Parliament

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

 

Labour Govt's Culture Of Extravagance


Labour Govt's Culture Of Extravagance

Revelations that Government broadcasters are swanning off to a conference at a luxurious Fijian resort, spending at least $50,000, further confirms Prime Minister Helen Clark's idea of 'arts and culture' is the culture of excess, ACT New Zealand Broadcasting Spokesman Deborah Coddington said today.

"This makes a mockery of Broadcasting Minister Steve Maharey's attacks on WINZ conference spend-ups when National was in Government," Miss Coddington said.

"Miss Clark, when in Opposition, promised to end this sort of nonsense, but the opposite has happened.

"We've seen the Government fork out millions of dollars to American movie moguls, just so Miss Clark can be photographed with Tom Cruise. At the same time, internationally renowned film makers, like Vincent Ward, struggle to make feature films.

"Swanning off to international events is now accepted practice for government organisations. Since Helen Clark became Prime Minister and Arts and Culture Minister, the New Zealand Film Commission has spent $845,097 of taxpayers' money attending film festivals at exotic places like Cannes, Venice, and Milan.

"And that's only the amount spent on airfares, accommodation and daily expenses. If these public servants' salaries are taken into account, more than $1 million - money that could have helped make another movie like `Whale Rider', has been spent on overseas trips.

"It's a disgrace.

"It shows just how out of touch and arrogant this Clark-led Labour Government has become," Miss Coddington said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election