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

 


Don Brash Writes - No. 84, 14 July 2006

Don Brash Writes - No. 84, 14 July 2006

http://www.wastewatch.co.nz

I believe, and have consistently argued, that the Government has a responsibility to keep a careful watch on how it spends the hard-earned taxpayer dollars it takes from New Zealanders.

At the election last year National campaigned hard against Labour's over-taxation and its wasteful spending of taxpayers' money. Since the election, even more examples have come to light.

In response to this I am pleased to launch a new website today, www.wastewatch.co.nz, highlighting examples of Labour's wasteful spending.

The website records some of the classic examples of Labour's wastefulness, including the millions spent to little effect at Te Wananga o Aotearoa, the $26,000 spent on the hip-hop tour and the millions spent on various tertiary courses that had no educational value - like radio sing-along courses and homeopathy for pets.

New examples are also noted, including the $490 million blowout in the cost of building the four new prisons, the $11 million in landscaping of the prisons, and the $1 million given to the 211 phone line pilot scheme where staff answer an average of just three calls a day.

The latest example comes from the Ministry of Agriculture, which spent $14,724 for 40 senior managers to attend an "organisational planning feedback session" at the plush Boomrock Lodge near Wellington last November.

That cost $7,302 for catering alone, an incredible $182 a head for a one-day course!

The website will be continually updated as new examples of waste come to light, and I encourage people to send in their own examples of wasteful spending by the Labour Government.

For too long Labour has been happy to watch your money go down the drain.

You can be assured that National in Government would eliminate wasteful spending of taxpayers' hard-earned money, return some of it to those who earned it, and ensure the rest is spent wisely.

Don Brash http://www.donbrash.com http://www.national.org.nz

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