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Anderton's security claims ill-founded, alarmist

18 February 2001

Media Advisory

Anderton's security claims ill-founded, alarmist

In response to a misleading press release from Jim Anderton this afternoon Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley has released the portion of the Peoples Bank business plan referred to in the Sunday Star Times and in Mr Anderton's release.

The only significant information which was released was, as you will see from the attached, that second-hand equipment was to be used and that secure areas would be put into Post Shops, rather than securing the entire store.

It should be noted that approximately three quarters of a page of additional detailed security information was contained in the business plan, but Mrs Shipley elected not to release that in the interests of safety.

Mr Anderton's contention that the release of the attached page constituted a threat to security is alarmist and without foundation. It is hoped that Mr Anderton will cease his attempts at distracting from the real issues of the viability of the bank, and its attitude towards low-income New Zealanders as 'risks'.

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