Gerry Brownlee MP National Party State Services Spokesman
16 May 2006
Give us the whole story on leak
National Party State Services spokesman Gerry Brownlee says the identification of the person responsible for leaking the
centrepiece Budget announcement raises more questions than it answers.
"How did this messenger know what he was handling? Wasn't the document in an envelope or does Labour routinely share
this sort of material with the messengers?
"This raises serious questions about the handling of sensitive documents in the Prime Minister's office and she must
account for it. To now describe this leaker as a low-level employee ignores the fact that this person is based in her
"There appears to have been a complete breakdown of the process. A review after the fact is simply not good enough. "Who
tipped the messenger off to the contents of the document? How long has this messenger had access to secret documents,
and how many other leaks are thought to have come from this source?
"This has landed right back in Helen Clark's lap and it highlights what can only be described as a cavalier approach to
the handling of confidential Budget documents."
Mr Brownlee says the report provided today adds weight to National's call for a select committee inquiry so MPs and the
public can have faith in the process going forward.