29 September 2014
National-ACT Party agreement announced
National Party Leader John Key today announced the confidence and supply agreement negotiated with the ACT Party.
“I welcome this agreement with the ACT Party,” says Mr Key.
“National and ACT have worked together constructively over the past six years to provide stable government and to implement policies to promote a strong economy. I look forward to that relationship continuing and working with new ACT MP, David Seymour.
“The agreement gives the National-led Government confidence and supply support throughout this term.
“It provides for Mr Seymour to be appointed to the positions of Parliamentary Under Secretary to the Minister of Education and Parliamentary Under Secretary to the Minister for Regulatory Reform.
“Mr Seymour will also be a member of the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee and a member of the Cabinet Appointments and Honours Committee.
“In addition, National has agreed to work with ACT on a range of priority policy areas. These are outlined in the confidence and supply agreement.
“I look forward to a constructive relationship with Mr Seymour and the ACT Party in this term of government,” says Mr Key.Tweet
29 September 2014
National-United Future agreement announced
National Party Leader John Key today announced a third consecutive confidence and supply agreement has been negotiated with the United Future Party.
“I am pleased that National has again been able to achieve an agreement with United Future Leader Peter Dunne,” says Mr Key.
“We have had a constructive working relationship with United Future over the past six years that has provided strong and stable government, and I welcome this new agreement.
“The agreement gives the new National-led Government confidence and supply support throughout this term.
The agreement provides Mr Dunne will be appointed Minister of Internal Affairs, Associate Minister of Health and Associate Minister of Conservation. He will be a Minister outside Cabinet.
“National has also agreed to work with United Future on policies identified by United Future, and outlined in the confidence and supply agreement.
”I look forward to continuing to build on the constructive relationship National and United Future have established,” says Mr Key.Tweet
15 September 2014
PM responds to incorrect surveillance claims
Prime Minister John Key tonight corrected misinformation that has been put in the public domain concerning the operations of the Government Communications Security Bureau.
“Claims have been made tonight that are simply wrong and that is because they are based on incomplete information,” Mr Key says.
“There is not, and never has been, a cable access surveillance programme operating in New Zealand.
“There is not, and never has been, mass surveillance of New Zealanders undertaken by the GCSB.
“Regarding XKEYSCORE, we don’t discuss the specific programmes the GCSB may, or may not use, but the GCSB does not collect mass metadata on New Zealanders, therefore it is clearly not contributing such data to anything or anyone,” Mr Key says.
“I am setting the record straight tonight because I believe New Zealanders deserve better than getting half of a story, embellished for dramatic effect and political gain, and based on incomplete information.
“The GCSB undertakes cyber security operations to protect individual public and private sector entities from the increasing threat of cyber-attack and this is very important work.
“It does not, however, remotely resemble what has been claimed,” Mr Key says.
The GCSB’s cyber security operations occur within its legal framework and only when the following conditions are met:
- Each entity must provide individual legal consent to be protected by the GCSB;
- The independent Commissioner of Security Warrants must be satisfied each individual case is within the law, and a legal warrant must be co-signed by the Prime Minister and the Commissioner;
- Warrants are subject to a two-step process, as outlined by the Prime Minister when legislation was passed last year. A warrant is required for high level cyber protection for an individual entity, and the content of a New Zealander’s communications cannot be looked at by a GCSB employee unless a specific cyber threat is identified which relates to that communication. If that is the case, the GCSB must return to the Prime Minister and the Commissioner to make the case for a second warrant in order to access that communication.
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15 September 2014
Prime Minister responds to alleged email
Prime Minister John Key says he stands by his statements that he did
not know about Dotcom until the day before the raid took place on his
property in January 2012.
An alleged email has surfaced today from 27 October 2010 between WarnerBros Kevin Tsujihara and MPAA’s Mike Ellis which has been discredited by both parties.
“The conversation allegedly reported on in the email did not take place,” Mr Key says.
“People will see this for what it is.”
05 September 2014
Government Inquiry announcement
Prime Minister John Key today announced the establishment of a Government Inquiry into allegations regarding Hon Judith Collins and a former Director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley.
“I have determined that a full and proper Government Inquiry with full powers of inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2013 is the most appropriate course of action.”
Former High Court Judge Hon Lester Chisholm will conduct the inquiry.
Mr Chisholm is a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to the Judiciary and was a member of the New Zealand Law Practitioners’ Disciplinary Tribunal.
Mr Chisholm was also recently the chair of the Board of Inquiry with the Ruataniwha dam and irrigation scheme.
The Inquiry will be established by notice in the Gazette no later than 11 September 2014.
The Terms of Reference require the findings of the inquiry to be reported to the Prime Minister no later than 28 November 2014.
- Terms of Reference for the Government Inquiry into Allegations regarding Hon Judith Collins and a former Director of the Serious Fraud Office (pdf 145.95 KB)