Chief executive Ralph Stewart quit this morning following a boardroom clean out which has claimed chair John Judge, deputy John McCliskie and another director Rob Campbell.
That is either silliness by Andrew Little, or him trying to get escape the consequences of the defamation suit over his earlier remarks.
The Opposition has called for the Chair and CEO to go. That is exactly what has happened. They should be thanking the Minister for actually taking action to fix ACC’s culture.
Collins has been the Minister since December 2011. The Board and CEO all pre-date her.
Andrew may not like the fact that the Minister is suing him. His call for her to resign has no basis in substance.
I think it shows that Little is more concerned about utu against the Minister for suing him, rather than genuinely wanting change at ACC.
UPDATE: Stuff reports:
However, Green party MP Kevin Hague said Collins must stay on the job.
The “sick entitlement culture” in the House was the “big picture issue.”
“The minister who presided over that, Nick Smith; the hatchet man that he appointed, John Judge; and now Ralph Stewart – [their departures] were necessary steps to begin the process of refreshing the organisation.
“Now, in terms of Collins’ culpability around that – she wasn’t the minister that required all those changes. She has actually dealt to Judge, although I would have preferred a more explicit sacking.
“She’s clearly said ACC’s privacy sackings are unacceptable and must change and that’s actually a pretty good start. She may be the minister to do all this.”
I think this shows the stark differences between Greens and Labour. Kevin Hague actually cares about the people who have had a bad experience with ACC. He want to improve things – not just to score political points. This is in stark contrast to Labour’s Little who sees ACC purely as a political issue to help Labour gain their rightful place governing the masses.
I’ve never had a problem congratulating Labour Ministers when they do something right. Little seems incapable of doing the same with Collins.