March 13, 2013
Petition puts the heat on sale process
Greens co-leader Metiria Turei says the Government can't keep ignoring people power.
Prime Minister John Key and Deputy Bill English have been dismissive of the 400,000 name petition presented this week demanding a halt to state asset sales.
Ms Turei says even though the process to sell 49 percent of Mighty River Power is under way, it is possible to make further sales politically untenable.
“John Key wanted to do this last year and the Māori Council managed delay them for a year. If the petition gets out and we can run a strong campaign to get people out to vote in the referendum, it will send a very strong political message. It will be difficult for John Key and Bill English to go into the election year in 2014, committed to asset sales if there is an overwhelming opposition to it,” says Metiria Turei.
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