The minister for open government was in fact highly secretive

It seems that downfall of Clare Curran was brought about by her penchant for secret meetings and conflicts of interest.

David Farrar points out the severity of the issue: Quote:

The undisclosed meeting was just as improper as the Hirschfeld one, namely:

  • It was a conflict of interest as Derek Handley was an applicant for the CTO job that the Minister appoints
  • The meeting was not in the Minister?s diary
  • The meeting was kept a secret from the Minister?s own staff and officials
  • The meeting was not disclosed to a written parliamentary question

If that is not enough to be removed from the ministry, what is??End quote.

How has she still got a ministerial portfolio? Surely all of that warrants dismissal from all posts? In appearing tough Jacinda Ardern actually has gone soft.?: Quote:

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is removing Clare Curran from Cabinet after she failed to record a meeting in her diary.

Ms Ardern said she has also accepted Ms Curran’s offer to resign her Government Digital Services portfolio and Open Government responsibilities, following a second failure to properly declare a meeting.

Ms Curran failed to record a February meeting in her diary and subsequently failed to record it in a written parliamentary question.

Ms Ardern said she received information on Monday that Ms Curran had informally organised a meeting in February this year.

In February, Ms Curran met with Derek Handley at her Beehive office in her capacity as Minister of Government Digital Services to discuss Mr Handley’s interest in the vacant Chief Technology Officer (CTO) role. This meeting took place after the first unsuccessful recruitment round for the CTO.?End quote.

I can’t think of a worse person, Questions still need to be asked about his rapid departure from Snakk Media, and his penchant for spouting arrant nonsense on Twitter and sucking up to offshore gurus. The man is a self-promoting tool of the highest order. Go read his Wikipedia page, it reads like a promotion booklet for his genius and likely written by his publicist or himself.?: Quote:

Ms Curran said she was very sorry for what had happened: “I’ve let myself down, I’ve let the Prime Minister down, I’ve let my government down, I apologise for the distraction this has caused to my government and I just want to put my head down and focus now on my portfolio of broadcasting, communication and digital media and do the best job I can.”

Ms Curran said she thought she had been accountable and to the best of her knowledge there were no other meetings of this type.

“As with any MP and any minister mistakes get made, the most important thing is to be as accountable as possible and I think I’m certainly being accountable and paying a fairly heavy price today,” Ms Curran said.?End quote.

A fairly heavy price? She’s still a minister and has only had a $50,000 p.a. pay cut, but is still pulling well over $200,000. Slap on the wrist with a wet bus ticket, hence the 4pm announcement on a? Friday during recess. Labour are hoping for this to die over the weekend.?: Quote:

The issue is that Ms Curran failed to record that meeting and that she subsequently failed to include it in a written question, Ms Ardern said.

Ms Ardern said that created an impression of a lack of transparency and it was the second time that there had been such an offence from the minister. End quote.

A lack of transparency from the minister for open government. Kind of makes a joke of the whole new ministry in the first place, and the appointment of Curran to the job. She has been less than open in all of her dealings.

I’ll bet there are plenty more meetings that are undisclosed. This time, however, there wasn’t a patsy civil servant to take the heat so the minister had to go.