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Select Committee Can Consider Rates Tomorrow

Select Committee Can Consider Rates Tomorrow

Rodney Hide Tuesday, 22 August 2006 Press Releases - Local Government

ACT Leader Rodney Hide has welcomed comments from the Prime Minister indicating that it may be time for MPs to address unsustainable increases in local body rates, and says that if Helen Clark is serious, she should support his Bill.

"By voting for my Bill, Helen Clark could have a Select Committee considering rates tomorrow", Mr Hide said.

"A Commission of Inquiry might help, but it is not before Parliament right now - my Bill is.

"I am asking Labour MPs, as well as New Zealand First, to put party politics aside and give the public a chance to let their voices be heard.

"I know the Bill is not perfect, but it provides an immediate opportunity for people to come to Parliament and have their say.

"I am hopeful that my Bill will get enough support tomorrow to proceed to Select Committee, so that Kiwis can have their say on how to fund local government into the future", Mr Hide said.

ENDS

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