John Key is calling for answers from ACC over the Bronwyn Pullar case; Stuff reports:
Prime Minister John Key says "valid questions" need to be answered over apparently misleading comments by ACC executives about whistleblower Bronwyn Pullar.Opposition parties are calling on ACC Minister Judith Collins to sack chairman John Judge and chief executive Ralph Stewart.It comes amid growing controversy over the corporation's complaint to police that Ms Pullar had tried to extort compensation after she was inadvertently emailed the private details of more than 6500 claimants.Police announced last week they would not be taking action because no offence was committed at a meeting between Ms Pullar, her supporter and former National Party president Michelle Boag, and two senior ACC managers.Ms Pullar, who has been an ACC claimant since suffering a head injury in a cycling accident in 2002, recorded the meeting and provided police with a copy of the tape.Mr Judge and Mr Stewart last week stood by their decision to go to police and said that, despite requests, police had not provided them with a copy of the recording.But on April 30, The Dominion Post revealed that senior ACC staff, including Mr Stewart, had been played the tape.And on TV3's 60 Minutes on Sunday night, Ms Pullar said her lawyer had played Mr Stewart the recording which featured the senior managers, not Ms Pullar, saying they wanted the email back if her claim was resolved.
Sunday night's 60 Minutes story about Bronwyn Pullar raised as many questions as it answered. But the revelations above definitely place a question mark over the credibility of the chairman and CEO of ACC.
It appeared from the portion of the taped conversation played on 60 Minutes that the suggestion for continuation of Ms Pullar's benefit came from the ACC managers with whom she was meeting. That of course is completely at odds with the allegations from A
CC that Bronwyn Pullar tried to extort ACC. We do however say "It appeared", because the tape was not played in its entirety, and selective editing can make a difference to context. It would be interesting to see a transcipt of the full exchange.
And the Herald reports that Key and ACC Minister Judith Collins are refusing to publicly back ACC:
Prime Minister John Key and ACC Minister Judith Collins have refused to back ACC's most senior executives in their dispute with claimant Bronwyn Pullar but do not want to speak more before two inquiries are completed.
Last week's announcement by the Police that there would be no prosecution because no offence had been committed was a damning indictment of ACC. But there are two other investigations underway, which explain Judith Collins' silence; read on:
Mr Key said he would not comment further until investigations by the Auditor-General and the Privacy Commissioner were completed.Mrs Collins refused to discuss Ms Pullar's allegations but issued a statement saying it was a high priority to rebuild the public's trust in ACC."I cannot emphasise enough how seriously I view recent privacy-related issues. Privacy and information security are the biggest challenges facing ACC at present," she said. "At this stage, I am not yet satisfied ACC's privacy provisions and protocols are appropriate, or are being complied with to the level they should be."