Metiria Turei: Dirty Politics not good enough for Greens

15/08/2014

What an election campaign this one is turning out to be!

While I’ve been out campaigning, lots of people have been talking to me about how dirty they think this election campaign already is. They’ve also been telling me how much they like that the Green Party doesn’t get into these kinds of issues.

Well, I wasn’t quite expecting it to get as low as it’s now become, after Nicky Hager released his new book Dirty Politics that alleges corruption and abuse of power within the National Government. The book alleges Ministers, National Party staffers, and National Party members have been involved in a kind of politics we haven’t seen in this country for a long time.

Kiwis pride ourselves on a clean and transparent political system, but National seems to be doing a good job in eroding that.

One of the things that gets me the most about these allegations is National’s response; Steven Joyce - National’s campaign manager and senior Minister - is trying to dismiss this dirty and dodgy behaviour as business as usual. It’s absolutely not. We all expect and deserve far better standards from Government. I won’t sit by and allow our democracy to be dragged through the dirt by John Key.

Because of the seriousness of these allegations, I’ve laid a number of complaints with different agencies calling for investigations into the claims in the book. I’ve asked the Parliamentary Service, the Inspector-General of Intelligence Services, the Privacy Commissioner and the Police to investigate different claims in the book, to ensure that the truth comes to light. The Greens have also committed to hold a Royal Commission of Inquiry when in Government to get to the bottom of what has gone on, and to seek recommendations on how to rebuild a clean and fair political system in New Zealand.

It’s so important for the public to have confidence in our democracy, and I don’t believe that they can until these matters have been dealt with.

source: data archive