Jane Kelsey scores $600k of government money to research opposition to our trade and economic policies

Jane Kelsey must be blessed. She has scored $600,000 of taxpayer money to study “Transcending embedded neoliberalism in international economic regulation: options and strategies”.


The government is paying her to research opposition to our trade and economic policies?


Note the word “international” in the title. You can do a lot of “international” air travel for $600k, and not in cattle class.

Perhaps the Taxpayers’ Union should get an academic onboard and then ask for $600,000 for research on international sugar taxes?

This is just an outrageous amount of money so this shrieking harpy can mount protests all over the country and get things massively wrong.  

Kelsey mounted the most vociferous opposition to the TPPA, whipping up a frenzy of outlandish claims, none of which have come to pass. If this is the quality of her research I’d suggest the government should be asking for their money back.

Fran O’Sullivan and Rob Hosking seem aghast at the whole process, but will they actually write about it in their columns, or just carp on Facebook?


The irony of Fran O’Sullivan having a moan about Jane Kelsey getting into the trough, when she troughs it up herself isn’t lost on me. Sure there is a big difference between writing 3 articles for NZTE’s internal website for $2000 plus GST and Jane Kelsey’s $600,000 trough, but a government funded trough is a government funded trough no matter the size.

Fran has almost written a column in her other Facebook comments…let’s see it in a newspaper, then it will count.


Fran O’Sullivan sounds very bitter that a life long socialist like Jane Kelsey is better, way better at troughing than she is.

Unsurprisingly this trough-fest is overseen by the Troughmaster-General, Steve Joyce.

He really is an outstanding Minister for Creating Troughs. You can hear his call for grants really clearly.

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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 that takes no prisoners.

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