Gerry Brownlee – “In the public interest”
Are we being treated as children by National’s Gerry Brownlee?
It certainly appears so, when he refuses to release information relating to the Ports of Auckland dispute. It appears that any information Brownlee is witholding is being done because it would be embarressing to National.
Let’s be upfront here; National leaks information when it suits their agenda.
The Nick Smith/Bronwyn Pullar situation is one example. Who leaked Pullar’s name and details to the media?
Who leaked Michelle Boag’s email, that had been sent to ACC Minister Judith Collins (and subsequentlyt forwarded to ACC)?
It could only have been one of two ‘players’ in this politi-drama; ACC or a Minister of the Crown. My money is on the latter.
And now, in the last 24 hours, we have the leaking of pay and conditions of MFAT (Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade) staff to the media. Again, judging by the detailed nature of the information leaked, it could only have emanted from a Ministerial desk.
And in July 2009, we had the open release of Natasha Fuller and Jennifer Johnston’s WINZ details to the media, by Welfare Minister, Paula Bennet.
The condemnation of Bennett’s unethical behaviour led to complaints to the Privacy Commissioner (still awaiting resolution).
I suspect that the odium laid upon Bennett’s head over her abuse of Ministerial power served as a warning to other National ministers. Now, instead of releasing information openly, they now do it through clandestine means, employing third parties such as feral bloggers.
It is obvious that Brownlee has something to hide – that is the only interpretation of his outright refusal to release information to the public. (Information, by the way, which we taxpayers have paid for.) Brownlee is hiding information that is most like embarressing and could shed some light on the machinations of POAL management, Board, and ministerial involvement.
After all, if the information wasn’t potentially damaging to Brownlee and National – wouldn’t it have served their purposes to have released it by now?
In fact, wouldn’t they have leaked it already?
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