Friday, May 02, 2014

Judith Collins lied to Parliament

Since news of her dinner in China with executives from her husband's company and an "unnamed Chinese border official"TM broke, Judith Collins has been insisting that it was "private" and therefore that she doesn't have to answer questions in the House about it.

She lied:

Justice Minister Judith Collins' office initially asked for a foreign affairs briefing before a controversial dinner in China with Oravida representatives and an unnamed border official.

Collins has insisted the dinner was a private affair with no official business discussed.

However, documents released to Fairfax Media under the Official Information Act show that five days before the dinner her office sought the briefing from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Mfat).

An October 15 email from her office noted:

"On Sunday, October 20, the minister will be having a dinner that will include (redacted name). He has agreed to meet with the minister arranged by Mr Stone Shi, Oravida. The minister would like ambassador Carl Worker and his wife to attend this dinner. A briefing from Mfat will be required."

So, Collins held a corrupt little meeting and she then lied to the House about it. Isn't it time she followed Williamson and was sacked?