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NZ First must support rates bill

John Carter MP
National Party Local Government Spokesman

17 August 2006

NZ First must support rates bill

National Party Local Government spokesman John Carter says New Zealand First must support Rodney Hide’s rates bill to select committee.

“National will support the bill past its first reading. We believe Parliament, through the select committee, should take the earliest opportunity to look at the wider issues around crippling rates rises around the country. This bill happens to be that opportunity.”

Mr Carter says National would be cautious about supporting any changes that might result in more buck passing between central and local Government.

“National has identified at least 67 law changes by the Labour Government which have led to increased costs for councils. Inevitably it’s the ratepayer that is picking up that cost.

”We won’t be supporting anything that adds to the problem.”

Mr Carter says ratepayers, particularly in Auckland, are also fed up with much of the waste that’s being identified within council operations.

“Seances? Tarot card readings? Give us a break!”


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