13 Mar 2018

Cabinet MP knew of Labour camp sex assault claims - Murphy

From Morning Report, 7:10 am on 13 March 2018

The Labour Party's general secretary Andrew Kirton is standing by his decision not to tell the police, parents or Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern that four teenagers had reported being sexually harassed and assaulted at a Young Labour Summer Camp in February.

Newsroom reported on Monday that four 16-year-olds - two boys and two girls - complained about what happened at a boozy party on the camp's second night. Three of the four said a 20-year-old man had put his hand down their pants.

The news caught Ms Ardern by surprise at her routine post-Cabinet press conference. Mr Kirton told RNZ's Checkpoint the decision not to tell the Prime Minister was based on advice from professionals.

Mr Kirton said the teenagers did not want their parents told, or the matter reported to the police.

Newsroom's Tim Murphy tells us the opportunity to take the complaints to the police were not as clear cut as Mr Kirton made out.