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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