Parliament

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

 

Key re-invents his own history yet again

Hon Dr Michael Cullen
Minister of Finance

7 May 2008 Media Statement

Key re-invents his own history yet again

John Key’s claim that he supported the government purchase of the rail tracks in 2004 is yet another revisionist interpretation of his own history, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said.

In 2004, Mr Key railed against the purchase of the track system, saying it would lead to ‘pork-barrel politics’, ‘political interference’ in investment decisions, and inevitable investments in services of ‘questionable economic value’.

Yet this morning on Breakfast, Mr Key said that “…owning the tracks, that’s a pretty sound idea.”

“Being in government is about telling people what you really believe and setting out a long-term plan for the future,” Dr Cullen said.

“Yet John Key can’t seem to remember what he actually believes or what he has said in the not-too-distant past on a growing number of issues. His comments today that government ownership of the track is a ‘pretty sound idea’ is completely at odds with the attack he led against the government’s buy back of the tracks in 2004.

“I certainly remember being attacked by Mr Key over the track buy back and I find it hard to believe that he doesn’t remember his own comments. He clearly believes that government ownership of the rail network will inevitably lead to politicised investment decisions. Why not just say that and have an honest debate with us?

“He was also critical of the purchase of the track because it would require taxpayer investment to improve it, much as he is saying today with the government’s purchase of Toll’s rail and ferry business. Who knows what he’ll be saying about rail investment in a few years time.

“From supporting the war in Iraq to pretending he opposed it, to being a climate change sceptic to having always believed in it, to his total confusion over Treaty settlement policy, John Key has shown time and time again that he doesn’t know where he stands on the issues that matter.

“For a man that want to be Prime Minister by Christmas, that’s just not good enough.”


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

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. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

(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>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election