Adams’ dodgy deals cost Kiwis $400
Communications and IT Spokesperson
8 February 2013
Adams’ dodgy deals cost Kiwis
Amy Adams is taking almost $400 right
out of the pockets of Kiwi households with her delaying
tactics on the Commerce Commission’s suggested price cuts,
says Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare
“Amy Adams and John Key are yet again
putting their private investor friends ahead of Kiwi
families. This law review is a smokescreen cut in a
smoke-filled room to save the Government from unethically
overriding the Commerce Commission through legislation.
Keeping copper prices artificially high only benefits
“This is a legal mess and
it’s Steven Joyce’s creation. Unfortunately it’s too
much for Amy Adams to handle so she’s kicked the Commerce
Commission can down the road for three years. That’s not
fixing, that’s fudging.
“The truth is this
review is overruling an independent regulator and it’s
even more underhand than legislating. New law would be open
to Parliament’s scrutiny, but no one will know what went
on behind closed doors. The lengths this Government will go
to to protect its elite investor allies are breath-taking.
The only supporters are the Government, Crown Fibre Holdings
“The smokescreen delays the new price
system for 33 months, which will cost Kiwi households at
least $396 each. The savings to National’s investor
friends will be far, far higher than that – their shares
have already leapt by 11 per cent.
“With so many
families struggling under National’s failing economy any
monthly saving provides real help. But National won’t even
give them that.
“The Commerce Commission’s draft
ruling on broadband did not meet with the approval of John
Key and Amy Adams. That’s because it proposed swinging
cuts to Chorus charges that it’s estimated would reduce
the average household’s bill by $12 a month.
“John Key needs to butt out and let the Commerce
Commission get on with its ruling.”
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