The Prime Minister is also Minister for Heritage, Culture and Recreation.
When Labour came to power, spending was $316 million per annum. Since 1999 it has ballooned to almost $1 billion. Latest Treasury Statement of Financial Performance shows that in the year to June 2005 spending was $991 million. That's a 213 per cent increase.
Put into perspective, Law and Order spending rose by 33 per cent over the same period.
For heaven sake, don't make Helen Minister of Social Welfare!
(And for the record, as an artist, I don't think we have any right to special privileges from the state.)
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