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


Greens welcome Cullen borrowing ideas on airport

4th March 2008

Greens welcome Cullen borrowing ideas on airport

The Green Party is welcoming the Government's decision to tighten the Overseas Investment Act, which will have the effect of blocking the sale of Auckland International Airport, and hopes that the new criteria will block the sale of other key strategic assets as well.

"This is a victory for the Green Party which has been calling for the Act to be tightened for years," Green Party Aviation Spokesperson, Sue Kedgley said today.

"I am delighted that the Government has finally recognised what Green Party has been saying and decided to tighten the rules and protect key strategic assets such as Auckland International Airport."

Ms Kedgley said that if the National and United Future parties hadn't blocked the introduction of her Private Members Bill, Overseas Investment (Restriction of Foreign Ownership), the legislation could have been tightened last year, creating better certainty for investors.

Ms Kedgley pointed out that at the time of the passage of the Overseas Investment Bill in 2005 the late Rod Donald moved twenty-three amendments seeking to tighten the Bill, with nearly all of his amendments opposed by all parties in the House.

"Once again, this shows how the Green Party is out in front. If other parties had listened to the Green Party then, the shenanigans at Auckland airport over the past few years could have been avoided.

"Auckland airport is a key strategic asset and New Zealand could not afford the economic, environmental, biosecurity or security risks of allowing control of our main aviation gateway to pass into foreign hands.

"New Zealand had one of the most permissive regimes in the world and was one of the few countries in the developed world without strict rules on the foreign ownership of key strategic assets."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice.

Evidently, the National government is similarly desperate for anything that might discredit or derail the Ardern juggernaut, even if that means throwing Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne under a bus More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>



Mental Health Foundation: 'Positive First Steps'

“The heavy reliance on pilots and targeted approaches in the package announced today makes it plain that additional funding will be needed so that activities that work can be made available throughout New Zealand,” says Mr Robinson. More>>


'Gift' To NZ: Synod Considers Third Christchurch Cathedral Option

Members of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch will consider three, not two, options regarding the future of the ChristChurch Cathedral... The new option is for the Synod to gift the Cathedral building to the Government for the people of New Zealand. More>>


PM's Presser: Labour's Water Policy 'Reckless', Says English

The Labour Party has "bumbled into" its policy to charge for water in a "reckless" way that would put a Labour-led government on a collision course with both Maori and other water users, Prime Minister Bill English said at his weekly post-Cabinet press conference.. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election