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Spectrum Auction ACT Victory

Monday 18th Oct 1999
Richard Prebble
Media Release -- Other

Spectrum Auction ACT Victory

“The announcement by the Government today that the radio spectrum auction will go ahead without frequencies being set aside for Maori is a victory for ACT, said ACT Leader Hon Richard Prebble today.

“The Government was under no legal obligation to delay the auction of the spectrum. ACT, and ACT alone, has campaigned for the auction to go ahead and said that the Government should have proceeded with the auction as planned in March.

“ACT is pleased that the Government has taken our advice on this matter and is finally putting its foot down to stop nonsense claims like the claim over the radio spectrum.

“But this announcement by Communications Minister Maurice Williamson also confirms ACT’s belief that the 15 million dollars of taxpayer money set aside for Maori Language development is just another election bribe by the National party.

“The bribe has now allowed the Government to go ahead and make more radio spectrum frequencies available for sale. It’s time the Government stopped paying out bogus claims and encouraging the grievance gravy train.

“The Waitangi Tribunal ruling - that the radio waves were a Maori taonga was outrageous. This was a classic example that the Treaty is not what it says, but has become a document that can be re-interpreted to mean whatever the lawyers want it to say, said Hon Richard Prebble.

ENDS

For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.


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