New Zealanders are evenly divided over whether Justice
Minister Judith Collins' head should roll for her part in the
scandal, a Herald-DigiPoll survey has
And while a slim majority believe the saturation media
coverage of the claims in Nicky Hager's book was justified, a
slightly larger majority say the furore was either
unjustified or that it's time to move on.
Hager's expose of an alleged dirty tricks campaign run in
co-operation between Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater and
Prime Minister John Key's office also fingered Ms Collins for
passing on the identity of a public servant suspected of
aiding Labour's attacks on the Government in 2011.
Mr Key has conceded Ms Collins, who was already on thin ice
after the Oravida conflict-of-interest row, was "unwise" to
have done that. Forty-six per cent of 750 New Zealanders
surveyed over the week to Wednesday agreed her actions were
more bad behaviour and she should resign. A combined 45.9 per
cent said it was either unwise but not a sacking offence or
she had done nothing wrong.
The Herald-DigiPoll survey is the latest of several polls
suggesting that people think she should go but Mr Key
yesterday stood by his decision to retain her. "That's my
call as Prime Minister ... If the situation changes I reserve
the right to look at that."
Less than a third of people agree with Mr Key's claim they
were not interested in coverage of what he dismissed as a
"left-wing smear campaign". Just over 53 per cent said the
media coverage was justified while just over 30 per cent said
it was not.
- by Adam Bannett, NZ Herald