Clayton Cosgrove on Donations

Keeping Stock

Clayton Cosgrove is mired in a donations scandal. He thinks he can bat it away and his leader claims that the man with plugs for hair “is as honest as the day is long” which would have meant more if it wasn’t the middle of winter and we just had the shortest day. Perhaps more unfortunate was Grant Robertson using the “Field Defense”.

However a politican should really be held to his own words…and in his own words from Hansard we shall:

Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE: I withdraw and apologise. I think I did so before I was asked, actually. I pose a couple of questions to Mr English. Mr English is very good at asking everybody in this House for explanations. So will he stand in this House and account for every donation in the Waitemata Trust and in all the other trusts? Oh, no. The gelatine creeps down the spine. Will he answer that question? Will Mr Brownlee, who has risen from his slumber in his seat, tell the media now about every donation that was received and whether—to quote Mr English’s words, because he does make a good point that we need to know what happened to those donations—those donations influenced any political decisions? We know, as “Burger King” walks out of the Chamber—

Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE: I quote Mr English’s words when he said that we need to find out what political influence, if any, was gained from those donations. We know how Mr English’s accident compensation policy was formed at the last election, and who influenced that. Will Mr English actually get up in the Chamber now—I challenge him to do that—to tell us about all the anonymous donations from the Waitemata Trust, and from various sectors of the economy, so that we can then make assumptions or presumptions, or remove any perception that his policy at the last election may have been influenced? Oh, no! He is mute; there is silence.

If we look at the National members over the last couple of days, we see that they have been obsessed with this issue. But if we ask them about their policy and how they, if they were in Government, would meet the challenges of the economy, we know what happens. They get out the xerox machine. Asking that crew on the other side of the Chamber to come up with policy is a bit like asking a xerox machine to write a movie script. It cannot happen; it will xerox it off. If we look at all the things that National opposed, whether it be KiwiSaver, interest-free student loans, KiwiRail, superannuation—I remember a debate with Mr English, who got up and railed against the inadequacy of New Zealand superannuation—you name it, we see that they have all been adopted. The xerox machine has just rolled off, and those policies have all been adopted.

One has to ask where the depth is and where the background papers are, that Colin James asks for. Where is the depth? Where are the new ideas, as we face—

So Clayton tell us about all the donations from your mates, and from various sectors of the economy, so that we can then make assumptions or presumptions, or remove any perception that his policy may have been influenced?

Oh, no! He is mute; there is silence.


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