Cover up under Simon Bridges watch – Part 2


While Labour and Winston Peters are using Parliamentary privilege to fire off stupid allegations at Judith Collins, they are ignoring a pile of incompetence within MBIE – the very Ministry tasked with growing NZs business.

Part one exposed the dodgy behaviour of MBIE officials under Simon Bridges’ watch.

It raised questions about how MBIE officials are managing the Government’s procurement process, and how questions about dodgy union organisations are being deleted from Supplier Questions in GETS.

Maybe it was a simple mistake, but then again we all know the unions love to think they have union-friendly government officials in their back pocket. Maybe that’s why they get an extra $500 for being a member of the unions. If Labour and NZ First want to talk about corruption, they don’t have to look any further than that rort.

But back to Simon Bridges’ MBIE officials.

This very same GETS RFP #448 then exposed a monumental flaw by the very officials tasked with advising Simon Bridges on his Employment Relations Amendment Bill.

In what is an astonishing revelation, MBIE advised – in their Supplier Questions about RFP #448 of 20 February 2014, that the Employment Relations Bill Part6A (vulnerable employees) doesn’t apply.


Not sure how that works out for them.  Read more »

Cover up under Simon Bridges watch – Part One

In the posts about whether Simon Bridges should be considered a future National Party leader, I’ve blogged about concerns flowing into the tip-line from party supporters.

It’s Bridges cuddling of dodgy unions that most rankles. This may explain why he’s not showing the stones needed to see through the Employment Relations Amendment Bill – a bill the left hate with a passion.

Remember, Bridges told Parliament “the Government wants to ensure that employers have the freedom to complete and expand”.

While the rank and file liked the sound of that, by all accounts his union-friendly officials in MBIE were less than impressed.

These MBIE officials really don’t care for Bridges and are hedging bets that he won’t be Minister of Labour after 20 September.

It may also explain why his MBIE officials are keeping him in the dark about a little mess that shows they’ve been ignoring the Government’s own legislation.

It’s always the little things that upset the apple-cart, and while innocuous to most, little niggles tend to point to larger problems.

Thanks to an eagle-eyed reader, the question now being asked is who’s in control of MBIE’s (therefore the Governments) procurement processes? This little attempt by MBIE at a cover up deserves some sunlight.  Here’s part one.

It concerns a GETS RFP #448 for cleaning at 15 Stout Street, Wellington. It also mentions our friends at the cartel like Building Service Contractors (BSC).   Read more »

Push for councils to save cash

Policy Parrot says:

Returning from a week in Tahiti sunning ones feathers this Parrot has to laugh at the latest Auckland news.

Lots of stories to think about however this particular article in the Herald caught one’s eye and this Parrot has to have a hack.

The idea that Local Government can sort out its own excessive bloat is a joke.

Lets be blunt – Councils are a a fiasco of excess and poorly run by bung eyed hobbits.

The chances of local government reining in costs are nilch because they don’t have the brass balls to lay off staff who are (let’s be honest) useless. Lots and lots of lazy and incompetent people enjoy the safety of local government jobs that protect them from the ‘real world’ out there where you have to perform.

This Parrot says that if local government wants to make big differences in cost management it should:   Read more »

I predict it will be as successful as their outsourcing of sub-editing

APN is going to outsource their advertising
to India according to NBR:

APN has told staff it
wants to outsource most of its advertising production to an
offshore company. The proposal comes as the publisher of the Herald
newspaper reported
a significant annual loss amid declining
last month. APN New Zealand chief executive
Martin Simons says the company has been in talks with providers in
India and a preferred vendor has been selected. However, APN staff
first have the chance to submit feedback to the proposal by March

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Ending the Curse of State Monopolies, Ctd

The Telegraph

The left wing loves state monopolies. There isn’t a problem that they think can’t be solved by creating a government department. Education is best done in the state sector according to them, same with hospitals…prisons is yet another. Every time something goes awry at a private prison the left wing jumps up and down, never mind that the Corrections department has the same issues…nevermind that the private operator faces fines and penalties.

The same thing is happening in the UK and the difference in response to a crisis is stark:

But the real issue here comes back to G4S itself. The firm is following the right post-crisis formula: admit you’re wrong, apologise, and try to put things straight. It is paying back some public money. Still, the brand has taken a serious battering, and it will be politically difficult to grant it further contracts for the immediate future.

Compare this with how the public sector behaves when it gets things wrong. At the Department for Work and Pensions, the Government’s auditors recently refused to sign off the accounts, because civil servants had lost nearly £5 billion of taxpayers’ money through bodges such as the overpayment of benefits. This is a massive amount of money – but nobody will resign. Nor has there been much media attention. Why? Because the same thing has happened every single year for a quarter of a century. It’s the norm.

This is the single biggest reason to reject the Left’s argument that public service outsourcing must be stymied. As Hinchingbrooke shows, the right kind of reform can turn around shoddy government monopolies and transform them into huge success stories. Yes, there are problems with outsourcing – but the answer is not to rein it in, but to be more radical still.

Shearer on Contracting

Fascinating to hear David Shearer try to argue that he has never been in favour of contractors or casualisation during his interview this morning on Q+A.

It’s fascinating, mainly because David Shearer has written books on the advantages of using contractors and outsourcing.

Seriously hypocritical.