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Labour-Greens coalition 'a frightening prospect'

Don Brash MP
National Party Leader

6 June 2005

Labour-Greens coalition 'a frightening prospect'

National Party Leader Don Brash has labelled the possibility of a Labour-Greens coalition government "a frightening prospect for New Zealand's future".

He is commenting after the Greens' annual conference at the weekend, at which they made it clear they would seek an accommodation with Labour after the election if Labour won enough seats.

"A Labour-Greens and maybe Maori Party coalition would be truly frightening. If you think the roads are bad now, they would seize up completely under the Greens because they don't believe in them.

"I would also fear for our electricity future if the Greens had a say in government. I suspect there would be real problems of supply if they had their way. We would probably run out of electricity.

"And I would be worried about the direction of race relations because the Greens are the most extreme Maori separatist party - even out beyond the Maori Party, which also wants Maori sovereignty.

"Only National would avoid sending New Zealand down that sort of path. Our vision is for New Zealand to go ahead as one nation while the Greens and the Maori Party want a separatist path and, if they get their chance, they will force their will on Labour," Dr Brash says.

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