Concerns over Cunliffe’s new chief of staff

My previous revelations that the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s office is just a breeding ground for the Labour Party are about to come under the spotlight.

Newsroom has revealed that David Cunliffe has picked a deputy chief of staff.

“Cunliffe is yet to appoint a chief of staff saying he will be interviewing for the job but the deputy would be Karl Beckert.

“Beckert was listed in Parliament’s directory in 2009 as a researcher in the leader’s office under Phil Goff, and also been an adviser to the Parliamentary Commissioner of the Environment.”

This morning I revealed some news from inside Camp Labour, including that Sarah Clark is in the running to be Cunliffe’s chief of staff

Earlier this year, I revealed that general manager of Environment Commissioner Jan Wright’s office is Sarah Clark.

Jan Wright needs to ask Sarah Clark direct if she has been approached for this job.

If she doesn’t ask then it puts Wright’s supposedly independent status even further at risk.

Is Jan Wright’s office just another branch of the Labour Party? She needs to reassure the public we can trust that any information that comes out of her office is independent and not politically-aligned.

There are now also concerns that information that Karl Beckert and Sarah Clark have accessed during their time at the Environment Commissioner’s office will be used to politically attack the government.

If Sarah Clark has been asked to take on the chief of staff role or is even considering it, she needs to be removed from the Parliamentary Commissioner’s office immediately.


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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.

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