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Ministerial Waste & Hypocrisy

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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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  1. Matthew
    7 April 2012 at 3:26 pm

    A sense of entitlement and no real oversight of her excesses (come on PM Key discipline your wayward ministers) means she thinks she can get away with it.

    She probably enjoyed the ride more because she knew she was wasting money and that those plebs around her will only ever get a limo on their wedding day (and even then only if they’re bogans).

    i.e She got to laud it over us, and she loved it.

  2. 7 April 2012 at 7:31 pm

    I trhink her sense of entitlement overcame any hint of common sense, Matthew. It stuns me that she didn’t think that would be disclosed to the public. Which indicates how out of touch Parata is, if she thinks that kind of waste is acceptable to the public…

  3. Theodore
    8 April 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Sense of entitlement is right!! It should come out of her pay.

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