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Don Brash's Resignation Talk

Today's resignation talk by Don Brash sends a very clear message to the National Party, says Progressive leader, Jim Anderton.

"Don Brash twice stood for election to Parliament in the 1980s in the very safe National-held seat of East Coast Bays. He was rejected both times because his impractical, extremist views turned off too many voters.

"Don Brash's commitments to sell Kiwibank, to take away working parents' Four Weeks Annual Leave holiday entitlements and his opposition to government and industry partnership to promote jobs and growth in the regions, are the type of rigid commitments that will sink National next year," the Progressive leader said.

"National's task after the 2005 election will be to make sure that its next leader is in touch with the values and aspirations of most Kiwis," Jim Anderton said.

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