A typical Auditor-General report takes 3 months. “Larger and more complex” ones take 6. Metiria Turei’s complaint about the way SkyCity was chosen for an international convention centre in a ‘pokies-for-convention-centre’ deal has been going 8 months. Clearly, what they’ve found has non-trivial implications for the government and they’re making sure all their ‘t’s are crossed and ‘i’s dotted.
So, that doesn’t bode well for Key and Joyce. Nor does the fact that the Auditor-General has sent them draft versions. That’s part of the natural justice process that effectively gives people who are negatively implicated in reports an ‘appeal’ before publication.
Now, the A-G says they hope to get the final report out by the end of the year. I don’t think that’s realistic. 7 working days to go. Key’s office hasn’t even provided its feedback yet. If the report does come out just before Christmas, it will look like an attempt to bury it in the silly season (much as Collins is going to do with the Binnie report on compensation for Bain).
It could be a very unhappy new year for Key, Joyce, and their crony capitalist mates.