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Horn Interupts Urgent ACC debate

Published: Tue 20 Mar 2012 03:41 PM
Following Question Time Speaker Lockwood Smith granted an Urgent Debate on the release of the private information by ACC.
Labour Deputy Leader Grant Robertson said there were numerous National ministers and high profile National Party members involved in the release of ACC client details and related issues, and a result there was a need for a wide ranging inquiry.
Robertson said the Auditor General should do the inquiry and not the Privacy Commissioner as the work would be too narrowly focussed.
His speech was interrupted by a member of the public letting off an air horn attached to a mobility scooter in the gallery.
ACC Minister Judith Collins said she felt sorry for the more than 6000 people who had their details inadvertently sent to an ACC claimant.
Collins said the information released was only a spread sheet on appeals, but it was still a dreadful mistake to have been made.
Collins said she first heard of the issue last week and it was proper that the Privacy Commissioner look into the issue and this would provide a full and thorough review of ACC.
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