5 Dec 2018

Parliament staffers weren't ready for govt change - report

From Morning Report, 8:15 am on 5 December 2018

Public servants responsible for the transition between governments failed to support new ministers as no-one had planned for a full scale, new administration.A review has found officials were caught on the hop after last year's general election, having planned for a change no greater than a Cabinet reshuffle. That caused problems like being unable to supply basic equipment like laptops and mobile phones and a lack of experienced staff for incoming ministers, The State Service Minister Chris Hipkins ordered the review. Our political editor, Jane Patterson, has obtained a copy of the report and joins us now.