I’ve just had a set of answers to written parliamentary questions back from Key in which he refuses to list the occasions on which Ministers have declared an interest in Cabinet or Cabinet Committee matters.
He claims that continues a previous practice. I’m not sure if that is correct. I for one was never asked.
If Ministers have acted properly and declared interests then that forms part of the Cabinet minute. Or sometimes they are given a warning that an item is coming up and they leave the room.
Some of us have non-pecuniary interests that we work through with the Cabinet Office or in my case SSC and the Treasury. I wasn’t given papers – including policy papers – in areas I was conflicted.
Seemed to work pretty well. I would have no problem with the fact that I acted properly being public.
To take a contrary view doesn’t look flash.
Maybe it is another issue for #OpenLabourNZ.