8. In making allegations against a Department, an individual has released considerable personal detail to the news media. The Minister wishes to respond to the allegations using those details, but wants to add some further detail in order to answer specific allegations.
By releasing a large amount of personal information to the media, the individual is taking the risk that unfavourable publicity could result. If the Minister releases only information which is relevant to the issues raised by the individual, that person may not be able to claim that any particular harm was caused by the Minister's disclosure rather than by the individual's own disclosure. If the individual is not harmed, there would not be an interference with the individual's privacy under section 66 of the Privacy Act.
Warning to beneficiaries "Speaking to Labour Party people is a wealth hazard."
Update 1500: Squeaky little Charles Chauvelle is banging away in parliament's question time trying to imply that some of one of the aforementioned silly bitch's $50k plus income might have come from child support. They just don't get it, these Labour idiots.
It DOESN'T MATTER where the money comes from. People on Fifty Grand should not have their hands out looking for more welfare hand outs.
Update 1220: Labour is moaning to Radio Left Wing that Paula Bennett has 'set a new standard' by releasing individuals' information. They're damned right she has. New standards of transparency and accountability which Helen Clark promised ten years ago and never delivered.
Goff's motto appears to be 'Another week, another SNAFU.'
Labour Party strategists are like headless chooks this morning, trying to figure out how to tend their wounded and where to bury the dead after Paula Bennett smashed their latest foolish attempt at 'doing opposition.'
The two silly bitches on DPB who allowed themselves to be used as misguided missiles by Labour have been shot down and exposed for what they are. Liars. They failed to tell all the truth. How very Labour.
In fact, one of them is receiving more than the country's average weekly earnings by way of a raft of benefits. If, as the Herald reports, her benefit is net of tax then she's on over fifty grand. In addition, she also received nearly ten grand (tax`free) as a grant to set up a business which was folded within a year due to 'illness.' (The Minister should probe some more and release this so called business's statement of financial performance.)
The Department is issuing health warnings to beneficiaries with next week's dole payments.
"Talking to Labour is dangerous for your health and may cause long term damage to your lifestyle."
What a wonderful one liner from Paula Bennett.
The minister said she did not intend a "blanket" practice of releasing private information on all those who spoke out.
However, she would do so again if people misrepresented their situation or "put themselves out there with their 'full story' but put a full stop where it suits them".Labour's winter of malcontent now reads as follows:
1.....Muffed honey trap attack on John Key via Richard Worth
2.....Bungled Kiwi battler attack on John Key
3.....Excruciating embarrassment at Question Time, day after day
4.....Slumping opinion poll ratings
5.....Botched attempt to embarrass Paula Bennett.
It going to get a hell of a lot colder before spring comes along, Phil.