Ummmmm – on the whole ‘Paula Bennett is a champion for victims’ narrative…
Bennett also criticised Mitchell, whose statement today denying being told about a sexual assault claim followed a weekend of teleconferences between Ardern and Labour’s ruling council about the next steps.
“The Prime Minister has supposedly taken charge this weekend, and within hours one of her own council members has defied the very process she has put in place,” Bennett said.
She called Mitchell’s statement “victim-blaming”.
…let’s put aside the fact that the wheels are starting to come off the Spinoff story, but Paula as the champion of victims?
The same Paula who released private information about beneficiaries is the champion of victims is she?
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has refused to apologise to a single mother whose income details she released in 2009 – and will not rule out taking the same action again in the future.
The Director of the Office of Human Rights Proceedings Robert Hesketh yesterday said a privacy breach complaint by single mother Natasha Fuller against Ms Bennett in 2009 had been resolved and no proceedings would be taken.
The same Paula who wrongfully maligned state tenants for a meth hysteria that Paula herself helped generate is the champion of victims is she?
Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett said the high rate of methamphetamine was “particularly distressing”.
“Any situation where methamphetamine use has been found in social housing is unacceptable, but the number of young children in this case makes it particularly distressing,” she said.
The same Paula who only stood up for the ‘victims’ of Jami-Lee Ross when it was politically expedient to do so is the champion of victims is she?
National deputy leader Paula Bennett said the leadership team raised issues with Ross – but it wasn’t about harassment.
“At no point was the matter of sexual harassment ever put to Jami-Lee Ross,” Bennett told the Herald.
“What was put to him was inappropriate behaviour that is unacceptable from a married Member of Parliament.”
If there are issues with how Labour handled an allegation of serious sexual assault, Paula Bennett is the last person to make political capital out of that.