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Spectrum allocation not just wrong but unhelpful

BOB SIMCOCK MP
Spokesman for Social Services & Employment Community and Voluntary Sector

"The Government's decision to discount a block of broadcast spectrum for Maori buyers is not only wrong on ethical grounds, it is a bad deal for most Maori" Bob Simcock MP said today.

"The Government plans to sell broadcast spectrum rights worth up to $200 million to Maori at a discounted price. That's wrong! Even the Government itself recognises that Maori have no claim over the spectrum, but it is doing an immoral deal to appease its Maori caucus."

"But if the Government insists on giving away $10 million worth of discount - plus the $5 million start-up grant - for a Maori Trust to use as it sees fit, it should do so in a way that will help Maori who need help" Bob Simcock says.

"Unemployed Maori won't gain a thing from this gift. Only a few members of a Maori elite have any chance of gaining benefits from the ownership of radio frequencies."

"If this gift goes ahead, the Maori Trust would be better off immediately selling the spectrum and using the large sum they would receive to do something of real worth to support those who need their help."

"The Government has not received one bit of advice from any social policy agency saying that the best way to close the gaps between Maori and Europeans is to given them spectrum" concluded Mr Simcock.

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"The Government plans to sell broadcast spectrum rights worth up to $200 million to Maori at a discounted price. That's wrong! Even the Government itself recognises that Maori have no claim over the spectrum, but it is doing an immoral deal to appease its Maori caucus."

"But if the Government insists on giving away $10 million worth of discount - plus the $5 million start-up grant - for a Maori Trust to use as it sees fit, it should do so in a way that will help Maori who need help" Bob Simcock says.

"Unemployed Maori won't gain a thing from this gift. Only a few members of a Maori elite have any chance of gaining benefits from the ownership of radio frequencies."

"If this gift goes ahead, the Maori Trust would be better off immediately selling the spectrum and using the large sum they would receive to do something of real worth to support those who need their help."

"The Government has not received one bit of advice from any social policy agency saying that the best way to close the gaps between Maori and Europeans is to given them spectrum" concluded Mr Simcock.

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