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Peters adopts Green policy

Published: Mon 1 Nov 2004 09:46 AM
Peters adopts Green policy
Green Co-Leader Rod Donald today congratulated Winston Peters for adopting the Green Party’s policy of maintaining and extending New Zealand’s control of its strategic infrastructure.
“Its good to hear that there is another party in Parliament that understands the benefits of New Zealand ownership of key assets, such as electricity generation and distribution and the road and rail networks,” said Mr Donald.
“But it’s a shame Mr Peters didn’t think through this objective when NZ First was the only party to back the establishment of Labour’s Superannuation Fund back in 2001.
“By supporting the Cullen fund, Mr Peters has ensured that our taxes are being gambled on the overseas share market, instead of being invested in the strategic assets he claims to be so keen on.
“If only Winston had adopted our policy to regain control of New Zealand’s key infrastructure three years ago. At our 2001 Conference I outlined the Greens’ opposition to the Cullen fund and spelt out our alternative; regaining control of Transrail and Contact Energy as well as investing in new sustainable infrastructure, such as solar and wind energy generation, and ensuring that our young people are well educated and productive citizens.
“Typically Winston is trying to have it both ways,” said Mr Donald.

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