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7:02 am, August 31st, 2017 - 65 comments
Categories: Economy, journalism, labour, making shit up - Tags: bad journalism, helen clark, lies, nz initiative, rachel smalley, student debt
I know I shouldn’t sweat the small stuff, but this piece by Rachel Smalley is full of lies about Labour. On the tertiary education policy:
It’s straight out of Helen Clark’s book on how you win an election. Her last minute decision in 2005 to make student-loans interest free was a masterstroke – it secured her a third term. But it saddled the country with an enormous debt that now sits at more then $14 billion.
It didn’t saddle the country with debt, Labour continued to pay down debt throughout it’s third term. We have a huge debt now courtesy of the global financial crisis and the spending priorities of the National government (mainly the unaffordable tax cuts for the rich).
It wasn’t a policy that was thought through. It wasn’t costed.
It was fully thought through and costed, you can find the costings here. 10 seconds on Google is all it took.
And the economic burden to the country is huge. … a report by the New Zealand Initiative says…
The NZI are a bunch of right wing nuts who write right wing spin. They’re your source for this? Really? Check out the costing link above, not a “huge” cost at all. Smalley then turns to health care:
Clark abolished waiting lists and hundreds of thousands of Kiwis have lived in pain, and have been denied treatment ever since.
Waiting lists were abolished by National in 1996 and replaced with a points-based booking system (ref here, here, here). It is true that the following Labour government effectively removed some “low priority” bookings, but the current National government has done the same and worse. After nine long years the current rundown state of the health system is entirely National’s responsibility.
Rachel Smalley, it’s election year. We the people deserve better journalism than this.