The Maori Party has decided it will support National’s changes to ACC despite Tariana Turia just two days ago saying she was “very concerned” about those changes.
Here’s their explanation for their latest flip-flop:
“We know that Maori have consistently had less access to ACC entitlements than other groups, under existing legislation. While this Bill would further restrict entitlements, we are particularly interested in hearing how the scheme may be altered to address the underlying bias to Maori,”
Well, if you can make sense of that, you’re smarter than me. They are worried about Maori not getting what they need, so they’re going to support everyone getting less? And they hope that why Maori are not getting what they need will be discussed, which is not something the Bill addresses?
If I was to assume the best, I would say the Maori Party has decided to back National’s current changes rather than have National turn to ACT, resulting in privatisation. But I suspect they’ve just buckled again, desperate to show the coalition is working and not see National embarrassed.