Why doesn't Mallard just export himself

I notice that Mallard has had another swipe at the Government for doing what it’s supposed to – and that’s letting KiwiRail make its own operational decisions when it is buying new trains.

I find this outrage just a little hard to handle – given that he was the shareholding Minister explaining why Air New Zealand should be free of political meddling when it was considering the oursourcing of engineering work…

Air New Zealand—Engineering Outsourcing

Tuesday 21 February 2006 Hansard source (external site)

1. SUE BRADFORD (Green) to the Minister of Finance: Does he believe that, as 82 percent shareholder of Air New Zealand, he should have been more proactive in finding a solution that would keep Air New Zealand’s engineering work in New Zealand?

Hon TREVOR MALLARD (Acting Minister of Finance): No. I would hope that the airline and unions talk further, but as a matter of policy the Minister of Finance, as shareholding Minister, does not intervene in the operational affairs of the airline.

Sue Bradford: Has the board of Air New Zealand shared with the Government shareholder its long-term strategic plan for this business; if so, does it show that what is happening at the moment is just the beginning of a whole series of changes that will lead to lay-offs and cuts in wages and conditions?

Hon TREVOR MALLARD: As Acting Minister of Finance, I am not privy to the details of the briefings between the board and the Minister of Finance.

Sue Bradford: Is the Minister aware that Air New Zealand has also put the jobs of over 100 cleaners on the line by putting cabin-cleaning work out to tender; and as a majority shareholder does he see any role at all in trying to get it to reverse its decision, especially in the light of Labour’s own industrial relations policies in the areas of contracting out and job security?

Hon TREVOR MALLARD: Yes and no.

Sue Bradford: How does the current Air New Zealand strategy of business transformation, which seems to involve slashing wages and jobs and contracting out, align with the Government’s strategic priority, as outlined by the Prime Minister last week, of economic transformation; if it does not, does the Minister think there is some way in which these two strategies can be aligned?

Hon TREVOR MALLARD: Without going into a lot of the detail, I think it is fair to say that many members of the House are aware that the future of Air New Zealand itself was at very serious risk when the Government bought back into it, and it is not out of the mire yet.

Clearly the pain killers and his impeding defeat in a cycle race are clouding his judgment. The crippled campaign manager just can’t get his facts right and continues to insist that National to do something which in the first instance is illegal and secondly something he knows can’t be done anyway.

He is struggling, along with his crippled party for relevance and so just flings murk from wherever he can dredge it up from.


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