Privileges Committee Hearing on Release of Journalist's Info

Published: Wed 21 Aug 2013 02:21 PM
Privileges Committee Hearing on Release of Journalist's Information - 21 August 2013
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The Parliament's Privileges Committee sat today to hear submissions from those involved in the release of a journalist's emails and phone and swipe card records to the Henry Inquiry after a she published a leaked report into the GCSB.
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David Henry, who headed the inquiry into the leak, spoke first and said he had only sought information that was necessary to for the inquiry to find out who leaked the report.
He said it was up to Parliamentary Services to determine what information was appropriate to hand over to the inquiry.
“How they [Parliamentary Services] organised [it] is entirely a matter for them.”
It was reasonable to think that they knew what they were doing, he said.
In retrospect it would have been wise to seek the guidance of the speaker around the issues of privacy, he said.
He said he was not disappointed in the way he handled the inquiry and that he conducted it fairly and professionally.
Mr Henry faced questions from members of the Committee which included senior minsters from National, Labour, NZ First, Act, Greens, and the Maori Party.

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