The NZ Taxpayers Union continues exposing National’s attempts to influence the outcome of the recent US Election. It has discovered that $7.7 million was handed to the controversial Clinton Foundation affiliate, the "Clinton Health Access Initiative". Now it has revealed a further $5.5 million is to be handed over.
On Wednesday the Taxpayers' Union revealed that the Government has budgeted to give another $5.5 million dollars of taxpayers’ money to the controversial Clinton Foundation affiliate, the "Clinton Health Access Initiative". This is on top of the $7.7million already forked out. Click here to read the details.
We say that NZ Aid money should be going to programmes which are the most effective at helping the world’s poor and not sidetracked into political objectives. Given the controversy of the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Health Access Initiative, surely there are better organisations to distribute our aid.
"We call on Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully to veto MFAT's decision to give another $5.5 million of NZ Aid money to the Clinton Foundation's 'Health Access Initiative'."
National’s recent forays into foreign affairs have been disastrous not only for trade but also for the country’s standing as a democratic nation. John Key twice picked the losing side while he attempted to interfere in recent overseas elections. He openly sided with the Remain camp in the Brexit vote and then with the Democratic Party in the recent US Presidential Election. Both have damaged New Zealand’s overseas standing. But nothing will prove as damaging as this blatant bribe to the losing side in the US Presidential race to curry future favour with what National had hoped would be the incoming Clinton administration.
The consequences have been swift and harmful to New Zealand interests. This week President Trump consigned New Zealand’s long fought for international trade partnership, the TPPA, into oblivion at the stroke of his pen. The main plank of National’s economic plan was gone, just like that.
New Zealand has further enraged the Trump administration with its sponsorship of the UN Security Council resolution against Israel in the last days of the Obama administration. The Huffington Post noted Murray McCully’s well known anti-Semitic, pro-Arab sentiments presumably following the scandal over the Saudi Sheep saga.
Here is the The Taxpayers Union again.
Given the lessons of the Saudi Sheep saga, we are staggered that MFAT appear to still think handing out money for diplomatic purposes is sensible. Even worse, this money comes from the NZ Aid budget which should be going to programmes which are the most effective at helping the world’s poor - not sidetracked into political objectives.