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


Whoops, They’ve Done It Again

Rt Hon Winston Peters
New Zealand First Leader

26 February 2014

Whoops, They’ve Done It Again

The Government’s last-minute tweaking of Genesis sale terms hammers home what a complete flop the asset sales programme is, says New Zealand First leader Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“The National Government is scrambling now to get some sort of benefit from the sale and to save face.

“Not only did they go ahead with asset sales against the wishes of Kiwis, with only a one-vote majority, they couldn’t even get the process right and are still trying to fix it on their fourth try.

“These changes are an indication that the asset sales were a complete muck up by the government, reflecting their mismanagement of the economy as a whole.

“Future governments will be seriously limited because Mr Key and Mr English persisted with their old-fashioned idea that assets had to go. It didn’t work in the past, it hasn’t worked now.

“The whole thing has been an exercise in futility, a continuation of decades of asset sales that have drained this country’s books and emptied the cupboard for future generations.

“Mr English will be echoing a ghost of National’s past when in response to future policies he will truthfully reply, “well how will they finance it, I have spent it all’,” says Mr Peters.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news