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Phil Goff calls for Key to apologise or resign after Gwyn report on OIA dealings with Slater; Key denies any wrongdoing; Says Collins could return as minister

Phil Goff calls for Key to apologise or resign after Gwyn report on OIA dealings with Slater; Key denies any wrongdoing; Says Collins could return as minister

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.

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Like he would resign!  did Helen resign over her dodgy dealings?
Somebody needs to get real, Mr Goff.

Nobody has to get real, since beyond our borders we are invisible and now the Chinese banks have arrived we can only careless - the irrelevance of the SIS along with the PM will become apparent soon enough - just like all banana republics run by minor non-democratic despots.  


Who's Ian Rennie again? What a difference a day makes - 24 little hours.

Using your untouchable mandarins and their extraordinary powers to damage the opposition leader during an election campaign, and getting away with it - priceless. Robert Mugabe would be proud.

Key threatens Goff with jail time for supposedly releasing report findings one day early.  Double payback in action.

Slippery. It all adds up to Key being unwilling to admit that he had delegated contact with the SIS. 
Key would be the first PM to ever neglect his duty to maintain direct contact exclusively. 
He has no idea of his duty to the security of the nation. 
This drongo does not deserve to remain as PM. FULL STOP!

This isn't a democracy anymore, when a government is proven to be using the secret services for it's own political gain, and yet there are no consequences, this is a dictatorship now.

When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing—when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors—when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you—when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice—you may know that your society is doomed. – Ayn Rand; Atlas Shrugged, 1957 Read more

And the bigger corporations and governments become and the more a few accumuate, the worse it is becoming for the masses

Key has taken NZ from one of the least corrupt governments in the western world, to one of the worst, in just 6 years, he makes lying through your teeth look so easy. 

The really pathetic thing is how easily National supporters will overlook blatent corruption when it's their team that is doing it.
A total lack of any integrity appears to be a common trait among National party supporters, what a sad bunch of money loving people.

Couldn't agree with you more Philthy ! John Key, a man I trusted and voted for in two previous elections (but not the last election) has turned out to be an absolute dismal failure at lieing. First he couldn't RECALL having dinner with his old school chum who he himself REQUESTED be considered for job as head of the GCSB. The fact a PM is not allowed to have anything to do with that hiring process and yet Key did is wrong. Now we have Key telling us all that Mr Eades personal phone messages deleted were beyond scrutiny because they were PERSONAL. Yet it is obvious with Mr Eade making the comment he was in the shit that his personal phone was probably the vehicle of communication used that should have been investigated in the inquiry. This PM Mr Key talks of the privacy of Mr Eades personal phone yet is ramming through legislation to allow 48hr no questions surveillance of anyones home he or anyone else in authority feels like listening in on or videoing. No democracy at all. Just like referendums not listened and acted on just like the forced Super city failure. John Key thinks once hes in he can do anything he wishes. Watch and see how the now whitewashed clean Judith Collins rises again into a cabinet position. What a farce

Getting beyond a joke now. Remember the spying scandal:
Greenwald has had access to leaked documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden, and he says he will release a report that would show the GCSB has been conducting mass surveillance on New Zealanders — a claim Mr Key strongly denies. “There’s no ambiguity. No middle ground. I’m right. He’s wrong,” Mr Key told reporters today.

Mr Key said Cabinet signed off a proposal for the GCSB to investigate a business case for widespread cyber protection of New Zealand entities, but he personally stopped the work in March last year because he thought it was a step too far. “In the end, that never even got to a business case.”
Mr Key today acknowledged the GCSB had indeed tapped into the cable, but for the purposes of a cybersecurity programme. However, Mr Key said concerns the project would be perceived as mass surveillance led to it being scaled back to a much narrower programme.
”we don’t discuss the specific programmes the GCSB may, or may not use”
and the circle is complete:
Prime Minister John Key acknowledged today that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s claim that New Zealanders’ data is accessible through the controversial XKeyscore system “may well be right”.
“However, what I can say in terms of those kinds of Five Eyes databases… yes New Zealand will contribute some information..."
But remember when…
Prime Minister John Key says he and the head of GCSB would resign if the spy agency were found to have conducted mass surveillance.
John Key doesn't lie.  Yeah Right.
Nothing to see here. Lets change the flag!
If this were the USA, he'd be out on the street already.  Is it because New Zelanders (well the ones left in NZ) are too stupid to realise what a big deal this is?


You have my thumbs up.
I am still amazed how many blindly follow Key as if he can'e be questioned, many saying the answer of the alternative is worse. Forget any alternative, just decide whether or not Key is a habitual liar first.

Labour missed the opportunity to grab a new leader for their party who can go head to head with Key.  That person is quite clever, very rich, well known worldwide and can speak mandarin fluently. Can be a bit temperamental but they can live with that. His name is Kevin Rudd and he’s looking for another leader role

Norman and Goff want Key to resign...  I bet they do, they can't beat him in elections that's for sure. 
And has the left learned nothing from the last election...  The more mud you throw around the more will stick to you.  It's no wonder right wing voters were mobilised in record numbers last election, just look at the hate spewed by the left to "anyone voting National", any right wing supporter made absolutely sure they got to the polls last election to ensure the country wasn't run by people who openly hate them.  Fear is a very powerful motivator. 

Where did you get your persecution complex from?
If you need advice on your safety, try an institution ---- or maybe Australia.
Then again , I see Brazil has some attractions for at least one New Zealander.

Thank you BB3, made my point better than I ever could.  Make sure you step it up in 2017. 
"A total lack of any integrity appears to be a common trait among National party supporters, what a sad bunch of money loving people."

Agree was a case of getting out and voting right or ending up moving a step closer to an impoverished communist State.........
What worries me is that either way left or centre right politically the outcome will be communism anyway.......Key isn't going to stop anyone in any Government Agency from spying on the people........and he certainly isn't going to buck the international trend and vote down legislation which allows spying......
The principle of public protection, safety or good is the most abused principle throughout history.

Thank you Senator McCarthy

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The meat it feeds on.”
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This smacks of the involvement of overseas security services. First pick the man who will support your country's agenda, say Tony Abbott or John Key then  manipulate  and bribe local players to acheive the result you want. I wonder who now has a condo in Florida or some such. Six months later the local poulation can't understand why someone was elected. I notice Abbott is being shunned  by members of his own party seeking election in Victoria.

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