The Right Talk
From the Office of Bill English - 1st November
Getting the priorities right
After a certain period of time, most Governments begin to look tired, arrogant and out of touch. Labour's time is coming
sooner than many thought.
Over recent weeks National has been uncovering stories of highly questionable spending by the Government and their
departments. Things like credit card spending by bureaucrats, staff payouts, a $75,000 grant for the Warehouse, and
paying for kaumatua to escort endangered frogs around the country are just a few examples.
New Zealanders have fairly simple expectations of what they want from a Government. They want quality health and
education services that ordinary people can afford, and they want to feel safe and to know that the police can deal with
crime and criminals. They don't appreciate having taxpayers money wasted on the politically correct nonsense projects
the Labour Government have got down to an art form.
The Week In Politics...
National continues to front foot all the major issues
*National MP David Carter has convinced other political parties to hold a select committee inquiry into the serious
allegations over the scampi fishing industry. David Carter, who chairs the Primary Production committee, says the issue
is hugely important to New Zealand's multi-billion dollar fishing industry.
*Bill English achieved much for Chinese-New Zealand relations after leading a delegation of businesspeople and
scientists to China last week. The highlight of the trip was a meeting with top Chinese leader Mr Wei Jianxing, ranked
number six in the Chinese political hierarchy, at the People's Hall in Beijing. The meeting featured on Chinese
television, viewed by 200 million viewers and in China Today newspapers.
*The success of the trip though caused a typical spoilsport response from the PM - National understands that Helen Clark
personally rang Foreign Affairs officials to stop the New Zealand Embassy hosting Bill English.
This is despite the fact Bill was leading a 14-strong delegation promoting New Zealand, at the invitation of the Chinese
National's message to Helen Clark is: Get a life. There must be more important things for her to do with her time, like
sorting out the industrial disputes at Auckland hospitals.
*National MP Lynda Scott is questioning priorities in the health sector after figures released by National show that the
Auckland District Health Board paid out $3 million in redundancies over the last 18 months, but can't settle the
radiographers strike at a cost of $300,000.
*Bill English is off to Australia on November 10, with a delegation of National MPs on a meeting-packed trip aimed at
helping warm the relationship with Australia. While Bill is meeting with PM John Howard, other members of the delegation
will be meeting with Australia's Finance, Foreign Affairs, Trade, Defence, Agriculture, Health and Employment Ministers.
*Observers in Australia have noticed New Zealand's muted political response to the Bali bombings - particularly that no
NZ Minister has visited Bali, if even to support Australian efforts there.
*And on a related note, Australian High Commission staff in Wellington are now banned from Helen Clark's weekly press
*Political correctness knows no limits under Labour - The Department of Internal Affairs has advised staff at Parliament
that if they run a Melbourne Cup sweepstake the total pool can't be more than $50, which means a maximum of $24 for a
first place win.
It seems that anything fun is now banned in Helengrad!
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