31 May 2023

Jan Tinetti to face Privileges Committee over false statement

From Morning Report, 7:29 am on 31 May 2023
Prime Minister Chris Hipkins and education minister Jan Tinetti visit Ridgway School to make a pre-budget education announcement

Photo: RNZ / Angus Dreaver

Parliament's Privileges Committee is to consider whether Education Minister, Jan Tinetti, deliberately misled Parliament.

In February, she told the house she was not responsible for the release of school attendance data, but staff told her later this was wrong.

However, Ms Tinetti did not correct the record until May 1 after she received a letter from the Speaker.

The matter has been referred to the Privileges Committee, to decide if the Minister's delay in correcting the inaccurate statement amounts to contempt.

It has been 15 years since an MP was referred to the Privileges Committee - the last person was Winston Peters in 2008.

Constitutional law expert, Mai Chen, spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss this morning.