Labour's Key complaint dismissed by Carter

  • 22/07/2015
Speaker David Carter
Speaker David Carter

Labour's breach of privilege complaint against Prime Minister John Key has been dismissed by Speaker David Carter.

Grant Robertson laid the complaint earlier this month over comments Mr Key made in Parliament about the Government's decision to scrap the KiwiSaver $1000 kick-start payment.

Mr Robertson said Mr Key misled Parliament when he said he received advice from Inland Revenue that the sign-up rates for KiwiSaver wouldn't be affected.

"Inland Revenue actually said the impact of scrapping the kick-start on KiwiSaver providers would be 'a lower number of KiwiSaver members [particularly among the self-employed and children]'," Mr Robertson said when he laid the complaint.

"Instead of reflecting this advice, the prime minister made a blanket statement claiming the IRD backed his position."

For the complaint to be sent to the privileges committee, Mr Carter would have had to believe Mr Key deliberately misled Parliament, a serious offence which would lead to a resignation if it was proved.

Mr Carter has told Mr Robertson in a letter released by the MP today that no question of privilege is involved.