Judith Collins' decision to leak information to blogger
Cameron Slater was "unwise'' and she is now on her last chance,
Prime Minister John Key says.
Speaking before the anniversary celebrations of the Maori
King's coronation celebrations outside Turangawaewae in
Ngaruawahia, Mr Key said he could only take Ms Collins' word
that she only leaked private information such as public
servant Simon Pleasants' numbers and not his name.
I think there are some details there which I think it is
unwise of a minister to pass on.''
But he said it did not change the basic point that she was
very strongly of the view that she did not leak the name,
just the numbers.
It is now the second time Ms Collins has been put on notice
that she was on a final chance after failing to mention a
dinner she had with the heads of Oravida during a trip to
Mr Key said that was still in place and denied she was now on
her "last last'' chance.
"What she's on is on her last chance after what happened last
time. But at the end of the day she's also subjected to a
left-wing smear campaign. And people will actually see that
as well for what it is.''
Other than the unwise move of sharing private information, Mr
Key generally trusted Ms Collins' judgement.
He said a lot of the information in Nicky Hager's book Dirty
Politics was "pretty old", "highly contested'' and much was
Mr Key claimed Labour was using a smear campaign to bring
National down instead of bringing out new policies.
In March, following the Oravida revelations, Mr Key was asked
whether Ms Collins was on her last chance.
He said: "I wouldn't want to be in her shoes if there was a
repeat of it.''