Smith shouldn't return to Cabinet – Greens
Mon, 21 Jan 2013 6:10p.m.
By Adam Ray
The Green Party says it's too soon for former ACC Minister Nick Smith to return to cabinet. Prime Minister John Key has hinted Dr Smith could return in a reshuffle this week.
Mr Key also said Dr Smith's part in the controversy between Bronwyn Pullar and ACC was a "hiccup".
Dr Smith walked from Cabinet after he was dragged into the storm of controversy between Bronwyn Pullar and ACC.
“I apologise to those I have let down,” he said at the time.
But he should start this Parliamentary year in a happier mood. The Prime Minister, who is currently visiting Antarctica, hinted Dr Smith could soon come in from the cold.
“I've always said that I'm not ruling him out and that if I made that announcement on Tuesday, don't think he'd be surprised.”
Dr Smith's resignation came after he wrote two notes on ministerial letterhead supporting friend Bronwyn Pullar's case against ACC. Mr Key says it was minor.
“Nick's a guy [who has] been a very successful minister. Yup, there has been a bit of a hiccup, [so it] made sense for him to have a bit of time out.”
Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei said it was more than a hiccup and Dr Smith should stay on the backbenches until the next election.
“I think Nick behaved unethically as a Cabinet minister. He misused his ministerial powers,” she says. “I don't think he should be brought back at all. I'm surprised John Key is prepared to do that.”
But Mr Key has seats in Cabinet that need to be filled. David Carter's tipped to take the speaker's position left vacant by Lockwood Smith's move to become the next high commissioner to London.
Dr Smith refused an on-camera interview because he said it would pre-empt any announcement. He told 3 News he hasn't talked to the Prime Minister this year but he'd be delighted to make a return to the Cabinet table.
Dr Smith's return should be one major change in Cabinet, but one portfolio won't be shuffled. Mr Key says under-fire Education Minister Hekia Parata will keep her position.
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22/01/2013 7:07:20 p.m.
With John Key's brain fade he probably forget why Nick Smith wasn't in the cabinet anyway so put him back in
22/01/2013 12:41:39 p.m.
Last i checked the Green party were not in power. We have an elected party and PM who can make decisions. Butt out Greens.
22/01/2013 11:26:38 a.m.
@Fair NZer wrote:
Your logic is flawed. ACC's lies needed investigation irrespective. Nick Smith acted improperly... and not for the first time.
22/01/2013 10:50:23 a.m.
Best PM Carlos?, he is the most indecent immoral PM this country has ever had.
Totally in lust with his own voice, like you yourself so I guess thats why you have such strong Bromance feelings for him.
22/01/2013 8:22:10 a.m.
Fair NZer wrote:
In hind side, if Dr Smith had not written the two notes on ministerial letterhead supporting friend Bronwyn Pullar's case against ACC, there will not be any further investigation into ACC management.
Perhaps, the Greens should be looking into themselves with regards to bushfires...and barking at the wrong tree.
22/01/2013 6:49:49 a.m.
Hahahaha,its damn the torpedoes and full steam ahead!! Nick Smith got caught, twice using his ministerial powers to help his friend and was forced to resign amid public protest. Then the PM tries to play it off like Nicko swore or cursed and has done his time in the corner so its all better now...wha? The political one liners just don't stop with this crowd.The PM should change his name to Joe Key. Of course Jonkey is going to give Smith another chance. He fits right in with the type of individual that National look for as Ministers. Arrogant enough to push their misguided agenda and lacking in character enough not to give a damn. More weak leadership from Joe Key and another example of the disregard the govt has for the NZ public.
22/01/2013 4:17:41 a.m.
Yeah bring him back ....... cant wait for his next botch up .
21/01/2013 11:31:33 p.m.
Isnt this John Keys way of slapping all decent kiwis in the face.
He was an idiot he stuffed up, but we're hoping you have forgotten about it now.
21/01/2013 10:23:15 p.m.
Of course the Greens or Labour want Smith to return, he is too experienced for them to handle.
21/01/2013 7:44:59 p.m.
Since when do the Greens decide what goes on in Parliament?
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