How many millions of dollars in inept decisions has Vince Arbuckle cost the taxpayer?
Arbuckle , who is Deputy Chief Executive and on a salary of over $300,000 , has just been told by justice Dunningham that he got it wrong in refusing an interview by journalist Mike White with Scott Watson .
Arbuckle has in the past year refused requests to interview me by TVNZ , TV3 , NZ Herald , Radio NZ & Radio95bfM . That matter is awaiting hearing in the Court of Appeal and I have no doubt the Court will tell Arbuckle he got those refusals wrong as well .
The excuse given in my case by Arbuckle was the same as that given to Scott Watson – “victims would be impacted”. The only problem is I have no “victims” on the Victim Notification Register , so Arbuckle trotted out a prison officer from Rimutaka who has worked for Corrections for 25 years – Gary St John Keenan , who claimed he had been a “victim” of mine 10 years ago and said he would be “upset” if he saw me being interviewed .
The proposed interviews were all on matters of significant public interest and nothing to do with any offence I’m in prison for . and Mr Keenan could always switch channels . Not to mention , I’m often in the media . It should be obvious to everyone that this is just a nonsensical excuse to try to justify denying interviews that could publicise incompetence and unlawful behaviour on the part of Corrections . In other words , it was all about Corrections protecting itself .
Arthur Taylor is a prisoner who fights for prisoner rights.