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

 


Key Govt must run referendum that respects NZers concerns

12 March 2013

Key Govt must run referendum that respects NZers concerns

The Government has no mandate whatsoever for their programme of selling profit-generating state owned assets, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today.

The Keep Our Assets coalition, which includes the Green Party, today presented a petition containing 393,000 signatures to the Clerk of Parliament. This petition will trigger a citizens-initiated referendum on the Government’s asset sales programme.

“John Key needs to acknowledge that most New Zealanders are against his Government’s asset sales agenda,” Dr Norman said.

“A majority of New Zealanders at the last election voted for parties that opposed the sale of our assets.

“Now that the Keep Our Assets coalition has presented its petition and triggered a referendum on the asset sales programme, the Government needs to organise a properly funded and supported referendum.

“This referendum needs to be held at a time that gives people the best opportunity to have their say,” said Dr Norman.

“Mr Key needs to realise that he can’t arrogantly dismiss the concerns of nearly 400,000 New Zealanders that have taken the time to sign the petition against his asset sales agenda.

“In a democracy like New Zealand, it is the duty of his Government to now make certain that all New Zealanders get a professional, independent and properly funded referendum.

“Those New Zealanders that have worked to achieve this deserve nothing less,” Dr Norman said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The National Leadership “Contest”

Key’s endorsement of English has turned this “contest” into a race for second place.

This succession was well planned. Lets not forget that English was told by Key in September of his intention to resign, and English was the only member of Cabinet entrusted with that information before it was sprung on everyone else on Monday morning. More>>

Latest: Judith Collins has withdrawn from the leadership race, conceding that Bill English has the numbers to win.

 

Education: Charter Schools Misleading Pass Rates

Labour: NCEA results for charter schools have been massively overstated... In one case a school reported a 93.3 per cent pass rate when the facts show only 6.7 per cent of leavers achieved NCEA level two. More>>

ALSO:

Rebstock Report Resolution: SSC Apologises To Derek Leask And Nigel Fyfe

Following a complaint by Mr Leask, the Ombudsman found that the State Services Commission acted unreasonably in relation to Mr Leask and identified numerous deficiencies in the investigation process and in the publication of the final report and in the criticisms it contained of Mr Leask... More>>

ALSO:

International Rankings: Student Results 'Show More Resourcing Needed'

NZEI: New Zealand had only held relatively steady in international rankings in some areas because the average achievement for several other OECD countries had lowered the OECD average -- not because our student achievement has improved. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Salvation Army Report: Beyond The Prison Gate Report

A new Salvation Army report says changes must be made to how prisoners re-enter society for New Zealanders to feel safe and secure in their homes and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Surprise Exit: Gordon Campbell On The Key Resignation

The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious likes of Steven Joyce, Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, and Amy Adams – will simply roll over... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news