Tag: New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Law Lecturer Gets $600K Marsden Grant

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union The Taxpayers Union is slamming the decision by the Royal Society to use $600,000 of taxpayer money to award a Marsden Fund grant to anti-TPPA campaigner Jane Kelsey to research Neoliberalism.LAW LECTURER GETS $600K MARSDEN GRANT TO PROMOTE FAR LEFT IDEOLOGY FRIDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2015 The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the decision by the Royal Society to use $600,000 of taxpayer money to award a Marsden Fund grant to anti-TPPA campaigner Jane Kelsey to research “Neoliberalism”. The grant, made by the panel responsible for social science grants, is for a project entitled ‘Transcending embedded neoliberalism in international economic regulation: options and strategies’. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says, “This is hard-earned taxpayer money, meant for genuine research, being wasted on a project which appears to already have a conclusion. It’s highjacking academic research money to promote far left ideology.” “The research is apparently about New Zealand’s ‘embedded neoliberalism’. ‘Neoliberalism’ is a term which has come to be used by the far left to mean ‘whatever we don’t like’. It’s used by the likes of Ms Kelsey to make markets and economic freedom sound scary.” “We’ve asked the Royal Society precisely what Professor Kelsey’s falsifiable hypothesis is. On the face of it, this grant appears to be for research with a predetermined conclusion.” The criticism comes less than a month after the...

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Key’s Comments on TPP Medicine Costs Disturbing

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union The Taxpayers Union is cautioning Prime Minister John Key for his comments that the Government would pick up the tab for increased costs of medicines as a result of a Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement. Taxpayers UnionExecutive …Key’s Comments on TPP Medicine Costs Disturbing 29 JULY 2015 The Taxpayers’ Union is cautioning Prime Minister John Key for his comments that the Government would pick up the tab for increased costs of medicines as a result of a Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement. Taxpayers’ UnionExecutive Director, Jordan Williams, says: “While the Taxpayers’ Union takes no position the TPP, we are disturbed that the Prime Minister would suggest that consumers may get a free lunch courtesy of the Government. Mr Key needs to be reminded that Government money is inherently taxpayer money. When he says the Government will meet the shortfall, he’s really saying that the Government will tax Kiwis more to meet the shortfall.” “Whether the extra economic activity resulting from the TPP makes the cost worthwhile is something that can only be assessed once the final text is agreed and made public. On behalf of taxpayers though, we’re taking the opportunity to remind the Government that it is taxpayers, not pixies, who pay any increased cost of medicines resulting from TPP.” “The Taxpayers’ Union supports trade agreements that reduce hidden taxes such...

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