The Gwyn Report was not an investigation into the PM’s office. Cheryl Gwyn could not order John Key to give evidence, and he chose not to. Her conclusions of a lack of professionalism by Warren Tucker, but no similar conclusion for John Key and his staffers – do not mean those staffers or Key were ‘exonerated’ – it means that those conclusions were outside Gwyn’s scope. Still, she was able to find that the PM’s office did not request the confidential information be released – they got Slater to do it. And our top intelligence official was so on top of his job that he had no idea who Slater was, and released it in a way that he thought it was to a private individual.
Ede’s practise of using burner phones and email addresses to avoid any evidence like a drug dealer is mentioned, but little can be done…
The Chisholm Enquiry was even more amazing in its narrow scope. Unperturbed by Collins’ destroyed facebook messages with Slater, or a lack of phone call evidence from Slater to Collins despite knowledge that those calls occurred, Lester Chisholm stuck tightly to the brief of whether a Cathy Odgers-received email released by Key proved Collins undermined Adam Feeley, whom she was responsible for overseeing. He found that Slater’s evidence said she was guilty; but Slater was a terrible liar, so his evidence couldn’t be trusted and no other evidence implicated her.
It did not clear her from (or remotely investigate) any other many other corruption allegations she’s faced this year. Oravida, ACC privacy, Dirty Politics… All still there.
It did show the incredibly close relationship she had with Slater, as his ‘tipline’. It did show that Slater and Odgers and Carrick Graham were conspiring against Feeley for Mark Hotchin – and surely this must concern the police.
It did not conclude on whether Collins is ever fit to be a Minister again – surely she isn’t.
And Honourable? Well…