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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