INDEPENDENT NEWS

Cheque book legislation not the Kiwi way

Published: Fri 20 Jan 2012 02:03 PM
Phil
TWYFORD
Auckland Issues Spokesperson
20 January 2012 MEDIA STATEMENT
Cheque book legislation not the Kiwi way
Changing gambling laws in return for casino giant Sky City funding a national convention centre in Auckland is not the way the Government should be doing business, says Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford.
“Cheque book legislation is not the New Zealand way,” Phil Twyford said.
“Most Kiwis will find it repugnant that the Government should put the commercial interests of a multi-national corporation ahead of the best interests of New Zealanders.”
Phil Twyford said today’s news that newly-appointed Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce believes that negotiations are ‘stepping up a little bit pace-wise’ suggests that the Government is well down the road in relation to agreeing a deal.
“Of course, it is good news that Auckland is likely to get a new international convention centre.
“But it isn’t good news if the Government is going to sign off legislative changes that will enable Sky City to install a whole heap of extra pokie machines and gambling tables, or to promote them more widely,” Phil Twyford said.
“New Zealand already has serious gambling addiction problems. We should not be making a big problem worse.
“There are other ways of doing business than selling off our laws to the highest bidder. There are other potential partners who can be considered,” Phil Twyford said.
“The Government rolled over and changed our labour laws when Warners Brothers held a gun to its head. The Government ditched Kiwi workers to allow overseas interests to build our new trains.
“A repugnant history is becoming worse. New Zealand laws should not be for sale on any basis.”
ENDS

Next in New Zealand politics

Govt Moves On Drug Checking To Keep Young New Zealanders Safer This Summer
By: New Zealand Government
13 Parties Charged By WorkSafe New Zealand Over Whakaari/White Island Tragedy
By: WorkSafe NZ
Progress On Pay Equity For DHB Staff
By: New Zealand Government
Stuff Holds Itself Accountable For Wrongs To Māori
By: Stuff
New Zealand Government To Declare A Climate Emergency
By: New Zealand Government
Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management
By: New Zealand Government
ACT Supports Pill Testing Bill
By: ACT New Zealand
Legal Drug Checking This Festival Season Will Help Protect Our Young People: Green Party
By: Green Party
Timely Decision On Festival Drug Checking Will Save Lives
By: NZ Drug Foundation
Whakaari / White Island Eruption 22nd Death
By: New Zealand Police
Health Minister Priorities Welcomed
By: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
More Accessible Pay Equity Measures Come Into Force
By: New Zealand Government
Māori Language Commission Welcomes Stuff Announcement
By: Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori
Climate Change An Economic Issue; Critical For The Planet’s Future
By: Make Lemonade
Climate Emergency Declaration A Win But Needs Action
By: Greenpeace New Zealand
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media