Tuesday, July 19, 2011

NEW PUFF PIECE BY LABOUR

So, the 'Puff Piece' on payments to members of the panel set up to monitor the work of CERA featured on TV1 tonight, orchestrated by Labour's Clayton Cosgrove (the only person in NZ who can make members of the Mafia look like Choir Boys) delivered the simply shocking revelation that members were being paid the 'outrageous' sum of $1,000 per day for their time and expertise. Note, per day and not per annum.

But hold on. The Christchurch earthquakes were of an epic proportion and the Government simply has to get it right or they will pay the price. CERA has huge powers and responsibilities probably unprecedented in NZ history. Is $1,000 per day too much.

Well, not according to my dentist who has just charged me $3,500 for a three tooth bridge and a single root canal filling for which I spent a grand total of 3 hours and twenty minutes in his chair.

So perhaps a better comparison is the $267.50 per day, seven days per week, 52 weeks per year, paid to Clayton as the Deputy Chair of a Parliamentary Select Committee (salary is $139,100). No matter that Clayton's influence over Government policy is somewhere between zip and zero. No matter that his parliamentary colleagues rate him as 'Mr Obnoxious' ... the dosh keeps rolling in.

And the media just love him, ... so much better than interviewing their typewriters. And so much for balanced journalism











6 comments:

Psycho Milt said...

Unbalanced, alright. Balanced journalism would have made a whole lot more of Jabba using his dictatorial powers to hand-pick the people supposedly overseeing his activities, in effect handing his mates a $1000-a-day sinecure. And balanced journalism would have had a field day when the best he could come up with to defend this corrupt practice was to point out that the last govt wasn't perfect either. I must say, he's performing as well as I expected him to in this role.

Anonymous said...

Its not the money, its who gets appointed.
Chch is a shambles.

Anonymous said...

I agree, it is not the money, it is what we get for it!

I am not a dentist but know a few. I do not understand why they bother. Typically it costs about $300,000 "to set-up a chair." The health rules etc are absurd. The componentry is imported, the plumbing, mthe electrics are extensive. The cost of trained assistants is huge etc.. The fees you have paid will be gobbled up by overheads to at least 60% then the dentist starts to pay tax. If the Labour losers have their way the CGT will apply when the dentist sells up.

Cadwallader

Anonymous said...

I agree, it is not the money, it is what we get for it!

I am not a dentist but know a few. I do not understand why they bother. Typically it costs about $300,000 "to set-up a chair." The health rules etc are absurd. The componentry is imported, the plumbing, mthe electrics are extensive. The cost of trained assistants is huge etc.. The fees you have paid will be gobbled up by overheads to at least 60% then the dentist starts to pay tax. If the Labour losers have their way the CGT will apply when the dentist sells up.

Cadwallader

Graeme said...

At least your dentist had proven expertise for the task. I cannot see the equivalent expertise among this lot. Apart from the chairman, who ought to be able to run an enquiry properly, the rest seem barely equipped to do more than drink tea and pick up a fat cheque.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the heads-up on dentist charges. Have a choice of going through a limited life of sucking food through a straw or going to the dentist.
My decision is influenced by the fact that dentists have one of the highest rates of suicide.So with the possibility of Labour introducing CGT tax I wish to reduce my dentist's liability to the nation.

Anyway suck,suck,as they say.

By the way how did you get on in Perth-ANZAC day? - no report on this blog