February 25, 2013
Jones set for front bench redemption
Labour leader David Shearer has left list MP Shane Jones on the front bench, pending a report by the Auditor General.
Leaks earlier this month from a draft report indicate Mr Jones is likely to be cleared of any illegal or inappropriate action when as an associate immigration minister he gave citizenship to Chinese businessman, Bill Liu.
Mr Shearer called the Auditor Generals' office a day before the High Court cleared Mr Liu of a subsequent charge of lying on his immigration documents.
The report is imminent.
“We've got to wait for the auditor general’s report to come out. That’s what I said from the beginning and there has been no change to my policies on that. I’m hoping that he will be back on the front bench – that’s my hope because we need his fire power, his brain power and all the rest of the power he's got as well,” he says.
Mr Shearer demoted Hauraki Waikato MP Nanaia Mahuta three places to number 11 and gave her shadow education role to Christopher Hopkins.
She keeps an associate role speaking on Māori education, as well as Māori development and youth affairs.
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