Key’s faux defence of Hillside shown up
Dunedin South MP
5 December 2012
Key’s faux defence of
Hillside shown up
John Key’s claim that he
couldn’t keep Dunedin’s Hillside open as he would have
had to compensate KiwiRail has been shown up as he is unable
to reveal the cost of compensation, says Labour Dunedin
South MP Clare Curran.
“John Key has told New Zealanders
that he wanted to keep Hillside open but the only way to do
so was to financially compensate KiwiRail. But today he
wasn’t able to say how much that compensation would be,
just shouting out ‘millions’.
“If John Key truly
cared about the 90 Hillside workers who are losing their
jobs then he would have asked KiwiRail’s Board hard
questions on the cost of keeping Hillside open and what
compensation would be. He either hasn’t done that or has
had another brain fade.
“Either way it shows John
Key’s supposed late ride to the rescue is nothing more
than mock sincerity.
“We need to know what the
compensation would be so we can make a proper economic
assessment of the cost of keeping the workshops open.
“The workers of Hillside deserve
© Scoop Media
Issue 49: Werewolf Weekender
Philip Matthews: From The Lost Continent
It’s a case of better late than never for Olivier Assayas’ marvellous After May/Apres Mai, which first screened at Venice in 2012, had a couple of North Island screenings last year during the International Film Festival’s “Autumn Events” season, got a theatrical release in Australia – but not here – and only now appears on DVD, after Assayas himself has moved on. More>>
The Complicatist: Blue Eyed & Soulful
For a while in June, the top two singles on the US Billboard charts featured Iggy Azalea, an Australian model turned hip hop performer. To some, this may seem like just the latest chapter in a long saga of whites ripping off black culture, while enriching themselves in the process. Obviously, there’s some truth in the stereotype. Yet it can also obscure the positive collaborations – in jazz, soul music and hip hop – between musicians who treated each other as creative equals, race regardless. More>>
Satire: Carry On Captaining
Oh hello. Scanner Technician Davis. To what do I owe the pleasure?
You think we’re what?
Oh, pish. This vessel has been travelling along smoothly for generations – particularly smoothly in the last few years though I say so myself – and I happen to know we have never once been hit by an asteroid... More>>