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Labour Confuses Foreshore With Property Rights

Labour Confuses Foreshore With Property Rights

ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff today accused the Government of cynically combining the very separate issues of foreshore and seabed with public access to and through private property for their own political purposes.

"This move to deprive landowners of their property rights is a politically-inspired, barefaced attempt to confuse the public into believing access to farmland should be theirs by right," Mr Eckhoff.

"While access to much the foreshore and seabed is deemed a public right, access to private farmland is not. The two issues are totally different, and must be separated from both debate and the inevitable legislation the Government will impose.

"Landowners' property and ownership rights are perfectly clear to all except Labour. Having successfully stolen carbon credits without much public reaction, Prime Minister Helen Clark and Rural Affairs Minister Jim Sutton are now turning their attention to stealing the exclusive use of private property.

"This is the result of Ms Clark being refused access to some South Island tussock country - a slight from which she has never recovered. As for Mr Sutton, I would not be surprised to see a picture of Robert Mugabe hanging in his Ministerial office.

"It should be noted that no public access will be granted to private Maori land. Maori property rights are now regarded as sacrosanct - all non-Maori property rights are fair game to this Government," Mr Eckhoff said.

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