Minister unable to release Green Paper submissions

In response to requests for copies of Green Paper submissions, Minister for Social Development Paula Bennett has explained why she is unable to make these publicly available:

Unfortunately we are unable to release submissions as we do not have express permission and as you can imagine some people have put very personal and private information in them. It is really important to me that I treat people’s submissions with the respect they deserve and with more than 9000 I don’t have the resources to contact everyone to get their permission or to make a judgement on what can and can’t be released.

If you have made a submission and are happy for it to be viewed by other parties, MP Jacinda Adern would appreciate receiving a copy.