Milk in­quiry a whitewash

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion -

The Gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion to hold a Se­lect Com­mit­tee in­quiry into the re­tail price of milk af­ter a Com­merce Com­mis­sion find­ing that there are no grounds for such an in­qui­si­tion, is just pop­ulist, poppy-cock pol­i­tics. Yet an­other ex­am­ple of politi­cians’ cava­lier attitude to­wards spend­ing other peo­ple’s money for po­lit­i­cal pur­poses. In re­sponse to an ill-in­formed pub­lic out­cry, the Gov­ern­ment ob­vi­ously be­lieves it must be seen to be do­ing some­thing, es­pe­cially in elec­tion year. No mat­ter that the con­sid­er­able ex­pense and time in­volved will prove a waste of money. Af­ter much huff­ing and pound­ing of chests not to men­tion end­less talk and po­lit­i­cal grand­stand­ing, the out­come will be yet an­other lengthy re­port, qui­etly shelved and dis­creetly for­got­ten.

Dairy farm­ers have good rea­son to be­lieve politi­cians are us­ing them as scape­goats for po­lit­i­cal pur­poses. They are be­ing poorly served by a sup­pos­edly pro-en­ter­prise gov­ern­ment.

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