David Seymour has used his Sunday Star-Times column to highlight some of Steve Joyce’s wasteful corporate welfare.
It’s Budget week and the message from National is the same as the past six years: no tax cuts. Labour, meanwhile, want tax increases.
So, what better time to look at some government spending and simply ask: “Why?” Surely, some of this money would be better spent on health, or education – or simply given back to people, so they can invest in businesses, their families, their communities, and themselves.
First up is the $56 million-a-year Marsden Fund, which bankrolls select ‘academic’ research. Some of the science topics look kind of interesting, but what do New Zealand taxpayers really gain from funding research on Cultivating chamber music in Beethoven’s Vienna: a study in socio-musicology ($580,000); or anti-trade activist Jane Kelsey’s Transcending embedded neoliberalism in international economic regulation ($600,000); or Missing narratives of modern Chinese intellectual history: modernity and writings on art, 1900-1930 ($495,000)?