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Trotter questions Shearer’s moral compass

March 15, 2013

Chris Trotter is not impressed with David Shearer’s appointment of Shane Jones to the Labour front bench, as he concludes his most recent newspaper column with these words:

The New Zealand public, on the other hand, can easily be forgiven for wondering how the Auditor General’s finding that Mr Jones did not act improperly has somehow been construed to mean that Mr Jones did not act unwisely. Is he truly innocent of any failures of judgement that a Labour leader keen to run a tight ethical ship might see as good reasons for keeping him away from ministerial decision-making in the future?
The Liu Report was always going to be as much a test of Mr Shearer’s ethical standards as it was of Mr Jones’s handling of Mr Liu’s citizenship application. The Auditor General has given Mr Jones a pass. Can we say the same for the efficacy of Mr Shearer’s moral compass?
At a minimum Shearer’s decision renders him vulnerable to be being considered two faced and hyprocritical given his stance over the Sky City report. After all he cannot excuse Jones on the grounds of it was only process and poor official advice when he would not accept that argument re the Sky City scenario.

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