Labour’s Internal Affairs spokesperson Trevor Mallard today called on the Prime Minister to remove responsibility for New Zealand data security from newly appointed Minister for Internal Affairs, Peter Dunne.
“In the House today, Peter Dunne refused to deny being the source of the leak of the draft Kitteridge report into the Government Communications and Security Bureau.
“As Internal Affairs Minister, he is responsible for the supervision of the Government’s Chief Information Officer and answerable in the House on the security of confidential information held by the Government.
“Most New Zealanders including the Prime Minister, believe Peter Dunne made the Kitteridge report available to the Dominion Post.
“This is a matter of ethics and ministerial responsibility, and Peter Dunne does not make the grade.
“John Key should either remove him from his ministry or relieve him of his information security responsibilities,” Trevor Mallard says.