30 Aug 2017

'No surprises' policy has morphed - Andrew Geddis

From Morning Report, 7:18 am on 30 August 2017

Winston Peters is vowing that whoever leaked his superannuation details will be held to account. He says he doesn't think government officials should have briefed ministers of his situation, especially before he himself had been told he needed to pay money back.

"This whole 'no surprises' policy has really morphed from being 'give information where a minister may be accountable, especially in Parliament' to simply 'tell the Minister anything that might cause the minister any sort of problems at all' - and that certainly shouldn't be happening," University of Otago law professor Andrew Geddis tells Morning Report.