Cheek indeed

September 5th, 2013 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

John Armstrong writes in NZ Herald:

The week’s prize for barefaced cheek must surely go to the .

With Parliament’s Clerk of the House yesterday finally giving the okay for a non-binding on National’s policy, the Greens listed the costs to the taxpayer so far of the Government’s partial privatisation programme.

Included in the total, which the Greens estimate as close to $125 million, was $9 million to pay for the referendum.

That sum is certainly a cost the Government has to meet. But it is a cost forced on the Government by virtue of the successful efforts of the Greens and the other Opposition parties.

They force the referendum, and blame the Govt for the cost. Incredible.

The logic for citing this as a Government-imposed cost on the taxpayer was that the referendum was only being held because National has an asset sales policy.

On that basis, the Greens should have included the nearly $50,000 in taxpayer-provided money drawn from its parliamentary funding to pay eight staff to collect signatures for the petition needed to force the referendum.

The $50,000 was only the cost of the extra staff. I estimate the total cost to the taxpayer was around $400,000 when you include all the full-time staff who worked on co-ordinating the petition.

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10 Responses to “Cheek indeed”

  1. Monty (944 comments) says:

    Prior to the 2011 election Phil Goff is quoted as saying “Key had made this year’s election a referendum on whether NZers wanted to see their most impt strategic assets sold”

    Matter resolved. There has already been a referendum according to the person well was the labour leader in 2011.

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  2. Longknives (4,039 comments) says:

    What Monty said..

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  3. Sector 7g (229 comments) says:

    Since when did the greens start caring about the cost of policy to the taxpayer ?

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  4. wikiriwhis business (3,276 comments) says:

    and the govt will toss aside another Citizens Initiated Referendum and lose the election next year :)

    Labour and Winston look like the ruling coalition after 2014

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  5. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    These greenie types are like your grandmother. Great for the occasional piece of moral advice but you wouldn’t put them in charge of anything other than lunch.

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  6. scrubone (2,971 comments) says:

    Given how they bashed the last referendum, they were never going to have any credibility on this.

    So it would seem they’re taking the “in for a penny, in for a pound” approach. They know their own side isn’t going to haul them up on this sort of thing, so who cares about any pretense of credibility?

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  7. Colville (1,769 comments) says:

    Obviously the cost of the 2011 general election should be added in as well as that was when NZers voted overwhelmingly in favour of the partial sales plan.

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  8. Sector 7g (229 comments) says:

    The truth here is that the traditional left in New Zealand have been stuck in the mud for years now. They have been desperately trying to gain traction any way possible and this is just another hopeful stunt in a long list. Much like Labours ” please give a fuck about our next leader” road show.

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  9. OneTrack (1,957 comments) says:

    wikiriwhis business (1,682) Says: “September 5th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Labour and Winston look like the ruling coalition after 2014″

    What does that look like?

    Labour (David and Nanaia) , Winston (and Winston), Greens (Russel and Meteria), Mana (Hone and John and Annette and Sue) , United Future (Dunne) and Maori (Te Ururoa and tba).

    Yeah, looks great. A cluster**** of epic proportions.

    New Zealand might last six months before we turn into Greece or Zimbabwe.

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  10. Rich Prick (1,319 comments) says:

    Well, if the Greens were any good as an Opposition party they wouldn’t have needed to resort to a CIR. They are an expensive, yet sad, rabble of impotentcy.

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