By Bernard Hickey
Prime Minister John Key has rejected a call from former Labour Leader Phil Goff for him to resign after an official report identified staffers in Key's office as helping Cameron Slater get information from the SIS on Goff in 2011.
The report's evidence directly contradict assurances from Key from before the election that his office had nothing to do with the OIA requests from Cameron Slater, which was the subject of the 'Dirty Politics' book.
"The Prime Minister should resign, everybody else has," Goff told a news conference.
"If he can't apologise, if he can't give the guarantee then my belief is that he ought not to be Prime Minister of New Zealand," Goff said.
Green Co-Leader Russel Norman called out to Key Key to resign while passing him in a news conference on the way into Parliament. "Time's up, John" he said to Key directly.
"John Key does not have the ethical standards of a junk yard dog," Norman later said in a snap debate in Parliament.
Earlier Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, published her report on the inquiry into the release of SIS information to Cameron Slater in July and August 2011. Gwyn criticised the SIS for releasing "incomplete, inaccurate and misleading information" to Slater and found former director Warren Tucker failed to take adequate steps to maintain political neutrality.
She also called on current SIS head Rebecca Kitteridge to apologise to Goff, which she did.
Key denied when answering a parliamentary question from Russel Norman that his office was involved in the OIA request from Slater to the SIS. He called on Goff to apologise for leaking the report.
"There were a lot of claims made, and not a single one has stacked up," Key said in Parliament.
Collins may return
Meanwhile, the Government released a separate report into Judith Collins's dealings with former Serious Fraud Office boss Adam Feeley which cleared Collins of any wrongdoing.
Key said Collins could return as a Minister if a gap opened up and she had proved herself.