Written By: - Date published: 7:06 am, September 12th, 2014 - 55 comments
Categories: blogs, Media, same old national - Tags: #dirtypolitics, brook sabin, david farrar, jared savage, john armstrong, whaleoil
Frank Macskasy at The Daily Blog has a good timeline of the Donghua Liu OIA.
And the times on the 18th of June – a date set for the John Banks resignation debate in parliament, and just 2 days after Jared Savage & Brook Sabin put in revised OIAs (their initial ones producing nothing useful) – make for some interesting reading:
12.10 – Labour Leader’s office told of letters, and told OIA will be mailed in 1 hour.
12.30 – Office of Immigration Minister (Michael Woodhouse) told OIA being released, with letters.
12.49 – Jared Savage is emailed OIA.
12.53 – Brook Sabin – without a paper-trail of how he got the letters (but direct from Minister’s office?) – publishes his story on the letter.
12.57 – Whaleoil references Jared Savage’s OIA about the letter.
1.00 – John Armstrong publishes call for Cunliffe’s resignation due to letter.
1.06 – David Farrar refers to Jared Savage’s OIA.
John Banks resignation debate in parliament gets derailed by National front-benchers referencing to breaking Donghua Liu news.
2.29 – Jared Savage publishes his story about his OIA…
Now how Brook Sabin made a package on the OIA in 4 minutes after the OIA release – or John Armstrong managed to comment on the breaking news 7 minutes later – is somewhat of a mystery. But Whaleoil and Farrar referring to an article that wasn’t published for another hour and a half?
Well, one might suspect Dirty Politics.
John Key admitted having the letter from the weekend of 10/11 May shortly after Jared Savage’s initial fruitless OIA caused it to cross Woodhouse’s desk. The Nats obviously then needed the information to come out to undermine Cunliffe, and at a politically convenient time. The full article has more inconsistencies and details.
Macskasy leaves us with some questions:
1. Who told Visa Services to respond to Jared Savage’s May 8 request at 8.59am on Monday 16 June?
2. Who told Savage to make a fresh, more specific request, the same morning and copy it to the minister’s press secretary?
3. Who told Sabin to put in a request on June 16?
4. Who told Tova O’Brien to ask those questions on Tuesday 17 June?
5. Who made the transcript of the questions and answers and how was it circulated?
6. After deciding to withhold the Cunliffe letter for privacy reasons, why was it released so quickly and without any further discussion of the privacy aspect?
7. It took the minister less than 20 minutes to approve the release of the Cunliffe and Carter letters. Is this a record?
8. How was it possible for the letter to be published in so many places so quickly?
So I think we can see another clear example of National’s dirty tricks – reaching right up to the PM.