Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


STV result a failure for the left in Auckland


Thursday December 12, 2002.

STV result a failure for the left in Auckland City

Hobson Community Board member Aaron Bhatnagar today declared the failed STV petition result a damning indictment on the state of the left in Auckland City.

“The Greens, failed left-wing local body politicians, Wake-Up Auckland, the Water Pressure Group, City Vision and so on ad infinitum ­ despite the support of a myriad of different groups, STV failed. The fact that all these groups could not get 12600 signatures (5% of the electoral roll) across the whole of Auckland City in 90 days to trigger a referendum on STV suggests that ratepayers are content with their current system and don’t want complicated changes,” said Mr. Bhatnagar. “It also suggests that these groups are paper tigers ­ despite their bolshie behaviour they don’t have the support of mainstream Auckland.”

“The real truth of the matter is that Auckland City doesn’t need a complicated voting system like STV. The only people who really wanted it are the loony-left political fringe and some of the local body politicians who lost in the October 2001 elections. For example, Christine Fletcher, Maire Leadbeatter and those other left wing politicians who were rejected by the voters a year ago are looking for any chance they can to get re-elected. As some commentators have noted, their promotion of STV was self-serving,” said Mr. Bhatnagar.

“If they had spent more time dealing with genuine ratepayer concerns, instead of presiding over waste-of-time consultation, grandiose touchy-feely communications and engaging in politically correct causes that achieved nothing tangible for ratepayers, then they might have been re-elected. Instead, they were dismissed from office in a landslide,” said Mr. Bhatnagar.

“No doubt, the STV campaigners will try and assert some sort of dubious moral victory even though they were a considerable 20% shy of the threshold. They will be flogging a dead horse,” concluded Mr Bhatnagar.

- - - ENDS - - -

For more information:

Aaron Bhatnagar Mob. 0274 872 872

Hobson Ward Community Board Member Ph. 09 3022 448


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news