Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Sinister Motive Behind Anderton's Mollycoddling



Sinister Motive Behind Anderton's Mollycoddling

Libertarianz Deputy Leader Richard McGrath rubbished comments made yesterday by disgraced MP Phillida Bunkle's stand-in as Minister of Consumer Affairs.

"I wish Jim Anderton would stop treating the rest of us like morons," said McGrath. "He claims the eMarketing Standards Authority will offer increased protection for hapless consumers. The business sector knows the real purpose of this new bureaucracy - to extend the tax grab, as an intelligence-gathering vehicle for the IRD," who McGrath believes must be drooling at the prospect of new victims.

"The parasitic Department of Legalised Theft will find it much easier to sniff out the newly-created wealth of internet trading companies, and tear off large chunks for itself -- stolen money which is then spent on such essential items as hemp curtains and state-of-the-art dishwashers for cabinet ministers."

"In addition, Anderton cites the example of what he calls 'loan sharking' operations and the steps these organisations take to secure their investment in clients who are at high risk for defaulting on their contracts.

"He paints a picture of greedy, 'oppressive' people lacking any moral or ethical standards. What about the moral and ethical standards of a political party that permits someone who is widely perceived as a fraudster to remain in its caucus?"

Libertarianz see nothing wrong with publishing the names and photographs of loan defaulters and charging 240 percent interest, as Anderton claims one loan company did.

"Provided both parties have entered into such a contract of their own free will, the lender has every right to enforce the terms of the contract. Government should just butt out," said McGrath.

"Anderton's professed concern for consumer protection is an insult to intelligent New Zealanders. Where was he when Bunkle was shamelessly ripping off taxpayers?"


Richard McGrath * Libertarianz Deputy Leader * Fax (06) 377 3070 * mcgrath@no-income-tax.com Or contect Libertarianz Media Coordinator at (025) 861 927

* LIBERTARIANZ * More Freedom * Less Government *

www.libertarianz.org.nz www.freeradical.co.nz

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Malaysia Exposing Our Dodgy Policies On China

Last week, we all owed a vote of thanks to Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad for breaking with protocol during his bilateral meeting in Singapore with New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern. Reportedly, Mahathir used the photo opportunity phase of the meeting – which usually involves just an exchange of smiles and pleasantries before the media is sent out of the room – to launch into matters of genuine substance.

By doing so, Mahathir usefully exposed how New Zealand is trying to make a virtue out of sitting on the fence over the South China Sea dispute. More>>


Health: Changes To Drinking Water Standards

David Clark said many of the changes he is making, which will take effect on 1 March 2019, are clarifications or corrections, “but there are two changes which will significantly improve the ability to test and respond to the presence of harmful bacteria such as E.coli”. More>>


IPCA: Police Detention "Unlawful But Reasonable"

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that while Police acted unlawfully in October 2017 when they detained a Queenstown man for a mental health assessment, their actions were reasonable in the circumstances. More>>


Joint Statement: Chile President's NZ Visit

At the invitation of the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, undertook a State Visit to New Zealand on 19 November 2018... More>>


Climate Change: Top Academics Call On Government To Take Action

One hundred and fifty academics and researchers from around Aotearoa, including Dame Anne Salmond, Emeriti Professors and several Fellows of the Royal Society, have signed a strongly-worded open letter to the Government demanding bold and urgent action to tackle climate change. More>>


Teacher Qualifications, Class Sizes: Ten Year Plan For Early Learning

“Moving towards 100 percent qualified teachers in early childhood education centres and improving adult:child ratios are among some of the key proposals for change put forward by the sector and experts in the new draft ten year strategic plan for early learning,” Chris Hipkins said. More>>


Teacher Strikes: Meeting, March And Rally In Wellington

Throughout the Wellington region the NZEI rolling strikes entered their final day Friday. Thousands of teachers met in Wellington, Kapiti, Porirua and the Wairarapa. More>>


14/11: Two Years’ Progress Since The Kaikoura Earthquake

Mayor John Leggett said it was a day for reflection, but also a time to recognise the work by many people to support progress towards recovery made across Marlborough since November 2016. More>>


Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. More>>





InfoPages News Channels