Steve “Candyman” Joyce hands out more budget goodies

Steve Joyce has become quite the “Candyman” with his corporate welfare:

Health research funding will be boosted by $97 million over the next four years.  

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman made the pre-Budget announcement at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research at Victoria University today.

“The annual amount available for health research through the Health Research Council [HRC] will increase by 56 per cent over four years, from $77 million in 2015/16 to $120 million in 2019/20,” Mr Joyce said.

“The HRC supports research that leads to improved health outcomes and more effective delivery of healthcare for New Zealanders, and research that brings economic gains for New Zealand.”

The new funding will also provide extra support for New Zealand’s long-running longitudinal health studies.

Expect a shower of cash over the next few days.


– NZ Herald


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  • Disinfectant

    Its not Just Steven Joyce.

    The Prime Minister has just anounced a grant of $500,000 for A J Hacketts new attraction in Queenstown.

    I thought A J would have made a few dollars to fund an investment of half a mill.

  • Keanne Lawrence

    It will apparently help with “New Zealand’s long-running longitudinal health studies.” The troughers will be ecstatic. However the only waste factor that comes out of any budget is when it is quoted in native dialect for more race based pandering.

    • Dog Breath

      My son is a potential benificary of this fund. What trough is he in, PhD and post PhD in cancer research in particular a cure that is vaccine based with the goal of making cancer cures available as a simple injection administered by a GP rather than being subjected to the destructive treatment using radio and chemo therapy. Currently his vaccine is achieving 75% cure rates in mice with the potential of improving the vaccine to achieve close to 100% cure results, next step taking the results into human trials. Anyone else want to call a cancer cure a trough.