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Keep Our Assets To Picket John Key's Speech

Keep Our Assets To Picket John Key's Speech


National Party Mainland Conference
Hotel Hanmer & Conference Centre (2 Fraser Close, Hanmer)
10 a.M. Sunday April 28

Keep Our Assets Christchurch members and supporters will be picketing the Prime Minister's keynote speech to this weekend's National Party Mainland Conference.

His speech is scheduled to be before lunch on Sunday 28th.

We will assemble in Hanmer at 10 a.m., then proceed to the venue (Hotel Hanmer & Conference Centre, 2 Fraser Close) and commence our picket from 10.30.

The arguments against selling public assets are well known and irrefutable.

The New Zealand people already own Mighty River Power, Meridian and Genesis and have paid for them through taxes, so why should they be conned into having to pay for them twice by buying shares? It's equivalent to asking us to buy back our own stolen property.

Asset sales don't make economic sense. Those three SOEs return a healthy dividend to the State, so why would the Government reduce that by half by selling 49% of them?

Any proceeds from asset sales will make only a minuscule contribution to clearing NZ's foreign debt.

Inevitably, they will end up being owned by foreign-owned transnational corporations, which is what happened with previous privatisations.

The Prime Minister keeps saying that the Government has a mandate to sell them. Not if the latest polls are anything to go by!

And he needs to respect the nearly 400,000 people who have signed the Keep Our Assets petition calling for a referendum on this issue.

Our message is simple:

KEEP OUR ASSETS!

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