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    • good Luck with that.
      And the stupid Nats have now shown up the backdoor so it will get closed down never to be available again.
      They need some working men in charge instead of educated no bodies.

      Hopeless and that creates a problem for the electorate.

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    • My understanding is that Treasury made a complaint to police when they knew where the leak had come from.

      Why have I not seen a report of NZ Police charging the head of Treasury with making a false complaint and wasting police time?

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      • My understanding is that Treasury made a complaint to police to silence the political opponents of the government.
        Be very afraid folks. Democracy is under threat.
        Police officers are about to be issued with jack boots.

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        • Harvey, your warning comes too late.

          The current clowns have used NZ Police to attack free speech and democracy since gaining the treasury benches.

          The aftermath of March 15 demonstrated that the jackboots have been pulled on tight.

          Notably freedom is being attacked worldwide.

          It is now up to the few who value freedom to fight back!

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    • Getting away with gross incompetence and no integrity

      This is very serious indeed. Some absolutely golden pillars of public service have been transgressed here:
      1) The principle of political neutrality by public servants.
      2) Budget secrecy and ensuring that every effort is made to maintain it
      3) Focusing on core functions
      4) Acting with integrity

      The Treasury Secretary has to resign. Not wait until his contract ends and go off to his next job as head of the Irish Treasury (rich irony), he has to resign otherwise there can never be any trust in the integrity of the system of the public service.

      1) Gabriel Makhlouf has utterly failed to observe the principle of political neutrality. In calling the police on National without checking the seals of his department, he has utterly destroyed any hope that any party coming into government can expect Treasury to be trustworthy to interact with.
      2) Budget secrecy is something that Treasury should take every effort to ensure is preserved, clearly there was no thought to security being part of the planning for the budget process this year, it is unforgivable (in this time of heightened security following the March terror attacks) to be so lax to something that is so central to NZ’s economic security. It speaks of arrogance as well as gross incompetence.
      3) Treasury really only has one job of any moment – to get the annual Budget process right! And Gabriel (he refers to himself as “Gabs” – a red light if every there was one) Mahklouf failed to deliver a robust and secure Budget process. YOU HAD ONE FUCKING JOB!!!!
      4) It’s come out that Treasury have known since earlier in the week of the process by which the Nats accessed all this budget info. But still, with great dishonesty nothing was said to dispel the idiotic accusation that the Nats had hacked Treasury’s system (it also shows how utterly clueless “Gabs” is if he even believed that the Nats had 1/10th the smarts or the skill to hack the system – they can’t even see their current political pathway is utterly retarded). He must have known it wasn’t a hack very quickly, he didn’t retract and apologise and he still hasn’t retracted and apologised. Tough to see how that’s “acting with integrity”.

      But of course, SSC need to take 6 months to do an investigation in the hope that we the stupid sheep of NZ will have forgotten about it and it can all be swept under the carpet. What the fuck is there to investigate, Mahklouf needs to be stood down without pay immediately.

      Meanwhile in Parliament, the speaker told a lie about rape, a man lost his job and is irrevocably slandered all inside of 24 hours. Looks like some pigs are more equal than others in Cindy’s 2019</del? 1984.

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  1. So DPF was correct in how Simon got the info then.
    The Irish clown that has been running treasury is going thank goodness.
    Will they replace him with a competent person..
    Probably not. They have had a search going for the last 3 months and not a word on the replacement.
    Perhaps that replacement will be just as hopeless like the RBNZ.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12235615

    So really the Nats. were a bit hopeless.
    They had good cause to hang Mallard out to dry but shifted the focus from Mallard to a bunch on nonsense over the Budget which was all going to come out. They are inept.

    If they had used their noodles they would have floated that stuff out via a friendly website and kept the pressure on Mallard.

    SLG is going to have a field day with them whilst shouting at the taxpayers.

    Meanwhile;
    NZ stock-still: Welfare, child abuse, housing and maternity care show no gains

    Welfare dependence is on the uptick, few inroads have been made to reduce incidents of child abuse, and linking pregnant women with maternity care has remained stubbornly static.

    Meanwhile, the wait time for New Zealand’s most vulnerable homeless to get into a house has blown out to more than 100 days – a rise of 52 per cent since September 2017.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/113011154/nz-stockstill-welfare-child-abuse-housing-and-maternity-care-show-no-gains

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  2. In the wellness budget I’d like to see a lot of effort into getting people off welfare and into decent work.
    Create jobs and opportunity.
    Close down the gangs so we can all be “weller”
    Ensure that teachers, teach all those under performing children,, decent English, maths, financial literacy.

