The Right Honourable Helen Clark
Dear Prime Minister,
I was informed by Samuel Jennings, a New Zealand Police Legal Adviser, in
a letter dated 18 October 2007, that the Police do
not hold any information as regards a specific decision that the Police
should be "reflective of New Zealand society," although this policy
is the Police's reason for increasing the number of female police officers
by discriminatorily having lower physical entry standards for female recruits
than for male recruits.
In the same letter, he also informed me that it is
"common sense" that the Police should be "reflective of New
Under the Official Information Act, could you please inform me:
1. What proportion of government policies exist as a result of "common
sense", as opposed to a formal and transparent decision-making process?
2. What proportion of government policies exist as a result of some process
other than specific decisions made by specific persons at specific times?
3. Whether your Government and Parliament intend to
dissolve themselves, since the Public Service appears to be able to reach
"common sense" decisions which are made at no particular time and
by no particular person, which, in turn, means that they cannot be democratically
scrutinised (the function of government and Parliament being to control the
Executive and allow it to be democratically controlled)?
4. Whether it is only areas of government where women (as opposed to men)
want to have more participation that there is a policy that those areas should
be "reflective of New Zealand society?"
5. In what other areas of government (and I suggest teaching, nursing, the
state media, the prison population, and Domestic Purposes Benefit beneficiaries
as examples) is there a policy that those areas should be "reflective
of New Zealand society?"