If Winston Peters has nothing to hide over receiving superannuation overpayments he can clear it up with a wave – actually, a waiver – of his hand.
Just waive privacy and let the Ministry of Social Development provide the details to back up his account of what happened.
Anything less and he risks leaving all but his most uncritical supporters unpersuaded.
He’s said the details are a private matter. Would Winston let any other politician get away with that rebuttal? He’s spent the greater part of his career in ‘‘public deserve answers’’ warrior mode.
By his account, neither he nor the Ministry can figure out who made the ‘‘error’’, details of which he has initially been unwilling specify. Newsroom has reported it was claiming a single’s entitlement when he was living with his partner.
Peters says reports that the amount he’s paid back totals $18,000 are too high. He acknowledges, however, that the figure, whatever it is, covers overpayment, and interest— and, he thinks, penalties.
But Peters’ supporters would have a fair point that it’s hardly in character for him to do something so stupendously stupid as to imperil his career by deliberately trying to wangle a little extra super.
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