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McCully calls on Parker to apologise

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/06/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">Foreign Minister Murray McCully</span> © Reuters Foreign Minister Murray McCully Foreign Minister Murray McCully is calling on Labour's David Parker to apologise for saying in parliament that a government-employed consultant had been "double-dipping".

Mr Parker on Wednesday put questions to Mr McCully about consultant Alex Matheson.

"Did he know that while Mr Matheson was working on the Rugby World Cup he was also being paid as an NZTE employee, meaning he was being paid twice by the government?" Mr Parker asked.

Mr McCully said he wasn't familiar with the arrangements but he was sure they followed public service rules.

"Is the minister telling the house he did not know Mr Matheson was double-dipping?" Mr Parker then asked.

Mr McCully later issued a statement saying Mr Parker had made very serious allegations.

"I am advised that Mr Matheson concluded his contract with NZTE on 28 August 2009 and took up his role with the Ministry of Economic Development (working on the RWC) on 31 August 2009," Mr McCully said.

"There was no overlap between these roles and nothing to suggest he has behaved inappropriately."

Mr McCully accused Mr Parker of "an outright abuse of parliamentary privilege and a cowardly attempt to avoid the legal consequences of making the same statements outside the House".

He said Mr Parker should apologise to Mr Matheson.

NZ Newswire is seeking a response from Mr Parker.

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