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White Liberal Chickens Coming Home To Roost

Media Release
13 October 2003

Sickly White Liberal Chickens Coming Home To Roost: Peters

New Zealand First has slammed both National and Labour for the devastating fact that 40,203 Maori have collected the domestic purposes benefit this year.

“Both of the old parties have been indulging in trendy tokenism for years and the confirmation that Maori continue to figure highly in welfare dependency comes as no surprise,” said Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“The Treaty of Waitangi has been offered up as some kind of security blanket. Economic and social conditions created by successive National and Labour governments are breeding resentment, distrust, fear, and alienation. And Maoridom must now admit that,” said Mr Peters.

“Education remains the key to upward mobility. Without it our citizens are condemned to a narrow range of options and certain failure to reach their potential. Large numbers on any benefit is a blight on our society but it is meaningless for Labour and National to bicker over the outcomes of their disastrous policies.

“The Labour party thinks by gushing forth with a torrent of Treaty talk and sprinkling dollops of public money among its mates in the Treaty industry Maori will be better off. 40,000 Maori women on the DPB prove them wrong. National’s record is no better. The failure to overcome Maori disadvantage, despite so much spending, is a tragedy not only for Maori but also for New Zealand.

“The sickly white liberals of various political hues who are accepting of the growing economic and social divisions in our midst must surely be seeing the error of their ways. The Treaty industry they created is a bloated leech that is gorging itself on a geyser of public money that Labour and National have seen fit to squander - but that has brought no significant benefit to Maori. It is time for a change,” said Mr Peters.


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