Parliament

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

 

Don't despair, David!

8 October 1999

Don't despair, David!

National MP David Carter has got it wrong when he claims that I have withdrawn from the race for the Banks Peninsula seat in this election, says Green Party MP Rod Donald.

"I'm leaving my name on the ballot paper for those people who want the choice but the most important vote is the party vote and that is what I'm campaigning for - not only in Banks Peninsula but throughout the whole country," Mr Donald says.

"I can understand Carter's desperation because he knows that if I did withdraw his defeat ought to be a certainty, but I have to tell him he can relax because my name will still be on the ballot paper."

Mr Carter's confusion stems from a report in The Christchurch Press which says Green MP Rod Donald intends to allow Labour a clear run in Banks Peninsula.

"Last time I won over 7000 electorate votes. This time I'm telling all those people who support me that the way to re-elect me is to vote Green with their party vote."

"By saying that, I'm also saying that Labour's Ruth Dyson is the only person who can beat Carter at this year's election.

"She ought to be able to pull it off because her 30 per cent plus my 19 per cent beats Carter's 41 per cent.

"Even David can figure out what's likely to happen, which is why he is so worried."

If Dyson doesn't win this time, Mr Donald says he will "go for broke" against Mr Carter at the following election.

Mr Donald is confident that the Green Party - campaigning from a 2.5-3 per cent vote in the current polls - will cross the five per cent threshold, as well as winning Coromandel.

"It's been our party strategy all along to win Coromandel and to campaign solely for the party vote everywhere else," he said.

ENDS



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Environment Aotearoa 2019: Report Warns Environment In Serious Trouble

The report is jointly produced by the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand, and is a follow on from the last report in 2015.

The report says the way New Zealanders live and make a living is having a serious impact on the environment, and the benefits New Zealanders get from being in nature, though not measured or quantified, could be lost. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Scrapping The Capital Gains Tax

As PM Jacinda Arden said yesterday, there was no point in Labour bringing a proposal into the House that it didn’t have the votes to get passed. Looking back, maybe she always felt this outcome to be inevitable... More>>

ALSO:

Welfare: Access To Hardship Grants Hits Record High

Figures from the Ministry of Social Development for the March 2019 Quarter showed that hardship assistance grants increased by $48 million in the past year... They also showed the emergency housing grants went from $6.6m to $23m, and there were 70,000 extra requests for assistance for food. More>>

ALSO:

City Rail Link: Billion Dollar Cost Rise (And Preferred Bidder)

The revised cost envelope for completing the entire Auckland City Rail Link project now totals $4.419 billion. The revised cost has yet to be endorsed by the project’s sponsors (the Crown and Auckland Council). More>>

ALSO:

Meth Scare: Debt Write-Off For HNZ Meth Testing Evictions

People living in Housing New Zealand (HNZ) properties who were wrongly evicted because of flawed methamphetamine contamination policies will have their related debts with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) written off. More>>

ALSO:

RNZ Report: Fears Grow For NZ Nurse Kidnapped In Syria

A New Zealand nurse working for the Red Cross was captured by Islamic State (IS) in Syria more than five years ago, and there are now public pleas for any information that could help bring her home. More>>

ALSO:

Streets Blocked In London: Climate 'Extinction Rebellion' Reaches Aotearoa

Across the world, thousands of people are taking part in a rebellion to avert climate, ecological and human catastrophe. This begins in Aotearoa New Zealand today. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels