INDEPENDENT NEWS

Shane Jones – all talk, no cash

Published: Fri 11 Oct 2019 09:24 AM
11 October 2019
Shane Jones has been so preoccupied with parading around the country making loud announcements while wearing hi-vis, he’s failing to deliver on his promises to hard-working New Zealanders, National’s Regional Development spokesperson Chris Bishop says.
“Feedback around the country is that the Minister is quick with a big announcement, but very slow with actual money. Many businesses will be wondering if they’re ever going to receive their funding, with only $274 million actually paid out, out of the $2.46 billion that’s been allocated.
“If Shane Jones is going to spend it all by this time next year, he’ll have to spend $7.5 million a day.
“From the money he has actually paid out, close to $50 million has been spent on business cases and feasibility studies. The Minister is continuing the theme of this Government of spending lots on working groups, but not a lot on anything tangible.
“All the Provincial Growth Fund is doing is creating more jobs for bureaucrats in Wellington who write glossy reports, rather than delivering for the regions who are crying out for solid economic policy.
“Shane Jones likes to say talk is cheap, money is real, but it’s clear the Minister is big on talk and nowhere to be seen when it comes to delivering the cash.
“National favours sensible economic policies that nurture New Zealand’s economic growth, create more jobs and help lift all our communities. That’s the route to prosperity. Carefully stage-managed publicity events in the regions is just politics and doesn’t help anyone.”
ends

Next in New Zealand politics

Todd Muller announces shape of next Government
By: New Zealand National Party
Timeline For Moving To Level 1 Needed
By: Business New Zealand
On National’s Day Of Reckoning
By: Gordon Campbell
Jobs budget to get economy moving again
By: New Zealand Government
Law Setting Up Legal Framework For Covid-19 Alert Level 2 Passes
By: New Zealand Government
Parliament Quits MP Cut Pay Debate To Go Home Early
By: ACT New Zealand
PMs Jacinda Ardern & Scott Morrison Announce Plans For Trans-Tasman COVID-safe Travel Zone
By: New Zealand Government
Green Party Unveils Its Candidate List For The 2020 Election
By: Green Party
NZ COVID Tracer App Released To Support Contact Tracing
By: Ministry of Health
On The Dodgy Politics Of Easing Level Three
By: Gordon Campbell
No Show By Treasury Shows Govt In Full Dismissal Mode
By: New Zealand National Party
Concern At Introduction Of National Security Legislation For Hong Kong
By: New Zealand Government
Todd Muller Elected Leader Of The New Zealand National Party
By: New Zealand National Party
SPEECH: Todd Muller’s Maiden Speech As National Party Leader
By: New Zealand National Party
National’s Tack To The Centre Complementary To ACT
By: ACT New Zealand
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media