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Reward At Last For Some, Devastation For Others

New Zealand First Defence Spokesperson Ron Mark has expressed his pleasure at the Prime Minister’s late decision to compensate ex Japanese Prisoners of War, along with the Vietnam veterans whom with their families have suffered the consequences of chemical warfare and its resultant fallout.

“I am somewhat bemused though,” said Mr Mark today, “that it has taken sixty years to resolve the issue for ex-Japanese POW’s, and decades to address the other compensation issue announced in the last day or two. What has happened to force the Prime Minister to respond to these pressures now, and why was she not understanding of their concerns during the many years she was a Cabinet Minister in previous governments?” pondered Mr Mark.

“I also wonder how it is that the Prime Minister can find funding to address these long unresolved issues, and at the very same Cabinet meeting neglect 48,000 low income earners and their families by omitting them from the changes to the Community Services Card threshold,” said Mr Mark.

“I hesitate to come to the conclusion that we are witnessing politics in their most raw form at present,” Mr Mark said, “but the temptation is certainly great having seen justice delivered for some and a slap in the face for others in such a fast track manner:”


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