Parata's U-turn loosens Govt's grip - Gower
Fri, 08 Jun 2012 7:54a.m.
After a major public backlash, Education Minister Hekia Parata has confirmed a complete policy U-turn.
There will be no teacher cuts and no increases to class sizes.
And while the minister was digging her heels in two days ago, she's now admitted she got it wrong.
Firstline's Samantha Hayes speaks to 3 News Political Reporter Patrick Gower – watch the full interview.
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10/06/2012 6:21:14 p.m.
I haven't been a fan of National for the last few months but I have to admit they did listen to the public and they backed down. Good on them for that.
10/06/2012 11:53:52 a.m.
David. As usual I have to disagree with the mindless words of a bigot. As Paora said 'credit where credit's due'. At least Minister Parata and the Govt. had the courage to listen to the public and the guts to back off from what was originally signalled. A great shame that didn't happen when Labour was in power and the so called 'Smacking Bill' or Labours other abhorrent anti social engineering bills so bitterly opposed by the general public went ahead regardless. Once bills are enacted, it's a lot harder to reverse things.
8/06/2012 11:53:50 p.m.
I think the general public needs to understand just how many lies John Key has told now... this was sneaky... it was underhanded... there was no consultation with experts that mattered.
John Key made a promise not to cut frontline staff in his drive to trim the public sector... he lied.
8/06/2012 7:46:00 p.m.
WAKING UP wrote:
its strange nationals is only 4 years old this govt but they already look tired old and faded and grumpy and arrogant .
8/06/2012 3:45:44 p.m.
Credit where credits due. At least the Nats are trying to do something to save money unlike the loony Labour lot who only know how to spend money they don't have and build empires we can't afford.
8/06/2012 11:58:53 a.m.
The worse part of this is, The next election is over two years away. Thats if the Looney Nat government make it to 2014
8/06/2012 11:40:10 a.m.
And Labour in power would have listened to the public? Give me strength.
8/06/2012 8:55:49 a.m.
Floral Paisley wrote:
This government has shot NZ where it hurts, right in the belly. It has systematically and progressively targeted children, cutting off their essential services and shaking the security of their lives and futures. How far will they go ??? What is the ultimate agenda???
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