Chief executive must have feared his minister was to be untruthful
Well now that Benson-Pope has gone there are other issues to determine. Environment Ministry CE Hugh Logan did not tell the State Services Commission that David Benson -Pope told him that he will likely be less free and frank with meetings involving Ms Setchell.
Benson-Pope never told the PM or the media that either - even when asked. He said he had no knowledge of the details of the case and referred everyone to the State Services Commission's report. Could that be because the offending statements were not in that report? Of course!
Because Benson Pope was expected to be economical with the truth about his involvement, Logan was loathe to reveal that his minister was not telling the full story.
Lies by omission. Logan should have told the truth too. Because he didn't provide the full truth possibly due to the expected behaviour of his Minister, he now has to do a report to State Services Commission bosses. How the SSC reacts to that report will depend on whether Logan keeps his job.
If Logan goes,he won't have a $110,000 backbenchers job to fall back on.