Curran stumbled over her answers in Parliament’s debating chamber, as she was forced to admit that Government business was conducted on her personal email. She was not forthcoming with a response about why she used her Gmail account for official business from “time to time”.
Asked “what Government business has she conducted via her Gmail account”, Curran appeared flustered and claimed she’d answered the question before being told by the Speaker she had to answer it directly – she then required Lee to ask it again.
Curran answered: “To the best of my recollection, um, ah, ah, I haven’t, um, I haven’t used my, um I’ve answered um OIA, ah, ah, OIA responses and personal, um and parliamentary questions correctly and to the best of my recollection, um, ah, you know, that, that has, that’s what I’ve done.”
Now if you have no idea what Curran said, you are not alone.
— Christopher Bishop (@cjsbishop) September 5, 2018
Anyway we sort of now know Clare Curran is using Gmail to do official Government business. Is this is a good or a bad thing. I know, let’s ask Clare Curran about it. Stuff reported in 2012:
Labour’s information technology spokeswoman Clare Curran said she was “bemused” to learn the minister was having emails forwarded to a private accounts.
“There are questions to be answered.”
If it was easier for the minister to access a private account when he was overseas, that was an issue that needed to be addressed by Parliament’s information technology department.
But it was concerning if there was another reason, she said.
“What sort of correspondence would be going on between a minister and officials through a private account that wasn’t subject to the Official Information Act?”
So what would 2012 Clare Curran make of 2018 Clare Curran?