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Was the note fake?

The Shane Jones/Bill Liu saga just will not die. Now there are suggestions that the file note written by Shane Jones may well have been fabricated.

National MPs have attempted to cast doubt on the validity of a key note used in Shane Jones’ decision to grant citizenship to Yang Liu when Jones was a Associate Immigration Minister.

This morning Deputy Auditor General Phillippa Smith appeared before the finance and expenditure select committee, taking questions over her report into Jones’ controversial 2008 decision.

His decision to grant citizenship to Liu, a Chinese national who was under the scrutiny of Interpol, was made despite an active police investigation being underway and the Department of Internal Affairs telling him not to.

It was Jones’ first and only decision to grant an individual citizenship, and was made in less than a month because he wanted to complete the matter before a trip to Australia.? Read more »

Trotter on the Shame Jones affair

Chris Trotter echoes my thoughts on the Shane Jones affair:

Here’s a question for Labour. When confronted with evidence raising serious questions about the judgment of a senior caucus member, what should the leader do?

Should he measure the member’s actions against his own beliefs about what constitutes right and proper conduct in someone holding a ministerial warrant? Examining the facts of the case, should he ask himself how he would have acted differently? Should he take moral stock of the environment in which the member’s actions occurred? Paying special attention to the actions of the member’s staff, should he ask himself whether he would have felt comfortable working alongside them? Would he have trusted their advice?

Or, should he simply outsource the whole job to the auditor-general?

As we know Shearer sent requested the A-G look at this issue. Perhaps because he lacked the courage to deal with it internally.? Read more »

How to buy/sell citizenship and get away with it

Otherwise known formerly as the “Inquiry into decision by Hon Shane Jones to grant citizenship to Mr Yang Liu“. (PDF 539KB)

The Office of the Auditor-General has delivered their report and the 86 pages outline chapter and verse how a wanted Chinese national blew smoke up the collective bottoms of MPs and ministers and at the same time pulled the wool over their eyes.

Shane Jones escapes serious censure, mainly because he used the ?dog ate my homework? excuse and also the ?I didn?t understand? excuse. These weasel-ly excuses aren?t accepted by parents and school teachers yet a man who held a ministerial warrant and someone whom David Shearer has been holding a space open on his front bench did. He was taking the big bucks, and his excuses are pathetic.

What is more pathetic is Labour?s spin that this report exonerated Mr Jones.? It does not. Instead it questions the process that existed that various Labour MPs and ministers used to get a substantial donor into the country. ? Read more »

The Three Amigos

While the Auditor-General continues to look into the Bill Liu affair and the involvement of Shane Jones it might be useful Shane’s Facebook photos to see the light of day.

Given he’s under investigation for his connection with Bill Liu, it’s quite fascinating that 3 of the folk in this cosy Facebook picture are all involved in the same citizenship for cash scandal.

Rick Barker
Dover Samuels
Shane Jones

I’ve taken the liberty of adding some speech bubbles:

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