Phil Goff will get away with breaking the law unless someone lays a complaint

Phil Goff broke suppression orders and nothing is going to be done about it unless someone lays a complaint with the Police.

Labour MP Phil Goff looks unlikely to face prosecution for releasing a suppressed document about the suicide of a Kiwi soldier in Afghanistan.

Over the weekend, Mr Goff made public part of the Court of Inquiry report into the death of Corporal Doug Hughes, which he says reveals “critical deficiencies in the training and deployment of Kiwi troops”. 

Coroner Gordon Matenga suppressed the report in February, when he ruled Cpl Hughes’ death was self-inflicted.

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

However, the Ministry of Justice says any consequences would only be the result of a complaint being laid with police.

Dr Coleman and the Defence Force both told NZ Newswire they have no plans to lay a complaint, and a police spokesman said none had been received.

Once again a Labour politician breaks the law and gets away with it…even if someone laid a complaint I wonder of the Police will prosecute him with the same vigor with which they cam after me?


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  • blokeintakapuna

    I wonder if “The Truth” newspaper made an official complaint about Goof… and published the resulting and timely police follow-up etc…

    • LabTested

      WO, the army is sort of looking at you on this one.

      If there is a financial cost, I would be happy to buy a 12 month subscription to Truth (if you can put that in place)

      • Might just trot off down to the local Police station his morning

        • unitedtribes

          I will also contribute to costs if you go ahead

          • Agent BallSack

            Cam could run a donation box like he did when he was facing prosecution himself. Media can then report that the whale army are supporting the private prosecution. I have a spare $5 towards the cause, won’t take long to raise the necessary dollars, I am sure.

          • Jester

            I’m in. You know how to contact me Cam.

        • Agent BallSack

          The subsequent coverage in the Horrid will be a delight to behold Cam. Cameron Slater, Editor of Truth and owner of the WhaleOil site…….

        • GregM

          Yep, I’m good for a donation, nail the bastard.

        • Ian

          I will make a donation if required. Just do it, this Weasel, like his ex deputy need to be put in their good-for-nothing places.

        • Meg

          Well, did you?

  • In Vino Veritas

    Where is Graeme McCready when one needs him?

    • Bunswalla

      One doesn’t know, what?

    • GregM

      He’s at Auckland district court poking his tongue out at Banksie as we speak.

  • Or the truth could undertake a private prosecution?.

    Cut out the middle man.

    In any case you could pay the police a visit.

  • sarah

    The biggest problem is once again our trusted MSM have not even tried to cover this instead they focus on “dickhead”.

    • richard.b

      And their coverage of the failed petition is also hard to find.
      I expected it on the front of stuffed and the horrid sites today, but the ‘dickhead’ also bumped that off.

    • AnonWgtn

      They would not dob in a mate.

  • rockape

    Waste of time chasing this one. What would happen, whats the gain other than amusement so dont waste the effort Cam.National are doing the right thing staying out of the gutter. All these errors of judgment just need to be filed away and used when there is something to gain.How can Shearer open his mouth on financial impropriety , The same applies to Geoff just let them hang themselves.

    • BJ

      Yes National will have quite an arsenal come election time – here’s hoping the offensive will be long, loud, and take no prisoners.

      • steve and monique

        Agree.I would not cross the road to piss on Goof,even if he was on fire.

  • AnonWgtn

    Typical socialist tactics – there is always somebody in the public service who will feed their Greenpeace/Labour owners and partners.
    The days of confidentiality are over as politics, particularly, left wing leaks are now prevalent.

  • layoutman

    Perhaps I’m wrong but I have 2 questions?
    1) why does someone have to lay a complaint – the law has been broken, there is evidence as such, why do the police just not charge the criminal – in this case Goff. They do not wait for a complaint on speeding or other laws??
    2) What costs would here be for a formal complaint for the complainant? Are the required to attend court?

  • SnapElection

    Once again a Labour politician breaks the law and gets away with it…even if someone laid a complaint I wonder of the Police will prosecute him with the same vigor with which they cam after me?

    Fine. so if they don’t – let the Whale Army fund a private prosecution. Worked against Mallard.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Sorry folks – I told you earlier everybody is so scared of Labour and Goofy Goff. They all know they will be in power in 2014 and nobody wants to get into trouble.

    • Ian

      The only thing decent people have to worry about Labour is the Aids spreading members they harbour.

    • Ian

      No he has his PSA drones to cover for him. I hope WO takes a case against the weasel, I will donate a substantial amount to his legal costs.