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Government Tactics Over 'Boy Racers' A Sham

Tuesday 14 May 2002

ACT Deputy Leader Ken Shirley today attacked as a sham the Government's tactics in trying to promote legislation to address the "boy racer" issue through a private member's bill.

"ACT New Zealand condemns the flagrant behaviour of these `boy racers' and if stronger measures are required to overcome the problem then we are certainly prepared to support them.

"However, if this issue is so important to the Government, why has it not done anything about it in the past two years?

"In reality the Government is still ignoring the issue. If Government was serious in tackling the problems then they could introduce Government legislation this week and have it passed promptly.

"To attempt to use Members' Day - which occurs at best only one day a fortnight - is an incredibly tortuous process, a gross abuse of process, and would be a much slower route than direct Government legislation.

"For example, ACT's Rodney Hide has had extremely important legislation which would set deadlines and a timetable for settling Treaty of Waitangi claims waiting to be debated by Parliament since March 29 last year when it was selected from the ballot of Members' Bills. The `boy racer' legislation hasn't even been selected.

"If the Government is serious and genuine in this issue then we call upon them to introduce a Government Bill at an early date," concluded Mr Shirley.


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