Two Faced Labour


It is very curious that Labour has ‘slammed’ the Government for spending $6.7m on a special room at the new National Library to hold the Treaty of Waitangi.

Labour is slamming a Government plan to move the original Treaty of Waitangi as a frivolous waste of money.

Deputy Labour leader Grant Robertson said the plan is at odds with the Government’s economic commitments.

“This is a very large sum of money when we already have a room specially constructed to store the Treaty. The government tells us this is a zero budget.”

I say this is curious, because Labour didn’t like the incoming National Government’s move to scale back the massively expensive rebuilding project at the National Library… a project which the previous Labour Government signed up to…

The Government is to scale back the revamp of the National Library by cutting almost $40 million from the proposed budget.

The proposed $90 million redevelopment is not affordable in the midst of a recession, Internal Affairs Ministe Richard Worth said.

But doing nothing was not an option as water leaks and failing equipment put collections worth almost $1 billion at risk.

The revamp would now cost $52 million and would focus on increasing storage, fixing leaks, upgrading equipment and replacing critical infrastructure.

And this whole saga becomes a boomerang for Robertson, when you discover that he himself blogged that changes to save money at Archives and the National Library were not necessary:

 Whatever minimal cost savings might result, the upheaval will outweigh it.

Labour thinks the public have very short memories indeed.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.