Justice Minister Judith Collins has apologised for not being open about a dinner with the owners of a Chinese company associated with her husband during an official trip to China.
In a hastily arranged press conference this morning, Collins said the dinner came up in conversation with the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Wayne Eagleson last night.
He had advised her to tell media about it. Collins said she had spoken to Prime Minister John Key about it this morning.
She said she had private dinners with the company owner and his wife many times because they were close personal friends. But she added it would have been “smarter” to have mentioned the dinner last week.
Yep. Almost best to disclose everything up front. This disclosure was still voluntary (not something discovered by others), but it keeps the story going longer than it might have otherwise.
Newstalk ZB reports:
A rare apology to the media from Judith Collins this morning.
It’s over her trip to China.
She admits she went to lunch and a dinner with Oravida bosses in Shanghai, the company her husband is a director of.
The Justice Minister has told reporters at Parliament today, that she apologises for not broadening her answers.
No doubt there will be further questions in the House today.