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MEDIA RELEASE: Joyce’s Rocket: Taxpayers should be allowed to see what they paid for

Published By   /   May 18, 2017  /   Comments Off on MEDIA RELEASE: Joyce’s Rocket: Taxpayers should be allowed to see what they paid for

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Headline: MEDIA RELEASE: Joyce’s Rocket: Taxpayers should be allowed to see what they paid for

JOYCE’S ROCKET: TAXPAYERS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO SEE WHAT THEY PAID FOR
18 MAY 2017FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Taxpayers’ Union says it is disgraceful that taxpayer-funded venture, Rocket Lab, is refusing to allow the New Zealand public from viewing live images of the planned test launch of the company’s first low earth orbit rocket next week. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says, “Taxpayers have contributed up to $25 million into this private American-owned venture thanks to this Government’s corporate welfare schemes.  At least with the corporate welfare given to American film studios, the public get to watch the results.  Here, in the event of anything going wrong, the company can prevent any of us seeing our money go up in flames.” “We think it is timely that the launch is scheduled the week of Steven Joyce’s first budget.  Like the rocket, many eyes will be watching whether Budget 2017 flies, or whether wasteful government spending, such as the $1.3 billion per year on corporate welfare, see meaningful tax cuts go up in flames.”

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Jordan Williams021 762 542 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is an independent and membership-driven activist group, dedicated to being the voice for Kiwi taxpayers in the corridors of power.

The Taxpayers’ Union operates a 24-hour media line for comment on taxpayer issues. Representatives are available on (04) 282 0302.

High-resolution images and logos are available on request or online at http://www.taxpayers.org.nz/resources

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