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Hollywood cheques suggests Steven Joyce never left

Responding to revelations that the Government rejected advice to cap film subsidies after meeting with Sir Peter Jackson, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says:

“Labour’s failure to curb National’s out-of-control film subsidies proves that corporate welfare is a sickness of both the left and the right. It seems no Minister can resist the allure of Hollywood star power and shiny film studios.”

“When in opposition, Labour rightly joined the Taxpayers’ Union in criticising Steven Joyce for his hands-on style of corporate welfare. With the Prime Minister now taking the taxpayer chequebook to meetings with Peter Jackson it’s like Mr Joyce never left.”

“The folly of this policy is simple – using taxpayer money, the government is trying to outbid other governments offering similar subsidies. We cannot win these bidding wars forever. The Screen Production Grant needs to be not just capped, but scrapped, before it grows into a black hole for taxpayer cash.”

“The only good news here is that this information was made public at all. It appears MBIE and Weta have tried every trick in the book to keep this information quiet. Taxpayers owe New Zealand Herald’s Matt Nippert enormous thanks for exposing the extent of these handouts.”

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