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Real Democracy Is Not In New Zealand

Real Democracy Is Not In New Zealand.

In the last election, majority of the voters wanted to cut the number of MPs from 120 to 99. This democratic referendum was turned down by the elected MPs. This is the tip of an iceberg, the pseudo democratic government. The Parliament is operated by Parties with no true representation of the majority of citizens. The party policies are like a set of dinner dishes where you do not have your choices. Genuine consultation is rubbish. The Parliament becomes the engine for business investments with little risk plus assured returns backed by the biggest public banker, our government.

The parties promote private enterprise principles, cheating people claiming that only business operations in all public services will make them more efficient and profitable. Then giant multinational cooperates through Public-Pirate-Partnership and Privatised Public Services would definitely obtain large monetary gain, which is transformed from public assets. They enjoy authority to squeeze you for a decent amount. If not they would be assured that they would take billions, if not millions, off the big boss, our government.

Air NZ is a good example. This privatized company can be liquidated and then go bankrupt to write-off all its debts from all money lenders, financial companies and contracted suppliers and total loss for all its shareholders. The employers could be relieved from social benefits. In this situation, Michael Cullen needs little public money to buy back all Air NZ assets at the rock bottom price to start up a new Airline company. Now the readers have to justify separately the intention and the intelligence of our Finance Minister's work to save Air NZ and on our Party leadership.

Winston Peters had put forward a private member's bill requiring greater disclosure from companies that gave cash and from the parties that received it. There is still no disclosure of the flow of huge donations because the parties are not stupid to have rope put round their own hands to sell off their financial supporters and investors. We can remove this corruption through mass thumb-down action on this voting day 27th July 2002. We should write our names on the two voting papers and a tick after it to protest the Parliament being only Parties Representations, not yours and ours, but Businessmen, Exporters and Retailers' Representations.

When the overall invalid votes and those who don't vote rises to more than 50% of all eligible votes, you and all of us together can question the legitimacy of Parliamentary Democratic Representation and deny the powers of all the elected parties.

Tin CHAN

Vice President of Aotearoa Waka.


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