Dr Michael Bassett

Dr Michael Bassett

Newspaper Columns


What to do with the Royal Commission's Report?

13/03/2009
THE ROYAL COMMISSION


The Herald's Auckland City Reporter has an article in this morning's paper wanting the immediate release of the Royal Commission's report before the government has had time to consider it.

Why, pray, would any self-respecting minister release the report sight unseen to a reporter whom the Herald's own editor admitted only two days ago "misinterprets" information? It is in the public interest that the Royal Commission report is accurately reported to the people of Auckland. It must not be the victim of some drive-by shooting from Bernard Orsman. I trust that Minister of Local Government, Rodney Hide, resists the Herald's call, at least until that paper cleans up its act.