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

 


Government loses control of Education Ministry

Chris
HIPKINS
State Services Spokesperson

16 November 2012 MEDIA STATEMENT
Government loses control of Education Ministry

Claims by Associate Education Minister Craig Foss that he is "utterly flabbergasted" by revelations the Ministry of Education is planning to restructure its Payroll Services Unit clearly demonstrate he isn't in control of his own portfolio, Labour's State Services spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

"With staff up and down the country still being paid incorrectly, and some not being paid at all, it simply defies belief that the Ministry would begin a restructure involving the very staff tasked with fixing the mess. And those waiting for their pay will rightly be outraged when they learn the Minister in charge doesn't seem to know anything about it.

"Like Hekia Parata, whose handling of the portfolio has also been less than capable, Craig Foss receives a handsome six-figure salary to oversee these officials, yet he seems to have no idea what they're getting up to.

“He was the person who signed off on the implementation of Novopay and he has failed miserably to take control of the ensuing debacle. If John Key is not seriously questioning whether Mr Foss has the skills to sort things out, then he should be.

"The buck stops with the Minister. Craig Foss can't keep dodging around the issue. His hands-off approach has contributed to this shambles and he needs to front up and start taking charge.

"Those waiting to be paid want to know someone in government is taking control. If Craig Foss isn't up to the job he should step aside and hand it over to someone who is," Chris Hipkins said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

"Gutted" Safety Bill: Time To Listen To Workplace Victims’ Families

Labour has listened to the families of whose loved ones have been killed at work and calls on other political parties to back its proposals to make workplaces safer and prevent unnecessary deaths on the job. More>>

ALSO:

Regulators: Govt To ‘Crowd-Source’ Regulatory Advice

A wide-ranging set of reforms is to be implemented to shake up the way New Zealand government agencies develop, write and implement regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Board Appointments: Some Minister Appoint Less The 3 In 10 Women

“It’s 2015 not 1915: Ministers who appoint less than 3 in 10 women to their boards must do better, they have no excuse but to do better,” said Dr Blue. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The 1990s Retro Proposals For Our Health System

As we learned yesterday, the reviews propose that the democratically elected representation on DHBs should be reduced, such that community wishes will be able to be over-ridden by political appointees. In today’s revelations, the reviews also propose a return to the destructive competitive health model of the 1990s. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Cab Press Conference: Foreign Buyers Register, TPP And Serco

At a press conference today in Wellington, John Key discussed the foreign buyers register as well as the TPP and Serco. Key was questioned on whether a stamp tax might be used as a tool to deal with foreign buyers. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood Satire: Serco To Outsource Prison To Public Sector

In response to high-profile failings, multinational omnicorporation Serco will introduce public management in its prison system. Serco's New Zealand manager, speaking on condition of anonymity, has announced plans for managers from the Department of Corrections to run the Mt Eden Correctional Facility. More>>

National Party Conference: Plans To Nudge Immigrants Towards Regions

The Government will introduce a package of immigration measures aimed at improving the spread of workers, skills and investment across New Zealand, Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news