Despite New Zealand privacy commissioner Mike Flahive’s comments to the victims of the Accident Compensation Corporations largest and most outrageous privacy breach (Bent Cop? National party crony? Mike Flahive, just who’s privacy is he being instructed to protect?) it appears that following the release of the Bronwyn Pullar tape ACC (and the Government) have concluded that they have been guzumped and need to start splashing a little cash about.
So does this so called compensation offer come with a “zip it” clause? Sure it does, why else would they be making the offer quietly, and then only to a handful of the nearly 7000 clients affected by the ACC Bronwyn Pullar fuck up.
First they tried the standard (SOP), demonise and make a criminal of the whistle-blower (Bronwyn Pullar), strategy and when that back fired spectacularly (Pullar having taped the meeting thus proving that Murch and Verberne had lied), they belatedly (yet again) conspire to buy the silence of those that perhaps have the ability to start making life very difficult for the party ultimately responsible; the government and, perhaps belatedly, its so called independent Privacy Commissioner, Mr “Mickey Mouse” Flahive.
That Commissioner, who by all accounts has also recently attempted to solicit another complaint against Bronwyn Pullar, is supposedly still working on his much awaited report……given his behaviour to date and the public disclosure of the tape we believe Mike’s probably been busy rewriting his first effort. We still, however, look forward to seeing the final result of his investigation or invention………and of course the opportunity to pull it apart.
ACC had previously apologised for failing to act on the privacy breach (which included sending Ms Pullar details of rape and sexual abuse victims), but were also adamant that no compensation would be paid to the victims of the gross incompetence .
This fiasco over many months has claimed a succession of high rollers, including former ACC Minister Nick Smith (a close friend of Ms Pullar’s, after it was revealed he personally intervened in Ms Pullar’s case), Chairman John judge, board members John McCliskie and Rob Campbell and then Chief executive Ralph Stewart, who finally quit last week and now yet another, the latest, board member Murray Hilder who has departed firing a broadside at crusher Collins and her politicization of the ACC scandal.
We can not wait to see what Flahive comes up with given his preempting of the commissioners final report, prior to Pullar having released the tape on 60 Minutes:
ACC breach victims could get thousands in compo (TVNZ One News)
- Sixth ACC casualty as board member leaves (3news.co.nz)
- ACC offers compensation for privacy breach (stuff.co.nz)
- ACC saga: Opposition divided over Collins’ future (stuff.co.nz)
- ACC; don’t leave home without a recording device (laudafinem.wordpress.com)
- ACC boss Ralph Stewart quits (radionz.co.nz)
- ACC claimant’s anger over blunder response (nzherald.co.nz)
- ACC privacy breach complaints pile up (stuff.co.nz)
- ACC board chair to leave position (radionz.co.nz)
- Recording at odds with ACC extortion allegations (stuff.co.nz)
- Key and Collins keep ACC bosses at arm’s length (nzherald.co.nz)
- Opposition calls for clean sweep of ACC board (radionz.co.nz)
- ACC Minister did not tell chief to quit (nzherald.co.nz)
- ACC has questions to answer, says PM (radionz.co.nz)
- National party crony? Mike Flahive, just who’s privacy is he being told to protect? (laudafinem.wordpress.com)
- ACC and its directors, all bound for morning town many miles away (laudafinem.wordpress.com)
- ACC; Boag pushes shit up hill, asking for an apology from ACC (laudafinem.wordpress.com)
- ACC blunder breaches privacy of 100 clients (stuff.co.nz)
- ACC, ACC Forum, Brionia and Bronwyn Pullar singing from the same song sheet? (laudafinem.wordpress.com)
- Parties differ on whether ACC minister should go (radionz.co.nz)
- Ralph Stewart quits as ACC chief (nzherald.co.nz)
- More set to go in clearout at ACC (stuff.co.nz)
- Labour: Stop filthy fleecing of ACC claimants (nzherald.co.nz)
- Murray Hilder resigns from ACC board (nzherald.co.nz)
- ACC privacy breach victim ‘felt suicidal’ (radionz.co.nz)