Court Decision Does Not Give A Mandate For Asset Sales
Rt Hon Winston Peters
New Zealand First
27 February 2013
Court Decision Does Not Give A Mandate
For Asset Sales
New Zealand First says today’s
Supreme Court decision over water rights does not give the
Government a mandate to sell off our power companies and
other state-owned assets.
Rt Hon Winston Peters says every
survey conducted on asset sales showed a huge majority of
New Zealanders were opposed.
“For the Government to
claim anything approaching a mandate from the court-decision
is blatantly false when so many people are opposed to
selling off the country’s silver.
“And if the
Government attempts to claim the court decision as a victory
then it can only be described as a pyrrhic victory – that
is one that comes at a devastating cost.”
Mr Peters says
it is sad that this issue has assumed racial connotations of
ownership when clearly the assets and water already belong
equally to all New Zealanders.
“However, the Maori Party
should have walked away a long time ago from its cosy
coalition arrangement over this issue. If they wish to have
a political future then that is exactly what they should do
today,” says Mr Peters.
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