Sean Plunkett: Being vocal in a democracy shouldn’t mean you lose your rights and protections under the law.
Tracey Watkins: “The Privacy Commissioner advises that ministers can release information about an individual who has criticised a department but only that which is “relevant to the issues raised by the individual”. I would take that to mean that Bennett would have been justified in releasing how much each woman received in the forming of training incentive allowances, but releasing their income strays over the line… People will think twice about criticising Government policy if they know they are going to be hung out to dry by the Government. It won’t take long for the Bennett-grad jibes to surface”
Colin Espiner: “What say a minister decided to release the tax return details of a complainant? Or their shonky work history? Or some criminal conviction that had been long buried? Let’s face it, it’s not a fair fight.”
No Right Turn: “Bennett has committed an extraordinary abuse of power here, which reminds us of the bad old days under Muldoon or Shipley. It is authoritarian, it is totalitarian, and it shows no respect for individual’s rights or privacy. But apparently, these things now come second to government spin.”
The Hand Mirror: “intimidation pure and simple – criticise the government and we’ll put information in the media that’ll make you look bad. You don’t have to be lily white to have a genuine beef with the government over something. Yet that’s the implication of this kind of response”
Queen of Thorns: “You want to have a petty little flamewar, Paula, get a fucking blog and don’t use your position as a fucking Minister of the Crown to bully people into silence.”
And just because it’s so hilarious –
“I think it is good the Government is disclosing the relevant information” That pig ain’t gonna fly, David. Quick bury the issue with five random posts. Maybe people will forget about it!
Whale the Welfare Queen will help you! “Neelam Choudary was pimped out by Phil Goff to score points against Richard Worth without disclosing her Labour affiliations, Bruce Burgess’ story was obfuscated by Labour lackies going to the media and now these two silly women hid details about their financial position.” Ummm, maybe not.
[we’ve received several guest posts on this topic. Rather than do too many posts on it today, we’ll hold them for tomorrow]