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Labour’s hypocrisy knows no bounds

John Carter MP
National Party Local Government Spokesman

7 April 2008

Labour’s hypocrisy knows no bounds

Labour’s hypocrisy knows no bounds as was shown in Parliament last week, says National’s Local Government spokesman, John Carter.

“My colleagues and I were shocked to hear Labour MPs praising George Hawkins for his great plans to deal with graffiti in his electorate when it was Labour who put the kybosh on Mr Hawkins’ bill.

“When George Hawkins promoted his private member’s bill, the Labour members on the Local Government and Environment Select Committee voted it down so it couldn’t proceed.

“Even Phil Goff said there were ‘Bill of Rights issues in terms of some provisions in the bill’.

“Doubting Labour MPs even said ‘the Government’s position is that there is no need for legislative change.’

“Then Labour, in a show of election-year opportunism, announced that it would get tougher on graffiti and would develop a national strategy around it.

“That was two months ago and we’ve seen nothing to date.

“Labour shafted one of its own and then sat on its hands. It has shown once again, that it will say anything to win votes. It is all talk and no action.

“The public will see it for what it is – election year hypocrisy.”


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