Shearer questions PM's judgement
Wed, 23 Jan 2013 9:38a.m.
By Dan Satherley
Labour leader David Shearer says he doesn't understand Prime Minister John Key's motivations for keeping Hekia Parata as Minister of Education.
Ms Parata kept her job in yesterday's Cabinet reshuffle, despite a difficult year. Other ministers sent to be struggling, such as Phil Heatley (housing) and Kate Wilkinson (conservation), were dropped.
And despite holding a number of portfolios already, Steven Joyce has been tapped to fix the Novopay debacle.
Mr Shearer says Prime Minister John Key's Cabinet reshuffle was designed to "deflect attention by changing the people but actually without any new ideas".
"Why is it that Hekia Parata has actually survived when other ministers are being dumped, given her track record last year? Education is in complete disarray, from class sizes, charter schools, performance pay, the Christchurch school closures – all of those were disasters that show Hekia Parata was not on top of her portfolio."
He doesn't believe Mr Joyce will have much luck with Novopay.
"Steven Joyce has been given yet another portfolio – he's already got a couple of dozen, or whatever it is – to try and fix this. He won't be able to fix it either, I don't believe, and I can tell you we will be out to make sure he does his job on this because there are teachers who are not being paid and having to spend time dealing with pay issues rather than dealing with issues in the classroom."
Mr Shearer says Ms Parata must be a "favourite" of the Prime Minister's to keep her job.
Former Associate Education Minister Craig Foss has been replaced by young Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye, who moves up from the back benches.
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24/01/2013 1:50:56 p.m.
In the divide and rule game of politic's, Parata still has a use, she can be the scapegoat when the Novapay goes on for several more months yet, and when Steven Joyce solves the issue, Parata will be gone.
So for now Parata still has a use to take the biggest fall of all.
Cabinet must be happy having the sacrificial lamb already lined up for the butcher.
23/01/2013 8:17:46 p.m.
Parata has retained the Education portfolio for reasons of political correctness. She is Maori and a female so what more reason do you need. John Key is clearly taking a risk by keeping her but it would not be a good look if he moved her out of the role considering he mpore or less did the same with Anne Tolly when she was the Education Minister. Key certainly has had made poor choices for this very important area but won't want to give the opposition any amunition to use against him over his Cabinet selections.
23/01/2013 11:32:10 a.m.
I to do not understand why Hekia Parata is being kept on. She obviously does not know what she is doing with the Education sector
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