I notice that, while the Nats have attempted to play down Maurice Williamson’s promise of $50 a week in tolls, they haven’t retracted Williamson’s over statements from the same interview, specifically:
RAWDON Okay let’s look beyond roading, where else do you see PPPs being the answer?
MAUCRICE …I mean I would have thought we could even look at doing that with things like at least getting the prison built, not running it privately but at least building the damn thing … governments in Australia are doing it with their polytechnics and with their hospitals and with their schools …
So, we can expect private companies to own public assets like schools, hospitals, and prisons if National wins power?
And then there’s this quote:
RAWDON What’s your dream job, as a successful National Party at the election what would be your dream job?
MAURICE To be a Minister in the Cabinet doing stuff that I enjoy and I obviously enjoy this sort of stuff [infrastructure].
RAWDON So possibly this?
MAURICE Maybe yeah, I might get small grain and seeds or Women’s Affairs, you never know.
So, that’ll be the Tories showing how much they value women again?