30 Mar 2023

The Opportunities Party wants anti-corruption commission

From Morning Report, 8:10 am on 30 March 2023

The Opportunities Party thinks it's time New Zealand sets up an anti-corruption commission, to oversee elected officials and their staff. 

It follows revelations staff in the Prime Minister's office - not the actual officeholder - knew two years ago about Stuart Nash's breaches of the centuries old convention of Cabinet collective responsibility. 

The convention allows free and frank, confidential discussions among ministers prior to collective decisions for which they are all held accountable. 

That wasn't all the staff on the ninth floor of the Beehive knew - they'd seen papers showing when Stuart Nash dished the dirt on his cabinet colleagues - he was dishing it up to his donors.

The Opportunities Party leader Raf Manji spoke to Charlotte Cook.