It wasn’t the Watergate burglary that resulted in Nixon’s resignation – it was being caught in a cover-up.
Yesterday I posted on the fact that for four years running, including two while he has been Attorney-General, Chris Finlayson has on the face of papers available made false declarations to the Registrar of Pecuniary Interests.
Finlayson, in a grudging way appears to have accepted that that is true. He appears to be preparing to resign, but not as Attorney General for repeatedly misleading Parliament in his declarations, but as a company director.
But in the same article :-
“He has been a director and shareholder of Te Puhi Trust since 2006 but he said yesterday that the incorporation owned no assets”.
But on the face of the publicly available documentation that is not true. I’m not suggesting that Finlayson has a beneficial interest given his explanation yesterday. But it is very important that he is precise and he has been playing fast and loose with the rules to date.
Terralink makes it clear that Te Puhi Trutee (2) Ltd is the legal owner of two properties in Underhill Road Tauherenikau. Can’t do link for copyright reasons but not hard to find for a small fee.
And a reminder of what the then Leader of the Opposition said about the role of and standards against which an Attorney General should be measured.
Lawyers are the professionals we depend on in our society to ensure the accuracy of the documents that they sign. They should not sign documents knowing them to be false under any circumstances. For the most senior law official in the land, the Attorney-General, to have done so not once but on several occasions, is a serious matter. Mr Parker was right to tender his resignation. I commend him for that.
If Finlayson repeatedly made false declarations as a lawyer then the Law Society would deal with him. Is there a lower standard for the Attorney General? That is a matter for Key to decide.