John Key has taken to the Greens today for their rank hypocrisy:
In two interviews about asset sales this morning, Key attacked the Greens for using $75,000 of its taxpayer-funded leaders’ budget to hire staff to collect signatures towards a citizens initiated referendum on the issue.
“These are the people that said they don’t have enough money to pay for (deaf MP) Mojo Mathers’ technology in Parliament but have enough money for a citizens initiated referendum,” he told Newstalk.
“This is a politically-motivated referendum.”
Yes the Greens bleated about how they couldn’t afford to pay for their MPs costs for the provision of technology to assist her. That cost incidentally was $30,000. They made a huge song and dance over it and ambushed Speaker Lockwood Smith.
They somehow have no problem rorting the taxpayer for $75,000 to buy a referendum though.
Referenda are supposed to be “Citizens Initiated Referenda” not political party initiated referenda.
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