The Dim-Post

January 28, 2011

Quote of the day, department of hmmmmm edition

Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 5:13 am

The Government is facing a $1.5 billion bill to fix leaky school buildings – and Education Minister Anne Tolley says the soaring cost is keeping her awake at night.

“I wake up in the middle of the night and think, ‘God, what am I going to do, we can’t pay for it,”‘ she said yesterday.

Estimates have put the bill at a minimum of $1.5b.

“There just isn’t the money to go out and borrow one-and-a-half-billion dollars and start repairing schools,” Mrs Tolley said.

Huge leaky schools bill. Dominion Post, Friday 28th January 2011

If only there were some other way to raise the money, a way that only monsters who want children to suffer and get sick inside damp, mouldy buildings would oppose.

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27 Comments »

  1. “I wake up in the middle of the night and think, ‘God, what am I going to do, we can’t pay for it,”‘ she said yesterday.”

    I had to quickly go and check the link to make sure this wasn’t satire.

    Comment by Jono — January 28, 2011 @ 7:01 am

  2. Hmmm. Is that cost in excess of the annual maintenance budget, or just the current annual cost?

    Comment by Che — January 28, 2011 @ 7:17 am

  3. “…the soaring cost is keeping her awake at night”

    She could try counting the money she scored from the fiscally neutral taxcutz.

    Comment by Pascal's bookie — January 28, 2011 @ 7:33 am

  4. We could sell kiwirail for the price Cullen paid for it, oh hang on …

    Comment by leon — January 28, 2011 @ 7:34 am

  5. My God, she’s right! Fuck! If only we citizens had been smart enough to equip our govt with some means of acquiring the money necessary to fund its activities – what assholes we look now.

    Comment by Psycho Milt — January 28, 2011 @ 7:44 am

  6. RadioPravda’s neutral schedule of soapboers:

    Monday-Friday: Hone. Meme: MP are Nationals lapdogs because they are trying to turf me out for rising up against the oppression.

    Thursday: General secretary of the Maritime Union, Joe Fleetwood. Meme: National are capitalist running dogs.

    Friday: Labour Leader (#2), Phil Goff. Memes: Labour deserves more air time leading up to the election for free because we blew all our cash during the last failed attempt to retain power & National are capitalist running dogs.

    Saturday?

    Comment by leon — January 28, 2011 @ 7:52 am

  7. Leon, you missed yesterday when they had Dick Prebble:

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/67116/privatisation-of-public-assets-back-on-agenda

    Why are Prebble’s views newsworthy?

    (And just quietly, I think your method lacks rigour. Act fast, fix it up before anyone notices you look like a bit of an arse)

    Comment by Pascal's bookie — January 28, 2011 @ 8:04 am

  8. Leon – why don’t you just re-tune your radio to something that suits your political persuasion better like IZB. One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result – it seems that you have been attempting to engage and amuse? people on various sites with your form of potty mouth invective and have been singularly ineffective at either humour or reason. I just don’t get what’s in it for you – you don’t contribute any facts or reasoned argument, you just fling poo.

    Comment by John Thomson — January 28, 2011 @ 8:13 am

  9. waitaminute. aren’t they spending something like a billion a year on the ETS?

    maybe we could stop subsidising polluters.

    could free up a fair bit of money right there.

    (or raise the age of retirement… pension payments and superannuation being a great big fat elephant in the room.)

    Comment by Che Tibby — January 28, 2011 @ 8:16 am

  10. She said it was “really frustrating” the problem had been left for so long.

    “The previous Government just really ignored the issue when they had all that money in surpluses. If [only] they had addressed it then, instead of us having to face it in the heat of an economic crisis with no money.”

    Fuck that can’t be right can it???

    Comment by Simon — January 28, 2011 @ 8:37 am

  11. leon: “RadioPravda’s neutral schedule of soapboers:”

    Once again, here is what to do about it: http://www.bsa.govt.nz/make-a-complaint-now/ Otherwise readers might just suspect you of being, you know, full of crap.

    (Nice accidental re-naming of guests, though. I think “soapboers” could actually catch on!)

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — January 28, 2011 @ 8:44 am

  12. Ummm – 7 to 10 billion in asset sales, earmarked for infrastructure… hello… methinks Anne can begin to sleep easy at night.

