For her own petty political purposes, Paula Bennett has put Natasha Fuller through hell.
She breached Fuller’s right to privacy by releasing her private information in a blatant attempt to punish her and silence critics like her who opposed Bennett’s canceling of the Training Incentive Allowance, which helped DPB mums get back into work (and which Bennett herself once used). The predictable and intended result was a torrent of bigoted abuse directed at Fuller that has forced her to move and caused her huge distress.
Any minister with any respect for their office would have resigned. Not Bennett.
Now (finally) the Privacy Commissioner has asked Bennett to apologise to Fuller for the damage she caused and pay her $15,000. It is a trifling sum for a person on a quarter of a million dollars a year (hell, her tax cut is half that much) but it would give some semblance of compensation for the damage she has caused.
Predictably, this awful person has refused. She shows no regret, no compassion.
Paula Bennett, you are a disgrace to your office and a disgrace to New Zealand.