Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Minister squanders taxpayers' money


Paul Hutchison MP for Port Waikato

11 September 2002

Minister squanders taxpayers' money

The Corrections Minister is the latest in a line of Government ministers to fritter away taxpayers' funds in the cause of political correctness, says National MP Dr Paul Hutchison.

"Hundreds of thousands of dollars is being squandered on consultation and site investigation relating to the proposed South Auckland men's prison near Meremere.

"It is staggering to realise that Mark Gosche belongs to a Government which promised in 1999 that 'extravagance in the public sector will not be tolerated.'

"The Minister has confirmed that $545,000 has been spent so far on Iwi consultation relating to the proposed prison, but he seems oblivious to the fact that this money is being paid in advance. How many New Zealanders would like to be paid, in advance, for cultural input and consultation for what equates to around two years' work?

"And to make it worse, Mr Gosche appears unconcerned that one of the consultants who allegedly received $100,000 of this money has turned out to be a convicted fraudster.

"Now more money is being wasted by the Corrections Minister who, having discovered that a proposed site bought for the prison is unsuitable, wants to spend millions more dollars on earthworks to rectify the problem.

"It flies completely in the face of commonsense, when last year the Minister was offered an alternative site near Huntly which that community said would offer "employment and economic benefits that Huntly currently needs."

"I challenge Mr Gosche to listen to the community and take up the offer," says Dr Hutchison.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news