Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Ashley Bloomfield Should Do Better Than Lean Into Government’s ‘consolidation’ Spin

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield has become complicit in the Labour Government’s attempt to cover up the theft of rapid antigen tests by the Government, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.

Union spokesman Jordan Williams says, “The Director-General of Health is paid a $500,000 salary to inform the public and leave the spin to the politicians. He’s not meant to parrot the Government’s political lines, but that’s exactly what he’s done by claiming the Government is ‘consolidating’ rapid antigen tests, denying that the tests have been commandeered or stolen.”

“Everyone involved with the procurement of tests knows can see the Government’s seizure for what it is. When the Director-General of Health calls up a supplier to tell them to redirect tests that have already been ordered, that’s not a friendly suggestion – it comes with the implicit threat of government sanction.”

“At the Taxpayers’ Union, we would have tests for our employees by now had our supplier not received that fateful message from the Government. Now we’re waiting on a second order, but have been told by our supplier not to pay until they can be certain the Government won’t requisition this batch too.”

“This is thuggish Venezuelan behaviour, trampling over property rights and intervening to stop businesses from doing the right thing for their workers. Businesses will now have to go cap in hand to the Government in order to obtain tests. This might work out for a few well-connected employers, but overall it will reduce New Zealanders’ easy access to these vital tests.”

“Like many employers the Taxpayers’ Union ordered RATs back in December, taking prudent steps to ensure our staff are kept safe and at the office for as long as possible. But because the Government failed to take those prudent steps itself, it is now thieving off everyone who ordered RATs. To add insult to injury Ashley Bloomfield is claiming black is white in insisting the Government isn’t ‘stealing’ tests. He undermines his own credibility to serve his political masters. He should do better.”

“With a $70-odd billion pandemic response fund, the Government was perfectly positioned to order tests in a fair market. But it dragged the chain and is now making up its own rules to cover for its incompetence.”

“We join tens of thousands of other employers in telling the Government: ‘give us our tests back so we can do our jobs’.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Rabuka’s Possible Return In Fiji


Fiji signed onto China’s Belt and Road initiative in 2018, along with a separate agreement on economic co-operation and aid. Yet it took the recent security deal between China and the Solomon Islands to get the belated attention of the US and its helpmates in Canberra and Wellington, and the Pacific is now an arena of major power rivalries...
More>>



 
 

Budget: Climate Investments Provide Path To Economic Security
The Government is investing in New Zealand’s economic security by ensuring climate change funding moves away from short-term piecemeal responses and towards smart, long-term investment... More>>

ALSO:


Budget: Updated My Vaccine Pass For Those Who Want It

New Zealanders who are up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations will be able to download an updated My Vaccine Pass from 24 May, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>

Speaker: 2022 Register Of Pecuniary And Other Specified Interests Presented
The 2022 Register of Pecuniary and Other Specified Interests of Members of Parliament was presented in the House today. It contains a summary of members’ interests as at 31 January 2022... More>>



Classification Office: Following Decision To Ban Manifesto The Buffalo Mass Shooting Livestream Is Now Banned
The livestream video of yesterday’s mass shooting in the United States has now been banned, Acting Chief Censor Rupert Ablett-Hampson announced this morning. The decision follows on from his decision yesterday to call in and ban the ‘manifesto... More>>

Borders: New Zealand Poised To Welcome International Students Back
New Zealand is fully reopening to international students and the Government is committed to help reinvigorate and strengthen the sector, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>


Inland Revenue: Commissioner Appointed
Deputy Public Service Commissioner Helene Quilter QSO has today announced the appointment of Peter Mersi to the position of Commissioner and Chief Executive, Inland Revenue Department... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels