Law & Regulation

Crown Law advice on Auditor-General sacking 'manifestly deficient'

Gavin Evans
Tue, 24 Mar 2020

Crown Law advice on the 2017 sacking of former Auditor-General Martin Matthews was “manifestly deficient” and didn’t reflect the important constitutional protection afforded him or other key independent officers of Parliament, MPs heard last week.Ken Keith, former Supreme Court judge and a former president of the New Zealand Law Commission, said advice from the solicitor-general and deputy solicitor-general that a loss of confidence was sufficient grounds for Parliament to remove an Auditor-General was wrong.Their opinions asserted that the Aud...

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