The recent performance of the DOL has been such that people may start to think it stands for the Department of Lies, not Department of Labour. Readers will recall that staff there lied even to the Ombudsman, known as the lying in unison scandal.
The latest issue is their funding of a regional Maori TV station. Katherine Rich pointed out that as the Government is funding a national Maori TV station, it seems a bad idea to give $115,000 to anotehr station.
DOl turned around and denied it was for a Maori television station and claimed it was recorded incorrectly in CEG’s database.
But now papers released under the OIA (at least they now comply with the OIA law) show it was clearly for a regional Maori television service.