From our previous post we know that we have three versions of events that occurred in January 2013.
- Len Brown was on annual leave until January 28 with no official duties
- No trips to Hong Kong were undertaken by the mayor
- A official trip to Hong Kong was undertaken by the mayor. reportedly paid for by the Hong Kong government.
We have have a problem now. Three separate LGOIMA requests outline differing scenarios. Let’s use the word “inconsistent” to be polite.
These three answers cannot exist together.
We needed verification. So the search started.
The first place I looked was the Council website. Len Brown announces his attendance at the opening of envelopes and you would think that there would be a press release for such and important funded trip to Hong Kong, which his staff have said wasÂ a fact-finding trip as a guest of theÂ HongÂ KongÂ government. The mayors office says he was 1 of Â a party of 3 leaders hosted by the government. The trip focussed on viewing infrastructure and transportation projects and theÂ Hong Kong system of governance.
There are no press releases at all about this trip. Not Â a single one. There are press releases about up-coming “Mayor in the Chair” fixtures. There is even a press release on April 4 2012 about the Trade Mission to China in April 2012. But not a single mention of this important Â and official fact-finding trip to Hong Kong.
Normally with a fact-finding mission there are reports…detailing facts found, meetings held, commitments made, deals signed. No reports exist and no mention of this trip is in any minutes that are public.
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