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Ministerial Waste & Hypocrisy

7 April 2012 3 comments

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At a time when National has sacked 2,500 state sector workers; plans to make hundreds more redundant; reducing state housing services; cut early childhood education; and other drastic cuts to social services – it is somewhat galling to have a Minister wasting taxpayers’ money,

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Ms Parata  said she “had eight back-to-back meetings and it was decided hiring a car would be more cost-effective than a taxi”.

Really?

We actually have a Consulate- General in Sydney, located at 55 Hunter St, in the heart of the city,

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Why did Ms Parata not avail herself on a staffer from the Consulate’s office? No doubt the office has it’s own vehicles to use as part of their official duties – why did Ms Parata not access one of those?

She could have saved taxpayers $1,400 and still have met her appointments.

National expects everyone else to tighten their belts; make cutbacks and sacrifices – even lose their jobs. But that doesn’t seem to stop highly paid Ministers from throwing money around like it grows on trees.

Or did National sack every man, woman, and their dog from the Consulate, as part of their massive MFAT cuts?

Tory governments: reknowned for their philosophy of Do As I Say, Not As I Do.

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Budget deficit keeps getting worse

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Why Garden Centres LOVE public holidays!

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Of course, the irony here is that companies like Oderings rely on public holidays to increase their turnover.

If public holidays were treated like any other day, and all businesses were open to trade, Oderings, et al, wouldn’t have the benefit of that foot traffic to boost their own trade. Everyone would be working. It would be another ordinary day.

So it’s a wee bit disingenuous of Oderings to state,

We have got an archaic law. Nobody suffers [from us being open]. Customers don’t suffer; staff don’t suffer as we ask them if they want to be here.” – Source

If public holidays were like any other day, all businesses,  schools, and government departments should be open as well.  In which case we wouldn’t have public holidays anymore. We would have given them away for — ???

Having some businesses open, whilst others obey the law, is unfair. It’s unfair on other businesses, and it’s unfair on staff who are “encouraged” to work on public holidays so the rest of us can benefit from their “choice” to sacrifice a day off.

I see nothing remotely fair about this and Oderings and other businesses who choose to break the law are doing it for their own private gain – not for the common good. They are capitalising on restrictions that others  obey.

We either have public holidays, or we don’t. That’s what New Zealanders need to decide for themselves, and for their country.

We need to ask a very simple question: what is a public holiday?

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The Ben & Gerry Show

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Folks, meet Ben Polis,

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Ben Polis

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Folks, no need to introduce this gentleman to you,

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Gerry Brownlee

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Full Story

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Ben, meet Gerry.

Gerry, meet Ben,

You two should be very happy together…

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