Controversial Asset Sales legislation will face its second reading in Parliament this week.
As my colleague Clayton Cosgrove has already pointed out, the normal process has been abused. Just 0.6% of submissions supported the idea at Select Committee – for good reason – and there are holes in the proposal that future generations will have to deal with.
The proposal is a dog.
Unfortunately it looks like National members of the committee had cotton wool in their ears. The Government seems determined to plough ahead with its plan to sell off our best revenue generating assets. They have seemingly no regard for what expert submitters and the general voting public thinks.
In the face of such arrogance, some are tempted to despair. Not so Grey Power, and other community members of the citizen led campaign to keep our assets.
People are already out collecting signatures for a citizens’ initiated referendum. The Government could choose to ignore the referendum, but it would be foolish to do so.