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Robson Invoices Hon David Benson Pope

16 July 2004


Hon David Benson-Pope Minister responsible for the Resource Management Act PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS

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robson-on-politics Friday 9 July posted on internet at 10.33 am

But every time the Labour-Progressive government proposes a new prison site, National MPs lead the not-in-my-backyard brigade. Paul Hutchison opposed Springhill at every turn and imported more National MPs in support. Phil Heatley railed against the Northland prison to save his seat. Bill English is not keen on the Milton site. And when there was a hint of a Bay of Plenty site, Tony Ryall went into overdrive. National, to have any credibility, must say where it would build six new prisons. Contrast that with Jim Anderton who as a Christchurch MP provided leadership in siting the new Youth Justice Facility South in the city. Construction is under way now.

Hon Benson-Pope Friday 9 July media release “Local Communities, Environment To Be Steamrolled To Build Brash's Prisons” posted on internet at 4.30pm

"National MPs have had a record of not supporting prison building in recent times. Paul Hutchison opposed Springhill. Phil Heatley railed against the Northland prison to save his seat. Bill English is not keen on the Milton site. And when there was a hint of a Bay of Plenty site, their law and order spokesman Tony Ryall went into overdrive."

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