From The Standard
Good on Clark for sacking him as a minister when the allegations first came out. Different standards back then I guess.
Needless to say, the commenters are all over it. Eddie’s reply is to quote Wikipedia, which is vague and declare that DPF’s time line is faulty.
So here are the facts, from TVNZ reports at the time (TVNZ being the news organsation who broke the story origionally)
- The allegations appeared on the 12th.
- Clark decided to do something about it on the 20th – 3 days after the election
“National immigration spokesperson Tony Ryall claims it is a case of conflict of interest. He says Clark has known about the situation for a week, but didn’t take any action because it could have hurt Labour’s election chances.”
As DPF said at the time the allegations surfaced (i.e. the 12th):
If Taito Field is still a Minister by the end of Tuesday[he was], it will say a lot about Helen’s new standards of accountability.
People may like to recall that Jenny Shipley in 1999 also discovered ethical breaches by a Minister in relation to immigration issues. Despite being a couple of days before the election, she sacked him.