Shipley goes out on desperate lie
"National Party Leader Jenny
Shipley has finished her campaign with a desperate lie,"
says Labour finance spokesperson Michael Cullen.
was responding to Mrs Shipley's claim today that as Social
Welfare Minister in 1990-1991, he had authorised $303
million in unappropriated expenditure.
"This always was
garbage and still is. No spending was unauthorised.
happened was that demand-driven welfare expenditure was
running ahead of Budget night projections, requiring an
adjustment in the supplementary estimates round towards the
end of the financial year.
"That is normal process. All
Mrs Shipley is showing with her silly claims is that, even
after three years as Minister of Social Welfare, she does
not understand how the social welfare budget is put
"She would do better to remind the nation that
as Minister of Social Welfare, she froze the pension for two
years and cut benefits," Dr Cullen
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