Why Did The Prime Minister Broker The Shonky Sky City Deal?
Rt Hon Winston Peters
New Zealand First
April 18 2012
Why Did The Prime
Minister Broker The Shonky Sky City Deal?
Prime Minister John Key must explain to the country
why he personally brokered the Sky City Convention Centre
for pokie machines deal, says New Zealand First leader
Mr Key has confirmed that he
personally cut the backroom deal for Sky City to build a
$350 million convention centre so the casino can install an
extra 350 to 500 pokie machines.
Key is merrily ignoring public outcry over the suspect
agreement and plans to change the law to allow it to
proceed,” says Mr Peters.
“New Zealand companies
must abide by the laws of the land but that appears not to
be the case if you are mates with the National Party.
“This is a prime example of the Government cuddling up
to its buddies and selling off our laws to the highest
bidder while ignoring the social cost of problem
“It makes you wonder what other dubious
deals to sell off the country to foreign investors are being
hatched by Mr Key during his current overseas trip.”
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>