Minister for Minorities (Womens, Pacific, Ethnic and Assoc Maori Affairs – when she’s not busy with Courts or Disarmament) Georgina te Heuheu was caught out badly in parliament yesterday when reminded that she had previously called for her new portfolio of Women’s Affairs to be scrapped.
She apparently couldn’t remember making the incredibly harsh call, and National obviously value women so highly that no-one in the party had remembered before putting her in charge.
When te Heuheu eventually found her feet she said: “it may have been a relic back then in 2003 when (Labour) was in government, but it’s certainly not a relic now – it’s an action-packed ministry.” But the reason it’s an action-packed ministry is that Labour strengthened it – their proposal to do so in 2003 was exactly what te Heuheu was moaning about at the time.
Now National have been doing their best to wind it back down again, having had the incredibly ineffectual Pansy Wong in charge of it, as women’s rights and pay went down the gurgler.
Just like they’re winding ACC down so that it won’t be missed as much when they privatise it. And in general they want to shrink government to a size where they can drown it in a bath-tub.
Indeed also today, and in te Heuheu’s remit – they’re winding down Ethnic Affairs.