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


Community Grant Crackdown Overdue

Community Grant Crackdown Overdue

Tuesday 30 March 2004 - Dr Muriel Newman

Cabinet may have cracked down on the CEG's Social Entrepreneur grants, but it still needs to come clean over what action it has taken to address the Audit Office's damning criticisms over the Government's allocation of taxpayer-funded grants, ACT New Zealand Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today.

"The recent controversy over the CEG grants has clearly highlighted the flaws in the Government's grant approval processes," Dr Newman said.

"But these issues are not new. Last year - following a review launched in tandem with the investigation into money received by former ACT MP Donna Awatere Huata - the Audit Office issued a damning report about a lack of adequate checks and balances on money given out by various Government agencies.

"The CEG scandal shows that Labour seems to have simply ignored this report. Money given for such spurious initiatives like overseas hip-hop research - which even the grant recipient admitted amounted to nothing - seems to have been dished out with little or no consideration for community benefit, or value for money.

"This is absolutely disgraceful. Not only are these agencies handing out taxpayers' money, but they are doing so in the knowledge that they should be taking more care. This is not incompetence; this is blatant disregard for public money.

"Cabinet's crack down is just the first step - one which should have been taken last year. This afternoon I will be writing to the Social Services Select Committee, asking that the Labour Department be requested to attend our next meeting and brief us on exactly what steps have been taken since it received the Auditor-General's report last year.

"It is time to front up. Taxpayers need an assurance that their money is being spent in ways that will benefit the community, not on frivolous initiatives with dubious public value," Dr Newman said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Now-Former Cyclone: States of Emergency Declared

A state of emergency has been declared in Buller, Greymouth and Christchurch, with fears some homes are at a high risk of flooding over the next day.

High tides overnight were likely to bring large waves to Kaikōura and Christchurch about 9pm, and to Taranaki, Kāpiti and Nelson about 2am.

The latest severe weather update has upgraded watches for heavy rain in Christchurch, Banks Peninsula and North Otago to full warnings...More>>


Kauri Protection: Waitākere Forest Closure Proposed

At the 20 February meeting of the Environment and Community Committee, the council proposed to close the forested areas of the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park, with some exceptions, by 1 May 2018. More>>


'Hit And Run' Raid: NZDF Had Reports Of Civilian Casualties

The NZDF received intelligence updates within one or two days of the August 2010 SAS raid in Afghanistan that reported civilian casualties, including the death of a child, new OIA documents reveal... it appears they did not bother to investigate nor made any effort to help the victims. More>>


Christchurch Public Meeting: Complete U-Turn By Labour And NZ First On TPP

The TPP might have been re-branded as the CPTPP but it's still the same bad deal says Professor Jane Kelsey, New Zealand's expert on international economic regulation. More>>


Commerce, Etc: Thicker Bright Line For Real Estate

Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has confirmed the bright-line test on residential property sales will be extended from two years to five years in legislation currently making its way through Parliament.More>>


Prison Inspections: Reports on Manawatu and Paremoremo Released

The Office of the Inspectorate today released reports into Manawatu Prison and Auckland Prison (Paremoremo), the first two resulting from a programme of inspections of New Zealand prisons. More>>

Whistle Blowers: Government To Review Law On Protection

Work has begun on a review of the Protected Disclosures Act 2000, Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins said today. More>>





Featured InfoPages