Perhaps Minister Samuels and Minister Carter should read the Cabinet Manual

And while they are at it have Helen Clark take a remedial course in the reposnibilities outlined in the Cabinet Manual .

For the benefit of those too lazy to click the link and read for themselves, Section 3 of the Cabinet manual relates to Decision Makiong: Principles and Procedures.

From my reading Conservation Minister Chris Carter has clearly breached Section 3.14 on Items for consideration for Cabinet in at least two places (bold)

3.14: The following matters must be submitted to Cabinet (through the appropriate committee):

* significant policy issues;
* proposals that will affect the government's financial position, or Important financial commitments;

* matters concerning the machinery of government;

* proposals involving new legislation or regulations;

* government responses to select committee recommendations;

* matters concerning the portfolio interests of a number of Ministers (particularly where agreement cannot be reached);

* controversial matters;

* all but the most minor public appointments;

* international treaties and agreements (see paragraphs 3.36 – 3.37);

* the release of public discussion documents, or reports of a substantive nature affecting government policy or government agencies.

He has also breached Section 3.27;

3.27 Ministers must use their judgement in deciding which matters concerning the exercise of their individual statutory powers would affect the collective interest of the government and should therefore be brought to Cabinet:
Matters that should, as a general rule, be brought to Cabinet include: all but the most minor appointments; matters of general public interest, importance or concern; or decisions with a public policy element (see also paragraphs 3.13 – 3.14).

Further, in criticising Mr Carter, Dover Samuels has breached Section 3.21;

3.21 Acceptance of ministerial office requires acceptance of collective responsibility. Issues are often debated vigorously within the confidential setting of Cabinet meetings, although consensus is usually reached and votes are rarely taken. Once Cabinet makes a decision, then (except as provided in paragraph 3.23) Ministers must support it, regardless of their personal views and whether or not they were at the meeting concerned.

Clearly then we have two ministers who have blatantly disregarded the Cabinet Manual. If in fact Chris Carter did take the issue to Cabinet then not has he lied to Parliament then so has the Prime Minister in saying that he (the minister) and he alone made the decision.

 


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