As story after story comes out about Official Information Act requests, it shows how much contempt for transparency and the law this government has, and how little it intends to be held to account.
Judith Collins ushering OIAs out in 2 hours to Slater.
John Key’s “Office” getting out SIS hits on Goff.
Paula Bennett delaying an MSD report OIA release, getting told by the Ombudsman to release it… and still holding onto it until after the election.
John Key now admitting to casually breaking the law they’re meant to go above and beyond (with the “highest ethical standards” required by cabinet), and delaying OIAs 20 days because it’s politically convenient.
If I was a journalist I’d be livid.
I am anyway.
OIAs have been with us 30 years, and the flagrancy of the breaches of the law have never been worse.
The Ombudsman is deliberately underfunded (funded to process 2/3 their average amount of complaints), and even if they uphold complaints they’re ignored.
They need teeth.
And a spotlight needs to keep shining on this until National’s behaviour improves. We need to keep showing the public the contempt they’re being held in.
National are saying: you only get to hear about the good stuff to judge us on, and once we’ve got your vote, you have no right to hold us to account for 3 years.