Labour refuses to release youth camp report

Labour is keeping its review into youth camps a secret, choosing only to release a select few recommendations.

The review, led by lawyer Maria Austen, was launched to investigate the culture of Young Labour camps after allegations of sexual assault arose.

It was supposed to take six weeks to complete, but that deadline passed three months ago.

At a Labour Youth summer school in Waihi, a 20-year-old man allegedly sexually harassed four teenagers. Six months on, a review is complete and the Labour Party's got some work to do.

"We undertook it for a reason," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. "We need to do things differently."

Party president Nigel Haworth promised to take things seriously.

"This the most comprehensive review in this area that I think any political party will have put in place," he said at the time.

But on Wednesday, he refused an interview and refused to release the full report - instead publishing just its recommendations.

The report recommends Labour reviews their policies on sexual assault and harassment, alcohol, host responsibility, bullying and how they deal with complaints.

It says they should introduce new parental consent forms, a new overarching alcohol policy, a new complaints process and recommends that at least one Labour representative should be present at all times during any future events.

Mr Haworth left it up to the Prime Minister to explain.

"They've made the decision that the recommendations would be put out publicly so the public can see what the Labour Party will be doing differently," Ms Ardern says.

"But they have taken a cautious approach, and I think that's right because of the fact that this is now before the courts."

It's largely unsurprising that Labour refused to release the report. Judging by the recommendations, there were several failings in the previous system, and not ones they'd like the public to know about.

It's still not clear if anyone from Labour has been held accountable for letting the victims down with their response, and because the report will likely never see the light of day, it's hard to say whether anyone deserves to be held accountable.