Hopeless, pathetic and out of touch: How on earth does Clare Curran keep her job?

Clare Curran is a disgrace. Yesterday she was mercilessly coshed by Melissa Lee and Nuk Korako. It must be terribly embarrassing for Curran to be bashed by those two with no answers in return.

Speaker Mallard has clearly lost patience with her as well:

Question No. 12—Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media

12. MELISSA LEE (National) to the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media: Does she stand by all her Government’s policies and actions in the Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media portfolio?

Hon CLARE CURRAN (Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media): Yes.

Melissa Lee: In the portfolio, how many advisory groups, working groups, committees, or advisory groups to investigate the establishment of more working groups has she set up?

Hon CLARE CURRAN: Golly, that’s a good question from somebody who has achieved nothing in the last nine years she was in Parliament.

Mr SPEAKER: Well, she’s just achieved another two supplementary questions. Address the question.

Hon CLARE CURRAN: A ministerial advisory group in broadcasting and a digital advisory group in communications and digital services.

Nuk Korako: Why are there no Māori on her public media advisory funding group?

Hon CLARE CURRAN: This Government is focused, unlike the previous Government, on how we can do better things for Māori right across the broadcasting sector. Myself and the Minister for Māori broadcasting are working closely together—[Interruption]

Mr SPEAKER: Order!

Hon CLARE CURRAN: —on ensuring that we will deliver diversity, unlike the previous Government, which froze funding to the whole media sector, including Māori Television, for nine years, compromised its editorial independence, and forced out a lot of quality journalists from that organisation.

Nuk Korako: Which Māori or Māori organisations did the Minister consult with about her public media funding advisory group?

Hon CLARE CURRAN: The ministerial advisory group is currently undertaking consultation right across the sector. It has already met with at least two, possibly three, Māori media organisations.

Mr SPEAKER: The member will now address the question that was asked.

Hon CLARE CURRAN: A range of organisations were consulted with around the preparation for that ministerial advisory group.

Nuk Korako: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. My question was clear, I believe. I asked which Māori or Māori organisations the Minister consulted. The question, I believe, hasn’t been answered.

Mr SPEAKER: Well, it certainly hasn’t been answered. I’m trying to decide whether it’s been addressed, and I’m going to ask the member, without penalty, to ask it again.

Nuk Korako: Which Māori or Māori organisations did the Minister consult with about her public media funding advisory group?

Hon CLARE CURRAN: First of all, it’s a ministerial advisory group and it’s a temporary interim organisation. A range of organisations were consulted with. I don’t have the details of that. I’m happy to provide information to the member if he puts it in writing.

Nuk Korako: Point of order.

Mr SPEAKER: As long as the member’s not having another go at the same one, because it has been addressed now.

Nuk Korako: Supplementary: did the Minister consult with her Māori caucus members on the make-up of the public media funding advisory group members prior to announcing the membership of that group?


Jami-Lee Ross: When she made her statements on Tuesday defending the inquiries and investigations that were highlighted by the media, including those in her own portfolio, did she actually mean the Government had depth and breadth, or were they just lacking their own ideas? [Interruption]

Mr SPEAKER: As long as the question’s not disorderly, can the member repeat it, because I think a number of us—[Interruption] Well, if it was disorderly, he better not, but if it was in order he might want to repeat it.

Jami-Lee Ross: When the Minister made her statements on Tuesday night, at about 11.30 p.m., defending the Government’s record on the number of inquiries and groups set up, including those in her portfolio, did she actually mean that the Government was showing depth and breadth or that they just didn’t have their own ideas?

Hon CLARE CURRAN: This Government has shown more depth and breadth in the short time that it has been in Government than that party showed for the whole nine years that it was in Government.

Jami-Lee Ross: How often should the House expect the Minister to be making statements in her portfolio on Twitter at 11.37 p.m. at night?

Mr SPEAKER: Well, actually, she has no responsibility for what the House should expect.

She is hopeless. If you thought Hekia Parata was dreadful in her first term, then you really have to watch the video above. Just embarrassing.

It is unlikely that Jacinda Ardern will do anything. It seems she is setting the bar so low even a lizard would have trouble doing the limbo under it.

I reckon that the Labour party witness-protection programme will be pretty full soon.



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