Brownlee defends authority's accountability

9:00 pm on 5 October 2011

The Earthquake Recovery Minister says it's absurd to claim the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority is not being held accountable just because it won't be assessed by a self-appointed watchdog group.

The Future Canterbury Network, made up of 30 prominent businesspeople, is seeking to evaluate the authority's earthquake recovery process.

It wants the authority to complete a questionnaire and staff members to take part in a day-long evaluation of its work.

The minister, Gerry Brownlee, says that would not be a good use of the staff's time.

He says it is absurd to say the authority isn't being held accountable: it's subject to extensive scrutiny, including parliamentary questions and regular appearances before a select committee.