Politicians should have a code of ethics and greater
checks and balances to ensure they were as transparent as
possible with the public, Labour Party open-government
spokeswoman Clare Curran said yesterday.
Commenting to the Otago Daily Times about the Government
inquiry into whether former justice minister Judith Collins
undermined the director of the Serious Fraud Office,
Ms Curran said one important issue was the timely release of
Prime Minister John Key had taken several weeks to take
action on Ms Collins' alleged involvement in leaking
information to bloggers.
''It's OK talking about open government but you have to
demonstrate it. One way to do that is the proactive release
It was revealed at the weekend that Ms Collins turned around
an Official Information Act (OIA) request in just a few days
to a right-wing blogger.
Ms Curran said the selective release of information was
The Dunedin South MP asked all National Party ministers and
government departments several questions regarding OIA
requests - such as how many they received, how many were
complied with, the timeframes for responses, the amount of
extensions and number of denials.
''Some ministers refused to answer me. Several showed it took
to the last minute before the responses were extended out.
''We have to make more information readily available to the
Some information had to be carefully assessed before being
made public but most information should be made available,