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Bridges says government is deflecting

New National Party leader, Simon Bridges and Deputy Paula Bennett - Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

The National Party’s new leader says the government’s attacking him to deflect attention from its own incompetence.

The government yesterday put a brand-new regional growth project on ice after realising the chief executive of the company behind it is the subject of enquiries by the Serious Fraud Office.

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says his officials have apologised for not telling him about the connection.

And he says that while in government, Simon Bridges oversaw nearly $50,000 dollars in payments to the same company - when the allegations about the chief executive, Gerard Gallagher, were already public.

But Simon says all that happened was a government agency made small payments for work done before Mr Gallagher’s actions became public.

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Soppy Soper is correct

Posted on 01-03-2018 16:22 | By kellbell

Rubbish in means rubbish out for this duet.

No Simon

Posted on 01-03-2018 10:02 | By Bruja

It’s just that you give people sooooo much material to work with.

Sad

Posted on 01-03-2018 09:13 | By Merlin

Sad I dont think he is getting attacked when the Nat’s have been attacking Jacinda and Winston and many others from their style of politics.In fact they were only pointing out he was paying as well.He will have to do better than that.