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Let’s cast the net and see what rotten fish we catch…

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Dirt Unit
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Let’s cast the net and see what rotten garbage we dredge up.

No doubt a request like the ones below may result in two things;

  1. Furrowed brows in the Prime Minister’s Department, as  Jason Ede and other National Party apparatchiks work out how to fulfil their legal obligations under the Act – without disclosing how this little anti-Cunliffe campaign was orchestrated.
  2. Other MSM media following suit with their own requests.

National may well find that they have opened a can of worms with their dirty tricks ‘black ops’.

Here we go…

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from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>
to: John Key <john.key@parliament.govt.nz>
date: Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 9:35 PM
subject: Official Information Request
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Kia ora Mr Key.
This is a request lodged under the Official Information Act.
Please provide me with copies of all correspondence, minutes, notes, reports, and any other written or otherwise recording, relating to any and all activities surrounding the procurement; storage; and planned circumstances of the release of the letter between David Cunliffe and Donghua Liu dated 11 April 2003.
This includes a request for all communications relating to the letter between David Cunliffe and Donghua Liu dated 11 April 2003, which may have occurred between yourself; any and all staffmembers in your office; any member of the National Party; any blogger; any media person; and any other group or individual who was contacted on this issue.
Information may be emailed to me, or, if the file is too large, I can supply a postal address for hard copies.
Regards,
-Frank Macskasy
Blogger

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from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>
to: Michael Woodhouse <michael.woodhouse@parliament.govt.nz>
date: Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 10:00 PM
subject: Official Information Request
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Kia ora Mr Woodhouse.
This is a request lodged under the Official Information Act.
Please provide me with copies of all correspondence, minutes, notes, reports, and any other written or otherwise recording, relating to any and all activities surrounding the procurement; storage; and planned circumstances of the release of the letter between David Cunliffe and Donghua Liu dated 11 April 2003.
This includes a request for all communications relating to the letter between David Cunliffe and Donghua Liu dated 11 April 2003, which may have occurred between yourself; any and all staffmembers in your office; any member of the National Party; any blogger; any media person; and any other group or individual who was contacted on this issue.
Information may be emailed to me, or, if the file is too large, I can supply a postal address for hard copies.
Regards,
-Frank Macskasy
Blogger

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from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>
to: Bill English <bill.english@parliament.govt.nz>
date: Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 9:36 PM
subject: Official Information Request
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Kia ora Mr English.
This is a request lodged under the Official Information Act.
Please provide me with copies of all correspondence, minutes, notes, reports, and any other written or otherwise recording, relating to any and all activities surrounding the procurement; storage; and planned circumstances of the release of the letter between David Cunliffe and Donghua Liu dated 11 April 2003.
This includes a request for all communications relating to the letter between David Cunliffe and Donghua Liu dated 11 April 2003, which may have occurred between yourself; any and all staffmembers in your office; any member of the National Party; any blogger; any media person; and any other group or individual who was contacted on this issue.
Information may be emailed to me, or, if the file is too large, I can supply a postal address for hard copies.
Regards,
-Frank Macskasy
Blogger
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Let’s see what the Nat’s reaction is?

And let’s see if anyone in the MSM has the intestinal fortitude to lodge their own applications or craven surrender to the National Party dirty-tricks machine..

My money is on craven surrender.
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References

NZ Herald:  National denies dirty tricks campaign against Cunliffe

Other blogs

The Standard: Good news, National are afraid of David Cunliffe

The Daily Blog: The Trap Is Sprung: Why David Cunliffe Must Not Resign

Recommended Reading (note the date)

The Dim Post: What the opposition are up against


 

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Above image acknowledgment: Francis Owen/Lurch Left Memes

This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 20 June 2014.

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  1. Deb Kean
    25 June 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Good luck, Frank!
    Deb 🙂

  2. Akldnut
    25 June 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Go get em Frank.

    • 26 June 2014 at 12:07 am

      Thanks, Akldnut.

      It’s interesting that of the three OIA requests I lodged – only Key’s office has failed to respond. Not even an acknowledgement.

      Speaks volumes, eh?

