It is a reflection of the schizophrenic nature of the Maori Party that one day they’re professing to care about poor Maori who are apparently missing out on their ACC entitlements and the next day they’re backing privatisation of ACC, which would lead to even worse outcomes for those Maori, because it might be a business opportunity for the wealthy Maori elite.
What we know from overseas is that private injury compensation results in:
Who gains from privatisation? Big business, most of it foreign owned. Who loses? Ordinary working New Zealanders – Maori and non-Maori alike – who miss out on compensation.
If that’s what the Maori Party wants, if they are happy to endorse a policy from ACT, then we know they have completed the transition to being a party of the Right – standing for the wealthy elite, not ordinary people.
Herein lies the fundamental problem of a politics of identity that’s divorced from class analysis. Turia and Sharples appear to have no interest in addressing inequality and exploitation, they just want to give the exploiters a browner face.