The inquiry into allegations former Justice Minister
Judith Collins tried to undermine former Serious Fraud Office
boss Adam Feeley will begin a week before this year's September
Prime Minister John Key this morning announced the terms of
reference for a Government Inquiry into the matter which cost
Ms Collins her portfolios.
Mr Key also said the inquiry would be conducted by former
High Court Judge Lester Chisholm.
The Government Inquiry will have "full powers" under the
Inquiries Act passed last year.
It will investigate whether:
- There is any evidence Ms Collins acted inconsistently with
the conduct expected of a minister by undermining or
attempting to undermine Mr Feeley's tenure as director of the
Serious Fraud Office
- Ms Collins provided information about Mr Feeley during his
tenure as director of the Serious Fraud Office to WhaleOil
blogger Cameron Slater or any other party not entitled to it
- Ms Collins inappropriately sought or received information
about Mr Feeley from Slater or any other party
It would also identify and report on any other relevant
The inquiry will begin on September 12 and is to report back
to Mr Key by November 28.
Mr Key earlier this week said the inquiry was likely to have
the power to force Facebook and other internet companies to
provide records of communications they held relevant to the
Ms Collins resigned her portfolios last Saturday after a 2011
email from Slater emerged in which Slater referred to her
"gunning" for Mr Feeley.
- Adam Bennett of the New Zealand Herald