      Let’s see where this will lead us with a follow-up email…

  3. 26 June 2014 at 9:39 pm

    First response, from Bill English’s office;

    from: B English (MIN)
    to: “fmacskasy@gmail.com”
    date: Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 12:06 PM
    subject: RE: Official Information Request

    Dear Frank Macskasy

    On behalf of the Hon Bill English, Minister of Finance, I acknowledge receipt of your letter of 19 June 2014 requesting:

    “copies of all correspondence, minutes, notes, reports, and any other written or otherwise recording, relating to any and all activities surrounding the procurement; storage; and planned circumstances of the release of the letter between David Cunliffe and Donghua Liu dated 11 April 2003.

    This includes a request for all communications relating to the letter between David Cunliffe and Donghua Liu dated 11 April 2003, which may have occurred between yourself; any and all staffmembers in your office; any member of the National Party; any blogger; any media person; and any other group or individual who was contacted on this issue”.

    Your request was received in this office on 20 June 2014 and will be responded to under the provisions of the Official Information Act.

    Yours sincerely

    Katy Greco-Ainslie
    Private Secretary

    Nothing from John Key and Michael Woodhouse.

    If they were planning on ignoring my request, they screwed up. English’s office has confirmed receipt of one of my emails, so they can’t pretend not to have received them.

    I’ve no doubt the Prime Minister’s Department has been busy little bunnies in this affair. Let’s see what they’ve been emailing each other.

    • Deborah Kean
      27 June 2014 at 3:27 pm

      Indeed, let’s see what develops!
      Deb

  4. 26 June 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Response from Michael Woodhouse’s office,

    from: M Woodhouse
    to: “fmacskasy@gmail.com”
    date: Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM
    subject: Your OIA Request

    Dear Mr Macskasy,

    On behalf of Hon Michael Woodhouse, thank you for your email of Thursday 19 June, received on Friday 20 June, requesting the following information:

    “….copies of all correspondence, minutes, notes, reports, and any other written or otherwise recording, relating to any and all activities surrounding the procurement; storage; and planned circumstances of the release of the letter between David Cunliffe and Donghua Liu dated 11 April 2003.

    This includes a request for all communications relating to the letter between David Cunliffe and Donghua Liu dated 11 April 2003, which may have occurred between yourself; any and all staffmembers in your office; any member of the National Party; any blogger; any media person; and any other group or individual who was contacted on this issue.”

    I acknowledge receipt of your request. It will be processed in accordance with the Official Information Act 1982.

    Yours sincerely,

    Lucy Hames | Ministerial Secretary
    Office of Hon Michael Woodhouse
    Minister of Immigration | Minister for Land Information | Minister of Veterans’ Affairs | Associate Minister of Transport
    4.5R Executive Wing, Parliament Buildings, Wellington
    DDI 04 817 6836 |Fax 04 817 6536

  5. 26 June 2014 at 9:43 pm

    After a week, I wrote to Key’s office again;

    From: Frank Macskasy [mailto:fmacskasy@gmail.com]
    Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2014 1:06 PM
    To: Rt. Hon. John Key
    Subject: OIA Request – Reminder!

    Kia ora Mr Key,

    On 19 June – now one week ago – I lodged an OIA request with you and your office.

    My request was as follows,

    Kia ora Mr Key.

    This is a request lodged under the Official Information Act.

    Please provide me with copies of all correspondence, minutes, notes, reports, and any other written or otherwise recording, relating to any and all activities surrounding the procurement; storage; and planned circumstances of the release of the letter between David Cunliffe and Donghua Liu dated 11 April 2003.

    This includes a request for all communications relating to the letter between David Cunliffe and Donghua Liu dated 11 April 2003, which may have occurred between yourself; any and all staffmembers in your office; any member of the National Party; any blogger; any media person; and any other group or individual who was contacted on this issue.

    Information may be emailed to me, or, if the file is too large, I can supply a postal address for hard copies.

    Regards,

    -Frank Macskasy

    Blogger

    Since then, I have not received any acknowledgement to my lodged application and require you to do so, under the Act.

    If I do not receive acknowledgement to my request, I will have no option but to pursue the matter with the Office of the Ombudsman.

    Regards,

    -Frank Macskasy

    One hour later, I received a response,

    from: Sarah Boyle
    to: “fmacskasy@gmail.com”
    date: Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 2:10 PM
    subject: FW: OIA Request – Reminder!

    Dear Mr Macskasy

    Your request has been received and will be responded to in accordance with the Act.

    Sarah Boyle

    Let’s see what develops…

  6. Who Gnu
    25 July 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Great stuff Frank!! Keep it up!!

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