Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Dunne does not want the Families Commission to be history

post has been updated
Yesterday I noted that John Key said the Families Commission may not be safe under National . Peter Dunne later found out and and said he is surprised and disappointed.

I'm not.

I was at the Family First forum yesterday. Key didn't "veer away from his speech" as the ODT, who wasn't there, reported. He was asked a question, in written form, from one of the delegates as to National's view on the Families Commission after he had finished his speech. Two commissioners were present. John Key said a ton of money was spent on the Commission with no real benefit, and money from some of these commissions - even the Children's Commission - should go into frontline services, including NGOs.

And another round of wankery from the Government who gets all its facts from the media. It didn't even turn up to the Family First forum and didn't notice that it was Judith Collins who led the applause to Key's speech, not the delegates. Dyson's media release said
Straying from a prepared speech, John Key has told one audience the he would abolish the Families Commission and when caught out today, changed his tune said Ruth Dyson,
Key did not stray from his speech, nor did he say that he'll abolish the commission but appeared to say it wont get as much funding as it does now. I spoke to Dyson's media officer today and he told me that he got all his information from the media.

I asked him what was the point of telling the media something if you get your information from that media, without even verifying its accuracy?

He went quiet.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...


This is how this is being reported:

Is thie how you see it? Did Key actually flip-flop?

September 9, 2008 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger Swimming said...


September 9, 2008 at 10:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Dave - I thought as much.

It seems to me that a lot of information in the media is just re-writes of Labour Party press releases. This saddens me as we can never really know that what we read is the truth or not.

September 9, 2008 at 11:18 PM  

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