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Where is the Senate Inquiry report?

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It has been two years since the Senate Special Select Committee was tasked to investigate allegations of corruption cited in the Auditor General’s Special Audit Report of the Immigration and Nationality Department for the period 2011 to 2013.

It has been two years since the Senate Special Select Committee was tasked to investigate allegations of corruption cited in the Auditor General’s Special Audit Report of the Immigration and Nationality Department for the period 2011 to 2013. To date, no report about the findings of this inquiry has been released. Over the lengthy inquiry, key witnesses including ministers, C.E.O. and other government officials were drilled, one of them being Minister of Agriculture, Godwin Hulse. According to Hulse, inquiry reports such as these take time to create due to many legalities that must be met.

Godwin Hulse, Minister of Agriculture: “I don’t know what all the report will cover there were a lot of witnesses and so that takes time to rehearse, to collate, to put together etc. Because everybody goes up there has a view. In fact, and I know as media people you are now following the US and all these hearings that they’re having this gets complicated you know, this gets complicated because whenever you put persons on a stand- when this report is finished whatever is said about anybody that is damaging or otherwise you have to also give them time to respond and to see. And I will say that because when I was the Chair of the Senate Select Committee at the time even though the committee is responsible only to the Senate and the final report should not be released until it goes to the Senate Mrs.Narda Garcia at the time challenged the fact that the report contained issues that were negative to her and she was not given an opportunity to respond. In this report I think they have to be very careful, the Honorable Salazar is an attorney and I’m sure he’s well aware of that that in fact in writing this report you can’t say something about you or about you which is detrimental without perhaps finding a way to have you respond because the worst thing you want to hear is somebody’s name being called about something- because once something gets out there you know it’s hard to pull it back. That is one of the issues we have with social media now, they say something about you and that’s gone and then you get into all the games. So I think they’re treading carefully because the report has to be factual but it has to also be accurate and reasonable and not offensive, it has to state the facts; who did wrong did wrong but you can’t make implications or assumptions without having those things checked.”

Minister Godwin Hulse noted that he thought a report would’ve been released by now.

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