Another National Disgrace!
National’s arrogance in the last month has stunned most of the country. Aside for some diehard, right wing, National/ACT groupies – many people who voted National last November must be seriously questioning their decision.
In an all-out effort to alienate the public and paint themselves as arrogant autocrats, National has, or is currently involved in;
- Secret negotiations with Sky City to amend current legislation and allow the casino 500 extra pokie machines in return for a $350 million convention centre. Neither John Key nor any other Minister will disclose what these secret negotiations entail, citing “commercial sensitivity”. Which is kinda strange as there are no other casino operators in Auckland to be sensitive about. What is certain is that more pokies = more problem gamblers.
- Secret negotiations with a private secondary school in Whanganui, to facilitate integration with the State schooling system. What on Earth could be so sensitive as to keep details secret – how many pieces of chalk can they possibly use?!
- National’s intention to prevent further public scrutiny of SOEs once they are part-privatised. This will treat part-privatised SOEs as full private companies rather than semi-public enterprises.
- National is keeping secret contract details of first to part-private, part State-owned schools (Public Private Partnership)
- Proceeding with massively unpopular State Asset part-privatisation despite over-whelming opposition from the public.
- Mining on the conservation estate (never a popular move).
- And now a threat by National Minister, Bill English, to use the government veto on all private members’ Bill, irrespective of any Parliamentary mandate.
It is this increasingly public display of arrogance from National that is now colouring their style of government. They are no longer even bothering to hide their disdain for the democratic process; transparent government; or public opinion.
Associate Education Minister, Craig Foss was particularly arrogant in his attitude to answering questions on Whanganui Collegiate’s secret integration into the State school system, when he was interviewed on Radio NZ’s “Morning Report” on 11 April,
Bill English is on record as stating categorically that even if Parliament votes to put the Bill to a Select Committee, that National will veto it (at the third reading). In effect, regardless of a majority in Parliament voting to consider the Bill – the minority National Party will ‘kill’ it. A minority dictating to the majority?
We know what that’s called, don’t we?
In fact, we haven’t had this kind of authoritarian rule since this chap ran practically everything,
English has complained that our economy cannot cope with an estimated extra $150 million on extending paid parental leave from 14 weeks to six months. He claims,
“We have maintained paid parental leave and we currently spend about $150 million [a year] on it.
But we are still two or three years from getting out of the woods on the deficit so we think it is a bit soon to be trying to expand entitlements when our big challenge has been to maintain them as they are.
That’s just misleading the public. The fact is doubling it will cost another $150 million a year. You’d have to borrow half a billion over the next three or four years. We’re simply not willing to do that.
Expanding entitlements at this stage would be ”getting a bit ahead of ourselves when we are still $10 billion away from clearing our overdraft.
“We’ve got to get on with that and be fair to everybody in achieving surplus and people can have those choices once we get there.” – Source
If our $10 billion overdraft was such a major sticking point, it obviously did not stop National from “investing” $220 million into a rugby tournament,
Or State Owned Enterprises lavishing $54 million in staff bonuses,
Or any of the following government expenditure for “must haves” such as,
- $2 million on a plastic waka
- $254,333 for just six months on Ministerial accomodation
- $5.5 million on “Party Central” for rugby fans
- Unknown millions on 34 new ministerial BMW limousines
- and throwing $900 million at another prison seems perfectly acceptable…
PSA National Secretary, Richard Wagstaff, is certainly correct when he states that recorded crimes rates are dropping and the projected prison muster for 2016 has been calculated to drop from 11,561 to about 8200.
Which makes one wonder why National is about to squander nearly a billion dollars on another prison we may not need, and is likely to end up being moth-balled. (National has a tradition of indulging in ‘Think Big’ projects – only to have them closed down later.)
One billion dollars… twice the amount we could be spending on paid parental leave, according to Bill English,
“You’d have to borrow half a billion over the next three or four years.”
A new prison is a “must have”.
But according to National’s Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson, extending paid parental leave was “simply unaffordable“.
Every parent in New Zealand should be thoroughly dismayed at National’s priorities. Throwing hundreds of millions of dollars at rugby games and prisons seems to make National positively delirious with joy – but investing in the future of our children is “simply unaffordable“?!
Nothing describes the warped nature of National’s priorities worse than this.
Parents take note: National will not invest in your children.
Not until they grow older; go off the rails; and end up in prison.
Then, National will positively lavish your child with cash. For a prison cell.
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Answer to above question (as if you didn’t already know): $900 million will be spend on a new prison at Wiri, in Sth Auckland.
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For a better New Zealand…
~ Cleaner rivers
~ No deep-sea oil drilling
~ Less on Roads - more on Rail
~ A Living wage at $18.40/hr
~ Marriage equality - Yay! Got that one!
~ Strong, effective Unions
~ No secret free-trade deals
~ Breakfast/lunches in our schools
~ Introducing Civics into our school curriculum
~ Cut back on the liquor industry
~ A fairer, progressive tax system
~ Fully funded, free healthcare
~ Ditto for education, including Tertiary
~ Fund Pharmac for Pompe's Disease medication & other 'orphan' drugs
~ No state asset sales!
~ Rebuild public TV broadcasting!
~ Keeping farms in local ownership
~ Reduce poverty, like we reduced the toll for road-fatalities
~ Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!
~ Being nice to each other
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