Written By: - Date published: 11:22 am, February 19th, 2010 - 11 comments
Categories: sexism, wages - Tags: anne tolley, annette king, bill english, catherine delahunty, pansy wong, paula bennett, simon power, sue moroney, trevor mallard
When you’ve got a Finance Minister who can’t get basic statistics right, a Social Welfare Minister who can’t define her flagship policy, a Minister of Education who doesn’t understand her flagship policy, and a Minister of Justice who is running scared from his government’s major justice policy, it’s easy for an incompetent Minister of Women’s Affairs to slip through the cracks. Let’s take a look at Pansy Wong’s pathetic performance yesterday:
Catherine Delahunty reveals that despite Wong’s pledge to get more women on government boards there are virtually none on the big ones the government has created to advise it on the big issues
(listen to the idiots on the National backbench shriek like banshees, it’s their covering tactic for a weak minister)
Then Wong says something really interesting, she claims the pay gap is closing up National after widening under Labour (she has made this claim before). Wong refuses to table her official source when asked. Let’s check it out ourselves. Quarterly Employment Survey results for ordinary pay, male and female:
So, gap decreases all the way under Labour, then starts getting wider under National. See wages have stopped rising too. Nice work National.
Later in answering questions from Sue Moroney, Wong refuses to just give a simple answer on her report to the UN (presumably she doesn’t know what they are). Wong is then in denial about growing female unemployment and refuses to reinstate the pay equality workforce. Moroney reveals that Wong, desperate to claim some achievement, told the UN that paid paternal leave was extended to 14 weeks under National, when it was actually extended under Labour and National voted against it:
A truly awful performance from a terrible minister. In a decent government, she would be a perpetual embarrassment. In this one, she is protected by the herd of worse ministers in more senior roles.
While we’re on the subject of bad ministers, here are Anne Tolley and Paula Bennett from Wednesday: