Beatson suggests Key is right on ACC blowout
However, if The Treasury was kept as well informed as the Department of Labour suggests, it would have known as early as June that a significant additional appropriation of funds would be needed by the ACC.
There should have been some reference to the ACC’s requirement for additional funding in The Treasury PREFU and there are no constitutional reasons for keeping it quiet.
Key is right to demand explanations about the absence of any disclosure in the PREFU.
Parker is wrong when he says Nationals’ claims that Labour “covered up ACC cost increases are ridiculous”.
Key has yet to call it a cover up. Perhaps he will – once he learns precisely when and how much ACC Minister Street and Finance Minister Cullen had been told about the ACC’s funding requirements before The Treasury PREFU was finalized at the end of last September.
David Beatson is thus of the view Key is right and indeed may have grounds for calling it a cover-up.
So just what did Maryan Street know and when did she know it? Then what did she or anyone else tell Treasury and Dr Cullen and when?
This one will run for a while and possibly grow in the running.
It does rather look though as if David Parker is the one blowing smoke here, not John Key.