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CAFCA Congratulates Government But Don’t Stop Now

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CAFCA Congratulates Government But Don’t Stop Now

The Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA) congratulates the Government for its moves this week to prevent strategic assets on sensitive land from being sold into foreign ownership. Our only question is – what took you so long? It’s been glaringly obvious for many months that the NZ public is up in arms at the prospect of Auckland Airport being sold overseas, be it to Dubai or Canada. And we expect to see these new overseas investment criteria used to block any renewed attempt by the Christchurch City Council via its holding company to sell the Lyttelton Port Company overseas.

And for those “experts” who endlessly lecture that NZ must become more like Australia to “be competitive”, we’re pleased that the Government has listened and partially adopted the Australian prohibition of foreign ownership of airports. Except that Australia prohibits foreign ownership of all airports, not just international ones or “strategic” ones. So CAFCA is happy to join the “experts” in urging the Government to become more like Australia and ban foreign ownership of any airport.

But don’t stop now. We’re delighted that the Government, which rammed through the 2005 Overseas Investment Act, is finally starting to see sense about the whole foreign “investment” scam. It’s never too late to admit your mistakes and make good the damage done by decades of slavish adherence to this fundamentalist cult which has reduced us to tenants in our own home.

There’s plenty more stolen property to be reclaimed. The Government is dropping hints that it might be about to resume ownership of the nation’s railways system (it had the chance only a few years ago when TranzRail finally fell to bits, but got cold feet and let Toll buy the trains and ferries while it bought back the track network). Good, and the sooner the better we say. The sticking point with Toll is about money. Why? The country has just waxed indignant about the very likely possibility of the thieves of the Waiouru Army Museum medals being paid all or part of the reward money, thus profiting from their crime. The suggestion of having to buy back what belongs to the people of New Zealand, namely former public assets, raises the same question. Why should those who are in possession of stolen property be allowed to profit from that fact? Take them back.

For those who wring their hands saying “where will we find the money now that all the foreign investors have been frightened off”? (not that we’ve noticed any sudden stampede to the first class departure lounges), how about using the billions accumulating in the Super Fund to actually be invested in this country rather than playing, and currently losing, on foreign stockmarkets. Now there’s a radical thought – using New Zealanders’ money to develop New Zealand.


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