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Vic Crone "responds" to report she has not read

Vic Crone "responds" to report she has not read

29 JUNE 2017

Callaghan Innovation's head, Vic Crone, would be more authoritative in defending her corporate welfare empire if she bothered to actually read the reports she is giving interviews on in the media.

Earlier today, the Taxpayers' Union released its fourth annual report tracking corporate welfare, but Vic Crone is so desperate to defend her patch she told NBR radio twice that she hadn't even read the report to which she was "responding" to.

Mac Mckenna, an economist at the Taxpayers' Union, says, "What a totally arrogant approach by Callaghan Innovation. They take our money, throw it at hand-picked businesses, and don't even read the reports they want to criticise in the media."

"When media call the Taxpayers' Union asking for comment on a report, we at least take the time to read it. Apparently, that's not necessary at Callaghan Innovation."

"If Ms Crone won't read our report, maybe she should read the recent report by Paula Rebstock, which concluded Callaghan Innovation is suffering from 'weak management' and is 'struggling internally'."

"Vic Crone says that Callaghan Innovation doesn't 'pick winners' because it applies 'set criteria' in their grant giving. These bureaucrats pretend their criteria are from some Archimedean point, that they possess some holy insights markets lack."

All of the Taxpayers' Union reports on corporate welfare are available at www.taxpayers.org.nz/tags/corporate_welfare. Hard copies will be delivered to Ms Crone's office today.


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