Another government department worth axing

WorkSafe has taken the bizarre step of laying charged against WINZ because some crazed nutter walked into a WINZ and killed two people.

WorkSafe has filed a charge against the Ministry of Social Development following the Ashburton Work and Income shootings last September.

The charge under Section 6 of the Health and Safety in Employment Act alleges the ministry failed to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of its employees while at work.

Work and Income (Winz) is a service delivery arm of the ministry.

The charge was laid in the Wellington District Court today following the conclusion of an investigation begun by WorkSafe shortly after the incident.

No further information is available and no further comment would be made as the matter is now before the courts.

Russell John Tully, 48, has been charged with murdering Work and Income front-counter workers Peggy Turukira Noble, 67, and Susan Leigh Cleveland, 55, on September 1 last year.

Tully faces charges of murder and attempted murder, and other charges that include theft, unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition, and setting a man trap.

Tully is remanded in custody for a further pre-trial call-over tomorrow.

What a bunch of wombles, followed closely by the PSA.

The Public Service Association (PSA) said WorkSafe’s move shows the importance that must be placed on health and safety in the workplace.

“WorkSafe have the statutory right to make independent decisions regarding prosecution and they won’t have made this lightly,” PSA national secretary Richard Wagstaff said.

“All relevant information and necessary resources should now be made available so that this matter can be resolved.”

Oh right, I can imagine WorkSafe lining up to prosecute the owners of Lindt Cafe if they were in Australia.

What these muppets have done is set in train a massive building cost blow out as government departments start putting in bullet proof glass…and this will flow into the private sector as well, especially at banks, insurance companies, petrol stations. The cost to business and taxpayers will be enormous.

The minister responsible should call in the CEO and sack him forthwith, and start making moves to wind these fools up.


– NZ Herald