Paula Rebstock

Another day another lie from Phil Goff

Now that the SSC report from Paula Rebstock is out we can see Phil Goff’s lies over the leak exposed for all to see.

David Farrar points out the obvious:

Now X of course has name suppression which means that suspicion will fall not just on him, but all former Labour parliamentary staff.  If they find it hard to get jobs in departments or companies that require professionalism and confidentiality, then they should blame X for his name suppression which leaves the rest of them under a cloud of suspicion.

I can’t find the exact reference but I recall Phil Goff claiming the leaks were from affected MFAT diplomats. If Person x is the leaker (which is almost certain), then Phil Goff lied because I guess saying it is a leak from a former staff member who is a temporary clerk in the SSC doesn’t sound as good.

At the time of the leaks Goff says he was worried about the impact the cuts might have on our international reputation.

“I’m concerned these changes will damage our international reputation and restrict our ability to conduct trade negotiations in New Zealand’s best interests,” said Phil Goff.  Read more »

Tick Tock for Applicant A

Labour’s snitch has just lost his bid to avoid being held to account…it is only a matter of time now before he is named and his former connections are laid bare for all to see:

A clerical assistant suspected of leaking two confidential cabinet papers to the Labour Party has lost his Court of Appeal bid to challenge the findings of the Paul Rebstock inquiry into the leaks.

However the court has continued suppression orders on the suspect, known as Applicant A, his name and where he worked at the time of the leak and previously.

It is his previous work that will provide interest.

State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie says he will challenge those suppression orders, assuming that Ms Rebstock’s final report confirms her draft findings.   Read more »

Unions and Labour Selective About Privacy & Confidentiality Matters

So MFAT staff have run to their Unions and called in lawyers at the investigation into leaks larger than the slosh at the urinal at a rugby match.

An inquiry to get to the bottom of the leaks, led by former Commerce Commission head Paula Rebstock, has demanded MFAT staff appear before it – raising concerns from unions and the Labour Party.

What? Concerns?

A spokeswoman for the State Service Commission told Fairfax the probe has power to summon any person “to give evidence, and to produce any papers, documents, records, or things in that person’s possession or under that person’s control that are relevant to the subject of the inquiry”, under the Commission of Inquiry Act.

Murray McCully’s Ministry which holds key information about the entire country, leaks like a sieve and the Opposition are having a cry that there is an inquiry that attempts to find the leaker?

Paula Bennett releases information about a beneficiary who was lying about her circumstances – Labour up in arms.

Judith Collins’ receives a threatening letter from Michelle Boag who has form in extorting her way around large organisations and the letter is released publicly – Labour up in arms.

Trevor Mallard and Andrew Little defame Judith Collins accusing her of leaking the letter and demand the Privacy Commission investigate – Labour up in arms.

Union member lies about how caring and  tolerant his employer has been, Whaleoil breaks the story – Labour and Unions go mental and demand action.

MFAT hands over information to their old mate Phil Goff which the Labour Party use to attempt to attack Murray McCully and the National government –

Nah, call in the Unions and their lawyers.

Two more Crushed

Dominion Post

Judith Collins has crushed two more ACC Board members as her purge of ACC continues:

A cleanout of the ACC board will continue with two more directors to be released from the top of the troubled state insurer.

Chairman John Judge was effectively shown the door yesterday after political pressure over the Bronwyn Pullar case.

The Dominion Post has learnt that his deputy, John McCliskie, and another director, Rob Campbell, will also be replaced.

ACC Minister Judith Collins confirmed last night that the terms of five board members expired in March, and three would not be renewed.

“I think what you’ll see is a change in direction. The fact is, we have board members whose terms have expired and I’m taking the opportunity to bring in people who I believe will be able to help change the direction,” Ms Collins said.

New appointments to the board were pending approval from the responsible Cabinet committee. Government enforcer and existing director Paula Rebstock would act as chairwoman until a permanent appointment was made.

ACC Chair Crushed

Judith Collins has acted and started her purge of the ACC Board. She has crushed John Judge.

John Judge has been sacked by Judith Collins. The Herald editorial was prescient this morning. I would expect that there will be further changes at the board and with senior management.

She cleaned out the Police and Corrections panty-waists and now she is cleaning out ACC.