Minister Faces More Scrutiny
PRIVACY LAW—NEW ZEALANDMay 28, 2010
The Cabinet minister who came under scrutiny last year for disclosing single mothers' welfare income is facing new questions after disclosing certain details about the case to the New Zealand Herald. According to the report, Minister Paula Bennett recently shared details of a requested cash settlement on the case with the Herald, a move that one expert called "entirely inappropriate." Privacy lawyer John Edwards said that Bennett's release of a letter detailing one mother's remuneration request "is arguably a fresh breach of privacy." Bennett said she released the details for the sake of transparency.