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Quotation for Today, Wednesday 11 March


The Corrections Minister’s instructions to the State Services Commissioner, Iain Rennie, were quite explicit. He was to “establish who is accountable for serious failings identified by the Auditor-General’s report into the management of offenders on parole”. By any yardstick, Mr Rennie has failed miserably. He has found no one accountable in terms worthy of justifying dismissal. That includes the chief executive of the Corrections Department, Barry Matthews, and the parole head, Katrina Casey. And there is not a murmur about who else, among the problem-plagued department’s staff, should be held accountable for these “serious failings”. The Government’s quest for public-sector accountability seems to have passed Mr Rennie by.

NZ Herald Editorial -opening paragraph March 11

One Comment
  1. 11/03/2009 16:05

    I’ve been wondering when someone in the media would see that the dysfunction in the public service must come back to the SSC.

    Short of a shit fight with SSC, sackings etc, the Govt is left with no alternative but to turn to the private sector and bypass the blockages.

    Even Mallard and Cosgrove with their gloating over Collins getting the worst aspects of the deal make the case for a significant privatisation of State activities.



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