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MPs to debate asset sales in Dunedin

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National MP Jacqui Dean to Go Head to Head with Greens Co-Leader Metiria Turei on Asset Sales

Live debate tonight in Dunedin - 'If you were Prime Minister would you sell New Zealand's assets?'

The Government is planning the partial sale of some state-owned assets, and expects to raise $5-7bn in the process. But is selling off our assets a smart move? And will New Zealanders be better off in the long-run?

Dunedin's St Paul's Cathedral is hosting an informed, provocative live debate on the issues on the 21st February from 5.15-7.15pm, with four distinguished witnesses, including VP of the NZ Institute of Directors Stuart McLauchlan, presenting their evidence to an equally distinguished panel that includes Metiria Turei, Jacqui Dean and Chris Trotter, who will then debate the issues.

Witnesses
Dr Geoff BERTRAM (Institute of Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington), Gillian BREMNER (CEO, Presbyterian Support Otago), Prof. Robert PATMAN (Department of Politics, University of Otago), Stuart McLAUCHLAN (Vice President, Institute of Directors in New Zealand)

Panel
Chris TROTTER (Political commentator and editor of Political Review), Dene McKENZIE (Business and Political Editor, Otago Daily Times), Jacqui DEAN (National Party Waitaki MP), Metiria TUREI MP (Green Party co leader), Assoc. Prof. Paul HANSEN (Department of Economics, University of Otago), Pete HODGSON (former Cabinet minister and Labour MP for Dunedin North)
This debate is brought to you by the University of Otago's Centre for Theology and Public Issues, St Paul's Cathedral, and Maria Ioannou.
Website info http://www.otago.ac.nz/ctpi/news/otago030298.html

and the real-time discussions in advance of the debate on facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/238517889566549/

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