Andrew Little has an opinion piece int eh Herald today and, as is usual with a union boss, it is highly deceptive.
Take these claims:
Paula Bennett wrote an opinion piece at the weekend, trying to justify the inexcusable reality we now face of new-born babies living in cars. Her excuse boiled down to ‘it’s too expensive’.
She claimed it costs $40,000 to house a family of five in Tamaki. That’s a trumped up example but let’s take it and see how many families a government with the right priorities could house:
• National spent $27m on a failed flag referendum. That could have housed 675 families
• $11.5m on a sheep farm in the Saudi desert could have housed 287 families
• $118m in dividends that National is taking out of Housing New Zealand could house 2,950 families
He fails to understand budget processes. Vote Housing does not include sums from Vote Internal Affairs (the flag referendum), Vote Foreign Affairs & Trade. But those claims too are facetious, because Labour has variously claimed the flag referendum money would have been better spent on Keytruda, education and other areas. Like tax cuts money Labour will spend it ten times over in their claims that they know best. Read more »