Coddington on Pullar Scandal

Herald on Sunday

Deborah Coddington surmises that Michelle Boag was trying to set up Judith Collins. She picked the wrong target for her standover tactics.

Finally someone (Coddington) says it how it is, Bronwyn Pullar is not a whistle blower.

Another puzzle: Boag has stated that Collins told her if she (Boag) wrote to her, she would have to pass the communication directly on to ACC.

Boag is a very smart operator and I just can’t understand her charging ahead and sending such a self-incriminating email to Collins if she knew it was going to be sent on to the chairman, and the chief executive, of ACC. Unless Collins was being set up.

But there were brain fades all around in this sorry saga.

Pullar certainly wasn’t thinking straight. She’s not a whistleblower, as some insist on calling her. A whistleblower would not have held on to other people’s private information from August to December, then allegedly threatened ACC senior managers with it.

A whistleblower would have gone straight to the Privacy Commissioner.

But this is all about Pullar. When her name became public and her “friend” Smith had to resign, instead of shutting up and going to ground, she kept on digging, blathering away in public. She couldn’t even apologise to Smith in private, but hogged the spotlight, then bagged ACC again.


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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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