"he poured cold water on speculation that workplace accident insurance might be opened up to full competition from private insurers after an ACC "stocktake" completed in June by a group led by former Labour Party Finance Minister David Caygill. Its report has not been made public.
Dr Smith said opening the business to competition would be "a very major decision and, consistent with the John Key pragmatism and cautiousness, we are not in any hurry".
Could you be more of a spineless hypocrite if you tried?
You VOTED FOR opening the workplace accident insurance market up to competition when National was last in government. You VOTED AGAINST returning it to a statutory monopoly, and now you are in charge of it you have the testicular fortitude of a mouse.
What has changed Nick? The rest of the developed world has open markets for accident insurance, for both workplace and motor vehicles. New Zealand once led the world in reform, deregulation and opening state monopolies up to competition.
You've shown you're little better than the Jim Andertons, Jeanette Fitzsimons and the Winston Peters, scared that without nanny state running everything, people will make the wrong decisions.
Just join Labour and be done with it, you'd be happier there.