Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

NZ First's Non-Negotiable Policy Proves Negotiable

3 August 2005

NZ First's Non Negotiable Policies Prove Negotiable

The NZ First Party's 2005 rhetoric on strategic asset sales is a rehash of the party's non-negotiable policy position that it took into the 1996 General Election only to disown it after the election, Progressive leader Jim Anderton said today.

"In the 1996 election campaign, many people that voted for NZ First thought that when the party said it had a non-negotiable position against any further strategic asset sales then that meant exactly what it said.

"But those who voted for NZ First then were badly let down because when NZ First says it has non-negotiable policy positions it turns out that they were very negotiable indeed.

"Ahead of this year's election, all voters need to know that the only time New Zealand has had a National-led government under MMP is when people elected into Parliament on the NZ First Party ticket in 1996 installed a National-led government," Jim Anderton said.

The pre-1996 election rhetoric (As recorded by the Dominion 24-9-96)

"NZ First leader Winston Peters has declared his party's commitment to buy back the Forestry Corporation as non-negotiable in coalition talks." (Story headed 'NZ First committed to Forestry Corp. buy-back' relating to August 1996 sale of Forestry Corporation to a Fletchers/Chinese consortium).

Post-election reality: Treasurer and Deputy PM Peters' (as recorded in Hansard for June 12 1997 in response to question from Grant Gillon M.P. asking if he had offered Chinese Vice-Premier Zhu Rongji a cheque for the repurchase of the Forestry Corportion assets after their recent meeting).

"Yes it is true that I did meet the Chinese Vice-Premier and, no, I did not deliver a cheque to him. It is true that New Zealand First campaigned in the election to buy back Forestry Corporation. However, in the process of the coalition negotiations we did not get our way on every issue."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>

 

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>

ALSO:

Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>

ALSO:

State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages