Regardless of what purpose, the government publishing data on private individuals should make us very uncomfortable.
DPF says Labour used to do this. If that’s the case, provide a link. It’s a bad look and invites invitations of dirty politics.
However, methinks those at The Standard doth protest too much.
Stunned. I’m simply stunned. After speaking out against Paula Bennett’s cuts to the Incentives Training Allowance two solo mothers have had their entire financial details publicly released by her.
This is a disgraceful act of bullying which must surely breach the privacy act but it fits with the pattern we’re seeing from National of digging dirt and attacking anyone that speaks out against them.
The message is clear. Speak out against the Nat’s and they’ll do whatever it takes to drag you through the mud. Meanwhile they’re doing everything they can to deny the opposition any (supposedly public) information that might be used against them.
I haven’t seen this sort of suppression of dissent since Muldoon was in power.
Oh, I can think of a much more recent example… I strongly doubt IrishBill had much to say about her tactics.