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How Will This Hand-Out Close Any Gaps?

A bucket-load of money for the arts will go down well among the arts elite, but it is not going to help ordinary New Zealand families, Roger Sowry said today.

"You have to question this Government's priorities. It says it wants to close gaps but its first big pre-Budget sweetener is a hand-out to the arts.

"In the last week we have seen worrying signs that the economy is heading for trouble.

"New Zealanders are already paying the price in higher taxes, interest rates, petrol prices, cigarette prices and other costs.

"What does the Government do? It hands out a load of money to Helen's pet art projects.

"It's like a hospital deciding to spend most of its money on cosmetic surgery when there's a waiting list a mile long for basic operations like hip replacements.

"Helen's fondness for the arts is great, but when is she going to wake up and see that things are getting tough for many New Zealanders, and they expect this Government to be doing something practical," Mr Sowry said.


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