Phil Goff should be prosecuted

Phil Goff has breached suppression orders in releasing secret Army documents. I hope the Police and Solicitor-General take as much interest in prosecuting Phil Goff as they did in prosecuting me.

Labour MP Phil Goff appears to have broken the law by releasing pages from a suppressed Court of Inquiry report into the death of a Kiwi soldier in Afghanistan.

Mr Goff has released part of the report into the death of Corporal Doug Hughes which he says reveals “critical deficiencies in the training and deployment of Kiwi troops”.

In February, Coroner Gordon Matenga released his report into Cpl Hughes’ death in April 2011, ruling it was a suicide, and an inquest was not necessary.

All other details of the report were suppressed, “including the report of the Court of Inquiry, in the interests of justice and on the basis of personal privacy”. 

Mr Goff says the government has tried to cover up “damning revelations” in the Court of Inquiry report, including reduced and rushed training for soldiers in Cpl Hughes’ rotation, which its commanding officer had raised concerns about.

“The report found these issues didn’t ‘directly’ contribute to Doug Hughes’ tragic death, but the investigation into it has exposed serious failings that put all troops in the Bamyan deployment at considerable risk,” Mr Goff said.

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says it was illegal for Mr Goff to release the report, and he presumes “there will be consequences”.

Of course Phil Goff has the best defence available to anyone, he is a member of the Labour party and they never get prosecuted.

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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.

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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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