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Govt MPs embarrassed by ACC changes - Nats


The report back debate on the re-nationalisation of ACC has highlighted the embarrassment Government MPs are feeling at the ideological bind they have got themselves into, Opposition ACC spokesperson Gerry Brownlee said today.

“Government MPs have admitted in Parliament they have no real or valid reasons for re-nationalising ACC.

“All they can say to the people of New Zealand is that we said we’d do it so we are.

“While that’s very admirable, as Government Labour and Alliance MPs really have a duty to do what is in the best interests of New Zealand and New Zealanders.

“What’s worse is that the arguments for keeping the system as it is, are similar to arguments trotted out this week by Michael Cullen, Trevor Mallard and Jim Anderton in defence of other Government policies.

“This week all three Government Ministers have been extolling the virtues of private/public sector co-operation and of competition.

“The irony is the arguments are exactly the same with ACC – but these Ministers selectively chose to ignore them.

“Not one Government MP refuted the claims made in Parliament today that all the ACC re-nationalisation amounted to was a pay back to the unions for their support before the election.”

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