Can’t learn and change if report withheld

Auditor General Martin Matthews has resigned:

The issues and speculation about how I handled matters in relation to the fraud committed on the Ministry of Transport during my term as CEO have made it untenable for me to continue in this role.

I deeply regret and apologise for the fraud that was committed by an accomplished fraudster when I was Secretary for Transport, prior to my appointment as Controller and Auditor-General. I wished it had never happened but I accept I am accountable for everything done in and by the Ministry when I was CEO and I am ultimately responsible. . . 

I have resigned as Auditor-General because I understand the expectations associated with this role are high. It is important to me, and to the office, that the public has complete confidence in the person holding the position of Auditor-General.

This is the right thing for him to do.

What isn’t right is that the Officers of Parliament Committee which has representatives from all parties and ordered the report on Matthews’ suitability for the role given what happened at the MOT , have decided the report should not be released publicly.

The public has a right to know what is in the report not least because no-one can learn from it and make necessary changes from any mistakes made if it continues to be withheld.

2 Responses to Can’t learn and change if report withheld

  1. The Officers of Parliament Committee is chaired by David Carter, but actually comprises of a majority of opposition MP’s Carter, Jami-Lee Ross are the Nat representatives, along with Te Ururoa Flavell. The remainder of the Committee comprises Trevor Mallard and Carmel Sepuloni (Labour), David Clendon (Greens) and Barbara Stewart (NZF).

    It would be interesting to see if the vote to withhold the report was unanimous, or whether it was a majority vote.


  2. Gravedodger says:

    So often there is much vital and relevant information concealed in the omissions.
    Cannot Carter and Ross issue a dissenting view, gee whiz even a multiple bench of most judicial outfits have that right.
    Or are they sadly contributing to something that has an odour of decay about it.

    Too many are lauding the now ex auditor general, when his failures at MoT were career ending in my ever humble opinion and it is mystifying as to how one elevated to A G could have been so flawed so recently exposed
    It was not as if no warnings came up on the radar at MoT and Harrison’s efforts were not exactly “clear air turbulence”.

    So sad for those who waved red flags only to be rewarded eventually with dcms.

    Surely we have not descended to such mediocrity, or have we as a nation.


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