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Government humiliated by Papua New Guinea’s abuse of aid

The folly of giving taxpayer money to the Papua New Guinean government has been made clear, as soldiers have stormed the country’s Parliament to protest unpaid allowances.

“The New Zealand Government, and by association New Zealand taxpayers, have been made to look like fools by a wasteful and corrupt foreign government,” says New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke.

“Kiwi taxpayers forked out $15 million specifically to help Papua New Guinea’s government pay for security at APEC. Instead, $7 million was blown on a fleet of Maseratis and Bentleys for politicians, while the wages of security staff have gone unpaid.”

“The Papua New Guinean government has demonstrated that it simply cannot be trusted with our money. Winston Peters needs to prove he’s learned from this debacle by cutting off further funds – including the millions announced in extra aid over the weekend. Any further assistance to the country should be conducted purely through trusted non-government organisations.”



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