    In fact, that would be one real easy way of making (partial) asset sales palatable to Joe Public wouldn’t it – the promise that all leaky school problems would be addressed with the sale funds…

    Comment by Sam — January 28, 2011 @ 8:46 am

  13. @John Thomson:

    “I just don’t get what’s in it for you – you don’t contribute any facts or reasoned argument, you just fling poo.”

    Trolling is the only logical explanation. Don’t engage or he’ll just evade all your questions and then mock you for giving him a weaksauce ‘gumming’ on the Internet (although he keeps coming back for that – girlfriend out of town maybe?).

    Comment by Sam F — January 28, 2011 @ 8:50 am

  14. Lets see. A huge problem which effects the health and learning of children which government has too solve. Costs lots of dollars. Regardless of who is too blame for the buildings right now the problem needs to be fixed.

    But government has sat on this issue for at least 2 years. If Labour were in office when this problem was apparent then is at least four years.

    Say at least four years government has sat on their hands while children suffered inside damp, moldy buildings.

    But here the issue is framed around tax cuts or sumfink.

    How about Tolley cant get any sleep because she has only just now comprehended how incompetent government is.

    Comment by Simon — January 28, 2011 @ 8:56 am

  15. I’ve got an idea for the government. If you stagger the repairs over three years then it’s only half a billion dollars a year, which is about 1% of the total education budget. So they should sack Tolley and find an Education Minister that can cope with a 1% budget shortfall without losing sleep.

    Comment by danylmc — January 28, 2011 @ 9:01 am

  16. “If you stagger the repairs over three years”

    that’s not a suggestion, that’s a necessity.

    half the builders in the country are either moving to CHCH or packing up ready to move to Queensland to make some real money.

    Comment by Che Tibby — January 28, 2011 @ 9:04 am

  17. “If only there were some other way to raise the money, a way that only monsters who want children to suffer and get sick inside damp, mouldy buildings would oppose.”

    Anyone else thinking of the expected bill for the holiday highway?

    Comment by Sam F — January 28, 2011 @ 9:11 am

  18. Such malice, I’m quite hurt by you Andy.

    Comment by leon — January 28, 2011 @ 9:25 am

  19. do you think this is a random example of the type of thing national will spend our asset sale $$$ on??

    can we expect to see more “examples” like this?

    can someone check the BIM for tolley to see whether MOE raised this on the day she first made Minister two years ago?

    Comment by k.jones — January 28, 2011 @ 9:50 am

  20. So a SoE that we can’t afford to fix… sell it to the highest bidder and it’ll sort itself out?

    Comment by Chris — January 28, 2011 @ 9:57 am

  21. sadly the answer is no – no leaky buildings in tolley’s 2008 BIM.
    total annaual spend on property is about $500M per year incidently

    Comment by k.jones — January 28, 2011 @ 10:21 am

  22. Chris has it right. Clearly if we privatise schools, the free market will allow parents to withdraw their children from leaky schools and send them to better schools. Sure, this will cost them more money, but selling our schools will allow deep tax cuts to solve that problem.

    Comment by Repton — January 28, 2011 @ 11:09 am

  23. Not criticising the spirit of your comment #15 Danyl, but I am pretty sure that the education budget is not that large…

    Comment by DT — January 28, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

  24. DT – you’re right. I checked Treasury again and it’s about 12 billion. Not sure what I was looking at earlier. I guess Tolley can stay.

    Comment by danylmc — January 28, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

  25. Leon, pretty sure I was listening to John key this morning on RadioPravda. Is it not fair that Goff gets the same spot next week?

    Comment by Theo Steel — January 28, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

  26. Depends what time you were listening. Pravda almost always leads with early interviews of lefties.

    Comment by leon — January 28, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

  27. Typical National Party.

    It’s the money, stupid.

    There is bound to be some altruistic foreign venture capitalist
    willing to take over the NZ education system.

    After all this is the global economy.

    Does it matter who runs our education system?

    The Key government cannot afford to run the country’s education system.

    OK sell the bloody thing.

    That is what they are going to do to ACC, power companies and everything else.

    Why?

    Would it not be convenient for NZ to be turned into an international financial whorehouse.

    It would suit many National Party supporters.

    Comment by peterlepaysan — January 28, 2011 @ 10:17 pm


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