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Govt Embarrassed Into Backing 'Boy Racer' Bill

14 May 2002

National Embarrasses Government Into Backing 'Boy Racer' Bill

"Continued Government procrastination over the 'boy racer' issue was finally curtailed in the House today by the Opposition," says National's Shadow Leader of the House, Gerry Brownlee.

Mr Brownlee successfully sought leave of the House for the Land Transport (Street and Illegal Drag Racing) Amendment Bill to be set down on the order paper today and sent straight to select committee for consideration.

"Negotiations by National forced the bill to be introduced in the name of Transport Minister Mark Gosche and have it considered in Government time.

"This is how an important issue such as this should have always been handled, rather than been left languishing in the lottery ballot in a member's name."

Mr Brownlee says while National is aware that the bill, as it currently stands, has a number of faults, but is confident these can be addressed at the select committee stage.

"Labour has been completely out of tune with the public on the boy racer issue.

"The Police and Transport Minister should be embarrassed that it has taken the National Opposition to get this bill on to the Government order paper," Mr Brownlee concluded.


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