The Herald reported:
The lowest-ranked NZ First MP is refusing to say what job he did before politics.
And his leader Winston Peters is also refusing to say what his 11th-ranked MP Mahesh Bindra does for a living.
“I can tell you, he’s not a spy,” said Mr Peters this morning.
Mr Bindra, who came in at number 11 on the party list, is currently employed in the public service but will not say which department he works for.
“The (public service) Code of Conduct doesn’t allow me to say the department I worked for.”
Total crap. It does not. Scores of other public servants have stated what their current job is, when they stand for Parliament.
Mr Peters said he believed Mr Bindra had signed an agreement with his employer which stopped him from disclosing where he worked.
“When you are working for a government department, they sign a confidentiality form. If you’ve signed a document, you’re still caught by the document you have signed.”
Mr Peters said he would not disclose Mr Bindra’s employment because doing so would break a confidence.
I suspect Mr Peters has been misled. No department would include in a confidentiality agreement that you can’t reveal you work for them – except the SIS.
He said it was “utterly correct” the public should know about any candidates employment background and hoped it could be revealed tomorrow.
After the election!j