Phil forgot this one too

Phil Goff really does have a faulty memory. He can’t remember SIS briefings, he can’t remember 6 soldiers before a court martial for drug offenses and now he can’t remember a Colonel who abused duty free privileges who smuggled vast quantities of liquor, all on his watch as Defence minister.

A senior army officer who abused his duty free privileges while serving as a military attache at the United Nations in New York has been reprimanded and fined $1500.

Colonel Selwyn Heaton, who bought 100 bottles of gin, rum, vodka, whiskey, liqueur and wine and more than 200 packets of cigarettes for a friend just three weeks before his posting was due to end in 2006, pleaded guilty at a court martial at Trentham yesterday to two charges of bringing discredit to the army.

He pleaded not guilty to two alternate Crimes Act charges of deception, which could have carried a much stiffer sentence. Those charges were withdrawn.

The charges follow a major inquiry after an anonymous letter to the UN alleged he had sold duty free goods to a friend.

An audit of Heaton’s activities while a military adviser to the UN from 2002 till 2006 found e-mails from a Canadian friend, Rick Schwartz, asking Heaton to order large quantities of liquor. Heaton signed a form saying it was for personal use.

Duty and taxes of $1180 were avoided on two transactions involving more than 100 bottles of liquor and 200 cartons of cigarettes.

A far cry from his claims that “he could recall nothing similar during his tenure as Defence Minister between 2005 and 2008.

We are fast getting a picture of Phil Goff’s powers of recall.

 


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  • Storming

    Wasn’t there also a case where military personnel were posted at the UN where the Govt of the time paid their living costs, but the staff also billed the UN? Can’t remember the details off the top of my head, but is was all during the previous Govt’s reign.

  • TitanUranus

    Is Phil channelling David Cagill ? The Labour finance minister that famously admitted that he signed documents that he did not have a clue what they meant and that he had no understanding of any financial issue facing the country.

  • Shaun

    Why is Phil Goff forgetting everything? Alzheimers.

  • kevin

    and… he seems to have forgotten the capital gains tax ‘gamechanger’ policy. All got overshadowed by the SIS/goff debacle

  • Peter Wiseman

    Phil the dill.

  • Lesley

    LOL Phil! I have lived near Navy Housing for over 34 years. From my first-hand observation, alcohol has featured quite prominently at ceratin times in Navy life in the past. There has been many a noisy, drunken, party – some even turning quite violent where the police are called. However, my recent first-hand observation is that there is definite change in attitude within the Naval ranks towards the excessive consumption of alcohol. My first-hand observation is that this has happened during the time of the National Government’s tenure. Shame that a top officer has let the Navy down. Those at the top must lead by example.

  • gravedodger

    Na more like Dementia in my book but it will take a POST MORTEM to work that out

  • Pauline

    http://www.trademe.co.nz/Community/MessageBoard/Messages.aspx?id=783898&topic=7

    post #9 is where the name calling starts. Check out her posts! Thick doesn’t even begin to cover it!

    TM opinionites are on the case!

    Hey Cameron! You have a big fan on TM called emelsee (see thread attached)

    Some of the names she calls you though are pretty nasty. Her sidekick mikey853nz got the boot from the site a few weeks ago for slagging off john ansell. This mad old bat needs the boot too. Please feel free to contact the site admin who are more than willing to ban people like her for making defamitory statements.

  • Mr Blobby

    What is interesting, is us mere mortals who pick up the tab for all this get 1 carton (10 packets) and 2 litres of booze at duty free prices at the Airport duty free shops, that alcohol is more expensive than the local super market and policed vigorously by the customs noddys. The same customs noddys who can only manage to stop 10% of the illegal drug imports.
    It would be nice to have some transparency and openness on who is allowed what when it comes to duty free. The thought that you can just sign a piece of paper and get whatever you like seems a little over the top.

  • Mr Blobby

    What is interesting, is us mere mortals who pick up the tab for all this get 1 carton (10 packets) and 2 litres of booze at duty free prices at the Airport duty free shops, that alcohol is more expensive than the local super market and policed vigorously by the customs noddys. The same customs noddys who can only manage to stop 10% of the illegal drug imports.
    It would be nice to have some transparency and openness on who is allowed what when it comes to duty free. The thought that you can just sign a piece of paper and get whatever you like seems a little over the top.
    This is not Spam

  • Barry05
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