The Auditor-General Lyn Provost has decided that the Shane Jones/Bill Liu affair warrants investigation; check this out:
Inquiry into citizenship decision30 May 2012The Auditor-General, Lyn Provost, has decided to carry out an inquiry into the decision by the former Associate Minister of Immigration, Mr Shane Jones, to grant citizenship to Mr Yong Ming Yan (also known as Yang (Bill) Liu).This document sets out the terms of reference for the inquiry.
BackgroundMr Yan was granted permanent residency in 2002 and subsequently applied for citizenship. The Minister of Internal Affairs decides whether to grant citizenship, supported by the Department of Internal Affairs. Mr Jones, as the Minister who dealt with the application, approved Mr Yan’s application for citizenship in 2008.The Leader of the Opposition, Mr David Shearer, has asked the Auditor-General to carry out an inquiry into the probity of the decision to grant citizenship to Mr Yan. We have agreed to do so. The inquiry is being undertaken with the agreement of Mr Jones.
The inquiryThe inquiry will examine:
- the policies and practices of the Department of Internal Affairs when advising the Minister on applications for citizenship, in particular where the applicant’s ‘good character’ is in question;
- how and why the Minister decided to grant citizenship to Mr Yan; and
- any other matters the Auditor-General considers it desirable to report on.Francis Cooke QC has been appointed to lead the inquiry, which is being carried out under sections 16 and 18(1) of the Public Audit Act 2001. We will publish a report when the inquiry is completed.
Interestingly, The A-G's inquiry includes the "how and why" of the decision itself, not just the process as requested by David Shearer. And it will be interesting to see whether anything fits in to the "any other matters" category, the blanket clause in the Terms of Reference.