Well for the last few weeks this lady has been in the news here in NZ. Justice Minister Judith "Crusher" Collins an MP of the National Party is trying to "staunch" her way out of a smelly little situation. Apparently it seems she has "Popped In" to see the Oravida folk in China, met with a Chinese border Official, endorsed a milk product of a company that her Husband is a Director, bumbled her way through excuses as to why she went to China on a Tax Payer funded trip when her Ministerial Portfolios do not require her to visit China. Conflict of Interest? As far as I'm aware she hasn't stated her official business there, so what else could it be?
To make the story even more interesting the New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key has played golf with Oravida Company Directors on a number of occasions and Oravida has slipped tens of thousands of dollars into the National Party's back pocket... as all good golfing buddies do?! So don't be surprised if no action is taken by the PM even though the NZ Cabinet Manual states clearly that conflicts of Interest are not allowed - there's more golf and donations to be had - what's more important people!
By the way Judith goes by the nickname "Crusher" because of her hard exterior attitude and behavior when dealing with her political opposition... more like a crusher of all the virtues required from a person in her position.
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