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

 


Labour propaganda at Te Papa unacceptable

Gerry Brownlee National Party State Services Spokesman

26 April 2006

Labour propaganda at Te Papa unacceptable

An interactive computer display at Te Papa which gives the user the option of joining the Labour Party but no other political group is unacceptable propaganda, says National's State Services spokesman, Gerry Brownlee.

The touch-screen computer at the "Passports" exhibition generates a random immigrant. The user chooses where they live, who they marry and what job they take.

Users are also asked what social group the immigrant joins. Along with Plunket, a netball club, the Catholic Church and a number of other choices, they are offered the Labour Party.

"Pifi", a Pacific Islander who comes to New Zealand in 1975, is told when she picks Labour that it's a 'Good Choice. The Labour Party is keen to attract Pacific Island members, and make you feel welcome.'

"Ringo", an English immigrant from 1964 is told when he picks Labour that it's a 'Good Choice. You find a group of other activists who share your anti-nuclear interests.'

"The display is a blatant recuiting tool for the Labour Party, and it's unacceptable in New Zealand's taxpayer-funded national museum," says Mr Brownlee.

"No options to join other political parties are given. The display even features Labour's logo. International and domestic visitors to Te Papa are being bombarded with advertising about how great it is to join the Labour Party.

"The Prime Minister, who is the Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage, needs to front up and explain how this propaganda got into the display and who in the Government ordered it.

"I also want to know how much this exercise has cost the taxpayer, and whether the Labour Party will be paying the money back.

"One of the founding principles of Te Papa was that it's a 'gateway to New Zealand's natural and cultural heritage' and that it 'provides a forum in which to explore and reflect on our national identity'.

"Obviously, to the people who put this display together and the Government that ordered it, only the Labour Party has any place in that national identity."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

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:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. 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>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news