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    • Are you taking the piss again? The economy is in a nosedive. Who would even think of employing anyone in this climate. An economy doesn’t run on feelz and good vibes despite liarbor and Cindy saying it does.

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      • Think DigNap15 is just aspiring, we have to have hope until the budget comes out later on today, then we can all sink lower in mental health than previously.This country is in a nosedive. Felz do nothing to assist anyone.

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        • Yeh but Cindy promised to fix the mental health problem. Instead she has made it worse by parading around in her scarf and hugging all and sundry. She obviously thinks everything can be fixed by feelz and hugs and throwing billions of taxpayers dollar at it.

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          • Herr Doktor David Clark was rabbiting on about throwing squillions at mental health and fixing this and that.

            Given that they cant build houses (see the 1972 to 1975 Labour Govt there was massive house building) and it has been done before, they cant plant trees yet Kiangaroa Forest was planted mostly in the 1930s with rotation since why would anyone believe for one drunken moment that they will succeed in this area.
            More lies from a pack of habitual liars.

            I’m at the point of thinking we should have street party if the COL ever tell the truth.
            New Speights ad: Its gonna be a dry year, boy.

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              • We should remember that it was a previous Clark that closed down all the mental health facilities and tossed them all out on the street. This Clark ain’t ever going to fix it. He simply doesn’t have what it would take.

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                • I agree
                  Herr Doktor Clark is simply not up it as per my comment above.

                  Sometimes you can fake it till you make it.
                  With this lot no.

                  Barely chipping away at the failures we could include:-
                  -Pike river $36 mill ++ and no recovery; nor will there be >Angry Andy
                  -Kiwifail – massive house build fail > Supercilious dickhead Twyford
                  -Cant see the Trees for the cuzzies on the couch, who Wood not do a days honest work, even for pay > Welsh action Star Indiana Jones

                  The way it’s headed re mental health and the promises made; there are folks who want a hug and a hand$out plus a letter of commendation when they lose a game of touch rugby in the Rec centre on Thursday evening.
                  The expectation – as with Kiwifail et al – have been set far too high with a performance gap that can never be filled.

                  We’ll bring the men home aah.. well actually… we will go 170 metres in .

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      • The MSM won’t say it, but surely the big layoffs at the Warehouse and Vodafone are at least in part because of the minimum wage hikes under this Col. Even our local Jester’s Pies closed down! The owner decided it wasn’t worth it. 8 people lost a job, and the place is empty. “Wellbeing” indeed!

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        • I have been saying for years that our minimum wages are far too high.
          They are one of the highest in the world.
          We are not a low wage economy, its just that our costs and expenses are too high.
          Every time wages go up prices go up and it makes us less competitive.
          if the price of a latte goes up, we can afford it as we have higher wages.
          But a tourist will not pay it, as it appears to dear to them.

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        • Off topic slightly but here is as good as anywhere:

          There is a fantastic column on Stuff, written by their “Business Reporter”, blaming The Warehouse for not continuing to employ uneconomic staff because those staff are too stupid to find work elsewhere.

          Stuff even quote on fellow who has worked out the donation The Warehouse must give him because he is not worth the wage he now demands.

          Worth a read if just to understand the mentality and lack of understanding of reality of the lower classes and those who use them for political gain.

          https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/113047345/the-warehouse-will-close-distribution-centres

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    • It is not the government’s job to create jobs although I have no doubt the budget will create thousands of openings for bureaucrats and advisors, all on very large remunerations packages.

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    • Actually Gabriel Makhlouf is of Greek/Egyptian descent who worked previously for the British public service including the Tax Dept. His next role is Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland.
      I trust they inserted a morality clause because Makhlouf was lying like a flatfish on all main TV and radio channels in NZ yesterday.
      They should tear up his contract but Ireland is on a self destruct path under the homosexual Hindu, Leo.

      This was straight out a ‘Yes Minister ‘episode from a former actual Brit public servant.
      A poobah.
      I posted the link yesterday to his TV3 am interview. He was adding Hungarian to his ancestry yesterday because he was talking goulash mixed with falafel and souvlaki.
      Gabriel Makhlouf was instrumental in the well-being budget and now shoots through.
      He has added Kiwi to his mix. Eats shoots roots and leaves.

      Gabriel Makhlouf is all for diversity. Well, he diversified away from the truth -bigly!

