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Simon O'Connor

More money on prisoners but worse outcomes

March 29, 2022 Share

Simon O'Connor

Taxpayers are spending more money on prisoners, yet violent crime continues to go up, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simon O’Connor says.

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Labour must delay disposal of 600,000 books to Internet Archive

November 24, 2021 Share

Simon O'Connor

Despite opposition from a large number of authors and publishers around New Zealand and overseas, this government is pushing through a deal with the Internet Archive to clean its hands of 600,000 books from The National Library’s Overseas Published Collection on the ‘deadline’ of 1 December 2021, says National Party Internal Affairs Spokesperson Simon O’Connor.

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What is Labour trying to hide?

August 12, 2021 Share

Simon O'Connor

Labour members of the Social Services and Community Select Committee appear intent on limiting further parliamentary discussion of the ‘They Are Us’ film production, in particular questioning of the New Zealand Film Commission over the details of its funding, National’s Arts, Culture and Heritage spokesperson Simon O’Connor says.

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Taxpayers shouldn’t shell out for Te Papa’s turtle costs

May 08, 2021 Share

Simon O'Connor

The Government should make senior leadership and Board members of Te Papa personally reimburse their travel to Canterbury for the funeral of a deceased leatherback turtle, National’s Arts, Culture & Heritage spokesperson Simon O’Connor says.

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Customs ill-prepared to protect our borders

June 24, 2020 Share

Simon O'Connor

Customs staff at our international airport borders have received no training to prepare for the increase in Kiwis returning home. This lack of preparation just reiterates how ill-prepared this Government has been to protect our borders, National’s Customs spokesperson Simon O’Connor says.

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