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Derek Quigley resigns

During the 1981–84 National government, cabinet minister Derek Quigley was known to oppose Prime Minister Robert Muldoon’s interventionist economic policies. Matters came to a head when in June 1982 Quigley made a public speech attacking the government’s economic direction – a clear breach of cabinet collective responsibility. Given the choice of making an apology or resigning from cabinet, he chose the latter course.

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Chris Eichbaum, 'Cabinet government - Collective responsibility', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 March 2024)

Story by Chris Eichbaum, published 20 Jun 2012