A quick look at Labour’s line-up this election shows just how deeply embedded the union movement is in Government circles, and how Labour’s campaign this election are heavily funded by the taxpayer.
Labour has 41 MPs currently in Parliament, standing again. That’s fair and reasonable, perhaps, given that they are the governing party. It is probably understandable that the entire personal staffs of the Prime Minister and her Ministers, and the taxpayer-funded personal staffs of Labour MPs, should also be campaigning for Labour. Of course, it does deliver a vast resource to the incumbent Party, but that’s the nature of any incumbent Party.
What is less clear is just how many non-MPs are receiving substantial taxpayer support while campaigning for the Labour Party. Alarmingly, almost the entirety of Labour’s non-MP candidates, are either union officials or otherwise in receipt of Government payment for their work on publicly-funded bodies, on city councils, or in the public sector.
- Louisa Wall. Currently employed by the Human Rights Commission. Also a paid board member of the taxpayer-funded Sport and Recreation New Zealand. Is on annual leave from her role while campaigning.
- Maryan Street. Employee Relations Manager for District Health Boards New Zealand.
- Shane Jones. Member of the Industry New Zealand Board, chairman of the Waitangi Fisheries Commission.
- Sue Moroney. Paid official of the Nurses Organisation.
- Darien Fenton, Paid Union Official, Service and Food Worker’s Union.
- Su’a William Sio. Manukau City Councillor.
- Hamish McCracken. Politics Lecturer, Manukau Institute of Technology. Previously a Finsec Union Organiser. Board member of the Plastics and Materials Processing Industry Training Organisation.
- Max Purnell. Member of the AGMARDT Board, a crown-funded trust.
- Wayne Harpur, Member of the Southland Community Trust, appointed by the Minister of Finance. City Councillor. Trade Unionist.
- Leila Boyle. Auckland City Councillor.
- Phil Twyford. Peace Activist, Oxfam Director.
- Jen McCutcheon. Former PPTA President. “CTU representative on the Department of Labour group which evaluates courses applying for EREL (employment related education leave) funding since its’ inception four years ago. “
- Michael Wood. Finsec Organiser.
- Linda Hudson. Whakatane District Councillor. Member of Creative New Zealand Board. Union Member.
- Tony Milne. Executive Assistant to Tim Barnett, MP. PSA Activist.
- David Talbot. Assistant to Marian Hobbs.
- Marilyn Brown. Palmerston North City Councillor.
- Eamon Daly. Human Rights Review Tribunal Member. Biothics Council Member.
- Judy Lawley. Waitakere City Councillor.
- Pauline Scott. Margaret Wilson’s electorate agent.
- Camille Nakhid. Sociology Lecturer, AUT.
- Sally Barrett, School Teacher.