Unusually a vote of the Intelligence and Security Committee public has been made public.
historic moment. I can tell you something that happened on the Intelligence and Security Cttee tonite: I moved a motion for an inquiry into appt process for Fletcher. Key recused himself. Vote was tied 2 each so motion lost. That’s it.
It was agreed by the committee’s chair (the Prime Minister) that the vote could be disclosed.
It’s not hard to work out how the vote was split (between Dunne, Banks, Shearer, Norman).
Shearer and Norman could be painting themselves into a corner on this, putting petty party politics before serious security matters.
The Auditor General has already ruled that an inquiry into Fletcher’s appointment is unnecessary – see Auditor-General will not investigate GCSB appointment:
Labour had asked the Auditor General to investigate it after Mr Key confirmed he had sounded out Ian Fletcher – a childhood family friend – for the post himself before directing him to speak to the head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
However, the Auditor General said that the Prime Minister had responsibility for the appointment and, unlike chief executives of other government departments, there was no specific process set out in making that appointment.
“The person appointed serves at the Prime Minister’s pleasure. As with many other ministerial appointments, the responsible Minister therefore has considerable discretion about how appointments are made. He or she is accountable to Parliament and the public in the usual way for those decisions.”
Last week State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie said Mr Key had done nothing wrong.
The Intelligence and Security Committee and the security services of the country require a high degree of secrecy which in turn requires a high degree of bipartisan responsibility from the MPs on the committee.
Shearer and Norman seem to put more effort into attempting political point scoring on things they have already failed at.
Today Winston Peters agreed to back Government changes to GCSB law and oversight, leaving Labour and Greens out on a limb on this issue.