Written By: - Date published: 9:36 am, May 7th, 2015 - 16 comments
Categories: benefits, Dirty Politics, Maori Issues, maori party, national, Politics, privatisation, Privatisation, public services, welfare - Tags: anne tolley
Unable to provide facts, figures, logic, or documentary evidence to defend its massive programme of privatisation by stealth, National Ltd™ has pulled out the race card.
The stalking horse for the privatisation of the provision of social welfare, Whānau Ora, was eviscerated this week by the Auditor General. In short, the Auditor General found that no one in National Ltd™, the Māori Party, Te Puni Kōkiri, or any other of its apologists is able to detail exactly what Whānau Ora is supposed to be doing, provide evidence of its outcomes, or explain why up to 33% of the money supposed to be going to Māori families is being paid in “administration” (read: salaries etc). In other words, Whānau Ora is a shambles. And dodgy.
Sold to the public as “Māori doing good things for Māori “, the real rationale for Whānau Ora is to provide a narrative for National Ltd™ to commence the dismantling of the provision of social welfare by government. For this reason, it is essential to the roll out this ideology that Whānau Ora be seen to be achieving something positive. From this position, it would make it much easier to leverage the introduction of a “voucher sytem”, the preliminary stages of which are expected by some to be announced in the up-coming budget. Playing the race card at this stage highlights just how desperate National Ltd™ is to silence the growing criticism and sense of unrest about what’s actually going on.
The Māori Party is desperate too. Whānau Ora is, in effect, its free-pass into government. Whānau Ora is its flagship policy and the bulk of the contracts have gone into its constituencies. More effort appears to have been made in securing support for the Party rather than ensuring any positive outcomes for Māori families. The result is that the providers represent a ramshackle cobbled-together collection of unaccountable, unqualified and rapacious entities led by very well-paid spokesholes. They are also desperate to stay on the gravy-train.
If its serious about exposing how Whānau Ora is being used to implement more of National Ltd™ privatisation agenda, Labour will have to play this one carefully. Its an unfortunate fact that many of the providers do genuinely believe Whānau Ora is actually about providing better social welfare outcomes than government can. The Māori Party has been sly in its approach to Whānau Ora by keeping the residual resentment left over from Labour’s seabed and foreshore betrayal simmering.