For months we have seen Green Party and List MP Kevin Hague stalk ex politician and HPA board member Katherine Rich.
As part of his unhealthy obsession with her, he’s asked over 50 Parliamentary questions to the Government over her appointment to the HPA board.
Today we see the announcement from Acting Assistant Auditor-General, Legal of the Office of the Controller and Auditor General clear Katherine Rich of any possible conflicts of interest with her role as a board member of the HPA and her role as CEO of the Food Grocery Council.
The Auditor General said:
We are satisfied that there are no matters we need to investigate further. We have not identified problems with the management of conflicts of interest by the HPA.
Here, we consider it would be too simplistic to assume that the aims and activities of the HPA and FGC are incontrovertibly opposed and utterly incompatible, such that a person who was associated with one organisation was impossibly compromised from any association with the other. Similarly, it would be too vague and indirect to conclude that it is impermissible for Mrs Rich to participate in any matter relating to a broad general subject-matter, such as alcohol or tobacco. For a problem to arise, there would have to be some particular substantive act or decision of the HPA board that clearly affected, or was affected by, something arising out of Mrs Rich’s FGC role.