“The Auditor General (AG) this morning expressed his desire to get to the bottom of the government’s reckless spending on the COVID-19 slush fund,” ACT associate finance spokesman Damien Smith said.
“Appearing before the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee, the AG reiterated its serious concerns about the cavalier spending of the COVID-19 slush fund.
“I asked the GA if he would conduct an investigation to properly review these expenses, and he confirmed that the COVID slush fund review is in his draft annual plan and work program.
“ACT supports this work and expects the AG to find reckless spending at best and outright dishonesty at worst in the government process.
“Billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars have been doled out under the guise of ‘COVID spending.’ In reality, it’s nothing more than a slush fund for Labor’s pet ideological projects and has contributed to a domino effect of domestic inflation which impoverishes the Kiwis.
“$515 million for school lunches, $26.6 million for cameras on fishing boats and the day we went into custody he announced $17.1 million from the ‘creative spaces’ fund. to support participation in the arts.
“This is an outrageous and brazen waste of taxpayers’ money. As the Kiwis slashed their budgets and made tough decisions to stay afloat, the government spent its money for whatever it felt like.
“ACT’s Real Change Budget would ensure that your tax dollars are spent wisely. Taxes would go toward services like health, education, and law and order. They would provide the things Kiwis need for communities to thrive.
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