Jacinda Ardern dodges questions about Treasury’s bungling of Budget information
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Treasury Secretary Gabriel Makhlouf are batting away questions about Treasury’s mishandling of Budget 2019 information, which National Party staffers accessed earlier this week by simply searching Treasury’s website.
National Party leader Simon Bridges is calling for Makhlouf to resign after “smearing” the party by saying the information had been hacked from the Treasury website and asking police to investigate.
But police said that nothing illegal appeared to have taken place, Treasury said this morning.
Bridges said Robertson should also resign for backing Treasury, and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters should apologise for saying that National had acted illegally.
The State Services Commission is now investigating.
“Treasury has known since Tuesday exactly what happened and they covered it up to hide their incompetence,” Bridges said this morning.
“They have sat on a lie, calling the National Party criminal hackers and calling in the police.”
He said Robertson was “donkey deep” in this.
“He does not have the moral authority to deliver the Government’s Budget today.”
Robertson said today that he was “very disappointed” that Treasury did not seek more information before referring the matter to police.
Once again we have another Liarbour minister not being truthful. Who believes he didn’t authorise the police referral?