruption out there that I don’t think anyone has really spotted.¬† I’ve been doing some voter enrollment work and thought I’d check out the CTU’s ‘Get Out and Vote’ materials (it’s free, so why not?).¬† So this pack turns up with posters, enrollment forms, pledge cards and envelopes.¬† The pledge cards look like a way for the CTU to get your name on a database, so I ditched them, but the envelopes for sending the enrollment forms back aren’t addressed to the Electoral Commission – they’re addressed to the CTU!¬† What would they need them for?¬† If that isn’t illegal it’s certainly very dodgy. Read more »

Anti-corruption laws a good start but missing important component

Judith Collins has introduced anti-corruption measures in a new law brought before the parliament.

unfortunately it doesn’t include provisions for the creation of an Independent Commission Against Corruption, something sorely needed with electoral act breaches going uninvestigated by police, mis declared donations and pecuniary interests and the like.

I think the law could be strengthened by putting such a provision in and perhaps they could get a good judge like Judge Tony Adeane to handle it.

Justice Minister Judith Collins has unveiled a range of law changes to crack down on corruption, organised crime and bribery in New Zealand.

The minister tabled the Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Legislation Bill in Parliament this afternoon.

It includes requirements for banks to report international transactions, new identity theft offences, and harsher penalties for private sector bribery and corruption offences.

Mrs Collins said the changes would give law enforcement agencies more power to deal with organised crime and corruption, and would help New Zealand fulfil its international obligations.

“New Zealand is consistently regarded as one of the least corrupt countries in the world. However we cannot afford to be complacent — we must remain vigilant,” she said.

If the bill passed into law, banks and financial institutions would have to help Government detect money-laundering by reporting all international wire transfers of more than $1000 and all physical cash transactions of more than $10,000 to the police’s Financial Intelligence Unit.

Maybe they could help Labour find out who trousers the cash from Donghua Liu and other donors?¬† Read more »

Woman Sent In To Fight Donghua Liu Claims

I don’t really know where to start with the ineptitude inside Labour dealing with the Chinese Kim Dot Com that is Donghua Liu. ¬†After the sensational claims published in the Herald on Sunday I have picked out five that I find facepalmingly horrific.

1. Publicly calling your Mainland Chinese type A mega-millionaire donor a liar.

2. Demanding your Mainland Chinese type A mega-millionaire donor produce evidence of anonymous transactions.  Never ask a question you already do not know the answer to.

3. Travelling to the deepest darkest part of Mainland China down¬†one of the¬†most polluted rivers in the world to meet with your Mainland Chinese type A mega-millionaire donor and telling everyone how you didn’t expect much of a welcome and didn’t ask for any of it even though he paid $50-60,000 for the knees up.

4. Everyone in the Party suddenly coming down with amnesia when your Mainland Chinese type A mega-millionaire donor claims he paid $100,000 for a bottle of wine signed by your then Leader?

5. Your Party Leader denying he had ever come across the Mainland Chinese type A mega-millionaire donor despite having helpfully written a letter on his behalf.

No. Here is the worst thing you can do to make the Mainland Chinese type A mega- millionaire lose face completely.  

Send in a by Liu’s standards a very¬†average achieving woman to deal with him.

Mainland Chinese have different rules to us. ¬†Politicians in New Zealand need to understand that paying politicians in the Mainland to do things for you is not illegal unless you get caught out by paying the wrong regime. ¬†It is not even considered immoral. ¬†Mainlanders buy both sides of politics, for safety. ¬†It is also why after this year it should be crystal¬†clear that no New Zealand political party should take money from recently immigrated Chinese ever again. ¬†You could probably add any recent immigrants to that list but the Chinese are a special case. ¬†They have to buy politicians to do business in the Mainland so view it a) as no big issue and b) a national sport. ¬†New Zealand politicians can be thankful that there are no accounts yet of these businessmen using similar antics they do in business; offering drugs, hookers and luxurious gifts that keep the fool accepting the hospitality under their control forever. ¬†Evidence? Of course they always have evidence of acceptance. ¬†Those hotel room hidden cameras don’t get there on their own. ¬†Stop dancing with the devil and you lose your legs.

Donghua Liu is by all accounts a cold ruthless successful businessman in a tough world and will make Kim Dot Com look like a big soft cuddly teddy bear if he decides he wishes to man up and regain his lost face over this donorgate.

When Donghua Liu paid $100,000 for that bottle of wine or book with Helen Clark’s signature on it he did not believe he was buying a bottle of wine or a book. ¬†He believed he was buying the woman who signed the bottle and the book.

Labour may well find out that in the Mainland dealing with cash is common so they record it as precisely as we in the Western world record transactions that flow through bank accounts and our financial statements.

Moira Coatsworth is a child psychologist.  She should understand how little Emperors get when they do not get their way.  They become angry and throw their toys.  Donghua Liu is a wealthy Mainland Chinese man with plenty of face in his home country of the Mainland.  He is not used to dealing with uppity older women disrespecting his honour let alone one who herself is an immigrant from South Africa.

Donghua Liu prima facie doesn’t respect her at all.

And to now prevent himself from losing face altogether he has to further prove she and Labour are liars and not fit to govern.