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Don't shoot the messenger Minister

Hon. David Carter MP
National Party Tourism Spokesman

20 July 2006

Don't shoot the messenger Minister

National Party Tourism spokesman David Carter says it gives him no pleasures to inform the Labour Government that a British firm's survey has shown New Zealand is one of the world's riskiest tourist destinations for petty crime.

"Tourism Minister Damien O'Connor's pathetic statement today in response to me shows how desperate Labour is to deflect attention away from this problem.

"The British travel insurance company's survey showed tourists returning from New Zealand made the fourth highest number of claims for theft and traffic accidents.

"Instead of issuing ridiculous press releases claiming National is bagging New Zealand, Mr O'Connor should wander along to Police Minister Annette King's office and ask why her police officers are issuing traffic tickets instead of fighting crime.

"I am ashamed New Zealand has fared so poorly in this survey, but it's the Labour Government that is at fault. Mr O'Connor should not be shooting the messenger."


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