Boag involved in ACC privacy standover

Where the left wing has Trevor Mallard, Sue Moroney and Helen Kelly making headlines for all the wrong reasons, the National Party has Michelle Boag. If it wasn’t bad enough that she got caught filming a Commission of Inquiry, lied about it, was found guilty of contempt, tanked National to its lowest ever result, she is now making more bad headlines for National.

David Fisher has a story in the Herald on Sunday about her involvement with the woman who tried to extort ACC over their privacy breach, Bronwyn Pullar.

National Party insider Michelle Boag acted as the support person for the ACC whistleblower during the pivotal meeting that has been referred to police.

Boag sat with her friend Bronwyn Pullar during a meeting in December in which the Auckland woman first told ACC there had been a privacy breach.

This is astonishing. Michelle Boag was privvy to an attempt to extort ACC for the return of their data.

Boag said it was important to realise a formal complaint had not been made to police. However, she told the Herald on Sunday: “I would be drawn into it. I was in that meeting.”

Boag said her recollection of events was that it was the ACC staff member who suggested an arrangement could be reached in Pullar’s case.

“In the meeting he said if we agree on this as a way forward, a condition would have to be that you return the information.”

Michelle Boag has just admitting to trying to cut a deal. That is pretty damning. The pity is she thinks she has done nothing wrong.

Boag said the staff member made the suggestion after she and Pullar urged an investigation of the privacy breach “for the sake of your ministry, your board, your CEO”.

Boag said it was one of 45 privacy breaches of varying degrees of seriousness in the nine years Pullar had battled ACC since suffering a head injury in a bicycle accident.

This is disgraceful. Michelle Boag who once got caught trying to film court proceedings has the temerity to try and slander ACC staff, when it is her and Bronwyn Pullar playing standover with a government department.

If they were so concerned about the privacy breach then why didn’t they simply hand over the data or at the very least destroy the data. Instead they went to try and cut a deal and that is where they crossed the line.

She wanted ACC to deal with the privacy breach internally and not as a public issue. “I am a supporter of this Government and I also call [former ACC minister] Nick Smith a friend. I don’t want him embarrassed. I have friends on the ACC board. I do not want them embarrassed.”

This is classic Boag. There is an implied threat in those comments to David Fisher…I know people…I just bet she did this to the ACC staff.

Boag said she was furious her letter had been leaked.

I’m sure she is…someone has shone a very bright light into a very dark corner and exposed her and her bully tactics. Someone needs to tell Michelle Boag to slope off to Waiheke and disappear.

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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.

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