Ardern – “absolute given” no announcements before Cabinet discussion

Prime Minister Jacinda has said it is “an absolute given” no announcements should be made by Ministers before Cabinet discussion  – except when it is “normal decision making process”.

After Andrew Little had to scrap his plans to scrap the 3 strikes legislation when it became obvious NZ First wouldn’t support it, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made it clear Ministers shouldn’t make announcements before discussing them in Cabinet.

From NZH:

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters it was a “given” that ministers did not make announcements before discussing them at Cabinet.

“There’s always a given that we wouldn’t do that. It’s something that doesn’t really need requirement to be repeating. It’s an absolute given,” she said.

“Three strikes makes up only a very small part of a much wider agenda and we are continuing to pursue that agenda as a Government. None of these decisions are finalised until we have that discussion as Cabinet. All our ministers know that,” Ardern said.

Ardern is a bit liberal with her use of ‘absolute’, given her announcement (along with a Labour minister, a Green minister and an NZ First minister on oil and gas exploration permits without discussing it with Cabinet.

Stuff: No Cabinet paper written, no Cabinet decision made, in “political decision” to ban new oil exploration

Cabinet has made no decision on ending oil exploration, documents being released today will show, with April’s announcement made on the basis of a political agreement between the coalition parties.

On April 12, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern led a group of ministerial colleagues into the Beehive theatrette to confirm news that the Government had decided it would offer no new offshore permits for oil and gas exploration, with onshore permits offered in Taranaki for as little as three years.

Although the news was delivered by ministers affected by the decision and in a forum usually used to discuss decisions made by Cabinet, politicians made the decision in their roles as party leaders.

Today the Government will release a series of documents generated in the making of the oil and gas exploration decision, but it has already confirmed to Stuff that no Cabinet paper was created and that Cabinet has not voted on the matter.

“There was no Cabinet decision,” a spokesman for Energy Minister Megan Woods said.

In a statement, Ardern defended the handling of the decision, but said it was not how most decisions would be made.

“The decision on future oil and gas block offers was a political decision made by the government parties. It was consulted on and agreed between the parties and taken to Cabinet for confirmation,” a spokesman for Ardern said.

“This is a normal decision making process when it comes to coalition wide matters, but does tend to be the exception rather than the rule.”

An “absolute given”that ministers did not make announcements before discussing them at Cabinet except when it was part of the  “normal decision making process” that is “the exception rather than the rule”.



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  1. Gezza

     /  11th June 2018

    Gobbledygook from Ardern. It’s getting worse.

    • Pickled Possum

       /  11th June 2018

      Gez me ole mate it’s called baby brain didinchaknow, not gobbledygook! 😎
      ps Al been missing you today he even put up an MIA on you in GC

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  12th June 2018

        Oh, absolutely, it’s an absolute fact that she absolutely misuses absolutely in an absolutely tautological way.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  12th June 2018

          Alan wanted people to go and look through your windows.

  2. Corky

     /  11th June 2018

    Socialism 101, Andy. The collective makes the decisions, not the individual.

    • Blazer

       /  12th June 2018

      how does it work with Capitalist 101 countries?

      • Corky

         /  12th June 2018

        Well, I get to keep more of my money and have more choice. Of course I’m talking of Labour Lite socialist countries. We have no genuine capitalist nations.

  3. Blazer

     /  12th June 2018

    Hey can’t we get some….Panda’s from somewhere?
    Whens Meghan and Harry arriving?

  4. adamsmith1922

     /  12th June 2018

    Liar thy name is Jacinda Ardern


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