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Winston betrays elderly with rates refusal

John Carter MP National Party Local Government Spokesman

22 August 2006

Winston betrays elderly with rates refusal

National Party Local Government spokesman John Carter is disappointed that Winston Peters appears ready to betray his elderly supporters for the sake of maintaining his "lapdog" status with the Labour Party.

"Mr Peters says he is concerned by the high rate increases being passed on to home owners - but he is refusing to give a Parliamentary select committee the opportunity to discuss what is going wrong.

"He is grandstanding because of a bitter personal feud with the Act Party and Rodney Hide. It is short-sighted and petty," says Mr Carter.

National will support Rodney Hide's rates capping bill past its first reading tomorrow because "it provides Parliament with the first live opportunity to discuss crippling rate rises in a wider context. However, National agrees the bill has serious flaws."

Mr Carter says New Zealand First knows its call for a Commission of Inquiry into rates is pointless.

"Having made at least 67 law changes that have loaded costs on to ratepayers, the last thing Winston's Labour mates want to do is put that buck-passing on the table for discussion."

Mr Carter says there would be no shame for New Zealand First if it changed its position.

"Greypower wouldn't complain, nor would ratepayers facing extraordinary increases throughout the country. This is Mr Peters big chance to show that New Zealand First hasn't abandoned all its principles in pursuit of the baubles of office," says Mr Carter.


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