Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Anderton Slated By Commerce Select Committee

The Commerce Select Committee today released two reports slating Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton's pet projects, ACT MP Rodney Hide said.

"The Vote: Industry and Regional Development Committee and the Vote: Economic Development Committee highlight irregularities in Jim Anderton's pet projects, Industry New Zealand (INZ) and the Ministry of Economic Development (MED).

"The Committee has outlined a gross over-reliance on consultants in both INZ and the Ministry.

"Fifty-six percent of INZ's workforce are consultants. Since inception, INZ has employed 27 consultants at a total budgeted cost of $1.1 million for 2000/01. And it has engaged the services of 45 contractors at a total budgeted cost of $4.9 million for 2000/01.

"The Select Committee said:

We consider that a very high number of consultants and associated costs can have a negative effect on the culture of Industry New Zealand, especially with regard to the loss of institutional knowledge when consultants finish their contracts.

"Things aren't any better down the road at the Ministry of Economic Development.

"The Ministry's staff turnover for permanent positions last year was 19 percent, or 142 staff. The Ministry admitted to the Committee that retention of key staff was a challenge, and revealed that 11 staff had been made redundant since 1 July 2000, with total redundancy, severance and termination packages costing $462,215.

"The Minister for Economic Development has approximately 18 staff in his office. This is the biggest ministerial office with the highest non-Prime Ministerial staff numbers in recent times.

"The waste of money is astounding, coming from a Deputy Prime Minister who electioneered on promises to rid the public service of overspending and exorbitant consultancy fees," Rodney Hide said.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On How National’s ”New” Welfare Plan Resurrects A Past Failure


Sam Uffindell’s defenders keep reminding us that he was only 16 at the time of the King’s College incident, and haven’t we all done things in our teens that, as adults, we look back on with shame and embarrassment? True. Let's be honest. Haven’t we all at one time or another, joined a gang and beaten a smaller, younger kid black and blue with wooden clubs? In that respect, Uffindell’s defenders on the streets of Tauranga risk sounding a bit like the psychiatrist Kargol played by Graham Chapman on Monty Python. Some of the media commentary has also noted how the Uffindell saga has taken the shine off National’s good poll results and distracted us all from the unveiling of an important welfare policy at the recent National Patty conference. OK… So let's put the spotlight back on that welfare policy...
More>>




 
 

National: Food Prices Climb Taking Kiwis Backwards
Kiwi families continue to battle runaway food prices, National’s Finance spokesperson Nicola Willis says... More>>



Transport & Infrastructure: Have Your Say On The Future Of Inter-regional Passenger Rail In New Zealand

The Transport and Infrastructure Committee has opened an inquiry into the future of inter-regional passenger rail in New Zealand. The aim of the inquiry is to find out what the future could hold for inter-regional passenger rail... More>>


National: Sam Uffindell Stood Down Pending Investigation
Tauranga MP Sam Uffindell has been stood down from the National Party caucus pending an investigation into further allegations about his past behaviour, says National Party Leader Christopher Luxon... More>>



Government: Tax Break To Boost Long-term Rental Supply
The Government is encouraging more long-term rental options by giving developers tax relief for as long as the homes are held as long-term rentals, the Housing Minister Megan Woods has announced... More>>


National: NZ Migrant Arrivals Hit Lowest Mark Since 1990s
Today’s net migration figures show that Labour has failed to deliver the desperately needed skilled migrants they promised, meaning labour shortages will persist into the future, National’s Immigration spokesperson Erica Stanford says... More>>


Green Party: Abuse Revelations Leave No Choice But To Overhaul RSE Scheme
The Green Party is calling on the Government to overhaul the Recognised Seasonal Employers scheme in the wake of revelations of shocking human rights violations... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels