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Corruption on the Right wing

 |  Paul Sommerville  | 

In recent opinion pieces, Trevor Ammundsen railed against what he perceives as corruption in RMA processes and got upset about the “rude” behaviour of “socialist” politicians.

Just last week, there were numerous reports of questionable behaviour by right-wing politicians. So, the excitement is building as we await Trevor’s latest exposé.

National MP David MacLeod failed to disclose $168,000 in election donations. As Environment Select Committee chair, he reviewed the Fast Track Approvals Bill. One donor, financially interested in an offshore mining application denied RMA consent by multiple courts, sought to bypass RMA hearings for fast-track approval from MacLeod’s ministerial colleagues.

Secondly, former National PM John Key is being sued in the USA for insider trading.

And, NZ First Mining Minister Shane Jones met with directors from three mining companies, urging them to fast-track their applications. Initially, Jones did not include this meeting in his ministerial diary, claiming it was last-minute, but later admitted it was arranged days earlier.

What do you say, Trevor, about private lobbying of Ministers leading to fast-track consents without public input? Is this the “lucrative gravy train” you mentioned?

There’s plenty of juicy material here for your anti-corruption crusade. Or is it only lawful iwi participation in RMA processes or “rudeness” by left-wingers that qualifies for an exposé?

In recent opinion pieces, Trevor Ammundsen railed against what he perceives as corruption in RMA processes and got upset about the “rude” behaviour of “socialist” politicians.

Just last week, there were numerous reports of questionable behaviour by right-wing politicians. So, the excitement is building as we await Trevor’s latest exposé.

National MP David MacLeod failed to disclose $168,000 in election donations. As Environment Select Committee chair, he reviewed the Fast Track Approvals Bill. One donor, financially interested in an offshore mining application denied RMA consent by multiple courts, sought to bypass RMA hearings for fast-track approval from MacLeod’s ministerial colleagues.

Secondly, former National PM John Key is being sued in the USA for insider trading.

And, NZ First Mining Minister Shane Jones met with directors from three mining companies, urging them to fast-track their applications. Initially, Jones did not include this meeting in his ministerial diary, claiming it was last-minute, but later admitted it was arranged days earlier.

What do you say, Trevor, about private lobbying of Ministers leading to fast-track consents without public input? Is this the “lucrative gravy train” you mentioned?

There’s plenty of juicy material here for your anti-corruption crusade. Or is it only lawful iwi participation in RMA processes or “rudeness” by left-wingers that qualifies for an exposé?


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