New Zealand’s reputation for being corruption-free is a load of hogwash

liesI recently  did  an official information act request to Judith Collins seeking  her source of information  for being consistently quoted as stating that New Zealand is the least corrupt .

In the response she states  that this is the perception index  yet   far too often she  makes the statement as though it is   fact and not  a mere illusion  One such instance is  in  her address to parliament where she erroneously   interprets this to mean ” Corruption free ”

“New Zealand’s reputation for being corruption-free is one of its biggest assets internationally. People who do business and invest in New Zealand know they can trust our laws and our Government to protect their rights and freedoms. New Zealand’s ranking by Forbes as the best country for doing business is in part due to the high trust in our public sector. Well done, New Zealand.”

If the ‘corruption free ” statement was made by a company it would be  held accountable under the fair trading act.

National are slapping themselves on the back  for  the low levels of corruption  by  actively concealing corruption and preventing people from speaking about it  as is evident in this question by  MP Grant Robertson 29 May 2014:

I would ask why it is that I am unable to ask a question that is legitimately to the Minister of Justice about the question of corruption and bribery—and I quoted from a Ministry of Justice fact sheet, which describes that as abuse of one’s position of power—and I am not allowed to ask questions about Ministers who bullied somebody—

Ross Robertson will retire for Government this year   without seeing his bill  Members of Parliament (Code of Ethical Conduct) Bill [PDF 148k] being passed.

Current chair of GOPAC (Global organisation of parliamentarians agaisnt corruption ) is Andrew  Little , he has a hard job a head of him when   our minister of justice   states that  we are corruption free  and also states ( at 1.05 )that in New Zealand there is no court of  justice .  To me this is a contradiction of terms .

My petition for a commission agaisnt corruption was presented this week . I have little doubt that   it will be viewed  seriously for as long as we do not label or define corruption we wont have any .

I have still to hear form John Key with  regards to my request to him,  I suspect that this has been filed in his drawer until one day he needs to pull it out  in a tit for tat trade off against an opposition minister .

National  appears to thrive on corruption  and  to act in the name of corruption would be  to clip their own  wings  .

I have come to the conclusion that a government which will not let you  question corruption must be corrupt .  Time for a change me thinks.

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