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Monday, September 12, 2005

Labour Minister arranges work permit for employee of his Labour Party mate

Scandals happen in real-time under Labour. Here's me struggling to get my series on Labour's scandals completed and another one comes along. And this one is pretty damned big.

Turns out Pacific Affairs Minister (!) Taito Philip Field hired an illegal Thai immigrant to work on Field's home in Samoa.

But get this - Field lobbied Associate Immigration Minister Damien O'Connor to give the Thai and his family work permits so they could stay in New Zealand.

So what did O'Connor do?
O'Connor granted the couple two year work permits, saying in a letter: "It is not my normal practice to intervene in the established immigration application process, however I have decided to make an exception in this case."
It helps to have Labour Party friends now doesn't it.

Thanks for the heads-up Vanzyl.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 9/12/2005 06:48:00 pm


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh dear. Breach of cabinet manual on conflict of interest.
Yep gone as candidates & minsters -

and whether or not they resign: on monday PM Brash can add their list of labour ministers for the SFO or select committe investigation into labour party corruption...
heh heh heh

9/12/2005 07:35:00 pm  
Blogger Berend de Boer said...

Well, it will be reported by our impartial journalist, and buried the next day. What's the chance the media will beat this up like the EB story, for an entire week?? Nada zappa nil.

9/12/2005 08:58:00 pm  
Blogger Swimming said...

It will be VERY Interesting to see how both the media and the PM react to this. Taito is the most socially conservative Minister, and his national counterpart in Mangere is Clem Simich, Nationals most liberal.
The papers will bury this, RNZ will briefly mention it and the PM will brush it off as something irrelevant.
If so, the PM's campaign of trust, leadership and accountability disappears down the campaign toilet.

9/13/2005 12:02:00 am  

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