Cullen told to fess up

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

The Ombudsman has ordered Finance Minister Michael Cullen to fess up and release papers on its student loan policy by 5pm today.

The Cullender refused to release costings on the interest-free policy — a king hit of Labour’s election campaign — after National requested the information under the Official Information Act.

He said it was to protect the confidentiality of advice until the policy was finalised.

National complained to the Chief Ombudsman John Belgrave and today he ruled in its favour.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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