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Monday, August 29, 2005

Hospitality, Labour Style

A few minutes ago, I received the following e-mail from an aquaintance.
Good afternoon Adolf, I just had cause to visit the local hospital's outpatient's department and while waiting I noticed the receptionist giving each patient a pamphlet. When it was my turn to be seen I approached the counter and saw what she was handing out--a pamphlet with "Public services or tax cuts: it's your choice" in bold black letters. Also on the front page is "Who benefits from the two main political parties' policies on tax?" and it goes on to say that the National party proposes across the board tax cuts which means that high income earners get the most benefit, whereas the Labour Prty proposes targeted tax relief which means that families in most need of support get it. It's a pamphlet put out by the PSA. When I asked her why she was electioneering on behalf of the Labour Party during her working hours she got extremely hostile and told me she didn't have to give a reason.

So I picked up the pile of pamphlets and dumped them in the wastepaper basket. (I know, suppressing her right to free speech etc etc).

The point is--in how many government offices is this happening? And since when did the taxpayer have to pay these people to campaign on behalf of Labour?

(the pamphlet also claims that only 2.3% of the workforce are public servants--this seems a very low number to me.)

UPDATE: Scanned copies of the pamphlet.

Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 8/29/2005 03:28:00 pm


Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...


Is this legal? Isn't she an employee of the Government?

What next? The Police handing out pamphlets saying National will let your children by killed by crims?

8/29/2005 03:39:00 pm  
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8/29/2005 03:47:00 pm  
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8/29/2005 04:00:00 pm  
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8/29/2005 04:03:00 pm  
Blogger tincanman said...

Should a copy, along with details, be faxed to all the major newspapers? Get the word around outside of our rather select blogging community?

8/29/2005 04:19:00 pm  
Blogger Murray said...

We'll swarm.

8/29/2005 04:49:00 pm  
Blogger Bernard Woolley said...

I say lay complaints. The State Services Commission has clear guidelines on what public sector employees should and shouldn't do. Interestingly, It is inappropriate for agency premises or other resources to be used for 'electioneering'. Opps.

I would document your experience and send an email/letter to Beith Atkinson, the Programme Manager, Integrity and Conduct for the State Services Commission, phone number 04 495 6722. I would send one email/letter for each instance, and perhaps one should actively investigate some nearby Government Agencies to see if others are doing the same. I might try that tomorrow.

8/29/2005 07:53:00 pm  
Blogger Bernard Woolley said...

Oh, and I would also try and track down the manager of the facility concerned and copy them on the communication with the SSC and ask for some immediate actions from them. E.g. ensuring that such activity does not take place again.

8/29/2005 07:57:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

I deleted some comments because they contain information identifying the person who provided the pamphlet.

8/31/2005 02:57:00 pm  

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