Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
Work smarter with a Pro licence Learn More
Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Define "Public Private Partnership", Helen Clark


Define "Public Private Partnership", Helen Clark

Michael Cullen and Helen Clark have speared Dr Armstrong for telling the truth about their "public private partnership" scheme, ACT New Zealand Associate Commerce Spokesman Stephen Franks said today.

"If Dr Armstrong - who has been so close to them - misunderstood then they must tell us all exactly what they think PPP means."

"I know Greg Kay well. He uses language elegantly. His reference to "prime mover advantage" was a precisely-calculated euphemism for insider privilege. That is what partnership means. Partners share the perks. There is no other way of enticing business people into such nebulous and undefined projects with politicians.

"Years of my law practice were spent unwinding the disastrous consequences of the last interventionist Government's adventures in crony capitalism. "Prime mover" advantages are very real. An activist Government allowed Mobil to write its own deal for the Synfuels plant that cost us more than $15 billion in today's money.

"NZ Steel was eventually given to BHP for less than a tenth of the more than $8 billion in today's dollars spent by taxpayers on it.

"The Whangarei Oil Refinery was a classic example of "public private partnership". The oil companies took NZ Refining off the Government for less than a fifth of the value of the business only a few years later. They had the benefit of a levy sweetener from everyone who bought petrol in Auckland.

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

"A select committee enquiry into Dr Armstrong's blunder in spilling the beans should go much further than simply examining who said what. The real issue is that the Government is deliberately recreating crony capitalism in New Zealand. Crony capitalism silences business critics, looks active to voters, and buys political favours, all at the same time.

"New Zealanders will pay the price again for murkiness in relationships between politicians who have taxing and law-making power, and the plutocracy. Nearly a century ago, Teddy Roosevelt in the US was partly reacting to "public private partnership" when he campaigned against the "malefactors of great wealth" who had gained monopolies in the US.

"Greg Kay's delicate phrase "prime mover advantage" is a great description for what built the Fletcher family fortunes. Fletchers were the fast-tracked building contractors to the first Labour government. Inexperienced Labour were impatient with the normal government safeguards against corruption built up by long experience. The Fletchers capitalised on their "relationship" in the vast state house building boom that followed.

"The Government should tell us exactly what these public private partnerships are. They have talked of them for three years. If Ms Clark can't, she should be hounded. This is far more important than whether Mrs Shipley discussed politics with a PR man," Mr Franks said.

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On The Perils Of Joining AUKUS Pillar Two


The lure for New Zealand to join the AUKUS military alliance is that membership of only its “second pillar” will still (supposedly) give us access to state of the art military technologies. As top US official Kurt Campbell said during his visit to Wellington a year ago:
...We've been gratified by how many countries want to join with us to work with cutting-edge technologies like in the cyber arena, hypersonics, you can go down a long list and it's great to hear that New Zealand is interested...
More


 
 

Government: Backs Police To Crackdown On Gangs
The coalition Government is restoring law and order by providing police new tools to crack down on criminal gangs, says Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Police Minister Mark Mitchell. “Over the last five years gangs have recruited more than 3000 members, a 51 per cent increase... More


Government: Retiring Chief Of Navy Thanked For His Service

Defence Minister Judith Collins has thanked the Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral David Proctor, for his service as he retires from the Royal New Zealand Navy after 37 years. Rear Admiral Proctor will retire on 16 May to take up an employment opportunity in Australia... More

Government: Humanitarian Support For Gaza & West Bank

Winston Peters has announced NZ is providing a further $5M to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank. “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling," he said... More


Government: New High Court Judge Appointed

Judith Collins has announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English Literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996... More

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels


 
 
 
 

Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.