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  3. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/113041484/drastic-change-needed-allow-beneficiaries-to-live-with-dignity
    Am i really such an asshole these days that i dont particularly care about poor old Kates dilemma to much, maybe i would if we weren’t already gifting her and both her parents rent food power etc & no im not ripping into beneficiaries once upon a lifetime ago i had to use them myself difference being i was grateful it would never cross my mind to expect more just so i could have some spending money, anyway i would imagine this persons case file reads much like a professional victim with some dubious hard to pin down illness, i could be wrong of course but having an ex that works for CYFs has given me an insight into our feral members of society i would rather not have

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    • “Like over 854,000 New Zealanders, I’m on a Work and Income benefit. I’m currently too mentally unwell to work or study, even part time, and have been on a benefit for eighteen months.”
      This sums her up well. Too lazy to get a job. Too entitled to get off her arse and get a job. Goes to a dodgy doctor and gets a pass to bludge off the taxpayers. Pretend dodgy mental health is the pass card for getting a benefit. It’s a wonder she isn’t on the DPB as well. Must be an buggly itch not to have tried that way of getting extra from the taxpayer.

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      • Any psychologist worth their salt will suggest that gaining some purpose and engaging with the world is the best treatment for long term recovery. So is it crap mental health care or the indolent using a serious condition as something to hide behind?

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        • Yes, know a 38 year old still on the dole for the same circumstances. Worked part time since leaving school until he moved back in with parent a few years ago. Late mornings in bed till time to get up to go for a little walk after a hearty breakfast. He is self-indulgent living his life like a retired pensioner on the benefit because he is allowed to get away with it.

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  4. I am dumbfounded by how many different types of benefits there are and how complicated it all seems. It was simple for me when i left home age 17- get a full time job, or starve under a bridge. I took the first option. Welfare and “dole” were simply not in my vocabulary. I don’t want to sound cold either, but FFS so many people in those shoes only have themselves to blame, and not the damn taxpayer.

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  5. So I was chatting to a single mum in a bar the other night, and I was getting the usual tirade about how her “baby daddy” was emotionally and physically abusive, never worked, was an alcoholic, spent all day smoking weed and playing PlayStation, didn’t drive, never contributed a penny to the rent, grocery shopping or bills; and cheated on her.

    “Wow, all that, and you still decided to have three kids with him?”

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  6. Crash dive – Crash dive… Cindys sub just got a torpedo right up its arse.

    What an incompetent corrupt Govt we have.

    Heads must roll but I am not holding my breath.

    First fish was last seen furiously rowing his boat out to sea to get away from screaming and dishes being thrown around.

    I hear popcorn manufacturers are calling staff in early to cope with the increased production….

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    • As a Southlander that has driven through Asburton a few hundred times i call madness on this what the fk are they going to do in a small town that is essentially a service depot for the farming districts that surround it, Also they forgot poor old Invers on that list good news is they settled Colombians here and they are integrating well by all accounts i wonder if other areas can say the same

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    • The stench of klarkula is all over this budget.

      More from the good Dr Don Brash., courtesy of Hobsons Pledge.

      Brash: Budget revives old race-based gap-closing .

      “It is appalling to see that the Labour Coalition Government is turning the clock back 20 years to the absurd “Closing the Gaps” policy of the Clark Government, Hobson’s Pledge spokesman Don Brash said today.

      “Closing the gaps” appears in the “Lifting Maori and Pacific incomes, skills and opportunities” section which headlines an $80 million injection for the Whanau Ora programme, at a cost of $44 for every New Zealand household.

      “To target assistance based on the race of the recipient is something we should have left behind years ago,” Dr Brash said.

      “Yes, there are many poor Maori and Pacific Islanders. There are many poor Europeans and Asians. All those who need assistance should get it, irrespective of their race, ” he said.

      “Why does the Government insist that all those with a trace of Maori or Pasifika blood are by definition in need of special assistance? It is patronising nonsense,” Dr Brash said.

      “Assist people in need, irrespective of when they or their ancestors arrived in New Zealand,” he said.”

      Contact
      Don Brash

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  7. Winston Peters is spouting off that “this budget is the best budget in 40 years, and I would know”

    Simon Bridges says “the ones to benefit the most from this budget are NZ First”.

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  8. Is Hanky Shane Jones still looking for the leaker with a “stone age” knife in his hand, or has he settled down to watch a bit more of what he prefers most….?

    The quote in case some missed it :

    Jones says, “If there is someone who is playing fast and loose with information that [Robertson] is responsible for, he should get the taiaha out and lob their heads off.”

    And as for that Ugly Drunken Dwarf, “Bridges said Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters had claimed he knew what happened and that it was illegal. He said if Peters had any integrity, he should publicly apologise.”

    Any integrity? Isis terrorists have more integrity than that wrinkled excuse for a politician.

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    • Southland Girls High have that uniform but probably not the only ones not sure a 50yr old bloke should know that i did go to the intermediate next door to them though and im sticking to that story

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