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National using jiggery pokery on ACC numbers

Chris Hipkins
ACC spokesperson

11 August 2011

National using jiggery pokery on ACC numbers

National has once again been caught out selectively using ACC figures, Labour ACC spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

“Since it came into office National has, fabricated a financial crisis at ACC only for it to then have to back down, and now its selectively using figures to make itself look better,” Chris Hipkins said.

“Today we learned the Government ignored warnings from the Labour Department before the Budget that Treasury figures on proposed savings from ACC were too optimistic. The Labour Department predicted savings of $400 million over the next three years, but Treasury said $580 million would be saved

“Minister of ACC Nick Smith has been all over the place on ACC figures. One minute it’s having a financial crisis the next he is ignoring Labour Department advice in order to make the Government’s financial position look better than it otherwise might.

“Nick Smith and National cannot be believed when it comes to ACC.

“How many more times is National going to mislead New Zealand on ACC?

“Even now they talk about ‘opening ACC up to competition’ when what they really mean is hocking it off to Australian insurance companies who will in turn raise the cost to Kiwis,” Chris Hipkins said.

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