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Labour runs for cover over pylons

Gerry Brownlee
National Party Deputy Leader

13 April 2005

Labour runs for cover over pylons

National’s Deputy Leader, Gerry Brownlee, says Labour is merely running for the cover of the election by postponing a decision on supplying extra electricity to Auckland.

“This decision has the smell of a party desperate to stay in power at any cost.

“It simply creates more uncertainty for landowners and over electricity supply into Auckland for another year.

“The central issues are choosing the route and payment of fair compensation for those landowners who will be affected.

“Putting it off for a year is unfair and shows poor leadership.

“The fact that we still need more power in Auckland has not been addressed, and we are now a year further away from an answer to the problem – whether it be a power line or more generation closer to Auckland.

“Labour has shown no leadership today. They have delayed a decision because they know it will cost them votes.

“Their judgment is totally focussed on political expediency,” Mr Brownlee says.


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