Minister breaches privacy over breaching privacy
Minister asked to pay $15,000 to solo mum
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has been asked to pay out $15,000 to a mum whose welfare information she made public. Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff's office wrote to her last week suggesting the settlement, the New Zealand Herald reported. The solo mother made the complaint to the office after Ms Bennett released her details after she complained about cuts to her Training Incentive Allowance. Ms Bennett told the newspaper the money sought was for "hurt and humiliation" and she would not pay it.
She is unbelievable isn't she? Bennett lied about gaining advice from the Privacy Commissioners website that Tarsha Fuller had implied consent to allow Bennett to breach her privacy because there is no implied consent advice on the Privacy Commissioners website, AND THEN Bennett breaches privacy ONCE AGAIN to reveal to the media what the negotiated settlement offers between Tarsha Fuller and the Government are - all to continue playing the 'solo mums are greedy bludgers' line.
The Human Rights Commission AND the NZ lsw society have come out against Paula's policy to force the sick and solo mothers back to work, as has the Attorney General, yet how Paula is breaching the privacy of a solo mother AGAIN is more interesting as a news story!
I hope the punishment handed out to Bennett when she is found to have breached privacy is larger than the tiny amount Miss Fuller is asking for.