My thanks to Russell, David & his employer for making this available.
Is it not a bit strange that the Herald hasn’t made the transcript available themselves on what seems an important & newsworthy matter?
Tim Murphy was actually the first to retweet the link to yesterday's post, where I mentioned this speech, and I asked him if the Herald would run it, or whether I could. He kindly suggested we both could, so a shorter version may yet turn up on the Herald website.
I’ve just posted a tidied-up version of Fish’s speech notes. go read it here.
To a point-scoring partisan suckhole it all comes down to semantics.
Not helping, Joe. I'm happy to have people offer different perspectives here, and I think it's possible to critique the perspective without attacking the person like that.
A scorching Dom Post editorial on the same topic:
The Official Information Act seeks to give the people access to government as of right. If the government blocks or impedes that access, it is spurning that right.
Key's statement was bad enough. It was worse to hear the Chief Ombudsman, Dame Beverley Wakem, the people's top watchdog in their battle for information, respond so feebly. Asked on Radio New Zealand if she was concerned about Key's remark, she said she was not because she did not know what he had in mind when he made the remark.
In fact, it was obvious what he had in mind. He was talking about gaming the legislation for political purposes. Wakem should have seen this as treating the legislation with contempt and she should have told him off in ringing terms.
One more thing worth noting from Fish’s speech: the malign effect of the “no surprises” policy, which sees nearly every released funnelled through a ministerial office and, effectively, be subject to ministerial sign-off.
So you can have good, decent public servants acting with the public interest and the law uppermost in mind – and that can all be undone by the inevitably political process of running it by the minister first.
As Fish notes, it also leads to self-censorship – so officials will learn to redact the “surprising” parts before they surprise (or embarrass) the minister.
I hope the NZ Herald will.post the presentation. I wish I had been there. Was it videoed by them.
No. It was Chatham House rules, but that only applied to the interaction with the officials, not the text of the speech itself.
I’ll tell you one thing about the decline of music retail that’s good for the consumer: the pricing.
I bought one of the Sony 4CD compilations from JB HiFi this morning: Pure 60s – 136 songs (most of which you’d like to have on a jukebox) for $9.99. That’s about seven cents a song.
Yeah, I could play them all on Spotify, but having them ripped to lossless on my hard drive is pretty cool too.
Only problem: metadata. Gracenote is a mess for this sort of compilation, and you sometimes have to choose a tracklisting without being able to see it first. I still don’t know how to get rid of the Japanese tracklisting I picked for a soul compilation, short of laboriously re-entering every detail myself.
- Slugbucket hairy breath monster – handwrought in Fimo by Chris Knox…
Holy shit! Story please!
I do really enjoy your Friday ephemera, Ian. Maybe we should have you do a photo-post some time?
Oh, grandad is liking Mantis. I will never look at Fiji the same again.
Me too. And I was most surprised to discover that I know their manager.
That’s far too simple and elegant a solution, Bob. Stop it. :)
You could take the idea a step further and have Paul Henry do his bit before anyone arrives.