So it turns out that the National Party Cabinet barely blinked at the compensation request for the Pike River Mine families before turning the it down and Cunliffe’s blindsiding of Bridges into revealing that they didn’t even bother to consider their moral obligations shows a level of heartlessness that borders on Governmental cruelty.
The question is devastating…
“Given that, in this particular case, 29 miners are dead, a royal commission has found that one of his ministries is partially culpable for failing to close the mine, the minister responsible has resigned, a court has ordered compensation, the parent of the company now in receivership has refused to pay that compensation, two Crown entities that are ultimately answerable to him through their boards have voted against the parent company paying compensation, and yet another Crown entity has received insurance payouts and refused to contribute a cent, has the Government honoured all of its moral obligations to the Pike River families?”
The Cabinet didn’t even bother considering the moral case for intervening and bringing these families compensation – surely when you consider the regulatory failures that led to the deaths of 29 men – if there is a role for the full power of the Prime Ministers Office to step in to help NZers – isn’t it this?
One is left with the terrible feeling that the PM will intervene in Casino Deals, Corporate Hollywood Deals and South Canterbury Finance collapses (that would have hurt a lot of National party supporters) – but won’t intervene directly into the compensation for the deaths of 29 men under a regulatory failure that saw the Minister of Labour resign.
A court has ordered compensation, the parent company refused to pay compensation while 3 Crown entities the Government does have some control over have done nothing to help with the compensation claim. When it’s pokie machines in a Casino or Union bashing for Warner Bros, Key can’t move fast enough to employ the power of the Prime Minister’s Office, when it’s the compensation package for workers, suddenly his hands are tied.
These double standards are what unravels the publics faith in a Government.