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Alexander: Green light for black hole for Maori TV

Alexander: Green light for black hole for Maori TV

The Maori Television Services Bill came a step closer to becoming a disaster for the New Zealand taxpayer when it completed the select committee stage today, United Future broadcasting spokesman Marc Alexander said.

"It's a sad commentary on the Bill that the Government could only get the support of the Greens - not a party associated with astute business judgment," he said.

"The sad reality is that it has no chance of delivering on its intended goals, and there is a cynicism in the whole thing that is quite appalling. This is misguided legislation at best and, frankly, its just more taxpayer money heading down the drain.

"Its likely audience has never been adequately addressed and there is no research demonstrating a need for this service.

"If you wanted a textbook case of unmerited legislation, then this is probably it," Mr Alexander said.

"Quite simply, with the $6 million establishment fund, which jumped to $13 million, and another $30 million allocated to Te Mangai Paho for programme funding, not one red cent has been spent on ascertaining if it will actually do the job.

"This is just a misguided and very expensive token gesture," he said.

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