Former ACC chair defends action

TRACY WATKINS
Last updated 15:54 02/08/2012
JOHN JUDGE
JOHN JUDGE: Former ACC board chairman.
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JUDITH COLLINS: Justice Minister.

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ACC Minister Judith Collins says she will not descend to "name calling" after the former ACC chair reportedly accused her of trying to blacken his name and labelling claims against him "pathetic".

His comments followed Collins confirming in response to Official Information Act requests that former chair John Judge had destroyed or replaced his home computer after an inquiry was launched into how an email by former National Party President Michelle Boag to Collins was leaked.

The email related to ACC whistle blower Bronwyn Pullar, who was at the centre of a mass ACC privacy breach.

Collins was asked in an Official Information Act request by Fairfax if she had been given "any information about John Judge's home computer being destroyed since he received the email or emails [relating to Michelle Boag's email to Ms Collins] and if so what information has been received".

Collins responded: "Yes, the information I have received is that Mr Judge's home computer was replaced in April this year."

This afternoon she said she had received "slightly different" detail around what happened.

"I’d rather say [the computer was] replaced, but there are some parts of it may well have been destroyed"

She did not know whether that had delayed or hampered inquiries by the Privacy Commissioner and Auditor General.

"That is not something I have knowledge of."

Collins said this afternoon she had passed on the information about Judge's computer because it was requested under the Official Information Act.

" I make no judgment on it, I'm simply saying that's what I've been advised.

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