Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran refused to answer crucial questions about her portfolio at select committee today leaving the committee at a loss to know what is happening in the area, National’s Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media spokesperson Melissa Lee says.
“The Minister’s plans for Radio New Zealand and RNZ+ have been the primary issue that she has focused on since her appointment in October.
“However, she refused not just once but multiple times throughout today’s hearings to answer straightforward questions about her plans for the sector following Budget 2018.
“It is hypocrisy of the highest order for the Minister to refuse to answer basic questions about her intentions and the spending of millions of taxpayer dollars while at the same time claiming to be a ‘champion’ of open government.
“Radio New Zealand and other broadcasting agencies come before the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Committee for almost all other matters but she feebly argued she held no responsibility.
“Well that’s typical of Ms Curran and her Government. Say one thing and do another and break promise after promise to New Zealanders.
“This is more dodging from a Minister who has been consistently exposed as being out of her depth.
“She has a history of leaving questions unanswered, misleading New Zealanders and breaking promises and this needs to stop.”
Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran must be much more transparent about her relationship with public broadcaster Radio New Zealand, National Party Broadcasting Spokesperson Melissa Lee says.
“Twice now we have the Government being less than open about their dealings with the company,” Ms Lee says.
“First last week, Clare Curran was caught red-faced attempting to hide a one-on-one meeting with RNZ Head of Content Carol Hirschfield by claiming it was a casual breakfast.
“And today we’ve learnt an employee of the Prime Minister’s Office promoted Government policy while participating in an opinion segment on National Radio but only described herself as a public relations consultant from a private company she no longer works at.
“The political independence of Radio New Zealand is paramount to its role as a public broadcaster. These events call into question the Minister’s ability to perform her Ministerial duties effectively.
“These events are another two strikes against both the Prime Minister’s and Clare Curran’s commitment to open and transparent Government in her Associate State Services (Open Government) delegations.
“Radio New Zealand operates in a competitive media environment. Both the company and its competitors must be confident there is nothing going on with the Minister in charge of the sector that could screw the scrum in a particular direction.
“Belatedly Clare Curran has now corrected the record about her meetings with Radio New Zealand. The Prime Minister needs to follow suit and apologise for the way her staffer represented herself.
“The Government is in danger of having its highly vocal commitment to open and transparent Government being seen for what it actually is – just another bunch of platitudes and hot air.”
This afternoon I had the privilege of being re-appointed to the position of Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Ethnic Communities.
Having served as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) since 2011 it is a continued pleasure to ensure that the voices of all New Zealanders can be heard in Parliament.
It is a great honour to continue to work for the ethnic communities of New Zealand and share their amazing stories of culture and diversity with my Parliamentary colleagues.
I look forward to continuing the excellent work our Government and National have achieved in getting more New Zealanders from all backgrounds engaged and aware in our communities.
오늘 오후 저는 다민족부 정무차관으로 재임명되었습니다.
2011년도부터 다민족부 정무차관으로서 모든 뉴질랜드 국민들의 목소리가 정부에 전달 되는 것에 일조할 수 있어서 기쁘게 생각합니다.
뉴질랜드의 다민족을 위해 지속적으로 일하며, 국회 동료들과 함께 여러 문화와 다양성을 나눌 수 있어서 영광스럽게 생각합니다.
저는 뉴질랜드 정부와 국민당이 여러 배경을 가진 더 많은 뉴질랜드 국민들과 소통하며, 그들이 지역사회에서 잘 속해 있을 수 있도록, 앞으로도 좋은 일들을 이어나갈 것을 기대하고 있습니다.