We can’t build state houses to home the homeless or affordable housing to home everyone else but we can build a $53m pavilion in bloody Dubai???
Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges has announced New Zealand’s participation during his visit to Dubai.
“Through Budget 2017, the Government is committing $53.3 million to construct a New Zealand Pavilion that will allow Kiwi businesses to highlight their innovative products and services and open doors to new export markets,” Mr Bridges said.
Showcasing New Zealand to the world is a crucial part of boosting economic growth, he said.
“Expo 2020 will provide a springboard to promote us as an innovative, solution-focused economy to the 25 million visitors expected to attend from across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.
“It will also allow us to build on our strong economic and transport links to the UAE which acts as a global air and sea logistics hub, providing access for New Zealand exporters to a much wider region.
And what exporters would they be Simon?
You guessed it, bloody dairy, the industry that the National Party slavishly worship.
So let me see if I can just get this completely fucking straight.
While this Government won’t do a thing to fix our housing crisis, (other than paying for beneficiaries to live in short term motels), we are blowing $53m to build a pavilion in Dubai to try and help the dairy industry whose product is currently polluting our rivers to a country that has a human rights abuse record that makes Bashar al-Assad look reasonable…
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) continued in 2015 to arbitrarily detain and in some cases forcibly disappear individuals who criticized the authorities, and its security forces continued to face allegations that they torture detainees in pretrial detention. The UAE passed an anti-discrimination law that further jeopardizes free speech and is discriminatory in that it excludes references to gender and sexuality. Authorities denied access to the country to activists who criticized the UAE’s mistreatment of migrant workers.
…it really says something about how uncritical our corporate media have become that they would cover this story and at no point highlight the hypocrisy of spending obscene amounts of money to build a pavilion while our country is gripped by a housing crisis to help an industry with deep links to the Government that pollutes our water to a country that tortures and disappears their own people.