Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Stop The Rail Offer: We Have Been Fooled Enough


Media Release

16 May 2003

Stop The Rail Offer: We Have Been Fooled Enough

New Zealand First transport spokesperson Peter Brown said New Zealanders shouldn’t be fooled by the new offer from American company, Rail America to buy Tranz Rail.

“Tranz Rail should not be in the hands of an American company – or any foreign operator,” said Mr Brown.

“The rail track should be owned by New Zealanders, made into an SOE and licensed operators should use the tracks for freight delivery and passenger services, just as they use the roads.

“The ‘comfort statement’ put out by the Rail and Maritime Transport Union in support of the takeover by Rail America could allow all New Zealanders to be fooled again into the sale of our assets to foreign owners. I would have thought that union at least would be a bit more worldly wise and socially concerned by now.

“Let me be blunt, this sale should not occur, the Government should intervene and buy the track. How many times do we have to have our backsides kicked by privatization before we learn?

“It is time this Government learnt its lesson that the only way to have a sound infrastructure is to own and develop it ourselves.

“We should be following the lead of Australia where, in part at least, the tracks are owned by the State and private operators are allowed to use them.

”The Government must start actively buying back the rail track in order that we can have efficient and effective rail services that will benefit all New Zealanders,” said Mr Brown.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news