June 06, 2018
Meth scare ministers need to account
Manurewa MP Louisa Wall says former National Party ministers Paula Bennett and Nick Smith need to explain why they pursued flawed policies on methamphetamine contamination despite expert advice.
Housing New Zealand has apologised for evicting people from houses where traces of the drug were found.
Ms Wall says scientists giving evidence to a Standards New Zealand inquiry back in 2016 pointed out there was no risk to health from such traces, but the National Government pressed on with evictions.
Apart from the cost to some of the country’s most vulnerable people, it meant more than 360 state houses stood empty and more than $100 million was handed over to an unregulated industry for unnecessary clean-ups.
"There is more to come from this and the previous Government and the previous minister, and that's Paula Bennett and Nick Smith, are going to have to front up and justify their process for allowing this whole situation to have occured and I think it is a national disgrace and at some point we have to get to the bottom of it," Ms Wall says.
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