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Every Party but ACT is behaving like overwrought socialists

Every Party but ACT is behaving like overwrought socialists on the sale of land

They are all at it, Mr Key, Mr Peters, Mr Craig and Mr Cunliffe. National New Zealand First the Conservatives and the Labour Party telling New Zealand Farmers who they can sell, their land to.

This xenophobic populism simply to get votes risks permanent damage to the property rights of New Zealanders.

ACT values the rights citizens have in their most important asset, their property. Government bossing property owners as to whom they can sell land is trampling on the rights of property owners.

Who anyone sells his or her land to should be of no more concern to the Government than the sale of a beach house.

“The Overseas Investment Office approval process should only apply to significant assets.

ACT calls for the sale of privately owned farmland to be removed from the criteria considered by the Overseas Investment Office process.

Only the ACT Party stands in the farmers and property owner’s corner saying property rights count.

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