Here piggy, piggy, piggy – MBIE wins waste award from Taxpayers’ Union

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The Taxpayers’ Union have awarded MBIE one of their Government Waste Certificate of Achievement awards for their $140k tv screen.

Porky, the Taxpayers’ Union government waste mascot, this morning visited the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to award a Government Waste Certificate of Achievement to David Smol, the Ministry’s Chief Executive, for the Ministry’s extraordinary lavish office fit out. After some waiting, Mr Smol failed to front, but an MBIE official accepted the award on his behalf.  

Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, who was with Porky to present the award says:

“This spending is an absolute disgrace and not the first time MBIE has given the middle finger to taxpayers. First there was the $67,339 sign, now the $140,474 television, but they also spent $5,480 on a consultant just to advise what art was best for the office.”

“This is a Government department behaving like a Madison Avenue advertising agency. The award is to recognise the achievement of wasting so much of other people’s money.”

Responding to Mr Smol’s comments this morning on the Paul Henry Show that no one would lose their jobs for these decisions, Mr Williams says:

“Why is there no accountability for these repeated mistakes? Who below the Chief Executive could possibly have authority to sign off on a $140,000 TV screen?”

“The decision maker should be sacked, or Mr Smol should do the honourable thing and fall on his own sword.”

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-Taxpayers’ Union


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