Today I have written to the State Services Commissioner asking whether he intends to inquire into the leaking of information about the Law Commission’s report into alcohol laws and policy, which was offically released today.
To recap on what happened last week, on Thursday a post appeared on Kiwiblog where David Farrar breathlessly informed readers that he had the scoop on the recommendations from the Law Commission. Now we know that the government and the State Services Commissioner take a very dim view of leaks from the public service. Just a month or so back they launched inquiries into the leaking of information on mining of Schedule four lands and public sector mergers. One would think that this also represents a significant unauthorised release of public information. That is unless it is not unauthorised of course?
Anyway, this will be a fairly easy investigation of course. Because in his eagerness DPF has told us
Details of the report have leaked out, and I can exclusively (emphasis added) reveal some of these
The Commissioner just needs to give David a call, and I am sure his enthusiasm for upholding the conventions of good government will see him spill the beans.
My only concern here is that the government and the State Services Commissioner seemed a lot less interested in the leaking of Budget information than the other inquiries.
But a leak is a leak. Of course DPF could clear the whole thing about right now by telling us where the leak came from?