Shane Jones stood down by Shearer
Wed, 23 May 2012 5:04p.m.
Embattled Labour MP Shane Jones has been stood down by leader David Shearer over the Yong Ming Yan case.
Mr Shearer has called in the Auditor General to investigate the decision-making process around the case involving the Chinese businessman, who is also known as Bill Lui.
Mr Shearer has been under increasing pressure from the National Party to stand Mr Jones down and today he caved in.
“Given the differing statements made in and outside of court and the questions that have been raised publicly, I believe that an independent agency should review the case,” Mr Shearer says.
Mr Jones, when Associate Immigration Minister in the last Labour Government, approved Mr Yang’s citizenship application despite being advised not to.
Watch the full interview with Mr Jones about the saga
Mr Yang is now on trial at the High Court in Auckland on immigration charges.
In court, it was revealed Mr Jones went against the advice of his officials and approved Mr Yan's citizenship.
Mr Jones, a Labour front-bencher, says he approved the application because he received advice that Mr Yang would be executed and his organs harvested if he was sent back to China.
The Labour leader backed Mr Jones earlier this week but has been accused of double standards after attacking the Government over the John Banks-Kim Dotcom saga.
He says he stands by his earlier decision, despite being pressured by other parties.
“I stand by my decision not to stand Shane down earlier because I believe that everyone has the right to natural justice and to be given the opportunity to answer questions.
“New Zealanders must be able to have confidence in the processes of government and that is why Labour believes it is important for the Auditor-General to provide reassurance that the appropriate action was taken in this case,” he says.
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25/05/2012 8:50:42 a.m.
Fair NZer wrote:
Covering up fellow member(s) of the Caucus is not solving any party's problem. Whether Shane Jones is gulty or not will be revealed in due course....well done, Labour Party, you have won my respect and vote in the next election.
24/05/2012 8:41:21 a.m.
Realistic Kiwi wrote:
At least Labour has the gut and chance of winning the next election...well done.
24/05/2012 8:08:18 a.m.
National will extend the scope of the enquiry, Jones is gone burger (possible corruption charges too)...looks like ANOTHER Labour MP will be sentenced for corruption...Tsk..Tsk..Tsk, ohhh Bruce you must be soo happy!PS..Banks was not even an MP when the donation saga happened (and if guilty I'd expect Key to stand him down, kick him out) Jones was a sitting MP and minister (associate). Sooo lets see, Labour kicking up a fuss about Chinese buying, legally, the Crafar farms...but it's OK for (dodgy) chinese to get citizenship if they donate to Labour Party...yessss lol
24/05/2012 6:18:46 a.m.
I am surprised he media hasn’t caught on to what is happening. What Shearer has done, no doubt in close consultation with Shane Jones is to stand Jones down to show up John Key. I suspect Shearer is quite confident that the OAG inquiry will clear Jones but it puts pressure on Key to stand down Jon banks who may not be so easily cleared. It’s a clever political move by Labour.
23/05/2012 10:35:24 p.m.
Hope he's back soon. Good decision after good decision from Mr Jones of course it is just an example from Shearer. But I do think that Jones has been one of the best politinians in the Hive.
23/05/2012 6:05:06 p.m.
Double standards? like in the way Key re Banks isn't. Give me double standards any day
23/05/2012 5:35:49 p.m.
Its great to see that david Shearer has done the right thing with Shane Jones. Now. Will Key stand down Jonathon Coleman for the exact same actions in 2010 with kim Dotcom?? Key accused Shearer of hypocrisy. Lets now see if Key is a complete hypocrite.
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