Funny – especially given the anti sell off campaign that labour has been running.
Although the ‘new laws’ sell off goes both ways given National’s dealings with Sky City and Warner Brothers…
Immigration is a minefield for politicians as the legislation basically just allows the minister discretion to overrule any decision officials make and grant residence on a whim. There are a bunch of politicians from both parties who have seen their careers ended or cut short by a stupid call in this area. The fact that Cunliffe was Immigration minister for so long and has not been brought low by any scandal speaks of his ability to run a tight ship (compared to two other Labour front benchers shown here). The same can be said of the current government – I couldn’t even tell you the name of the current National party Immigration Minister – that speaks well of their ability to play things safe and avoid any potential conflict of interest…
It says something of National’s credibility and the shocking line up in Labour that four years into a National Government and Labour are still being forced to defend their ministerial poor judgement.
I dont get why the media and some commentators are blowing up the story about the water issue.
If 49% of shares are sold for the power company and Maori have rights or even ownership to the water, then a cost will be passed onto the consumer.
At worst like with fisheries it results in Maori have a 50% stake in the company will mean instead of 49% public ownership it will mean the companies will be 99% or 100% owned by the public and 1% or 0% owned by the crown.
The only downside risk that I can see is a government renationalising the ownership which would be confiscation of assets of Maori, which I cant see happening.
Why do we rely on media for our news, they are a bunch of retarded monkeys, particulary Patrick Gower.