That’s what Bennett is calling the Right’s attacks on the women she released confidential information about.
As if she didn’t know that would happen. As if she didn’t know that releasing this information on what seems like large amounts of money when you don’t have the facts would send every knuckle-dragging redneck, reactionary in the country onto the blogs and talkback. As if her intention wasn’t to release a shit-storm on these women to bully them into silence.
Already worked on one of them.
She doesn’t have any sympathy for these women. Only a cretin would genuinely believe that.
No journalist worth their salt is buying this crap. Listen to Ryan eviscerate Hooton as he tries to run Bennett’s lines. Pity not all of them have the brains to understand issue.
I’ll say it once for the ones that can read: this is about the right of New Zealanders, living in a democracy, not to have those in power use that power to try to intimidate and bully them by releasing confidential information if they dare to oppose the government.
I look forward to the Privacy Commissioner standing up for the right for all of us to be free from the arbitrary and undemocratic abuse of power.
Bennett revealed that she did not seek the CEO of MSD’s advice before releasing the information. She asked her staff for it. (excellent work by Labour getting those details out of her). That means it was not released through the normal chain of command. It is impossible that it went through the Ministry without Hughes being involved.
Means the MSD secondee in Bennett’s office or one of Bennett’s staff accessed the data. That person will lose their job for breaking the Privacy Act, the Public Service guidelines, and MSD’s rules. It will be Bennett’s fault.
She will lose hers too. It’s just a question of how she goes.