Amidst all the white noise coming from the Opposition benches during yesterday's Urgent Debate on the ACC situation, there was a voice of sanity; Green MP Kevin Hague. Here's his contribution:
We've made no secret of the fact that we have a degree of respect for Mr Hague. We've engaged with him on social media from time to time, and he plays the ball, not the man (or in Ms Collins' case, the woman). He has focused more on issues than on personalities. When he was visiting Whanganui on a recent cycling trip, we even suggested a cafe for him, which he found to be a good enough recommendation that he went back the next day as well! He is leading the Greens' attack on the government over ACC, but he's said nothing which might lead to him being sued; BECAUSE he has focused on the issues; unlike some.
And whilst the likes of Andrew Little and Chris Hipkins scream for Judith Collins' head, Kevin Hague is far more reasoned; the Herald reports:
Greens ACC spokesman Kevin Hague said Mr Stewart's resignation cleared the way for Mrs Collins to lead the process for refreshing ACC by steering it away from what he and others claim has been a focus on denying claims to save money and bringing it back to the principles on which it was founded."We need to reverse this culture of disentitlement that's taken hold since 2009 and with those key players - [former ACC minister] Nick Smith, John Judge and Ralph Stewart - gone we've got the environment to do that.''
Whilst Little was repeating the allegations against Ms Collins that has seen him and Trevor Mallard get sued, Hague has been far more restrained; read on:
Mr Hague said there were serious questions Mrs Collins needed to answer about her role in the Bronwyn Pullar affair.
We agree with him. However we reckon that the investigation by the Privacy Commissioner, which was welcomed by Ms Collins when it was announced a couple of months ago may well provide some of those answers.