Parliament

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

 

Smarmy Steve Maharey loses the plot

Judith Collins MP National Party Families Spokeswoman

21 April 2005

Smarmy Steve Maharey loses the plot

National Party Families spokeswoman Judith Collins believes Steve Maharey has resorted to personal insults because he knows how much New Zealanders hate Labour’s hypocrisy on secret golden handshakes.

“How typically infantile it is of Mr Maharey to attack the person rather than the issue.

“Okay then Minister, let’s talk issues!

“How much did Families Commission Chief Executive Claire Austin get, Mr Maharey? Why is it secret? Why did she last only three months? And whatever happened to your promises about ending the so-called culture of extravagance?

“The Families Commission is spending nearly three quarters of a million taxpayer dollars on advertising campaigns leading up to the election. It has been swallowing up taxpayer money on travel and accommodation, and now it has handed out a secret golden handshake.

“How can anyone now take seriously the absurd claim by Rajen Prasad that ‘the commission uses government monies very, very carefully’?

“For starters, Mr Prasad obviously needs to be reminded it is not the Government’s money - it is taxpayer money and he is spending a sizeable chunk of it.

“Mr Prasad has been a vocal opponent of National Party policies, and he has been an ardent supporter of Helen Clark. One need look no further than the politically loaded photo opportunity his group provided for the Prime Minister at the launch of the ‘What Makes Your Family Tick’ Survey.

“I would urge Mr Prasad to keep his head down in election year unless he would prefer to be permanently branded as part of the ‘ninth floor machine’, as described by Mr Tamihere.

“It is also hard to take seriously Mr Maharey’s invitation for me to complain to the auditor-general. I actually won against Helen Clark over a desk calendar and she still hasn’t paid back the money,” says Ms Collins.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Zimbabwe: New Democracy, Or A False Dawn?

Gordon Campbell: Robert Mugabe = Hosni Mubarak. The current jubilation on the streets of Harare at the fall of Zimbabwe’s dictator Robert Mugabe is genuine, and one hates to be negative about the country’s future. Yet the situation is eerily similar to the scenes in Cairo in early 2011, when a popular uprising swept Hosni Mubarak from power in Egypt. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election