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We Don't Want To Waltz With Matilda

18 February 2005

We Don't Want To Waltz With Matilda

Rt Hon Winston Peters has accused the Government of helping Australia gradually colonise New Zealand by stealth and wants to know when the people will be consulted about the true state of Trans Tasman relations.

This follows the latest debacle in which banks in New Zealand are to be regulated and controlled from Australia – where most of them are already owned.

“While the Finance Minister and the Prime Minister might think they can further aid the Australian colonisation of New Zealand, at least one party in Parliament will be fighting them all the way – New Zealand First.

“Already our major banks are Australian owned and now Dr Cullen seems willing to let them make the rules about how they operate in New Zealand. Has he not learnt any lessons from some of the scams these banks used to avoid paying tax?

“From the joint food standards body through to the ill-fated joint therapeutics goods agency this process of Australian assimilation is well under way.

“The most outrageous aspect of this is that it has all happened without the public of New Zealand being informed. These are major decisions, which the public have a right to be consulted about.

“One day we could all wake up speaking ‘strine’ and our sports teams will be wearing canary yellow instead of black. If that happens, much of it will be this Government’s fault,” said Mr Peters.


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