Serious Fraud Office

Chisholm Inquiry – New Zealand Herald Undermine Themselves

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There has been some conjecture among the so called elite of the media regarding the “alleged Gapes smear”.  The report covered off this and a footnote at 42.

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What Fran O’Sullivan and Matt Nippert do not realise is that Cactus Kate has already answered this in the Inquiry even though it is beyond the terms of reference of the inquiry.  They would like to think that Mark Hotchin (completely exonerated in the Chisholm report) paid to “stitch up” not only Adam Feeley but a serious charge of influencing a witness. He did no such thing.   Read more »

Yes you were, and I’m sorry

I have privately apologised to Judith Collins some time ago.

But Judith Collins has come out today to say she was let down.

She was, by me…and as she knows I am sorry about all that transpired.

But I now say publicly what I have said to her privately.

National MP Judith Collins says she is “very pleased” by what she described as a thorough inquiry, after a report into Dirty Politics allegations found no evidence the former justice minister acted inappropriately.

But says she’s been “let down”.

Ms Collins resigned her ministerial portfolios in the lead-up to this year’s election after an email emerged that appeared to link her to a blog campaign to undermine former Serious Fraud Office boss Adam Feeley.

Prime Minister John Key initiated a government inquiry into the matter, headed by High Court judge Justice Lester Chisholm.

The inquiry found that while Ms Collins had provided information about Mr Feeley to WhaleOil blogger Cameron Slater, “there was nothing improper about the provision of this information”.

Ms Collins said it was up to the Prime Minister whether she was ever reinstated as a Minister.   Read more »

Not guilty, and indeed still Honourable (and some impertinent questions)

Here’s the report, for those of you who would like to have a read.

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Chisholm Inquiry: NZ Herald undermined Adam Feeley

Yes here is a headline you won’t read in the NZ Herald.

I will let the report speak for itself.

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Collins exonerated, title restored, now put her back in cabinet

As expected Judith Collins has been exonerated by the Chisholm inquiry. The fit up job on her has failed.

Former minister Judith Collins has been cleared of allegations she was involved in a smear campaign against former Serious Fraud Office (SFO) chief executive Adam Feeley.

In a report released today, Justice Lester Chisholm found there were “efforts” to undermine Feeley by two separate groups, but there was no evidence to suggest Collins was part of that.

The first group was made up of some current and some former staff of the Serious Fraud Office. A second group comprised right-wing bloggers Cameron Slater, Cathy Odgers and lobbyist Carrick Graham, with Slater taking the leading role in that group.

“Except for her association with Mr Slater, Ms Collins was not involved in the activities of these groups,” Chisholm’s report finds.

An email dated in 2011 from Slater, obtained and released by Prime Minister John Key, implicated Collins in the smear against her own official, saying she had been “gunning” for Feeley.

Collins resigned a few weeks before the election, insisting she would clear her name, and Key called an inquiry.

Slater countered by lodging a privacy complaint against the prime minister for disclosing a personal email. Key has since apologised to Slater for releasing the email, but said he stood by his actions.

The email indicated Feeley may have been the target of a campaign to undermine him involving two bloggers, Cathy Odgers and Slater, and seemingly endorsed by Collins. At the time, Collins was overseeing the SFO, and the State Services Commission was investigating Feeley’s actions.   Read more »

No interference, no communication, time to reinstate Collins

Hamish Rutherford finds that Judith Collins had no input at all into investigation of the poor behaviour of Adam Feeley.

Another claim by Nicky Hager and the hacker that has fallen down with an examination of the truth.

Judith Collins had no input into an investigation into the conduct of the former boss of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) once it was set up, the State Services Commissioner (SSC) says.

Less than a month before the election, Collins was forced to quit as a minister after an email written by Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater suggested that as Police Minister she was ‘‘gunning for [Adam] Feeley’’, then the director general of the SFO in October 2011.

At the time Feeley was under investigation by the SSC, following media reports that he celebrated charges against former Bridgecorp boss Rod Petricevic by drinking champagne belonging to Bridgecorp directors.

Eventually, the investigation cleared Feeley, who continued in the role for around a year, before leaving to become chief executive of the Queenstown Lakes District Council.

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John Key is wrong, he should support an ICAC

The Maori party, along with Winston Peters, have a policy for the establishment of an Independent Commission Against Corruption.

We have seen how these operate in Australia, and there are now calls for a Federal Independent Commission Against Corruption, such is the level of corruption shown across Australia, mostly between union and Labour party officials.

Strangely John  Key doesn’t see a need for it.

The Maori Party’s desire to scrap the police watchdog and other agencies, in favour of an Anti-Corruption Commission, doesn’t interest John Key.

It wants the Independent Police Conduct Authority merged with the Serious Fraud Office, and judicial and parliamentary bodies, as part of an overhaul of the justice system.   Read more »

Journalists whine about delays with OIAs and now they are whining about quick turnaround

Journalists always whine about the turn around time for Official Information Act requests.

They complain that the ministers treat the 20days as stipulated by law as a goal and a delaying tactics.

And yet when a minister who has information to hand and no reason to delay it they now whine it was a quick turn around.

Spare me, these pricks are so slippery when it comes to news.

Judith Collins’ office processed an Official Information Act request in just two days to release an email embarrassing then Serious Fraud Office head Adam Feeley in 2011.

The revelation comes as ripples from the Dirty Politics saga widened during the weekend after a series of bombshells including:

â–  Collins stepped down as Justice Minister after an email handed to the prime minister’s office raised questions about her involvement in what leaked emails appear to suggest was a campaign by Right-wing blogger Cameron Slater and others to undermine Feeley while he was SFO boss.

â–  Prime Minister John Key confirmed there would be an inquiry into Collins’s actions in relation to Feeley, with details of the inquiry to be announced today.

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SSC boss backs Collins view, Key starting to look silly now

When John Key used my email in breach of the Privacy Act to slay Judith Collins, he should have done a bit more research.

It seems the State Services Commission boss supports the viewpoint of Judith Collins.

NBR reports:

“I told the Prime Minister’s Office that Judith Collins had a positive view of Mr Feeley’s  performance through her time as Minister responsible for the Serious Fraud Office.”

“The Commission has reviewed its documentation and sought the recollections of staff responsible for the SFO portfolio at the time in coming to this view.  This includes the period following the date of the email in October 2011 released today by the Prime Minister.  Earlier in 2011, Judith Collins had raised with me the appropriateness of Mr Feeley’s consumption of a bottle of champagne following a media inquiry.   Read more »

Winston Peters, Maori TV and the stitch up, ctd

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The other week I brought you a couple of posts about a little known Maori trust that has had a few problems with how it spends $30million in taxpayer money, thanks to a couple of so-called whistleblowers.

As a result, the Ministry of Health that funds the trust, along with PWC auditors and the SFO have been crawling over Te Roopy Taurima O Manukau Trust’s files with a fine tooth comb.

When you have so-called whistleblowers, one thing you can be sure of is that somewhere along the line it will all end up at the Employment Relations Authority, with one party wanting a pay-out, and the other party essentially having to pay them off.

And a Te Roopy Taurima O Manukau Trust is no exception to the rule. Read more »