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A Query to the Taxpayers Union

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A comment by Sally Randell, on The Daily Blog, raised this interesting point;

Why was Judith Collins in China anyway?

She is justice Minister, not trade minister.

Cheers, coz I can’t find it via google

Which is intriguing. Ms Randell is quite correct; Collins has no portfolios that would necessitate an expensive tax-payer funded trip – complete with a coterie of staffers – to travel thousand of kilometres to China. Airline fares. Plus hotel accomodation. Plus meals.

This would have cost thousands of taxpayer’s dollars.

How many hungry children; endangered species protection;   or hip operations could this money have paid for?

Accordingly, I wrote to the Taxpayers Union on this matter;

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FROM:   "f.macskasy"
SUBJECT: Judith Collins
DATE:    Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:39:48 +1300
TO:     "Taxpayers Union" <tipline@taxpayers.org.nz> 

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Kia ora,

I am aware that your Union recently condemned the cost
incurred by Green MP, Ms Mojo Mathers, in a trip she made to
Masterton to participate in a radio interview on
disabilities.

Accordingly, will you be investigating and commenting on the
trip made by National MP and Minister, Judith Collins, for
her recent taxpayer-funded trip to China? 

Ms Collins' portfolios include  Minister for Ethnic Affairs;
  Minister of Justice; and Minister for ACC.

It is unclear what purpose was served by a trip to China as
none of her portfolios relate directly  to foreign affairs
or trade.

Will you also be investigating and commenting on the
conflict of interest posed by her visit to Orivida - a
Chinese company of which her husband is a Director?

This appears to be little more than a tax-payer funded
'junket' and I await your response to this in the light of
your critical stance taken regarding Ms Mathers' trip to
Masterton.

Regards,
-Frank Macskasy

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Ms Mathers’ trip cost taxpayers an estimated $500-$600.

Collins’ junket reportedly cost us $36,000.

It’ll be interesting if Jordan Williams lays into Judith Collins with the same gusto he did with Green MP, Mojo Mathers.

What are my chances?!

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Evidently my “chances” weren’t too flash.

This was Jordan Williams’ response to my query to him;

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Jordan Williams - 12.2.14

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Hi Frank,

We commented on Mojo as a result of the Herald calling us and 
asking for such.  Of course we will do the same if asked.

Regards

Jordan Williams

Executive Director  |  New Zealand Taxpayers' Union Inc.

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So… I take it from Mr Williams’ reply that we will not be hearing from the Taxpayers’ Union unless the media asks them to comment?  And if the media doesn’t make any requests for comment – we’ll never hear from them at all, ever again?

I do believe Jordan Williams has just demonstrated – with crystal clarity – the pro-National partisanship of his “Taxpayers Union”.

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References

TV1 News:  Key puts Collins on warning, opposition calls for sacking

Related

The Daily Blog – Chris Trotter: Dispelling The Negatives: Judith Collins refuses to cry over spilt milk

Previous related blogposts

“It’s one of those things we’d love to do if we had the cash”

Doing ‘the business’ with John Key – Here’s How (Part # Rua)

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Op Shopping by Tolley and Collins

Above image acknowledgment: Francis Owen

This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 13 March 2014.

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  1. Matthew
    20 March 2014 at 8:37 am

    The Taxpayer’s Union are a bunch of scumbags, as they evidently displayed when going on about Mojo Mather’s trip to Masterton (which had more legitimate purpose than Collin’s trip to China) Unprincipled hypocrites hell bent on misrepresenting who they really are cowardly hiding behind their name. Typical ACT type scum, really doing the National party’s dirty work, because the National Party are really scum, but are trying to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes that they aren’t.

  2. 20 March 2014 at 10:04 am

    Maybe she went to investigate execution and imprisonment without trial prior to introducing a bill early in the New Year, if re-elected?

    • Priss
      20 March 2014 at 3:24 pm

      Sounds about right Kate!

      Jordan Williams reminds me of the schoolyard bully who picked on the geeky girl with pony tails, and left the stronger ones alone.

      I guess he stands revealed as a Tory puppet by his actions.

  3. Kirby
    29 April 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Great bit of investigative blogging here Frank! The best thing is that any member of the public doing a google-search on the Taxpayer’s Union will inevitably come across your blogpost as well. I think you’ve effectively trashed their credibility and torpedoed any effectiveness they might have had in the public arena.

  1. 27 March 2014 at 8:01 am

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