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Why is the Prime Minister standing by Collins?

Tuesday 19 Aug 2014 7:24 p.m.

Today there was absolute confirmation that Judith Collins did indeed leak to Whale Oil private information about a civil servant she suspected of blowing the whistle about Bill English's housing allowance. 

It was a case of a Cabinet minister throwing a civil servant out to the wolves – he received death threats – but Prime Minister John Key is once again standing by Ms Collins.

Earlier today, at the Turangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia, reporter Lachlan Forsyth joined the waiting media pack to ask him, why? 

Mr Key was happy to answer media questions about anything and everything, except most of them would be about Ms Collins. 

When asked whether he thought that this should be the last straw for Ms Collins, as she was taking away the focus of National's and Mr Key's campaign, he refuted the fact that she was. 

"I don't think that's correct," says Mr Key. "New Zealanders are hearing our messages and we've got plenty for the weeks ahead." 

The Prime Minister states that the assumptions that Nicky Hager's new book Dirty Politics makes are "dissolving" and that "pretty much every argument" is wrong. 

Ms Collins' actions have not weakened the Prime Ministers trust in her judgement; however he does state that "some of her actions have been unwise".

Watch the full report from Lachlan Forsyth.

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