Ardern announces separate Party inquiry alongside QC complaints inquiry

Jacinda Ardern announced that the terms of reference for the Maria Dew inquiry into allegations made against a Labour staffer had been decided but would remain secret (at the request of complainants and the alleged offender).

And she said that Dew didn’t want to investigate the party’s handling of their own inquiry, so there would be a separate inquiry into that. terms of reference were also not disclosed.

Stuff – Labour scandal: Party to conduct two separate inquiries into sexual assault allegations

Labour will conduct a separate inquiry into its response to sexual assault allegations made against a former staffer.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the review at her post-Cabinet press conference on Monday, saying the party had failed its members.

The inquiry will sit alongside the initial inquiry by QC Maria Dew into the actual sexual assault and bullying allegations against the staffer.

Labour’s lawyers, Kensington Swan, will finish an already-begun report on the Labour response to the complaints, but this will then be handed to a separate third party lawyer to establish the facts, based solely on paper evidence.

The complainants and the party will then be able to offer comment as part of this report. Ardern said it would be released to the public if those involved were comfortable with that.

The inquiry would remain paper-based as to not subject the alleged victims to multiple interviews, Ardern said.

Asked whether her own office and senior MPs would be subject to the inquiry, Ardern said she expected anyone asked to be involved.

That doesn’t really answer the question. It depends on what and who Labour’s own lawyers check out, and what the “separate third party lawyer” chooses to investigate, or is asked to investigate.

The Prime Minister said the terms of reference for the Dew inquiry were now finalised but the complainants did not wish for them to be released to the public.

Ardern is still making it clear that she accepts that mistakes were made.

“There are no excuses for Labour’s handling of these allegations and I will offer none. Mistakes have been made. It is now my job to address that.”

A lot is riding on how well Ardern addresses that – and how well she is seen to address it. Some details will need to remain confidential, but openness and transparency are very important, or the damage of her reputation will not be undone.

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26 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  17th September 2019

    Just listened to Mikey absolutely destroy Jacinda. It was painful listening to her defend the indefensible with rehearsed replies. Mikey’s superior intellect tripped her up on a couple of occasions.

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      • Gezza

         /  17th September 2019

        Christ. Yup, Skewered. Dunno how many times I heard the words process, need for claridy, & third pardy, but so much wriggling & obfuscating going on there from Jacinda going on there it made me wince with embarrassment.

        I gave up listening to Hosking – he’s too exhausting with his hi-speed jibber jabber, but that was a good, point by point, focussed interview. She’s wasting her time trying to charm his or apoeal to his vanity.

        Repeated claims that she has “been consistent” are not a susbstitute for “been honest”.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  17th September 2019

          Hardly – it could mean consistently incompetent or dishonest.

          She does seem to use a lot of weasel words.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  17th September 2019

            I listened to some of it; but she was um,rambling and um repeading herself and it didn’d seem as if much of real interest was coming. Waffling and walls of words seemed to be the order of the day.

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            • Gezza

               /  17th September 2019

              That’s well put & accurate imo.
              Banging on about “the process” is public service speak. Nobody gives a toss about “the process” except senior public servants in the grotney pudding, usually. The public want to know WTF went down here & she makes it sound like toothless reviews already have the objective of shutting the complainants up even if that means financially & explainng away anything awkward with weasel words.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  17th September 2019

              What did we say before someone coined ‘weasel words’ ?

              We have been told sweet FA about what’s going on. Now she’s beetling off abroad to the World Cup and no doubt hoping that we will all have forgotten about it by the time she gets back from meeting Old Pussygrabber.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  17th September 2019

              I saw her walking away from the press again. This is happening too often. She doesn’t like the questions, so she pouts and runs away.

  2. lurcher1948

     /  17th September 2019

    Mikey??? has intelligence, well knock me over with a feather
    PS proud to never listen to Mikey????I have standards and that includes his partner

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    • Corky

       /  17th September 2019

      ”PS proud to never listen to Mikey????I have standards and that includes his partner.”

      It shows, Lurchy. My, how it shows.

      Anyway, let’s look ahead. Could Jacinda be rolled for the sake of the hive? Could Jacinda retire from politics and pursue options opened up to her by her bubbly but vacuous reputation gleaned on the world stage?

      Interesting questions, Lurchy. Mikey will no doubt give us his considered opinion in due course.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  17th September 2019

      I don’t listen to him, Lurch; I am never that hard up for an occupation and I can’t stand him. That supercilious grimace is a real turnoff.

      Give Old Velvet Ears and his girlfriends an ear woofle from me.

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  3. Eleven posts on Labour in seven days? This smacks of dog-whistle politicking.

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    • It’s a big issue politically and socially – the biggest political issue for each of those seven days. And it’s of interest to me.

      Your comment smacks of trying to dump on the messenger, while ignoring the serious issues being raised.

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      • lurcher1948

         /  17th September 2019

        I’m more concerned about Byjing bridges AKA Peking simon,Sarah’s story might or might not be true but I saw simon do groveling to communist China…that’s scary

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    • Trevors_elbow

       /  17th September 2019

      Because Labour are in the news and have a very serious problem to deal with.. or should allegations against Labour just be dismissed for the good of the Party comrade….

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    • Corky

       /  17th September 2019

      You know where the exit is,Ishmael. No one is stopping you using it.

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  4. Interesting how the Labour apologists din’t seem ti remember that their party actually leads the Government.
    Likewise where are the Greens on this, they staged a walk out of Parliament when John Mey made a joke about male prision rape, this real rape(alleged)…not a thing.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  17th September 2019

      Who’s John Mey ?

      John Key was set up by a radio station who asked him to pick up a cake of soap, but as he obviously didn’t see what the implication was, the ‘joke’ fell flat.

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    • Duker

       /  17th September 2019

      Ray has remembered wrong. The Radio station thing didnt lead to the walkout..that was because Key accused the opposition parties about supporting ‘rapists’- the women Mps walked out

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    • Duker

       /  17th September 2019

      How could the Labour party do something when a whole group of officials are adamant they hadnt heard any such thing.
      Maybe if the aggrieved young woman went to the Greens woman Mps instead of ‘sharing caring Paula’ she would have had satisfaction much sooner.

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      • Given the apparent silence of Green MPs on this issue they may not have been as helpful as you assume.

        I’ve seen no indication of this but it’s possible Green MPs were informed when Bennett and a number of journalists were.

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      • Trevors_elbow

         /  18th September 2019

        To every problem… spin…spin… Fraser House talking points are lame on this issue.

        Why cant Labour treat women with Respect. It’s not hard Duker….

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  5. Gerrit

     /  17th September 2019

    Neither did the Greens make much (if any) of a fuss when some leftie called Tom Scott sang he was going to commit rape.

    “One of these days I’m going to fuck your daughter. This poor boy going to make his seed, going to wake up in your girl – well hello Miss Key.”

    https://yournz.org/2014/12/06/tom-scott-on-and-off-radio-nz/

    Selective morality and silence from the Greens in that instance and now again in this instance.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  17th September 2019

      I had forgotten that grossly offensive ‘song’.

      I’d call that threatening behaviour and a threat to commit a serious crime.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  17th September 2019

        Erghhhh….the PDTs must think that threats of rape are all right….that is disgusting.

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