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Picket Outside Sandra Lee's Office Friday 25 Jan

Picket Outside Sandra Lee's Office: Friday 25 Jan 11 - 1.00pm

Hi folks!

Following up our 'backgrounder' on the Local Government Bill, the Water Pressure Group have called a picket outside Sandra Lee's office for tomorrow.

WHEN: Friday 25 January
TIME: 11.00 AM - 1.00PM
WHERE: Outside Sandra Lee's Electoral Office
147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn

We will protesting against the the treacherous sellout on water privatisation that her Local Government Bill represents.

In its present form - the Local Government Bill represents a breach of promises made by both the Labour and Alliance parties on water services before the 1999 General Election. We demand that the Local Government Bill is amended to make it 'water-tight' against water privatisation including public-private- partnerships for water services as already exist in Auckland with the Papakura District Council 'franchise' with United Water. (A consortium of two of the world's biggest multi-national water corporations, Vivendi and RWE).

We demand that Sandra Lee, Minster for Local Government answer our straight-forward question. (First asked nearly one year ago!)

"Is the Papakura public-private-partnership with United Water a form of privatisation YES or NO?"

We want to know why is Sandra Lee promoting legislation which would allow water services for the Auckland region to be combined, then taken over by multinational water companies, such as United Water?

Why is Sandra Lee misleading the public by claiming that the Local Government Bill has safeguards to stop water privatisation when the opposite is the case?

We call on all Alliance and Labour Party members and activists who are opposed to water privatisation to join the Water Pressure Group and others who are fighting at street level to implement YOUR parties 'policy !

If you are opposed to water privatisation - stand with us on this picket! If you are opposed to sellout politicians - stand with us! Threaten to campaign against sellouts! Politicians who break their promises do not deserve to be re- elected.

The Water Pressure Group is merciless on sellouts!

Penny Bright Media Spokesperson Water Pressure Group (Auckland) PH: (09) 846 9825

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